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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to GrandmaAirplane in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    All cruise lines need to “man up” and make the corporate decision to ban smoking in all public venues on their ships. They need to view it as a duty to protect their employees’ health, at minimum.
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to DublinFC in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    I hope this goes into effect.  I would like to go to the casino and try my hand at the tables, but not at the risk of my clothes, hair, etc. coming out smelling like an ashtray.  I am a former smoker so I get the addiction, its a nightmare.  But, I firmly believe that there needs to be a designated area away from the main attractions of the ships.  Also it needs to be outside so the smoke can not permeate through the ship.  The smell of cigarette/cigar smoke now gives me a terrible headache.  The less it is in common areas like the casino the better. 
    I also think that there would not be a dip in the money taken in by the casino.  The potential loss of smokers playing would potentially be replaced by non-smoking payers.
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to TXcruzer in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    This is all a moot point as Royal has already banned all indoor smoking on ships embarking from European ports, so obviously accommodating that demographic is not important 
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to Louvanh in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    As stated before, we all heard the impending doom of bars, restaurants and businesses who would be impacted by smoking ban. Still waiting. I do not smoke, the majority of people on a cruise do not smoke, so why must the minority rule this topic. Do you actually believe someone who is a so called big spender gambling will stop because of a cigarette. No.  Cruisers who say they will stop sailing if they can not smoke. Right. Time for royal to follow suit as they have lately to be in sync with celebrity. 
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to Sparkymedic in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    Seem a bunch of people treat the casino as a smoking lounge. To prove my point walk through there when the casino is closed and there’s people down there smoking. You’ll even see people just sitting around during open hours not playing just taking up seats smoking. Royal really should make all indoor areas non smoking or do some serious upgrades on the ventilation system. 
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to marti314 in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    Everyone thought bars / restaurants would all go under when states started to implement smoking bans indoors.  That never happened.  I would argue that since a great majority of people do not smoke and can not stand smoke RCL could make more money in the casinos based on increased volume of people throwing money into machines / tables.
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to Okgladgal in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    If they took smoking out of the casino, I'd spent WAY MORE time and money there!
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to KathyC in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    We personally don't spend a cent in the Royal casinos because of the smokers.  We also, on some ships, don't patronize certain bars due to their proximity to the smoke smell.  We stopped participating in slot pulls as well.
    We recently sailed on Celebrity and their casinos are all smoke free, the only smoking is out doors.  So don't switch to them when you leave Royal, even though they match status.  You'll be unhappy there too.
    Thanks to the non-smoking casino, I made a contribution daily to the Summit casino.  Money that Royal will never see.  There were plenty of people making sizeable daily contributions, all happy to do so in a clean environment.  Also...Celebrity offers free drinks while you are actively playing.  😄 
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to Ray in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    Im a smoker and on FOTS last year there were times i had to leave the casino for fresh air! 
    My clothes and what hair i have left smelt of smoke. 
    You cannot smoke in bars or restaurants, even in casinos on land so why not stop it on cruiseships? 
    In my opinion it would make it more enjoyable 
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to FManke in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    My thoughts exactly. I wonder if the loss of the smokers would be offset by the gains of non-smokers that would now cruise with an all smoke free cruise line??
     
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to BB1 in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    It is very interesting.  As of 2015, only 15% of US adults smoked. That's a very small minority.  People think that eliminating smoking would greatly reduce the gambling. That doesn't seem very plausible. 
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to mworkman in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    You're lucky i'm not in charge, i would ban smoking indoors (to include the casino) and make the only place for smoking, in the aft (designated section) upper decks.  If you get caught smoking in a non-authorized location, you would be dropped off at the next port.  I'm surprised that Royal Caribbean hasn't been sued yet, by an employee that has been diagnosed with cancer from second hand smoke due to improper ventilation in the casinos.
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to Ray in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    Is it April 1st already? 
    If RC ban smoking on ships then this would apply to crew as well, so i very much doubt it would be a complete ban.
    They may ban it from the casino which is in doors, which in my opinion as a smoker they should do. 
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    CoupleOfCruisers got a reaction from coneyraven in Ovation passengers caught up in volcanic eruption   
    So very heartbreaking. Just really aren’t any words. My thoughts and prayers are with those on board ship! We are a Royal Caribbean family and we are with you! So very sad. 😞 😢 
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    CoupleOfCruisers got a reaction from KWofPerth in Ovation passengers caught up in volcanic eruption   
    So very heartbreaking. Just really aren’t any words. My thoughts and prayers are with those on board ship! We are a Royal Caribbean family and we are with you! So very sad. 😞 😢 
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    CoupleOfCruisers got a reaction from MicroBeta in Smoking in Casino   
    Smokers seem to adjust. They tend to start off kicking and screaming but they adjust. When states all over the country started making smoking inside illegal. Smokers cried it would drastically hurt the bar & restaurant business but it didn’t. When cruise lines banned smoking first in cabins, then balconies and most indoor areas. The smokers still cruised. If they ban smoking in casino the smokers will adjust and still gamble. Only about 15% of the US population smokes any more. Non smoking casinos are coming just a matter of when! 
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to tiny blonde in Who would ever let go of your child, even if there was no glass there?   
    From NBCNY: 
    "Puerto Rico's Justice Department said in a statement that it charged Anello with negligent manslaughter. San Juan Investigations Chamber judge Jimmy Sepúlveda determined cause for the arrest and set bond at $80,000, the Justice Department added. A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 20."
    So, not homicide. Negligent manslaughter sounds about right.
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to tiny blonde in Who would ever let go of your child, even if there was no glass there?   
    Oh, well, then, isn't it nice that we have this blog on which to meet!
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to CruiseGus in Who would ever let go of your child, even if there was no glass there?   
    I hope it doesn't hurt to mention here, but CC ie Cruise Critic Royal Caribbean Forum shut down all discussions numerous times
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to CruiseGus in Who would ever let go of your child, even if there was no glass there?   
    It appears to me that the Grandfather in question is at least the 2nd husband of the maternal grandmother.  According to the obituary there are 2 sets of maternal grandparents, with the 2nd set having the last name of the mother, nee making that set the mothers father.  Personally I can only see that as making accepting blame on the part of the subject grandfather even harder to comprehend.
    I don't know all the facts and probably never will, but I cannot see where RCCL has any blame based on when we do know.
    Also glad that this forum has allowed and open and civil discussion, I think we all know who shut it down and deleted all posts.
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to SPS in Who would ever let go of your child, even if there was no glass there?   
    Royal's laxity? All the actual glass on Freedom is tinted blue. There is always noticeable noise and breeze/wind coming through the open windows if the ship is moving or not. The windows are not set up to have every other one open.
    If you joined this site just to run down Royal Caribbean, you're not going to get a lot of support here. This is a fan site full of experienced RCCL cruisers that see how much of this story just doesn't add up to place blame on the cruise line. The grandfather made a horrible, unfortunate, fatal mistake, plain and simple.
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to FManke in Who would ever let go of your child, even if there was no glass there?   
    I think deep down in his heart, grandpa knows whos fault it is, and it is something he will have to live with the rest of his life. The lawsuit is a way to deflect the blame away from him by his family. In todays nannie state that we live in, there is no personally accountability for anything. Everything bad that happens to someone is somebody else's fault.  
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to Orange Crush in Who would ever let go of your child, even if there was no glass there?   
    I think it's pretty obvious who is right and who is wrong.  If the grandfather set the baby on a railing on a balcony or an open area on one of the upper decks, same thing would have happened.  If the window had been closed and the baby fell into the window, it's likely the pane would've held the weight but not guaranteed.  A screen probably wouldn't have.  And the baby still could've been severely injured or killed. 
    Their Today Show performance disgusted me.
    I don't think this is anything more than trying to gin up public outrage against Royal Caribbean and pushing them to settle to shut them up.  It isn't about protecting other children, it isn't about restitution for Royal Caribbean's negligence, it's about taking advantage of self-inflicted tragedy to blame somebody else for their own stupidity and get a big check in the process.
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    CoupleOfCruisers got a reaction from carlosalonsor in Who would ever let go of your child, even if there was no glass there?   
    No they charged him with negligent manslaughter which seems appropriate. 
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    CoupleOfCruisers reacted to bretts173 in Smoking in Casino   
    It is only the dollars and cents keeping it this way. The gaming industry is powerful and has lobbied hard to keep it this way in every day life. This results in it being considered the norm so should apply to cruise life as well. Virtually every other workplace it is banned for health reasons. The staff are the ones I feel sorry for.
    The good news for me is that most of my cruising is done out of Australia where the casinos are smoke free as the some of these big industries dont have as much clout with the Government.
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