Two thirds of holidaymakers do not know what the smoking policy is onboard cruise ships, an online poll has revealed.

Eight months after the introduction of the smoking ban, 66% of the 5,500 people asked by cruise website said they did not know what the policy was onboard cruise ships.

British law does not apply to cruise ships either docked or travelling in international waters, leaving companies to apply their own laws.

Over half of respondents thought cruise ships should not decide their own policy, and 68% of respondents believe British ships should ban smoking completely.

Smoking can also be a health and safety hazard, the survey suggested. Almost a quarter of respondents admitted to either throwing a cigarette overboard or seeing someone else do it. head of marketing at Sukie Rapal said: “This research shows the apparent need for consistent smoking policies across all cruise operators. One solution could be for the operators to make their own policies clearer in all marketing collateral such as websites and brochures.”