Cruise ship holidays provide no end of entertainment for guests who want to enjoy themselves to the max while away. Although cruises are undeniably an opportunity to let one’s hair down there are still rules to follow. Breaking the regulations onboard a cruise ship could have very serious repercussions for the passenger.

Cruise lines all have designated smoking areas onboard in outdoor smoking zones.

Sometimes, depending on the company, lighting up is also possible in casinos, nightclubs, cigar lounges and cabin balconies.

However, if you try to smoke in a prohibited area you could face harsh penalties.

Breaking the cruise line’s smoking rule could see passengers slapped with a fine and booted off the ship.

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Last year, Carnival Cruise Line announced that anyone who smokes in non-designated areas will be fined $500 (£390) or worse, removed from the ship at their own expense.

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.

Passengers will still be able to be light up on certain exterior deck areas and specific casino and nightclub spaces, Carnival said.

Princess Cruises doesn’t permit smoking on cabin balconies but does generally allow it in sections of their ships’ nightclubs and casinos.

However, if you’re a non-smoker and wish to be undisturbed by smoke during your trip, other lines have stricter policies.

According to Cruise Critic: “If you’re a nonsmoker, however, and would prefer to sail on a nearly smoke-free ship, the lines with the most restrictive policies include Azamara, Celebrity, Disney, P&O, Ponant, SeaDream, Viking Ocean and Windstar.

“Each of these companies only permit smoking in limited outdoor areas on deck.”

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