I don't smoke. Never have. Never will. Came from a house with 2 parents, 2 packs a day each. I used to roll up a towel and block under my door with it to avoid the smoke drifting in. Dad smoked non-filter Pall Mall. He used to wake me up every morning when he got up for work, hacking. Mom smoked Benson and Hedges. As kids, five of us begged our parents to please stop. Finally, they both quit cold turkey approximately 30 yrs. ago. Now they tell us how sorry they are for what they did to us as children. I can't imagine smoking and being a runner as I am.
I'm sure it can't be easy for Holland to make this decision. But, I applaude them for it.
Hoping all the other Cruise Lines do the same.
I'm not anti-smoking, just don't like smelling like an ashtray.....I've never smoked...well there was that stuff in the 60's....nevermind..
Yes, glad to hear Hal is going non-smoking in the casinos. I was a heavy smoker for 34 yrs and now am paying for it as I have COPD. Not on oxygen yet but looking at it down the road. Now everyone can enyoy their cruises smoke free--yipee!!
Man, I wish they'd get it together with this on-again off-again smoking ban. I find out about it not by an email, call or press release but via an angry client who smokes and calls me from the ship screaming at me and wanting to know why I didn't warn her about the change. Then I post this thread and begin warning some of my clients who I know are smokers. I then get another client who's upset because she asks about the policy and I let her know there will be no smoking in the casino and like Rick just posted, they didn't have but two non-smoking nights. I call HAL and ask for a supervisor to tell me what's going on and he says he doesn't know. I ask who does and he doesn't know that either. After a little pressing I find out... It was to be fleet wide and a complete ban on all smoking on all ships. There was revolt! They had a mass of cancellations by smokers who vowed to never sail them again and multile screamers onboard their ships during the bans. Looks like, as with prohibition they thought it was a good idea but found it may be un-enforcable if they want to keep a large percentage of the present client base. Sooooooo... it's up in the air. They're scrambling for what to do and what to say. If they say no more smoking they have a problem. Now that the non-smoking word is out if they say go ahead and smoke they have a problem.
Guess we'll have to wait and see how it all shakes out. Please don't call and scream at your agent, he/she had nothing to do with it either way.