Norwegian Cruise Line bans smoking on balconies

By Tom Stieghorst

Norwegian Cruise Line joined the list of cruise lines that prohibit smoking on cruise ship cabin balconies.

It said the policy takes effect Nov. 1. Passengers caught smoking will be fined $250.

In addition, smoking in the casino will be limited to active players.

As reported last week, Carnival Cruise Lines will ban smoking on balconies starting Oct. 9. The changes leave Holland America Line as the major cruise line that still permits balcony smoking.

Norwegian will continue to allow smoking on the starboard side of the Waterfront areas on Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway, except near outdoor dining venues.

Smoking will be allowed in public areas that are designated by management based on an individual ship’s arrangement and characteristics, Norwegian’s smoking policy says.

Electronic cigarettes cannot be used in public areas where there is a no-smoking policy because they look so realistic that guests’ perception is that the no-smoking rule isn’t being enforced, Norwegian said.

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