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1. Skeet shooting

Yes, you did read that right. Cruise lines permitted skeet shooting off the backs of their ships up to the 1990s. Cruisers would be issued real firearms, and crew members would launch clay pigeons into the air for them to shoot.

Putting aside the safety concerns related to providing passengers firearms, it is currently against the law to throw any foreign objects into the ocean.

2. Topless sunbathing

Early cruise ships frequently had dedicated spaces where ladies may sunbathe topless; these locations were typically on the top decks. The practice is now prohibited on ships that serve North Americans due to the growing popularity of family cruises.

Some ships with European bases, such as those in the Costa, Celestyal, and Virgin Voyages fleets, nonetheless let guests with breasts to avoid tan lines by sunbathing without tops since Europeans are often less puritanical about the human form.

3. Smoking

This one has a warning attached. On modern cruise ships, smoking is still permitted in at least one or two specified locations, such as cigar lounges, a few open-deck areas, and frequently casinos, even though it is no longer permitted in the majority of public spaces or on cabin balconies.

Both safety and the comfort of passengers are protected by outlawing cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes or vapes in most areas on board.

4. Cruises to nowhere

Remember the days when you could just drive to your nearest home port to board a shorter voyage with no port visits because you were short on time or money? "Cruises to nowhere" were still available not so long ago, providing fantastic possibilities for short holidays.

The Passenger Vessel Services Act, which mandates cruise ships traveling from U.S. ports to stop on at least one foreign port before returning to the U.S., was aggressively enforced by the United States Government starting in 2016.

5. Netless golf-ball driving

Sporty cruisers used to be allowed to shag golf balls off the rear of the ship and directly into the ocean. Similar to shooting skeet, it was wasteful and included dumping a significant amount of trash into the ocean.

Cruise companies have made an effort to be more environmentally conscious as environmental policies develop, like banning free-range golf ball driving.