Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Norwegian Cruise Line Updates Their On Board Smoking Policy

Norwegian Cruise Line has just joined the list of cruise lines that have expanded smoking restrictions on their ships this year. Norwegian is adjusting their smoking policy for each of the line’s 11 Freestyle Cruising ships in response to what they say are changing guest preferences. Effective January 2012, guests setting sail on a Norwegian cruise vacation are no longer permitted to smoke cigarettes in their staterooms. Guests who are in a balcony stateroom will be permitted to smoke on the outside balcony; however, cigar and pipe smoking in staterooms and on balconies is prohibited. Ashtrays will be available for use upon request through housekeeping staff.

In an effort to diminish the presence of smoke indoors, cigarette smoking is only permitted in the casino, where ashtrays and appropriate signage will be displayed. Smoking is prohibited in all other public interior venues including all bars, restaurants, conference rooms, corridors, restrooms, staircases, and landings. Guests may utilize the enclosed cigar bars on board Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Dawn, and Norwegian Spirit for cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoking.

In addition, the policy allows guests to smoke cigarettes, cigars, and pipes in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks, where designated by the appropriate signage. Smoking is not permitted near outdoor venues which serve food, in open spaces such as the jogging track, sport complex, children’s pool, and in The Haven outdoor areas.

For more information on Norwegian’s updated smoking policy, guests may consult their Freestyle Daily once on board the ship or view the policy on the Norwegian website at NCL.com.

For more information about where smoking is and is not permitted at sea, read CruiseDiva.com’s Smoke On The Water.

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