Carnival Cruise Line has updated its smoking policy onboard its cruise ships in a move a cruise line spokesperson tells Travel Agent is aimed at improving guest safety.
As smoking is a fire and safety hazard on a cruise ship, Carnival has implemented the following rules for guests:
All staterooms and suite accommodations, including outside balconies, are NON-SMOKING. This policy applies to all forms of smoking, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vaporizers, electronic cigarettes and marijuana.
Carnival recognizes that some state and local governments in the U.S., and in the destinations we visit, might allow marijuana use. However, Carnival Cruise Line follows U.S. federal law, which strictly prohibits possession and use of recreational/medicinal marijuana and other illegal controlled substances.
Any violation of this policy will result in a $500 charge, per violation, posted on the guest’s Sail & Sign account and may also result in the disembarkation of all guests in the stateroom.
Guests who are disembarked for violating our policy will be responsible for all financial charges and expenses to return home, and no refund of their unused cruise fare will be provided. Additionally, they may be prohibited from sailing with Carnival Cruise Line in the future.
A Carnival spokesperson said that how the cruise line manages smoking is an area that guests have said is important. In addition to the updated policy, the cruise line is also addressing smoking with a greater emphasis in its pre- and post-cruise communications.