I posted this under Practical Advice, but now I am also asking here. My brother just got off the Conquest, and his cabin smelled like smoke during the whole cruise. He tried spraying, but it didn't work. Any advice for us---we have a daughter who has asthma, and I don't want it to be a horrible cruise for her!
We have been lucky and haven't had any smelly cabins, we don't smoke and my DH also has asthma. He has never had any trouble on the ship except in the casino and we don't really gamble so it's not an issue.
If you are worried you might want to bring along a bottle of Frebreeze, just in case your room does need some freshening. That is the best thing I have found to deal with stale or smoky smells. Just make sure it doesn't bother your daughter's asthma, I know it bothers some people more then the smell would.
My husband and I recently cruised on the Conquest. Our room was wonderful, no smell. The people in the very next room smoked alot, we could tell when they were in there room cause we could smell the smoke in the hall, but it never came into our room.
We have never smelled smoke in any of the cabins on the ships we have been on. We just got off the Holiday. The cabin beside us were smokers (we saw them on the beach ) ...but we never smelled it. I agree with the earlier post to have the cabin steward completely replace the blankets, comforters and re-clean etc if you find you have a problem. These items would hold the smell if your previous guests were heavy smokers in the cabin. We would love to go on the Paradise...but we prefer to go out of New Orleans, Tampa or Port Can....so for now...we just have to tolerate the smoke. I wish Carnival would rotate the non-smoking ship and have non-smoking sailings on their other ships. Carnival wouldn't have to have dedicated non smoking ships...just have non smoking sailings!!! Use those comments cards folks.....they are POWER!!!!
Best advice is to book on the Paradise -- we just returned from the 7-day Western Caribbean on the Paradise and couldn't have been happier. The non-smoking atmosphere is amazing...no worries about allergies or asthma or smelly rooms. This ship is about 5 years old and STILL smells new. The consequences for having smoking products or items on-board is strict so if you're not serious, don't do it -- but if you're a non-smoker like us and enjoy being in CLEAN air, book on the Paradise...you won't regret it. Carnival is the only cruise-line to have a smoke-free ship ... I hope that more cruise lines take their lead, but if not -- we're sticking with Carnival.
Don't hold your breath over any more non-smoking ships coming out on Carnival or any other cruiseline. While the Paradise is great it is the lowest revenue producing ship out there. Adament non-smokers tend not to drink or gamble nearly as much as on the other ships and the Paradise doesn't get the larger group bookings like the other ships do because there is usually someone in the group that smokes and won't go on the Paradise.
The new eastern and western routes are there to stay for a while according to the CD when we were on the Paradise in late Feb.
These are not very thoughtful smokers. I smoke and was on the conquest that is why I got a balcony room. My husband doesn't smoke but says he doesn't mind but it bothers me to smoke inside a room like bedroom etc... the conquest does have nonsmoking public areas which I thought was nice and I really never smelled a lot of smoke even in the casino. However I do think that most smokers are more thoughtful of their habit or should I say addiction and try to be polite about it. For sure they should have some nonsmoking rooms available at all times. I really just never thought of smoking in my room.
Definately book the Paradise! My husband and I have cruised her two times already and she is one of the most beautiful ships we have ever seen! The staff certainly made it a great time, and not only do you not have to deal w/smelly rooms, but neither do you have to pass people in the hallway or stand in line w/them at the buffet and smell stale cigarette smoke...
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Just a thought, but it may not be the room. Tobacco smoke clings to clothing and it may be that the odor is attaching itself to you when you pass in close proximity to the source. Then in the confinds of a small space like your cabin it becomes more noticeable. In any case, there is a product that is available through hospital supplies and possibly elsewhere that is called Carrascent produced by Carrington Laboratories which neutralizes airborne odors, even biological odors. It's only a 1 oz. bottle because it's extremely concentrated. Good luck.
I've only had one issue and I'm extremely sensitive to smells, can't go anywhere near a candle shop! My problem is when they use too much perfumed air freshener to mask the other odors. I have to tell them when I stay in a hotel longer than 1 night to NOT spray any fresheners in the room.
I have had them remove the bed spread, leave it off and out of the room. This was on the Norway, an older ship and it was for a 12 day trip. They also follwed my advice and sprinkled baking soda and then vacuumed the carpet. With that and no bed spread, I was fine for the whole cruise. They were very nice, understanding and helpful.
I have never been in a cabin that smelled of smoke. I don;t really know why they don't other than they do use some great air cleaner and the air conditioning is such that smoke quickly passes out of the cabin. I am sensitive to the smell of smoke but so far it has been fine. Like others have said, if it is a real concern then book the Paradise as it is totally smoke free.
I've had two cabins that smelled of cigarettes. One on RCI and one on Carnival.
In the case of RCI the smell was so bad I wouldn't even let them deliver my luggage to the cabin. I spoke with personnel inside the terminal and at the Purser's Desk--no one was really interested. Long, nasty story short version--they moved me after sail away.
