Feedback Friday: Up in Smoke

December 20, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

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This Week’s Feedback:
“I am a non smoker and can’t stand smoking on ships (and what they don’t understand most of us are). I would visit the casino on ships if it was non-smoking also. How can we make this obvious to cruise lines? Don’t get me wrong, I think they should have a dedicated smoking room or at the rear of the ship a smoking area, but not on the sides or front. Nothing worse than walking out of the buffet area straight into smoke or smell it walking in an internal stair well.”

Our Response:
This year was a big year for smoking regulation changes on cruise ships. Many pleaded their case on our forums and our blog, about whether they were for more restrictions on lighting up, or whether cruise lines should give smokers a break.
In fact, many cruise lines, including Disney and Royal Caribbean, tightened up their smoking policies this year by banning smoking on balconies, and more are expected to do the same in 2014.
The topic caused so much discussion that we at Cruise Critic have named it one of our top 13 news stories for 2013.
This reader obviously feels that cruise lines should be stricter still. What are your final thoughts on the state of cruise ship smoking?
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    4 Responses to “Feedback Friday: Up in Smoke”

    1. Jazzbeau
      December 20th, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

      Renaissance was ahead of their time, but the times have caught up. Cruise ships should all go 100% smoke-free inside, and a very limited outside smoking area.

    2. Mike
      December 26th, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

      The one subject that gets more hair standing on the back of your neck…Smokers do have rights Non-smokers do have rights but why do non-smokers have to hang around smoking areas and cough/ wave their hands in discuss and give rude looks?
      I feel if one pays the extra for a balcony they should have a private secluded area where they can go and smoke the cruise lines are the ones that can sanction off an area that would be the least likely area not to affect others and the old way of one side of the ship allowing people to smoke while giving options for non-smokers to walk the other side not being affected worked fine . The no smoking area in the casino works fine as long as the cruise line offers same games/tables to both parties there are still a lot of smokers and one place to see this is in the casino where they (smokers) bring in large amounts of revinue
      By the way I am a non smoker and believe EVERYONE has the right to be treated EQUIL…..

    3. Ginger
      December 26th, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

      My husband and I are both smokers and we are very considerate of others and we understand non-smokers have rights but it does seem like smokers are treated like criminals. We should have places to smoke just like non-smokers should have smoke free areas. Our balcony should be a place we can go and smoke without worry and parts of the casino as well. When we were young, you could bum a smoke off your coach and smoke it in the smoking area at school! Everybody seemed a lot less judgmental and left us alone to do as we liked. Now days everybody wants to get in your business and tell you what they think you should do.

    4. ladydawgfan
      December 27th, 2013 @ 12:58 am

      I was on an NCL repositioning cruise put of Boston in November with two family members. We had a balcony mini-suite two doors aft of a chain smoker in a suite. Friends of ours were in the balcony cabin between us.

      The chain smoker limited the time that we could enjoy our balcony during what was an otherwise glorious cruise. He smoked not only cigarettes (a suitcase full, from the stink of it), but also cigars which are prohibited on balconies, not that he cared. It was so bad that our friends needed and were given an air purifier for their cabin because so much cigarette smoke was seeping in from the smokers next to them.

      Both we and our friends paid extra to enjoy a balcony during a two week cruise to the balmy climes of the southern Caribbean. We did NOT give up our right to breathe clean air when we purchased passage. It seems to me that if smoking is so all-fired important to smokers, then THEY should be the ones inconvenienced by moving away from their balconies instead of the ones breathing the clean air to begin with. And BTW, I am allergic to tobacco smoke so sucking it up and dealing with it is NOT an option.

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