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#1 Tylor

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:48 PM

Royal Caribbean Bans Smoking On Balconies

Following a recent surge in smoking bans across many other cruise lines, Royal Caribbean is the latest cruise line to ban smoking from all balconies.

Effective January 1, 2014, Royal Caribbean will ban all smoking on balconies throughout the fleet. Smoking was already banned inside all staterooms, but the new ban will designate Royal Caribbean’s accommodations as completely smoke free. Any guest found violating the new ban on smoking will be fined $250 to cover the deep clean the stateroom would have to undergo.

Smoking onboard Royal Caribbean ships is also banned in all public areas except for Casino Royale. According to Royal Caribbean, “Cigarette, cigar, e-cigarette and pipe smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas of the starboard side of all ships; with the exception of Oasis-class ships that will allow smoking on the port side of the ships.”

Recently, Disney, Cunard, P&O banned smoking on all balconies throughout their fleets. Windstar Cruises banned smoking on certain balconies on the line’s older ships. As of now, Carnival and Norwegian are the only two remaining major cruise lines who haven’t banned smoking from their fleet’s balconies.

Royal Caribbean has stated the change in policy was “made to provide a comfortable cruise for everyone.”

 

http://www.cruisecur...g-on-balconies/

 


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:27 PM

Times, they are a changin....


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:22 AM

Times, they are a changin....

Yes they are. It's not 1945 anymore. Smoking is becoming less and less socially acceptable. 


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#4 Racer734

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:03 AM

It's about time!


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:04 AM

Can't say I'm surprised.  With other cruise lines doing so, it makes sense RC is doing the same



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 04:54 PM

I would suspect it will make us all a little safer at sea as well. Fires at sea are not a good story, been there done that!

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:49 PM

It's just a shame it's not effective till January which means I could still get peoples cigarette butts and ash coming on to my balcony while im relaxing on the ship next month but at least they are banning it so I shouldn't moan.

Isn't it funny though how RC have have not banned it from the casino where they probably make the most revenue.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:54 PM

It's just a shame it's not effective till January which means I could still get peoples cigarette butts and ash coming on to my balcony while im relaxing on the ship next month but at least they are banning it so I shouldn't moan.

Isn't it funny though how RC have have not banned it from the casino where they probably make the most revenue.

I would suspect in the years to come that most areas will become non-smoking. I'm actually surprised that it has taken this long to make most areas smoke free. In the United States most hotels, restaurants, bars, and other public areas have been smoke free for years!


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 07:03 AM

There's still smoking in land casinos so I'm not surprised smoking isn't banned onboard Royal Caribbean's casinos


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:30 AM

There's still smoking in land casinos so I'm not surprised smoking isn't banned onboard Royal Caribbean's casinos

That is true. In Michigan the corporate owned casino brands in Detroit as well as the tribal owned casinos throughout the state are exempt from the state smoking ban. 


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:45 AM

DANG! Lots and lots of people in the blog portion about this news item are NOT happy AT ALL about the ban. Wowsers. I really thought smoking was on the way out!



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:22 AM

DANG! Lots and lots of people in the blog portion about this news item are NOT happy AT ALL about the ban. Wowsers. I really thought smoking was on the way out!

I really feel a vast majority of cruisers are okay with the change, but that's the nature of the blog: It's an open forum for sharing comments.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:38 AM

DANG! Lots and lots of people in the blog portion about this news item are NOT happy AT ALL about the ban. Wowsers. I really thought smoking was on the way out!

I think the majority of the cruising public are non-smokers. But when a drastic change takes place you have the few that cause an outcry which makes it seem like there is a larger number of people opposing the issue, when there really isn't.

 

I have never smoked, and can't imagine being addicted to breathing off something on fire. I don't hate people who smoke, I just don't understand why they do it. It just makes no sense to me.

 

On my Freedom of the Seas cruise, my wife and I would walk outside on deck 4 all the way around the ship several times a day for exercise. Smoking is allowed on the port side of deck 4. When we were walking on that side, there were always tons of people out there smoking. They all looked completely miserable. It doesn't seem like a fun habit to have, not to mention expensive.

 

My wife works in public health and says the majority of people who use tobacco fall into certain social economic groups. The whole thing is really interesting.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:19 PM

I think the majority of the cruising public are non-smokers. But when a drastic change takes place you have the few that cause an outcry which makes it seem like there is a larger number of people opposing the issue, when there really isn't.

Agreed, more people will ever complain about something than comment they agree.  Human nature, I suppose.

 

Let's be honest, if there was a real financial disadvantage to Royal Caribbean for banning smoking, they wouldn't do it.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:08 PM

Agreed, more people will ever complain about something than comment they agree.  Human nature, I suppose.

 

Let's be honest, if there was a real financial disadvantage to Royal Caribbean for banning smoking, they wouldn't do it.

Exactly! 


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Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:14 AM

There's still smoking in land casinos so I'm not surprised smoking isn't banned onboard Royal Caribbean's casinos

 

I hope they do ban it in the on board casinos , the UK banned smoking in land casinos and pubs about 2 years ago, since then the 2 casinos near where i live have seen a significant drop in customers through the door because they cant smoke inside and our local pubs are having the same problem.

 

This is why i think RC will be slow to ban it from their casinos because gambling and drinking go hand in hand with smoking so if they have looked into stats they are probably concerned they may loose revenue as has happened in the UK. 


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:11 AM

This is a great article explaining the increased smoking bans on cruise lines.

 

http://www.cruisecur...ps-a-hot-topic/


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:18 AM

I was reading some of the comments on the blog and I wonder if Disney and other cruise lines that banned smoking too got such stern comments


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 07:36 AM

I dont understand all the anger about the change.  Smoking is being banned everywhere these days, especially in United States.  Not to mention there's still places to smoke onboard on upper decks. 



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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:06 PM

I fully understand the ban on cigarettes and cigars. I hate the odor and danger also. Can someone explain the e-cig ban on balconies? No fire, no smoke, water vapor evaporates prior to leaving your balcony. This will force me to leave Royal.




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