In the case of Carnival I advised the Purser who dispatched my cabin stewardess to the room. She cleaned walls, cabinets, etc. from top to bottom plus I had to leave the room for a couple of hours while they brought in the ionization machine. After that all was well.
Bring along a bottle of Febreeze for the surfaces and fabrics in the room and a room deodorizer (not air freshener), like Oust or NeutrAir. They work wonders and leave the cabin with a hint of fragrance. I always bring along a small Bath and Body Works room freshener for the bathroom. They're super-concentrated and one spritz goes a long way.
I can't tolerate rooms that smell like smoke, and we don't like to fly to the East Coast, so please don't suggest the Carnival Paradise. We are not fans of the Caribbean, by the way.
Besides, we want to try a new ship like the Pride.
The reason we (and many other cruisers who don't smoke) don't gamble much is likely because all the casinos stink so much that we never got into the habit of gambling. We've no doubt saved a bundle of cash because of this, and we spend a lot of it buying fine wines, martinits and liqueurs onboard.
Nevertheless, the worst smell I ever encountered in a room is when my husband and I stayed in an elegant hotel that uses "featherbeds". These are like comforters, sort of, and are placed over the mattress and under the sheet to give you a very comfy and cozy feeling. We specially booked a room that was to have one of these, but it was missing from our room, so we called downstairs and had them send one up to install on our bed. Unfortunately, the darned thing smelled like a petrochemical plant, as it had come back that day from drycleaning. We refused it and it still took several hours for that horrible (and no doubt, unhealthy) smell to leave the room. It's not just cigarettes that can stink up a room.
Personally I don't like the smell of smoke as a former smoker. It makes me quite ill.
We will be sailing with Carnival for the first time next June. The last time we sailed we sailed Disney where smoking could only be done outside or the adult bar. (and verandas) Not allowed in the rooms.
My sister and her husband being smokers spent a lot of time in the bar and out on deck. =)
I agree with those that said febreez. It does work wonders and maybe a Plug-In if you have them at home just pack one in a zip-lock bag.
I've been on the Paradise twice and the Elation once. My best advise is to book the Paradise. It is a 100% non-smoking ship and it is strictly enforced. The passengers and crew can smell a cigarette at 500 yards so there is no worry there.
If you don't want to take the Paradise, you do have options. On the Elation I did not have a smoky room. However, I have been in bars and come out with my jacket smelling of cigarettes for days. If you do end up in a smoky room, request that the cabin steward change the sheets, and open the air conditioning vent to full. This is a dial in the ceiling towards the center of the room. This may turn your room a little cold (around 65 degrees), but it should help flush out any cigarette smoke. Also, turn on your bathroom light and open the bathroom door. This will allow the bathroom exhaust fan to pull out some of the smoke, too.
I am tolerant of smoky smells, but it does bug me if the person next to me smokes. My mom, however, is less tolerant of smoky rooms. She was always sensative to cigarette smoke, and more so now that she is on supplemental oxygen. In a restaurant, I chuckle inwardly when a host or hostess asks us if we want smoking or non-smoking, expecially when she has "Puff the Magic Dragon" with her. She calls it Puff the Magic Dragon because it is always puffing, and she's always dragging it.
Has anyone heard any movement toward having non-smoking cabins on one side of the ship, smoking on the other? I've often heard that what MichelleM says is true and having more non-smoking ships is not very likely. But what's wrong with dividing the ship a little more strictly, like hotels do, having smoking and non-smoking cabins? I've also heard complaints from people with balconies that they couldn't enjoy them due to the smokers on balconies around them, well, that would be eliminated too if you could only smoke on one side of the ship. And it doesn'tinconvenience smokers either or make them feel like 2nd class citizens. That seems to be the ideal solution, rather than just relegating people like myself who can't be around smoke at all to just one ship and two itineraries.
I'd be more than happy with that, Blue Eyes. No problem with this smoker. (I'm a very considerate smoker, and would never dream of lighting up if I feel that it might disturb someone...even in a "smoking area". If I find myself sitting on the Lido deck next to elderly folks, I'll take a stroll.
I recently sailed on the Conquest, and did not notice a smoky smell anywhere. In fact, did not notice many smokers at all. Most all of the spaces that allow smoking were well ventilated and large spaces. The only time I ever noticed the "smoky haze" was while waiting to debark. All the smokers concentrated in the casino area. There is No smoking in the dining room, entertainment lounge, and most common areas. I had read a post on this board that mentioned the cabins being smelly, so I brought along a room air freshner, and febreeze. Did not need either. Maybe having a balcony room is helpful, the air can circulate better. If your daughter has asthma, sprays will probobly exacerbate the problem, go for the balcony room, or spend time out on the decks. Even if everyone was smoking out there it would be healthier than sitting in the stale air of a
cabin full of febreeze
On are cruise on the Carnival Triumph last june the guy sprayed something every time he cleaned up the room to keep the smoke from stinking up the room because my grandpa (HATES) the smell but we never did smell the smoke so ask them to spray every night or just like the other people said book on the Paradise!