In a move that has caused much controversy on social media sites last week, Princess Cruises, Holland America and Carnival have announced their new smoking policies.
Cruisers have made their voices heard on Facebook with debate running rife regarding the stricter policy.
Where Holland America and Carnival have chosen not to promote the move on their pages themselves, Princess Cruises have allowed their ‘fans’ to air their opinions openly.
One ‘Elite Cruiser’ on the Princess page said, “I have cruises booked thru 2013 and will be cancelling them…cruising should be enjoyable for all – smokers as well as non-smokers.”
At the time of publishing, the announcement posted by Princess last week attracted 927 ‘likes’ and generated 546 comments quite equally divided regarding what many ‘fans’ have deemed an act ‘discrimination.’
e-Travel Blackboard has detailed the new policies below and we welcome your comments regarding your thoughts on what seems to be quite a controversial move by the cruise lines.
Effective 15 January 2012, smoking will no longer be allowed in staterooms or balconies.
“Our consumer studies now show that smokers are a small minority of our passengers, and that the large majority of passengers value having their primary living space onboard smoke-free,” said Jan Swartz, executive vice president Princess Cruises.
Ms Swartz added that with balconies a hallmark feature of Princess ships, they were included in the new policy as the “line believes it’s important to keep that peaceful space clear of smoke.”
Designated smoking areas will still be provided in Churchill’s cigar lounge, an area of the disco, casino and open decks, with the line still welcoming passengers who smoke.
Any smokers found smoking in their stateroom will find their account charged with a $250 fine.
Holland America Line
In keeping with reports that a majority of guests do not smoke, Holland America too has amended their smoking policy effective 15 January 2012.
Whilst staterooms and most indoor public areas have now been deemed ‘smoke-free’, smoking will still be permitted on stateroom balconies.
Designated smoking areas will also be available both inside and on outside decks.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival will be rolling out its new smoking policy in two stages.
Effective 15 June 2011, smoking will only be allowed in Carnival’s dance clubs, designated areas within the casino and designated areas on open decks.
13 of Carnival’s 23 ships will also allow smoking in the jazz clubs. These 13 ships include; Carnival Destiny, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Victory, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Freedom, and Carnival Splendor.
Effective 1 December 2011, smoking will be prohibited in all staterooms however, like Holland America, passengers will be permitted to smoke on their stateroom balconies.
All spa staterooms featured on Carnival Splendor, Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic will be 100 per cent smoke-free including on their balconies.
This decision was based on a survey of guests that indicated approximately 90 per cent are non-smokers with less than 5 per cent choosing to smoke in their cabins.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Natalie Aroyan