Just as we’ve watched tolerance of smoking in public areas, such as restaurants, parks and the workplace, diminish over time, we’re seeing a similar trend hit the high seas. There’s no denying it: Cruise lines are cracking down, too. What began as smoking bans in cabins and public areas is expanding to include cabin balconies and more (MSC Cruises has even banned smoking in one of its ship’s casinos).
But it’s not a surprise to us. The majority of cruisers always have been in favor of tighter bans and restrictions. Since our daily poll began running in 2007, we’ve seen some pretty consistent results. (See one of our first polls on smoking below.) And as you will see in our latest poll — which we ran in light of Royal Caribbean‘s new smoking ban on cabin balconies — the overall stance has not changed.
What we asked: Smoking on cruise ships should be ___.
What they said: Similar to our earlier results, more than half of our poll-takers feel strongly about anti-smoking enforcements onboard. Although the minority feels just as passionate about their beliefs, cruise lines tailor their decisions to the mass market, so the latest smoking bans aren’t likely to go away anytime soon.
Vote in today’s daily poll by scrolling to the bottom right.
See a list of individual cruise line smoking policies.
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