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Daria Kushnir

Age: 46

Occupation:Medical Physicist

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Star Princess

Sailing Date: March 12th, 2006

Itinerary: Western Caribbean


I absolutely agree with all the positive comments and reviews. I loved my first cruise on Golden Princess and was expecting the second one to be as great.

Unfortunately, I have to make an important comment for the non-smokers or people with allergies to smoke. The passenger in the cabin across from ours smoked cigars. The first evening going back to our room we noticed that the hallway by our cabin smelled cigar smoke so badly that we felt it in our cabin. Imagine having to breathe cigar smoke in your room all night long! I called the pursers desk immediately asking to do something about it and I asked about the smoking policy. I was surprised to find out that there are no nonsmoking rooms, passengers are allowed to smoke in any cabin (even cigars). The only thing is Princess is asking to refrain from smoking cigars in public places. In this particular case all crew members from Pursers desk in supervisory positions were protecting the rights of smokers to smoke in their rooms, never mind that public areas like hallways were contaminated with cigar smoke as the result. They were dispatching cleaning crews to do extra cleaning in the hallway and the cleaning crew was great, but they are not there 24 hrs a day and it took me about 5 days calling the pursers desk and asking to send the crew and the crew would come some time after the call and do their job but the guy would smoke again etc. By day 6 I got tired and gave up. Needless to say, my vacation was ruined by that. If you have smoke allergies, breathing uncontaminated air is much more important then food or entertainment. In response to advocates of smokers' rights I can only say - smokers have a choice to smoke in cigar bars, on balconies and move to another place to smoke their cigar, they do not have to smoke in their room. Nonsmokers do not have a choice where to sleep and they are stuck breathing contaminated air even in their cabins because Princess is so protective of the smokers' rights.

I consider this very unfair and discriminating against nonsmokers, not to mention fire hazardous.

And the fire on Star Princess next cruise after ours proves the point. I hate to say I told you so, but having no nonsmoking room blocks and no smoking room blocks with extra fire precautions in the smoking blocks is asking for trouble.

If not for the benefit of nonsmokers, at least for fire safety Princess should change their smoking policy, separate smoking cabin blocks from nonsmoking cabin blocks and enforce more strict fire safety measures in the smoking section.

I feel very bad about the fire that happened yesterday and about the passengers that had a tragedy instead of great vacation experience.

My next cruise will depend on Princess changing their smoking policy to a more fair one, kind of like something that hotels have.

I loved everything else though, the teen Off-Limits program is great. My teenage son had a great time.

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