Smoking - there are a lot of smokers on this cruise and in some areas, the smoke was really bad. On this ship the port side in the Crow's Nest and port side by the Lido Pool are the designated smoking areas. All areas around the Navigation Pool are smoking areas. But we noticed that people would pick up ash trays around the Lido Pool and move them to where they wanted to smoke regardless of the rules. This was very noticable at the Casino Bar. Even though the bar tender would remind people which side was the designated smoking area, they just looked at him and kept on smoking. We knew this bar tender from previous cruises and we explained to him that because of the poor ventilation at the Casino Bar we wouldn't be able to have our after dinner cordial there anymore.
We noticed that all the hallways and carpets in various areas were sprayed today with some kind of disinfectint.
So that everyone can enjoy appetizers while having cocktails, the hours have been expanded: cocktails are from 4:45 - 6:15 to accomodate the 5:45 and 6:15 dinners. The 8 and 8:30 dinners have cocktails from 6:45 - 8:15. Big improvement over our Maasdam cruise.