Just an FYI, HAL has gone to a policy of no smoking in all casinos onboard all their ships. Apparently the policy was changed back in January but they hadn't been enforcing it until now. They didn't do much press or even emails to notify of the change so if you smoke be aware.
That is a bold move. Island Princess had several "no smoking nights" in their casino, which I applauded because even though I don't use the casino, the smoke wafted out into the adjacent public areas; and one of my few complaints about Regal Princess was that the Dome was smoking on one side and non-smoking on the other--like the smoke wasn't going to drift across the boundary!
My wife and I are both ex-smokers so we are sympathetic to the plight of those who enjoy smoking; but so long as comfortable areas are provided for smokers, such as Churchill's and Crooner's, there is no need to ask non-smokers to endure second-hand smoke in areas like the casino.
I am especially glad to hear this as we will be taking my mother, who is 90 and has emphysema, on Veendam in about a month.
Dwayne, thank you for your thoughts for Mom; she is doing darn good for 90 and we expect her to still be going strong at 100.
Don't beat yourself up over the smoking thing. It brought me a lot of pleasure for over 30 years--I started smoking Pall Mall at 13, for 25 cents a pack I might add; and only after numerous unsuccessful attempts was I finally able to put them down.
But I am a Libertarian when it comes to the rights of others--so long as they don't infringe on my rights.
Just do me one favor; try a Grolch, a Bass Ale, a Guiness, a St.
Pauley Girl, a Pacifico--but lose the Coors Light.
WOO HOO - My mom is on oxygen 24-7 because of smoking early on. She wanted to sit in the casino as she enjoys slots but couldnt do it last time because of the smoke. Now she can in 2008. Thanks a bunch for the info.
I agree with you Mickeyd. I have never gone into the casinos because the smoke is overwhelming and makes me ill. I will now venture in to show my support during my next cruise. The ladies in the nearby stores will be very happy about this new rule.
I was exposed to second had smoke for 35 years of my life through my Mother & husband and it never made me feel ill back then. My mother quit when the first grandchild came along. My husband quit when his GIRLFRIEND wouldn't let him smoke in her appartment. LOL, yes, you read that last part right. He is now an ex-husband.
Finally getting back on a Dam ship, Nieuw Amsterdam Nov'11 (My Mom's 80'th B'day cruise)
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