At the end of the 20th century, some nine ships afloat were offering a completely smoke-free environment. Eight of them, of course, belonged to now-defunct Renaissance Cruises. None of the new owners and operators of those vessels have opted to continue that revolutionary policy. So, since 2001, Carnival Paradise has been the only hold-out though industry sources have long noted that the lack of a follow-up -- or sister ship -- in this arena by Carnival was a pretty strong sign that the concept would ultimately disintegrate.
Carnival Paradise begins its new assignment in September.