MSC Cruises Ups Smoking Policy to Accommodate North American Market

September 5, 2013
(5:57 p.m. EDT) -- MSC Cruises will limit smoking areas aboard MSC Divina to accommodate the North American market, joining a growing list of lines changing their smoking policies.

Effective November 2, when MSC Divina sails from Venice to its new Miami homeport, the policy will limit smoking to two areas: the Cigar Lounge and port side of designated outside decks. The Top Sail Lounge, Black and White Lounge and casino all will be nonsmoking (a departure of the policies onboard the rest of the fleet), although some smoking in the casino will be permitted at the casino manager's discretion, according to the press release. As with MSC's other ships, smoking isn't permitted in cabins or on balconies.

Royal Caribbean revealed its new smoking policy, banning smoking on balconies fleetwide beginning January 1, 2014. Other lines have recently made changes to their policies as well, including Cunard, Seabourn, P&O and Disney.

MSC is an Italian-based cruise line that sails itineraries worldwide. Beginning in November, Divina will homeport year-round in Miami, sailing Caribbean itineraries.

--by Gina Kramer, Associate Editor