Norwegian Cruise Line bans smoking on balconies

The ban on smoking at sea continues to grow, as Norwegian Cruise Line becomes the latest to prevent guests from smoking on their balcony cabins.

Effective 1 November, guests will receive a $250 cleaning fine if they are caught smoking on their balconies. The ban includes electronic cigarettes.

Cruisers can still smoke in selected areas on board, however, Norwegian smoking limitations will also be introduced in Norwegian casinos.

The announcement comes less than a week after Carnival Cruise Line introduced a smoking ban across its entire fleet.

The line received mixed feedback from cruisers after it introduced the ban, with some praising the line for its decision and others claiming they will not sail with the cruise line again.

“I never thought the day would come when I wouldn’t want to sail with Carnival anymore,” one cruiser posted on the line’s Facebook page.

Other Facebook users offered the line alternatives, with one saying it would have been better to make balconies on one side of the ship smoking and the other non-smoking.

Holland America Line is now the last cruise line to allow its guests to smoke on balconies.

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