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.

Carnival bans smoking on balconies

By Tom Stieghorst
Carnival Cruise Lines said that smoking will no longer be allowed on cabin balconies on its ships, starting Oct. 9.

Smoking inside cabins is already prohibited.

Smoking will continue to be allowed in designated open deck areas, as well as nightclubs and certain areas within the casino and casino bar, Carnival said.

The change is consistent with policies at most other cruise lines. Holland America Line and Norwegian Cruise Line continue to allow smoking on balconies.

Royal Caribbean, MSC further restrict smoking

Royal Caribbean, MSC further restrict smoking

By Tom Stieghorst
Two cruise lines have announced new restrictions on smoking.

Royal Caribbean International has done away with smoking on stateroom balconies, leaving Norwegian Cruise Line as the only major holdout.

In addition, Royal Caribbean extended its ban on smoking to almost all indoor areas except the casino, which will have a designated nonsmoking section.

However, on select cruises departing from China, a nonsmoking section in the casino will not be available.

Smoking is allowed in the cigar bars on Freedom- and Voyager-class ships and in The Vault, a nightclub on Voyager of the Seas.

The changes take effect starting Jan. 1.

Separately, MSC Cruises said that starting Nov. 2, when the MSC Divina departs Venice on a repositioning cruise to Miami, it will limit smoking on that ship to the Cigar Lounge and the port side of designated outdoor decks.

Smoking won’t be permitted in the Top Sail or Black & White lounges or in the MSC Yacht Club area.

In addition, the casino will become nonsmoking, although MSC said the casino manager at his discretion may allow some players to smoke in clearly designated areas.

Divina is scheduled to sail year round from Miami.