It's been a couple a couple of years since I was on Carnival. I have taken nine cruises since the Elation. I feel that I had more fun on carnival than on Holland, Princess, NCL, and others. BUT There was so much smoke in public areas that I have serious reservations about annother Carnival cruise.
Just want to know do they still allow smoking in hall-ways?
Yes, pretty much all ships from all lines allow smoking in the public areas and cabins witht the notable exception of the Paradise which is totally smokefree and they are exceptionally serious about that rule. The places that smoking is almost always forbidden is in the main showroom and dining room and gym. Additionally they 'designate' one side of the ship to be smoking and the other non-smoking but it isn't strongly enforced from my observations. More and more ships and lines with CCL leading the way are limiting smoking in certain public rooms. As a non-smoker I also don't care for smoke but have cruised enough now to figure out that much is due to the demographics. The longer the cruise, the older the average person and the more likely they smoke. Also it seems that ships departing from the Northeast for some reason have more smokers onboard. Also ships that have many non-Americans onboard have more smokers. If you can't stand smoke, best bet is Paradise.
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Hi krembles; From what I understand there are no longer official non-smoking cabins. Dining rooms and showrooms and gym are non smoking, however, that is it. Everywhere else is restriction free. Of course, the biggest exception is the Paradise. My husband and I cruise the Paradise every year for the past 3 years and will be heading out on our 4th and 5th next year. The non-smoking environment is wonderful. However, if you are looking for a "Party Hearty" climate, you may not find it on the Paradise. The general consenses is that the Paradise is somewhat more laid back than other ships. Without the smoking, it appears there is less drinking and therefore, less of a happy frenzy. For us, this is part of our enjoyable cruise experience. For others, they may look forward to something more lively. If you have any questions about the Paradise, feel free to ask. Sue
I called Carnival and asked about this very thing-
they had a very specific list of allowed/not allowed as follows:
Lido/casual Restaurant, including ALL seating in area around it
Coffee Cafe/Internet area
Shopping Mall areas
Forward Lounge (may only be during shows here)
Some tables in Casino
Their policy states no smoking in the 'guest corridors' but CS was a little unclear on the meaning of this phrase, leading me to think the hallways are fair game for smokers...
all dance/music clubs
all other outdoors areas (some confusion like corridors above about areas where it is discouraged)
Cigars and pipes are also allowed on Port side of Aft Bar near Aft Lounge
You may get an entirely different answer if you call, but it's the best I have...
SDL, Thanks for listing the specifics; Michelle M, have you found out anything about the new ports. Belize has some info online, but Roatan is limited. Cozumel and Grand Caymen are repeats so I have an idea of what to do there. I am pleased that we have new ports and hope that at least Carnival puts some info out there soon. Sue
Thanks for the info. I try to be a considerate smoker and to not light my pipe where it will bother others. So, when I take Sensation in February, I was going to let the wind determine where I do my puffing and do it all on the lee side of the ship. But, if Carnival wants my smoke to mix with the diesel exhaust on the port side, regardless how the wind blows, that's the way it will be. I guess that means I'll have my early morning coffee on the port side of the Seaview. That means I'll see the sunrise on the out bound trip, irrespective of the ship's heading. Sounds like my kind of cruising.
having sailed Carnival 2x over the last couple years, the pool/deck areas are somking "restricted". One side is and the other not. However, Ask 3 crewpersons which is which and you will get 4 answers. I am a smoker and try to be considerate but if the 7/24/30 crew do not know where smokining is permitted please do not lambast me for being on the wron side. All smokers are not incosiderate jerks.
Just got off the Carnival Pride out of Port Canaveral. Smoking was a problem because it was not posted any place. It was the 30 & 40 somethings doing it, not all the retirees. We all know better by now. We kept having to move around because they lit up everywhere they chose. I sent off an e-mail to Carnival last night after returning home about that and several other issues with Pride. I will not cruise on it again. Out of Tampa in May we did not have this problem and it was a much better cruise even though it was only 5 days instead of 7 on Pride. We crused on Jubilee. It is now in Galveston.