The last cruise we went on was a non smoking cruise and we have never been on a smoking cruise. In Calif. we are use to no smoking laws in public places, but realize the rest of the world does not run to the Calif drum beat. My question is how bad is it in the real world? I like a cigar now and then but too much drives me nuts. Any comments? --Thanks!
being a smoker myself you wouldn't think that I could help, but my grandparents cannot stand smoke and the only vacations they go on are cruises. I do know that most of the newer ships have spent a great deal of money to insure that the smell and smoke does not stick around very long.
Hi Steve! I am a smoker and am always amazed at the lack of cigarette smoke and it's smell anywhere on ship. Of course, they don't allow it in the Main dining room or the Main theater but the lounges and bars do. The secondary lounge does and on any given night there is a large group of people in there. I have never noticed any "clouds" hanging or even the smell of cigarette smoke. Also, If you notice, they don't ask you your preference when you book a room. I have yet to walk into a stateroom and smell that tell tale odor of past smokers. They must have a phenomenal air filtration system on board. There is one place you will definately want to avoid, The Cigar Club...phew...even we were a bit overcome by fumes in there! However, you had to physically walk in that room before you could see or smell smoke. Being a smoker, my nose and eyes are not as sensitive as a non smoker's but I don't think you will find it a problem. Happy sailing!
Just got off the Rhapsody, last January. The only smoking areas were around the pool bar,on the port side of the pool,in the casino & in the back of the lounges. Being a non-smoker and a singer, I especially reveled in the fact that there's no smoking near the stages, making dancing, karaoke, piano bar and the talent show more fun!
Thanks for the info! My wife especially thank you all for the info. I am really a non-smoker,but have been known to puff on a cigar from time to time. Actually looking forward to the "cigar bar once or twice. I haven't smoked one in months. She on the other hand will insist that I be de-fumed before I am allowed anywhere. Can't wait till we leave! Less than a Month!
I was on Explorer last week, and was pleasantly surprised that there was very little smoke smell (I'm a non-smoker and hate the smell). The casino was pretty bad, but I don't gamble, so I only went through it a few times to get somewhere else. On the pool deck, you are only suppossed to smoke on the starboard side, but I saw people smoking on both sides. Since there were only ashtrays on the one side, I hate to think what they did with the ashes and butts. There were also a few cigars being smoked on deck (again - against the rules), but it was pretty easy to get away from them.
We had no problem with our room, but in case you are unfortunate enough to get a room that was previously occupied by a rude smoker, you might want to bring an air freshener.