Norwegian has joined lines including Princess, Holland America and Carnival this week in updating their smoking policy.
Effective January 2012, passengers residing in balcony staterooms are allowed to smoke cigarettes only on their balconies, whilst smoking of any kind is no longer permitted inside cabins.
Those wishing to smoke cigars or pipes along with cigarettes will be allowed to do so in the enclosed cigar bars on board Epic, Gem, Pearl, Dawn and Spirit as well as in designated outdoor public guest areas and open decks.
Following a change in guest preferences, Norwegian is aiming to reduce the presence of smoke indoors, with the casino the only indoor public space across the fleet designated as a partial smoking area.
This subject keeps rearing its (some may say ugly) head and it’s only a matter of time for all major cruise lines to follow suit.
I think that Norwegian have been completely reasonable with these amendments and, unlike some other lines, have kept their policies fair for both smokers and non-smokers.
What are your thoughts on the update in smoking policies across an increasing number of cruise lines?