(12:21 p.m. EDT) -- Starting this fall cigarette smokers will no longer be able to light up on their balconies on all Carnival Cruise Lines ships.
Effective October 9, 2014, the cruise line will ban all smoking on cabin balconies; the line already prohibits smoking in cabins. According to company spokesman Vance Gulliksen, the change to the line's smoking policy is in response to "the preferences of a majority of our guests." Additionally, the updated policy is consistent with most other major cruise lines' smoking policies.
With this change, Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line become the only mainstream cruise lines to allow smoking on cabin balconies.
Smoking will continue to be allowed in designated open deck areas, as well as night clubs and certain areas within the casino.
Passengers who are caught smoking in their cabins or on their balconies will be assessed a $250 cleaning and refreshing fee.
--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor