Carnival and Princess Cruises have both decided to change the smoking policies on all their ships. They both surveyed customers and the results showed that the majority of customers prefer to have a non smoking environment aboard the ships, and very few passengers choose to smoke in their cabins. The cruise lines are asking travel agents to spread the word, especially to those customers already confirmed for sailings.
An overview of Carnival's new smoking policy:
- Effective June 16, 2011, cigarette smoking will only be allowed in dance clubs and designated areas within the casino and bar, and in some of the ships' jazz bars.
- Smoking cigarettes and cigars will be allowed in designated outside open deck areas on the ships.
- Effective December, 2011, smoking will be banned in all guest staterooms. Those passengers with balcony staterooms may smoke outside on their balcony, except for balconies on spa suites.
- Guests violating the stateroom rule will be assessed a $250 fee on their Sail & Sign account.
Princess Cruises new smoking policy updates include:
- For all voyages departing after January 15, 2012, there will be no smoking in any staterooms and balconies.
- A charge of $250 will be charged for each violation to the passenger's account.
- There will be designated areas for smoking around the ships, including some bar and casino areas, a cigar lounge, and some outdoor areas.
- Notifications will be sent to travel agents and passengers who will be departing after January 15, 2012.
Those who are smokers will certainly not be happy about the new policies. But it must cost a fortune to rid the cabin from the smoke odor, and there's always that danger of a cigarette creating a fire as well. Maybe it will save the cruise lines money having less cleaning and having to refurbish some of the smoking cabins. Maybe insurance costs will go do down, saving the cruise lines money.
How will this effect cruise bookings? What are your views, travel agents?