Hi everyone, Just wanted to pass this along. I just read in one of the trades that effective January 2008 smoking will not be permitted in guest staterooms. With the exception of Legend of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, and Splendour of the Seas. They will follow suit in summer 2008. The new policy will also make one bar or lounge non-smoking on all the ships.
I've been on 7 cruises with Carnival, RC, Norwegian and Princess and I have NEVER seen any ship that lets you smoke in the stateroom. The first thing they tell you at the rescue drill is not to smoke in your room. It's very dangerous. Would you want some drunk next door to you starting a fire in his room? Every ship I've been on has smoking areas both inside and outside. They all had many non-smoking lounges and of course, all the restaurants, but I've always been able to find a place to enjoy a cigarette when I wanted on. So to all you smokers...PLEASE don't smoke in your room and don't worry, there are bars that allow it.
Royal Caribbean does NOT allow smoking in state rooms. However, smoking is allowed on balconies. This will be fleet wide escept for 3 ships as of January 1, 2008. There will also be one smoke free lounge.
According to the original press release that announced the changes, "Guests wishing to smoke may still do so from starboard outer decks, in designated areas in bars and lounges, and on stateroom and suite balconies." Of course, there could have been some modifications since then. Yet, as it stands, smoking will not be permitted in the staterooms themselves, but will be permitted on private balconies.
Lisa, Thanks for posting a direct link to the press release. I was reading it in a trade publication. Here is the link.
Sonny, I didn't mean to start a debate. Just passing along info.
Javert, All the cruise lines you mentioned do in fact allow smoking in staterooms at this time. It might be a miss-conception if one does not see an ashtray or smell smoke that it is a non-smoking area.
I thought it was post worthy, as RCI will be the first of the larger lines to implement this policy.