P&O Cruises has announced it will go smoke-free in all inside areas onboard three of the ships.
Beginning this October, the line's two family-friendly ships, Oceana and Ventura, and its adults-only Artemis will be stubbing out the cigarettes for good in all inside spaces. There will, however, be outside smoking areas allocated on all ships -- and passengers will be able to smoke on their cabin balconies.
By July 2007, the whole of Britain had enforced the U.K. legislation to ban smoking in public spaces, and being a British line, P&O Cruises appears to be following suit.
In an official release, Managing Director Nigel Esdale is quoted as saying: "We hope that becoming smoke free will give all our passengers, especially children, a cleaner and more pleasant environment in which at enjoy their holiday onboard."
Here's the deal on where you can (and can't!) light up on the rest of the fleet (Arcadia, Aurora and Oriana):
Smoking is permitted in one designated internal public space on each ship, while all other internal public spaces are no smoking.
Smoking is still allowed in cabins and balconies on Arcadia, Aurora and Oriana.
There are designated external smoking areas on all ships.