Norwegian Cruise Line became the latest cruise line to put an end to balcony smoking. The announcement comes a week after Carnival said that guests will no longer be allowed to light up on stateroom balconies.
This new policy from Norwegian starts on all sailings on and after November 1, 2014. Smoking in the casinos will also be limited to players only. This new rule includes e-cigarettes. Cabins have been smoke free for the past several years.
On the Norwegian’s two newest ships, the Getaway and Breakaway, smoking on the Waterfront will be permitted on the starboard side, with an exception being in the dining areas.
Holland America is the only mainstream line that will still allow guests to smoke on balconies. Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines stopped allowing it last fall.
Norwegian said that they made the change due to the utmost importance of the health and well being of their guests and crew.
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