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#1
Wimauma, FL
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There is now a new policy that will be launched in 2008.

Check it out!

http://www.rclinvestor.com/phoenix.z...186&highlight=
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#2
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Well, I'm glad it's officially announced now, rather than being rumor. I wonder if they will have new food choices with that "Vitality" program, or if it will simply highlight the healthier choices already on the menu.
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One word.....YEAH!!!!
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Definitely a step in the right direction. It will be even nicer when they disallow smoking on cabin balconies.

I do understand the addiction and I sympathize with smokers privileges becoming stricter. I just don't care to be forced to breathe their second hand smoke. When they are allowed to smoke on balconies, non smokers have absolutely no rights to clean air and the balcony they also paid for becomes useless.
#5
San Diego
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I do not see how they can easily enforce a no smoking policy in cabins, especially ones with balconies. I am a non-smoker and like the policy. I have had smoke fumes come in my cabins in the past either under the doors or through the ventilation system in the bathrooms.
#6
Baton Rouge, LA
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Originally posted by Fblack
I do not see how they can easily enforce a no smoking policy in cabins, especially ones with balconies. I am a non-smoker and like the policy. I have had smoke fumes come in my cabins in the past either under the doors or through the ventilation system in the bathrooms.
Oh, I'm sure some people will smoke inside their cabins anyway, and get away with it, but most people will obey the rules and smoke only where it is allowed.
#7
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I for one, will be very glad to have a non-smoking policy. That has been our one complaint during cruises. The first cruise we took I stepped out on the balcony and the man next door was smoking cigars. So, we couldn't even sit out on the balcony without being inundated with stinky smoke. It seemed that everywhere we went on the ship outside we had cigarette smoke in our face. Of course, we still had a great time on all our cruises, but it would definitely make them more enjoyable. - cb
#8
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Thank you so much for confirming this... I had posted about this change a few weeks ago and folks didnt believe me because I couldnt/wouldnt give my source.
#9
Texas
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Hip; Hip: Hooray!!!!

But I'm still skeptical about the enforcement of the new rule beginning in Jan. 08. Rccl has a problem enforcing their own rules
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I wish the casinos would become smoke-free!!!! I know that will never happen because even when NJ went smoke-free in restaurants, the casinos were exempt!!! Well, I guess it save me some money because I only stay in thw casino for about 15 minutes...after that, my eyes get itchy and red, and I sneeze at Least 20 times in a row!!!!! Then I look a mess the rest of the night!
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I like the new poloicy too. I am a non-smoker. I have had my room de=smoked a couple of times. I have had OV and insides only. My first balconey is coming up in Jan. This policy should be enforces including charging the previous guest if there is a smoke smell in the room.
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I applaud RCI on this new policy. It allows non-smokers such as my wife and I the ability to enjoy more of the ship and not have to worry about breathing in second-hand smoke.

Yet one more reason to sail RCI as opposed to "wherever you go you'll end up smelling like an ashtray" CCL.
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Originally posted by boaterette
So it looks like more smokers will book balcony cabins now.
You make an excellant point.........if 30% smoke on a cruise, the price of a balcony cabin due to supply and demand just went up.
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Not only will the price of balcony cabins go up but non-smokers will never be able to enjoy theirs. Even a polite smoker will not be so courteous about non-smokers complaining about the smell coming over into their balcony. And the casino will probably be overrun with smokers.......This could really be a mess.
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I am definitely in favor of less smoking onboard. Second hand smoke doesn't really bother me, but I don't like it all that much either, so this will definitely make the trip more enjoyable.

I do like, however, that they're leaving some areas where you can smoke. I'm not a smoker, but I enjoy a nice cigar every now and then.
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#18
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Originally posted by boaterette
So it looks like more smokers will book balcony cabins now.
We have two concerns with this new policy. The first concern is that it will become more difficult to get a balcony (hadn’t thought about the price yet) and the second is that when we do get one we will not be able to enjoy it due to smoke.

If it is true that most smokers already refrain from smoking in their cabins then maybe we won’t see much of a difference.

Does anyone know if Celebrity is also implementing the new policy?
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#19
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Originally posted by CGBCruiser
I for one, will be very glad to have a non-smoking policy. That has been our one complaint during cruises. The first cruise we took I stepped out on the balcony and the man next door was smoking cigars. So, we couldn't even sit out on the balcony without being inundated with stinky smoke. It seemed that everywhere we went on the ship outside we had cigarette smoke in our face. Of course, we still had a great time on all our cruises, but it would definitely make them more enjoyable. - cb
Do you realize that the new smoking policy will probably have the effect of increasing the amount of smoke you will be exposed to in the outside areas?

No smoking in cabins = more smoking not in cabins
#20
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I am happy to hear of the new non-smoking policy. My husband is asthmatic and second hand smoke can, and often does, trigger a mild attack. We have had good experience in the past with RCCL and cleaning the rooms before the new passengers come on board. We have only had one instance where stateroom smoke bothered us. However, we avoid the areas that permit smoking, and take all precautions necessary like carry the inhalers.

Our first cruise was aboard the Carnival's Paradise, which was the only non-smoking cruise ship. It was a very pleasurable experience. Unfortunately, Carnival complained that sales were down because it didn't allow smoking on the ship. They repositioned her and now she is no longer no-smoking.

Way to go RCCL!
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