Let me add a real downer here. On January 23, 2014 my best friend/husband/life partner died of cancer. He did not smoke, nor had he ever smoked, but he inhaled a lot of second hand smoke over his life time. He was young - he had turned 65 on January 16, 2014.
I am a former smoker and here I am. I am now going to be a rabid anti-smoking fan and I will report each and every person I see trying to sneak a smoke or an e-cig whenever I see them.
I so sorry for your loss! When I was young my neighbor had lung cancer and I watched her slip away over the course of a few years. Watching her gasp for breathe and use oxygen scared the crap out of me! God sent me a message loud and clear. I have never smoked and never will. A guy I worked with died of lung cancer at 72. He never drank or smoked but his wife did. Life can be so unfair! Felix my heart goes out to you.
Carnival Fascination 11/01/04, 5N
Crown Princess 3/27/10, 7N Oasis of the Seas 10/20/12, 7N
Celebrity Silhouette 2/09/14 7N Quantum of the Seas - 12/01/14, 11N
Obviously a passionate subject... I was not aware that Carnival Paradise was again a non smoking ship. We sailed on her probably 10 years ago when she was, but then they took away her non smoking status, citing not enough money made in the bars and casinos. If it's true that she is once again a non smoking ship, I would not hesitate to book her again, as one of my pet peeves about cruising is dealing with other people's' smoke.
The Paradise is not a non-smoking ship once again - hasn't been since 2003 and from what my Carnival rep told me, there are no plans to try this experiment again, at least not in the foreseeable future.
As much as non-smokers say they want an all non-smoking ship, it's just financial feasible, so I don't anyone will try it again anytime soon.
__________________ 47 Cruises & Counting! Favorites: Paul Gauguin to Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises in Europe; any of the Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America for 12-nights in the Baltics & Russia; RCCL for 14-night Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America for 14-day Alaska cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days in Hawaii including a 7-night NCL cruise; Oceania for 25 days in Asia; & 3 months touring Europe by train. And many days spent in all-inclusive resorts!
Smoking is banned in all public spaces in the UK and Ships should have this like the airports. Normally you get one bar that is smoking aloud and that is it. There are more and more people wanting smoking banned that those shouting for it (well, when smokers start shouting it is normally followed by coughing). I smoked from a young age and have finally been clean for 8 years. So I know how it feels on both sides, but as smokers are getting pushed outside and it's being shunned upon by more then we will see more spaces becoming non smoking until they are put in a lifeboat and towed behind the ship.
Last year smoking was allowed on one of the outside decks and in the casino on Enchantment. Has that changed?
Looking for our next cruise!
Sovereign of the Seas (Sept 2002)
Enchantment of the Seas (Sept 2003)
Monarch of the Seas (August 2009)
Monarch of the Seas (April 2011)
Enchantment of the Seas- Port Canaveral (May 2013)
Enchantment of the Seas - (April 2014)
Hope for a BIG ship in 2015! (heck with that, we'll take a small one for 2014!)