By The Cruise Web, Inc.
As onboard smoking garners more and more resistance in the cruising industry, many top cruise lines are reevaluating there smoking policies. Industry-leader Royal Caribbean and European cruise line MSC Cruises have recently adopted new rules and regulations regarding smoking onboard.
Royal Caribbean International’s smoking policy changes will be effective beginning January 1, 2014, MSC’s on November 2, 2013 (onboard the MSC Divina). Let’s take a look at the changes that have been made moving forward for these two cruise lines.
Royal Caribbean’s Smoking Policy Changes
- All indoor public spaces and private staterooms will be smoke free, except the casino, cigar clubs and one designated smoking venue on ships sailing from China.
- In the casino, there’s going to be designated smoking areas.
- No smoking on stateroom balconies.
- There will be designated outdoor smoking areas on the starboard side of ships.
- Violations in staterooms and balconies could result in a stateroom cleaning fee.
- Indoor smoking areas will allow tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
- Outdoor smoking areas will allow the same as indoor, plus cigars and pipes.
MSC Divina’s Smoking Policy Changes
- Smoking areas limited to two areas: the Cigar Lounge and port side of designated decks (not near bars/food areas).
- MSC Yacht Club staple The Top Sail Lounge and the Black & White Lounge are now non-smoking.
- Casino is non-smoking, but casino managers may make exceptions when requested by playing guests during certain hours in designated areas
Given the changes, we have a few questions for you to answer in the comments below:
- How do you feel about the changes instituted by Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises? Are they fair, or will they inhibit you from choosing them for your next cruise vacation?
- Would you suggest any further changes to the policy?
- What other cruise lines would you like to see these changes appear on?