For the complete run down on the decision overnight by Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines to tighten their smoking policies on board, click here to view my article published on e-Travel Blackboard.
Here’s an excerpt that gives you an idea about why so many cruisers around the world have become either incensed or excited by the decision:
In a move that has caused much controversy on social media sites overnight, Princess Cruises, Holland America and Carnival have announced their new smoking policies.
Cruisers have made their voices heard on Facebook with debate running rife regarding the stricter policy.
Where Holland America and Carnival have chosen not to promote the move on their pages themselves, Princess Cruises have allowed their ‘fans’ to air their opinions openly.
One ‘Elite Cruiser’ on the Princess page said, “I have cruises booked thru 2013 and will be cancelling them…cruising should be enjoyable for all – smokers as well as non-smokers.”
At the time of publishing, the announcement posted by Princess overnight attracted 927 ‘likes’ and generated 546 comments quite equally divided regarding what many ‘fans’ have deemed an act of ‘discrimination.’
So what do I think?
Whilst I agree, condone and understand the move to limit smoking indoors and to fewer public areas, I think that Princess Cruises’ move to ban smoking on the balcony of passenger’s staterooms is going too far.
Having read the posts on Facebook regarding this move, it seems that this is the clincher for most people complaining. Why shouldn’t passengers be able to feel free in their own space, especially when they’re paying top dollar to have the privilege of a balcony suite?
What do you think? Is it about time? Do you think the cruise lines are using the study as an excuse to tighten their policy?
On another note…why did all three lines decide to make the announcement almost simultaneously?
It was quite a smart PR move because it almost takes the heat off everyone involved when each line is able to say, “well they did it too.”