Here’s where you can smoke on a Royal Caribbean cruise

Royal Caribbean allows cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and pipes on its cruise ships, but smoking is restricted to designated areas on board for the comfort and safety of all passengers. Knowing where you’re allowed to smoke (and where you’re not allowed to smoke) will help you better prepare for your next cruise.

Royal Caribbean’s no-smoking policies apply fleet-wide, so you can expect to find the same smoking areas on most ships. Customers who violate this No Smoking Policy may be subject to additional action in accordance with the “Consequences” section of this Customer Conduct Policy.

Whether you’re looking for a place to smoke or trying to select a cabin farther from smoking areas, here’s what you need to know about smoking on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

promenade bridge

All Royal Caribbean ships feature an outdoor Promenade Deck where guests can enjoy an outdoor promenade away from the hustle and bustle found elsewhere on board. This space is located on Deck 4 or 5 and wraps around the ship, offering fantastic ocean views.

Smoking is permitted in a designated area on one side of the Promenade Deck only. Whether this smoking area is on the port or starboard side of the ship depends on the ship you are sailing on. Even ships of the same class can differ when it comes to smoking locations, so it is recommended to consult old cruise ship compasses to check where smoking is permitted on the Promenade Deck.

On most ships, the Promenade Deck smoking section will be small, with only a few chairs and ashtrays. On Quantum Class ships (except Odyssey of the Seas), there is a larger covered smoking area outside with comfortable seating.

Oasis-class ships do not have a traditional promenade deck, as this area has been designated as a jogging track. While there are still places to sit and relax on the jogging track, this area is designated as non-smoking on all Oasis-class ships.

Pool terrace

You may smoke in a designated area on one side of the pool deck on Royal Caribbean ships. The smoking side of the ship differs from ship to ship, so it’s best to check a recent cruise compass for the ship you’ll be sailing on to see which side allows smoking.

The designated smoking area will include comfortable seating, tables and ashtrays. Note that although smoking is permitted on one side of the pool deck, it will only be permitted in the designated smoking area on that side, not the entire half of the pool deck.

Smoking is not permitted in any other areas of the pool deck, including near the dining areas, the upper pool deck jogging track and the sports deck.

Casino

The casino’s smoke-free policies vary depending on the port of departure of your cruise. For most departure ports, including those in the United States and Canada, smoking is permitted in the casino while the casino is in operation. Guests will find both a smoking and a non-smoking area at the casino.

On ships departing from the UK and Australia, smoking is not permitted in the casino. Cruise passengers departing from China and Hong Kong are free to smoke in any part of the casino.

Cigar and pipe tobacco is not allowed in the casino, as it is only allowed outside (except for the Connoisseur Club).

connoisseurs club

Select Royal Caribbean ships feature the Connoisseur Club, an indoor cigar lounge where guests can buy and smoke cigars, order drinks and chat with other passengers.

The Connoisseur Club is being phased out on Royal Caribbean ships, but can still be found on Liberty of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas. The club will likely be removed when both ships are amplified. The space will become either the Diamond Club or the library/card room.

Vaping

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are only permitted in designated smoking areas.

Non-smoking areas

Balcony and cabin

Royal Caribbean does not allow smoking on stateroom balconies or in the stateroom itself. While a balcony can be your own private outdoor space, smoking can cause discomfort to cabin passengers around you. Any passenger caught smoking in their cabin or on their balcony will be subject to a $250 cleaning fee.

Solarium

The adult-only sundeck on Royal Caribbean ships is non-smoking. While this can be a relaxing place to spend the day away from younger passengers, passengers should stay in the designated area on the pool deck when smoking.

Central Park and Boardwalk neighborhoods

Although Oasis-class ships offer plenty of public outdoor spaces on board, smoking is only permitted in the casino and on one side of the pool deck. The Central Park and Boardwalk areas are non-smoking.

Other public spaces

Entertainment venues, the Royal Promenade, bars, lounges and restaurants are all non-smoking. Terrace restaurants, including the Windjammer Terrace, are also non-smoking.

Another important distinction is that passengers must be at least 21 years old to smoke on sailings departing from the United States and 18 on sailings departing from other countries.

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