By the 15th January 2012 Holland America, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Princess Cruises will have new restrictive smoking policies in place on their ships. This means that on some cruise lines passengers will no longer be able to smoke on their balconies or in their cabins.
Princess cruises have announced that they will continue to provide their customers who smoke with areas to go, which include the Churchill cigar lounge and parts of the open decks. Holland America have said that from the 15th January, passengers will no longer be able to smoke in their cabins but will be able to on their balconies.
From the 1st December 2011 Carnival cruises have announced that smoking will not be aloud in any of the staterooms, but passengers will be able to smoke on their balconies. The Spa staterooms will continue to be entirely smoke-free.
Other lines that have also banned smoking in cabins and on balconies include Azamara, Regent Seven Seas, Celebrity and Oceania. Disney Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean have also banned smoking in cabins, but do allow smoking on the balconies. For those passengers who do not follow the new smoking policy then they will be charged an addition $250 cleaning fee. All three lines have said that they were notifying those passengers already booked on cruises of their new policies.
On most cruise ships there is always designated smoking areas, usually on one side of the ship. So those of you who do not smoke should avoid these areas and those of you who do then should respect other passengers and only use these designated areas.
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