First off we are not smokers and we prefer to not be around smoke (notice I didnít say smoke-ers themselves). We understand that each person has a right but we ourselves elect to not be around it. Do they ships have non smoking cabins (rooms), non smoking areas in the restaurants and on deck?
For the comfort and enjoyment of our guests, smoking is prohibited onboard most areas of our ships. However, to provide an onboard environment that also satisfies smokers, we have special designated smoking areas in many of our lounges and on all open-air decks. On Alaska Cruisetours, smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches or inside traincars. On Canadian Rockies Cruisetours, smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches or anywhere on the traincars.
I'm sensitive to smoke myself and I've never detected an odor of smoke in any RCCL cabin I've ever been in. On some ships in the evenings some of the lounges can become a bit smokey.
There's no smoking in the restaurants, and no smoking in the theaters. I also don't believe that smoking is permitting on the pool/sports decks either only on the lower exterior promenades.
Smoking is not permitting on cabin balconies either. That's been an especially big deal since last year's fire on Star Princess.
The smoking problems on cruise ships have improved considerable over the last 10 years & are not nearly the problem they once were. We still don't attend some performances in the bars because they still allow smoking there on most cruise ships. You'll find the smoky areas quickly & learn to avoid them. All the casinos are smoking allowed & are usually obnoxious for a non smoker. They try to limit the smoke in some sections but it's never worked for me so I avoid them altogether.
RCCL seems to walk that same tightrope that Carnival does.
Carnival specifically lists its "designated smoking areas" every day in the Capers. It does not call them "public designated areas", just "designated"...implying that these are the only places you can smoke.
Smoking in the cabins or on the balconies is never listed as a "designated smoking areas" but as we all know, people do it all the time.
I think Carnival is trying to keep the smokers happy while also trying to distance themselves from any responsibility should there be a fire in a cabin or on a balcony.
All Carnival has to say in the case of a fire is "hey, that was not a designated smoking area...we are not responsible."
Does anyone know or is familiar with smoking on HAL? We will be sailing on the Prinsendam in June. I got a balcony cabin just so that in case there was a smoke smell we can open the balcony door and air the room out.