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On 10/22/2019 at 6:45 AM, timandjudy said:

I smoke premium (high end cuban) cigars - typically one or two / day. I don't inhale them. I smoke them for the pure enjoyment of them. They are NOT like cigarettes - there's only ONE ingredient. They are like wine - they can age and flavours develop. I have cigars that are 40 years old.

 

Now I ALWAYS follow the rules.

 

I was on saphire, and found the outdoor smoking section. Now, saphire ALSO has a "churchill lounge - (the nicest one I've seen).

 

Anyways, I sat down in the smoking area and fired up a cigar (people all around me smoking cigarettes).  A staff member came to me and said I could NOT smoke cigars there.  WHAT??    I'm outside, in the middle of tobacco smoke!

 

I told the staff member to get their manager. I told the manager that if he were to go down to churchill's,  and remove ALL the cigarette smokers then I would be glad to go there. He then said, ok - you can smoke here so long as no one complains. No one ever did.

 

The churchills on my alaskan cruise was small, and always full of people chain-smoking cigarettes.  I totally avoided it, and kept my smoking to outdoors - as did all the cigar smokers I encountered.

 

When we were on the Grand Princess Hawaiian Cruise December 3rd, I told all the Cigar smokers to sit by me (a cigarette smoker) because I LOVE the smell of cigars!  They always remind me of my Great Gandpep who always smoked cigars!  He had a permanent dip in his lower lip from where he held his stogie!  We had about five cigar smokers on that cruise and they were always welcome in the aft outdoor smoking area on starboard side of Sun deck!!!  I will always fight for your right to smoke outdoors with us!!  NO ONE in our substantial smoking family on that cruise objected!!  We also had bar service there since there were so many of us!  Enjoy yuor cruises!!!

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Can't recall which ship it was but the "best" and most comfortable Churchill I have experienced had its own bar with 2 bartenders, 2 flat screens, and it was way aft, right off one of their "vista" lounges. Though there were some cig smokers there, the room was huge and large enough so I could sit among cigar smokers and not be bothered by cigarette smoke.  I just can't recall which ship that was, but...since then I've run into those tiny lounges w/o their own bars that are usually adjacent to the casinos. Since they all seem populated by cigarette smokers who come in and out for a quick cig, I stopped bringing my own cigars on board. 

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Not to long ago we were on the Coral. My husband loved that Churchill’s because of the windows to look out while smoking. I understand the sister ship, Island is the same.  
 

Does anyone know any other ships that have the same type of windows. Most of them are like dungeons.

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4 hours ago, kootz said:

Not to long ago we were on the Coral. My husband loved that Churchill’s because of the windows to look out while smoking. I understand the sister ship, Island is the same.  
 

Does anyone know any other ships that have the same type of windows. Most of them are like dungeons.

It was a "dungeon" on the Star.  We did have a bar there and very good crew working it.  They were always emptying ash trays, wiping tables, and available.  If a "regular" came in that smoked cigars, they would immediately take a cigar ashtray over to their table without even being asked.  Well worth extra tips for them (lol)

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11 hours ago, PRNole47 said:

Can't recall which ship it was but the "best" and most comfortable Churchill I have experienced had its own bar with 2 bartenders, 2 flat screens, and it was way aft, right off one of their "vista" lounges. Though there were some cig smokers there, the room was huge and large enough so I could sit among cigar smokers and not be bothered by cigarette smoke.  I just can't recall which ship that was, but...since then I've run into those tiny lounges w/o their own bars that are usually adjacent to the casinos. Since they all seem populated by cigarette smokers who come in and out for a quick cig, I stopped bringing my own cigars on board. 

Not aware of any Churchills near any Vista Lounge.   🤔

 

The only thing that comes close as far as your description is the old "Wake View Bar" that is down the stairs at the back of Club Fusion on the Diamond and the Sapphire.

I thought they took them out of use years ago. You can see them/stairs on the aft port side of Club Fusion next to the bandstand but they are not named anymore.

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15 hours ago, Colo Cruiser said:

Not aware of any Churchills near any Vista Lounge.   🤔

 

The only thing that comes close as far as your description is the old "Wake View Bar" that is down the stairs at the back of Club Fusion on the Diamond and the Sapphire.

I thought they took them out of use years ago. You can see them/stairs on the aft port side of Club Fusion next to the bandstand but they are not named anymore.

