(2:57 p.m. EDT) -- Citing evolving consumer trends, yet another cruise line has expanded its smoking restrictions. Effective January 1, 2013, upscale operator Silversea Cruises will no longer allow passengers to light up in cabins.
With smoking already prohibited on balconies, the new policy eliminates all private passenger space from the remaining smoking zones.
As for public spaces, smoking is no longer permitted in any inside venue except the Connoisseur's Corner, the cigar and cognac bar found on all Silversea ships. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking is still permitted in specifically designated areas on open decks.
"In consideration of evolving consumer trends, and to further promote a safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment for our guests, staff and crew, we have updated the smoking policy for Silversea ships," Ellen Bettridge, president of the Americas for Silversea, wrote in an explanatory letter sent to travel agents today.
Today's announcement is in line with an industry trending toward more restrictive at-sea smoking environments. In the past year, Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Princess and Norwegian have all stamped out in-cabin smoking. Only a handful of lines, including Carnival and Norwegian, still allow passengers to smoke on balconies.
For more on where you can and can't light up onboard, see our story on cruise line smoking policies.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor