Posted May 6th, 2012, 05:23 PM
Wow! This thread has run the gamut since I was last here.
Here are the facts: NCL makes the rules. They are influenced by many factors. Customer feedback being one. Dollars being another. Rules may change at any time, and while unfortunate for some, NCL has this covered in their contract.
NCL's smoking policy is outlined in their FAQs on the website. Those who wish to smoke and those who are opposed to it should read the rules. It amazes me when someone comes on here and starts off tgeir post saying something like "I am booked on NCL and just learned they allow smoking and I am allergic" or ""I'm booked and I just learned I can't smoke in my cabin", (I am not talking about recent poster who did research and then discovered NCL changed the rules.)
If you are a non-smoker who does not like NCL's rules and gets upset with smokers who follow NCL's policies,to a detriment that your vacation, then YOU perhaps should have booked another line. As long as smokers are following the rules set out by NCL they should not be treated poorly with comments, gestures or such. And, as happened to me on X before, before the casino was totally smoke free, sometimes a smoker would accidentally wander into the non smoking section. All I would have to do is say in a friendly, non-threatening way, "excuse me, this section is non smoking". 100% of the time they would either apologize and leave or put it out.
To walk through a smoking section, the casino or even on your ownbalcony next to smokers, these folks are following the rules. They are doing nothing wrong. So rude comments and gestures are NEVER acceptable. A kind word will get you so much further. Just think about it... When someone attacks you, what are you likely to respond with? Especially if you are within tbe rules and policies!
Now if a smoker is not following the rules, and a nice request or reminder is rebuffed then NCL should step in if asked to.
I have never smoked. I travel with my mother who was a 3 pack a day smoker when I was little. She quit in the early 80's. My father tried but couldn't. Finally, after a triple bypass he quit. But it was too late. He died of congestive heart failure. He said he wished he had quit sooner, but he was human. Maybe because I have struggled with my weight for years, I understand smokers more than others. I have a wonderful SIL who has tried every method of quitting but always goes back. She is extremely considerate and since she would really like to quit I hope one day she can. But if she doesn't, I know she is considerate and would never disregard rules and policies. So, when I encounter smokers this comes to mind. Just in this thread I have read of couples where one smokes and the other doesn't. They make it work... they have to. Or else.
As a gambler I only wish NCL would have something better for non smokers. Why not 2 casinos on new ships? Or even a non smoking night ro two as other lines have. In Dallas, when bingo halls, restaurants and such banned smoking there was an uproar. But now bingo halls and restsurants are full and some smokers have actually said they enjoy it. A lot of smoker actually do not want to smoke in a smoky environment. So, outdoors is the best alternative.
Yes, I could choose another line. I could cruise on X, and I might on occasion, just to experience that smoke free casino... But I love the NCL suite life so much that trumps thst desire. So, if I choose NCL, I know what I have signed up for. My balcony neighbor might be a smoker, or the person at the slot machine next to me might be a smoker. Heck it might even be che. Wouldn't that be a hoot!
Donna (Dallas, Texas)
NCL Epic - Forward Owner's Suite (17004) - Eastern Caribbean (after
being cancelled TWICE by NCL)
NCL Jewel - aft PH - Western Caribbean from Tx - 4/15
Carnival Magic - aft balc - Caribbean from TX - 11/14
NCL Sun - aft PH (9076) - So. Caribbean - 03/13
Carnival Paradise - Baja Calif - 03/11
NCL Sun - aft PH (9076) - So. America (& Antarctica) - 2/09 (Favorite)
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NCL Jewel - TransAtlantic to Greece - 04/07
RCI Monarch - Baja Calif - 03/05 - Family Reunion Cruise!
Celebrity Summit - Alaska - 08/03
Carnival Ecstacy - Bahamas - 5/00
NCL Norway - broom closet (Inside) Caribbean - 7/86 My 1st!!!