Throwback Thursday: Do You Remember Carnival’s Non-Smoking Cruise Ship?
Once upon a time, Carnival Cruise Line built the first entirely non-smoking ship complete with non-smoking symbols largely painted on each side of the vessel and on its stern. The policy was so strictly enforced that even workers at the Kvaerner Masa-Yards shipbuilding facility in Helsinki, Finland were expected to abide by it during the vessel’s construction. The ship was called Paradise.
Launched in 1998, the Paradise was applauded by anti-smoking and cancer-prevention organizations. She may have been the last of eight Fantasy-class ships built by Carnival, but she was ahead of her time when it came to the onboard lifestyle. Not only was the act of smoking forbidden, absolutely no smoking materials were allowed on the ship, and if any were discovered, the guest would be fined $250 and removed from the ship at the next port.
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