Cruise lines light-up new smoking bans

Cruise companies continue to deliver bad news for smokers, with three lines introducing new smoking bans this month.

MSC Cruises announced it would expand its smoke-free policy on its newest ship, MSC Divina, in order to accommodate the North American market.

In line with restrictions applied to other MSC ships, commencing 2 November 2013 on MSC Divina’s grand voyage from Venice to Miami, smoking will be restricted to two locations; the Cigar Lounge and the port side of designated outside decks.

The Top Sail Lounge, the MSC Yacht Club and the Black & White Lounge will all become 100 percent non-smoking zones, while smoking in the casino will be permitted during certain hours and in limited areas.

Royal Caribbean has also reduced smoking zones across the ship, announcing it has banned smoking from all cabin balconies.

Effective 1 January 2014, cruisers caught smoking on their cabin balcony will be fined $250.

The cruise line has already banned passengers from smoking inside staterooms and all public areas except the casino, the Connoisseur Club and the starboard side of all ships’ outer decks.

Meanwhile, commencing February next year, Seabourn will also ban smoking in staterooms on its six ships.

Smokers will still be able to light-up a cigarette on verandas and in designated public areas on deck and on terraces.

Seabourn was the last North American cruise line to ban smoking in staterooms.

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