Norwegian Cruise Line today announced they have revised their smoking policy to ban balcony smoking as well as other restrictions. The new policy is as follows:
"As the health and well-being of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance, Norwegian Cruise Line will institute changes to its smoking policy for all sailings on or after November 1, 2014. The specific changes prohibit smoking on stateroom balconies and limit smoking in the casino to players. On Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, smoking on The Waterfront will be permitted on the starboard side, except by the outdoor dining areas.
Public areas throughout all our ships are smoke-free. If you smoke regular or electronic cigarettes, you can do so in designated areas only. If you prefer pipes or cigars, you can smoke in the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. Smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes is permitted in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks where designated by the ship's management based on the ship's specific characteristics and arrangement. Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in or near venues serving food, the jogging track, outdoor sporting venues, The Haven outdoor areas and children's pool areas. On ships with The Waterfront, smoking is permitted on the starboard side excluding any food service areas. Active Casino players may smoke cigarettes in the Casino during gaming hours. Cigarette smoking is not permitted in any other indoor venue or location.
Guests are not permitted to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes in their staterooms or on their balconies. Cigar and pipe smoking in staterooms and on balconies is prohibited. Smoking inside your stateroom or on your balcony will result in a $250 cleaning charge added to your onboard account. If cigarette burns on furniture, linens, towels or carpeting are detected; guests will be advised and charged for the damages.
Electronic cigarettes cannot be used in public areas where there is a No Smoking policy in force; simply because these cigarettes look so realistic and therefore other guests' perception is that we are not enforcing the No Smoking rule."
Dave and Berrick...NCL's policy still allows unabated smoking in the Casino on every ship. My most recent Asthma problem aboard the NCL Dawn results from NCL's failure to provide sufficient filtered clean air flow in the Casino area. Next to every gambling position (slots or tables) is an ashtray....it is the extent of the gamblers smoking causing the problem...simply restricting the smoking to active gamblers is a whitewash....it will have minimal effect (if any) on the smoking problem. NCL is merely "smoking" the issue...all the while failing to establish sufficient "Clean" air in the Casino and in the deck area around the Casino! In the past 18 months We have been cruising several other cruise lines...all of them are doing a far better job!!!
Perhaps it is time to pursue legislation on passenger vessels on this issue!!! It is election time...take note political candidates!!