SimonCommunity
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Smoke-Free Cruise Ship Balconies

           

Today Norwegian Cruise Line joined Carnival Cruises Lines in banning all smoking on cabin balconies.

In case you missed the stories:

Norwegian: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/16/4239310/norwegian-cruise-line-bans-balcony.html

Carnival: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/cruiselog/2014/07/09/carnival-bans-smoking-on-balconies/12400429/

What do you think? Will these changes mean cleaner air for cruisers who want to relax on their balcony, or are the cruise lines unfairly targeting smokers who also want to enjoy the balcony they've paid for?

Share your thougths below!

 

Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Lines Smoking Balcony

7 Answers

soozenw
Contributor Level: Purser

As someone who smoked for over 10 years before I quit, I know that it is hard to go without. However, common courtesy is necessary, especially when on vacation. I have issues with not being able to enjoy my balcony because there is a chimney parked next door, spewing out dirty air. Everyone can enjoy their balconies when no one is smoking. But not everyone can enjoy it when the few that still smoke don't respect the very small living spaces. Perhaps I'm spoiled, living in a smoke free state (all restaurants, hotels, etc., are smoke free, and legally smokers must be 15 feet away from entrances to buildings), but there is nothing spoiled about wanting everyone to be able to enjoy their vacation, free from the harmful vices of others.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

This has become a huge hot topic.   Especially for the people who pay extra for the privilege of smoking out there.   I only smoke an occasional cigar in the 'GarBar, and I hope the lines don't have an eye on eliminating them.

Johngold
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Contributor Level: Captain

As a smoker, I have become used to being asked not to smoke in many areas. I don't see a reason for the total ban, but if I'm on a cruise I will respect it. The cigar bars are always an option and there is usually a smoking area set aside on the higher decks.

We book inside cabins and I don't smoke in the cabin or for that matter in a hotel room and never in my own home. I quess I've evolved to this level. Since someone out there did not have the courtesy to not smoke, when they had the chance, every one will have to follow the rules.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

On the Carnival Glory, the Jazz lounge/bar allowed cigar smoking.  Has this changed ?

CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I'm a smoker. And I'm a smoker that always respected the rights of non-smokers by only smoking in designated areas. What gets in my craw is the non-smokers that walk through smoking designated areas, waving their hands and giving dirty looks to smokers in one of the few areas left where they are allowed to indulge. I take the time to find the designated smoking areas onboard. If it bothers you that much, find where on the ship they are and AVOID them! Don't give me dirty looks and make snyde remarks as you walk through the designated smoking area. Remember, those areas ARE legal areas for smoking and smoking is not illegal.

WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

As non-smokers we’ve had our balcony ruined more than once by heavy smokers on nearby balconies so we’re perfectly happy with this change.

We do have a friend who is probably losing her mind though.  They love Carnival and always took an inside cabin back when you could smoke in your stateroom.  Her husband smokes two packs a day though, so they had to switch to balconies (and cruise less often) when that changed.  When Carnival made this announcement a couple weeks ago she immediately canceled their Carnival cruise for this year and started looking for one with Norwegian.  Now that’s off too.  I believe Holland America still allows smoking on balconies but how long do you think that’ll last?

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Hooray for smoke free balconies.  I hate it when I go out on my balcony for fresh air and have to go inside because of smoke. 

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