Will Carnival Smoking Ban Reach the Port?

Carnival Cruise lines operates two ships out of the Port of Long Beach, but you'd better check before bothering to pack cigars the next time you book the Ensenada turn-around.

What's that? Carnival's tub has a cigar lounge? Yep, that's true, but the cruise line is experimenting with a total smoking ban.

A cruise ship cigar lounge, perhaps on Carnival, I'm not sure.
A cruise ship cigar lounge, perhaps on Carnival, I'm not sure.

The news of the test ban broke on the personal blog of Carnival's cruise director, who was responding to a question from a Carnival customer who likes to light up while at sea.

John Heald replied the line has tried out the smoking bans on three ships that include the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Alaska as ports of call (but not Long Beach, thank God).

The problem with firing up stogies, according to Carnival spokespeople, is guests have to pass through the stinky lounge to get to certain parts of the ships.

One of them, Tim Gallagher, has revealed his company, which is considered among the most lenient when it comes to allowing puffing, is now seeking passenger input about the test ban, which will inform how officials move forward.

But one wag has apparently asked, "What's next? Banning swimming in the swimming pool?"


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