Fred. Olsen is kicking the habit in the New Year. The U.K.-based cruise line has announced that it will introduce a totally smoke-free environment -- at least indoors -- on all five of its vessels in early 2009.
Currently, smoking is allowed indoors in certain lounges. Under the new policy, smoking will be banned in all indoor areas. However, you'll still be able to light up on cabin balconies and in specially designated areas on open-air decks.
The policy will be phased in as follows:
Boudicca, Black Prince, and Braemar are the first to go smoke free; the policy goes into effect on these ships as of their first sailings in 2009 (January 1, 5 and 8, respectively).
Black Watch and Balmoral will adopt the no-smoking-indoors doctrine upon completion of their 2009 world cruises (April 13 and May 29, respectively).
According to a press release issued by the line, the decision was made in response to a survey of current and past passengers.
Other cruise lines that are smoke-free indoors include P&O Cruises, Oceania, Peter Deilmann, Disney, SeaDream and Thomson.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor
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Fred. Olsen to Go (Almost) Smoke Free in 2009
September 23, 2008