Celebrity Tightens Smoking Restrictions

April 11, 2008
Celebrity Cruises will no longer allow passengers to smoke in cabins and on balconies once the new restrictions go into effect in early October. Violaters may be slammed with a $250 cleaning fee -- and possible consequences related to the line's guest conduct policy.

While by far most cruise lines permit in-cabin smoking, there's a small group of lines that have begun to create stricter rules, such as Disney, Crystal, Peter Deilmann and Oceania. One major instigator of tightening restrictions was of course the terrifying fire aboard Star Princess last year; it was discovered that it began as a result of a passenger smoking on his balcony.

Specifically, for Celebrity, the rule will be phased in as follows:

Cruises beginning October 3: Celebrity Galaxy, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Mercury

Cruises beginning October 4: Celebrity Summit

Cruises beginning October 5: Celebrity Constellation

Cruises beginning October 6: Celebrity Century, Celebrity Millennium

Both Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox will adhere to the new regulations upon launch.

The only exception to this rule is Celebrity Xpedition, the line's 92- person mega-yacht that sails year-round in the Galapagos Islands. It's always operated under a very strict policy and will continue to do so.

For more information on cruise line smoking policies, check out our guide.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief