NCL has adopted a more restrictive smoking policy, now restricting passengers from smoking in their cabins. I have updated our smoking policies page to reflect the new policy. (I recently had to turn off the comments segment on this page, because, despite my pleas to our readers, the arguments on both sides of the issue began to lean too heavily towards personal insults and name calling, rather than objective discussion of the issue. Our posting policy prohibits personal attacks. Obviously the intensity of the comments reflects how passionately people feel about the issue on both sides.) Here’s the posting from NCL’s web page.
“Effective January 2012, guests setting sail on a Norwegian cruise vacation are no longer permitted to smoke cigarettes in their staterooms. Guests who are in a balcony stateroom will be permitted to smoke on the outside balcony; however, cigar and pipe smoking in staterooms and on balconies is prohibited. Ashtrays will be available for use upon request through housekeeping staff.
In an effort to diminish the presence of smoke indoors, cigarette smoking is only permitted in the casino, where ashtrays and appropriate signage will be displayed. Smoking is prohibited in all other public interior venues including all bars, restaurants, conference rooms, corridors, restrooms, staircases and landings. Guests may utilize the enclosed cigar bars on board Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Spirit for cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking.
In addition, the policy allows guests to smoke cigarettes, cigars and pipes in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks, where designated by the appropriate signage. Smoking is not permitted near outdoor venues which serve food, in open spaces such as the jogging track, sport complex, childrenâ€™s pool and in The Haven outdoor areas.”
The major change with NCL is that they had previously permitted in state room smoking and had not been specific about signage designating outdoor smoking areas.