Carnival Cruise Line sent out a letter to travel agents today stating that passengers will no longer be allowed to smoke on the balcony of their staterooms. All staterooms, suites, and balconies will now be smoke free.
This new smoking ban will be implemented on October 9, 2014. Smoking will still allowed in designated sections of each cruise ship (casino, sections of the open air deck etc). Carnival joins a growing list of the major cruise lines that have outlawed smoking in staterooms and on balconies.
In addition to the new smoking rules, gratuities will be raised from $11.50 a day to $12.00 per day per passenger with all voyages departing October 9, 2014 and onward. Guests who have prepaid their gratuities as of July 7, 2014 will not be affected. This is also the standard rate for the major cruise lines. View the letter that was sent out to travel professionals regarding these changes.
Passengers who are caught smoking in their staterooms or balconies will be charged a $250 cleaning and refreshing fee.
The only mainstream cruise lines that will still allow passengers to smoke on their balconies will be Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America.