Thanks Carnival!

I just received word that Carnival is making cruising more enjoyable!

As I have mentioned previously, my wife Marty is a lung cancer survivor.

She had her entire left lung removed 12 years ago.

Marty is always concerned that if we get a balcony, she will smell cigarette smoke from other cabins.

Today Carnival made a major decision about smoking on their ships.

All staterooms and suites, inclusive of the balconies, will be an entirely smoke-free environment on Carnival ships. This change is consistent with the policy of most major cruise lines and will be implemented on October 9, 2014, or any new voyage departing thereafter.


Smoking will continue to be allowed in designated exterior open deck areas, as well as in the night club, and in certain areas within the casino and casino bar. (Boo!)

Guests who smoke in their staterooms or on their balconies will be assessed a $250 cleaning and refreshing fee on their Sail & Sign account. Information on this fee is included in Carnival’s ticket contract.

On another note, the gratuity guidelines on Carnival will be increasing from $11.50 to $12.00 per person per day with voyages departing October 9, 2014, and onward. Guests who have pre-paid their gratuities as of July 7, 2014, will not be affected by this change.

While gratuities are automatically added to guest’s onboard Sail & Sign account as a convenience, tipping is always at their discretion. They can feel free to adjust, up or down, as they please by visiting Guest Services.

Marty and I are happy that Carnival is taking this step to a more smoke-free vacation environment and hope they will continue that effort in the future.


5 Responses to “Thanks Carnival!”

  1. jerald Says:

    Outside is outside no matter. Carnival ought to have smokers and non smokers on different floors. Casino and casino bar is a lot worse than outside on the balcony. Dumb idea and will loose money by this. Just saying.

  2. nealberk Says:

    As one who is highly allergic to tobacco and who has an asthmatic wife who is even more sensitive, I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments. May there come a time when all ships are smoke free.

  3. pmaghamfar Says:

    We’ve never cruised with Carnival but applaud the policy!

  4. Suzanne Fluhr Says:

    I’m married to a lung doctor. Carnival still has a ways to go in the inexorable march to “smoke free” for me to want to cruise with them again. I guess they’ve done the math and it is still profitable for them to allow smoking in certain indoor areas. I realize that some people are addicted to smoking, so I understand the need for an outdoor designated smoking area, but indoors. Is it really necessary?

  5. Ashley Says:

    I am a smoker but I highly agree with this. I like the fact that they have designated areas to smoke, but by the bar at the casino is a little much. They need a better ventilation system in place there. It’s odd to me that one side of the bar is smoking and the other side is non.

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