I will not be traveling on a smoke-free ship. However, my travel agent asked if I was a smoker. I am not, and tend to have an allergic reaction if exposed to too much cigarette smoke. Do the ships have "non-smoking" rooms, in which I will probably be placed? Or is it more likely that I will end up in a room that still smells thickly of the previous traveler's smoke?
If you're booked on a smoke free ship, it's the Carnival Paradise (the ONLY totally smoke free ship at the moment).
If this is in fact the ship you're booked on, you'll have no concern, because no one every smoked in those cabins.
We were on the Fantasy and I asked the exact same question because my husband is very sensitive to smoke. I e-mailed Carnival and was told they deodorize all rooms between cruises. Now whether that is actually true, I don't know, but I can tell you there was no odor of smoke in our cabin. The dining rooms and main show lounge (on the Fantasy this is the Universe Lounge) are smoke-free. Avoid the casino areas, the bars, and outside decks near the placement of mounted ash trays. We communicated with a Carnival Representative a few times by e-mail. She seemed very happy to try to accomodate us. Good luck and have a great time!
Do you have a balcony cabin? I've read where some passengers were able to eliminate the smoke smell the 1st day by simply airing it out with both cabin and balcony doors open. According to Celebrity, only the public areas have smoking vs non-smoking sections (usually one side of the ship is smoking). All cabins allow smoking. Each cruiseline could be different.
I think the problem is cabin selection is very important to cruisers. Whereas, booking a hotel room, you don't pick a specific room, just specify smoking vs non-smoking and suite vs room usually.
The sprays and mists only cover up the smoke and smoke residue. If a person has more than just an aversion to tobacco smoke, such as allergy or physical sensitivity, the sprays can actually make a persons problem worse. The smoke is not neutralized, it is merely covered up. Also, the spray contains aerosols that numbs the receptors in the nose causing a temporary block to odor. Same fact applies to candles. The answer for these folks with a true problem is a non-smoking environment .
I was happy to experience the almost total "smoke-lessness' on the Explorer. The Q&A section of the RCI Vacatiion Planner says, "For the comfort and enjoyment of our guests, our ships have been designated nonsmoking ships. However, we recognize that some of our guests smoke. Therefore, to provide an onboard environment that also satisfies smokers, we have designated smoking areas in some of our lounges and on all open-air decks..........please refrain from smoking pipes or cigars in any of the public areas...." The smokers were easy to avoid and there is no smoking in or even near the staterooms, dining, shopping, theater, etc. It made for an even more enjoyable cruise for us. I never worried about an asthma flare-up.
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Just for information.. smoking IS allowed in all the cabins. There are no non smoking cabins.
As for RCI's declaration that it's a non smoking ship.. the BUT.... made me laugh out loud. If it's a non smoking ship, and you can smoke on it, then it's not a non smoking ship!!!!!!