Cruise warning: Doing this one thing on a cruise ship could see you fined hundreds
CRUISE ships are cracking down on a common activity and warning that passengers could be fined hundreds of pounds or kicked off the boat if caught – are you at risk?
Cruises: Smoking on a cruise ship could see passengers fined hundreds of pounds (Image: Getty Images)
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Cruise company Carnival Cruise Line is clamping down on passengers smoking as they introduce new rules. Anyone who smokes in non-designated areas will be fined $500 (£390) or worse, removed from the ship at their own expense, the US line has announced. Non-designated areas now include outdoor cabin balconies, as well as all state rooms and suite accommodations. The non-smoking policy applies to all forms of smoking, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vaporisers, electronic cigarettes and marijuana.
Cruises: Smoking on a cruise ship could see passengers fined hundreds of pounds
Passengers will still be able to be light up on certain exterior deck areas and specific casino and nightclub spaces, Carnival have said.
They explained on their website: “It is necessary to strictly limit smoking to areas that are frequently monitored by our crew.
“Our policy is focused on providing a safe environment while giving some options to our guests who want to smoke.”
Carnival highlights that even if marijuana is legal in some of the destinations their ships visit, the cruise line follows US federal law, which strictly prohibits possession and use of recreational or medicinal marijuana and other illegal controlled substances.
If a passenger is caught smoking they will be assessed a $500 charge, per violation. Drug use will be reported to the authorities.
“The assessment of this charge does not allow a guest to continue smoking in his/her stateroom,” said Carnival.
Cruises: Anyone who smokes in a non-designated areas will be fined $500 (£390) (Image: Getty Images)
“If a guest is found to be in violation of our smoking policy, all guests in the stateroom may be disembarked from the vessel and risk not being allowed to sail on Carnival in the future.
“Guests will be responsible for all financial charges and expenses to return home, and no refund of unused cruise fare will be provided.”
Carnival added: “Carnival’s smoking policy is consistent with the policy of other major cruise lines.”
The cruise line’s previous smoking policy only included a fine when passengers were caught smoking in their rooms, and the fine would go towards cleaning the room.
Cruise holidaymakers also need to be careful with what they wear when stopping off at certain countries as it could see them arrested when they leave the ship.
Cruises: Passengers will still be able to be light up on certain exterior deck areas (Image: Getty Images)CRUISE ships are cracking down on a common activity and warning that passengers could be fined hundreds of pounds or kicked off the boat if caught – are you at risk?
Smoking Pot on a Cruise Ship: Is It Legal?
It’s not a stretch to say that parts of the United States have been rethinking how they categorize cannabis; pot legalization and decriminalization movements have been gaining ground across the country in recent years. As of 2016, the District of Columbia and four states — including Alaska and Washington, two popular cruise destinations — have legalized marijuana for personal use, and another 21 states have legalized it for medical use.
But does that mean you can blaze up on the high seas? Hardly. Despite many states and cities downgrading penalties for possession, marijuana is still classified as a narcotic under federal law — and those are the rules that govern international cruise shipping. Besides the fact that the aforementioned law supersedes any state or local laws, every single cruise line has a rule prohibiting marijuana in their contracts of carriage. Combined with the fact that almost all cruise lines are nonsmoking these days, and you’ll see why smoking pot on a cruise ship is a huge no-no.
And in a nod to the ever-changing evolution of cannabis products, we’ll take our warnings a few steps further and offer this as a bottom line: No pot — or any of the myriad products on the market that now contain cannabis — is allowed on cruise ships, ever. It’s really that simple.
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