 

Still shown on the deck plans - but, of course, that doesn't necessarily mean it's still in use. I meant to check this out last fall when we sailed on Sapphire Princess but totally forgot. Perhaps I'll remember to look for it when we sail her again this winter.

 

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14 minutes ago, Colo Cruiser said:

Not sure where you are getting your deck plans from but the ones on the Princess website don't have it listed anymore. This is the Sapphire. The Diamond shows the same.

It's been gone for awhile.

 

 

Sapphire Princess deck plan on the Princess web site. Go down one more deck and you will see it. My snip is from Deck 6 - directly below your image.

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5 minutes ago, Thrak said:

 

 

Sapphire Princess deck plan on the Princess web site. Go down one more deck and you will see it. My snip is from Deck 6 - directly below your image.

DOH!   Mea culpa.

I still think they are not using it anymore for what thats worth.

 

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16 minutes ago, Colo Cruiser said:

DOH!   Mea culpa.

I still think they are not using it anymore for what thats worth.

 

 

Yeah, I'm not at all sure they even let you go down those stairs. We sailed Sapphire for 12 days in October and, if there was a active bar down there I'm pretty sure I would have noticed. 😁

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On 1/17/2020 at 3:18 PM, Tucker in Texas said:

Just got off the Star Princess and have some information that might be useful regarding smoking on that ship.  I am mobility challenged with an arthritic knee and walking long distances is a problem..  I was on this ship two years ago and there was a nice smoking area on Deck 14 outside near the bar.   I chose an aft cabin near the elevator because it is an easy reach to that smoking area, the Lido and the lounges  on Deck 7 plus that smoking area.  The only long walks I would need would be to the dining rooms.  I get on the ship, head for Deck 14.  It is now not a smoking area.  Go down to Deck 7 where there is an outside corner on the deck with no chairs and a wall mounted ashtray.  Since it is on the Promenade deck you get walkers going by (it is a very narrow area so they really have no choice to get away from it) with the typical results of fanning  faces, holding their noses, smart remarks, and dirty looks.  That was closed due to embarkation.  Next up was a very nice area on Deck 15 but far forward.  Ooops, that was closed too.  The only other choice was the sport's bar.  The joke among us is that you don't need to take your smoking items, just step in there and inhale  and is the only place where cigars and pipes are allowed (lol).  It is, also, far forward.  There were times during the cruise that the sport's bar was the only place to smoke on the ship as they would close the other areas down due to high wind, crew drills, and port necessities.  On the positive side, a lot of the crew members would huddle by the Deck 7 place for some nice conversation with them.  It cut down on my smoking because I would have to want a smoke mighty bad to hike to the other areas so it cut back on that which was good.  

I smoke 4 or 5 cigarettes a day.  I don't understand why cruise ships don't just post the designated smoking areas for each ship on their websites.  It just makes sense.  Like you, I don't want to offend people with my smoking ... and I don't want to ride on an elevator and walk the length of the ship from my cabin.  So why not just TELL ME before I make my booking?  Then I can chose a cabin that's convenient for me. 

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Not only by publishing where the smoking areas are on each ship it helps the smokers and

also the non smokers to be able to select cabins and avoid these areas if they would like.

Its not like they change the areas 

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6 minutes ago, swimmingpool50 said:

Not only by publishing where the smoking areas are on each ship it helps the smokers and

also the non smokers to be able to select cabins and avoid these areas if they would like.

Its not like they change the areas 

Well said, except that sometimes they DO change the smoking areas. But good point.

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2 hours ago, Colo Cruiser said:

I disagree. They have been pretty much the same for years.

Then what are all these posts on this thread talking about how the areas are changing?  I'm confused. 

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2 minutes ago, jsn55 said:

Then what are all these posts on this thread talking about how the areas are changing?  I'm confused. 

Take a peek at the date of the first post in this thread. 2012......

The Princess smoking policy changed years ago.

This thread is just for that, Discuss Princess smoking policy.

People are just posting their recent experience. 

IMO........for the most part the smoking areas have stayed the same since those major changes.

As the new ships come out there are some tweaks happening once in awhile.

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3 hours ago, Colo Cruiser said:

Take a peek at the date of the first post in this thread. 2012......

The Princess smoking policy changed years ago.

This thread is just for that, Discuss Princess smoking policy.

People are just posting their recent experience. 

IMO........for the most part the smoking areas have stayed the same since those major changes.

As the new ships come out there are some tweaks happening once in awhile.

OH, she says sheepishly.  Thanks for the guidance.

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Has anyone read/heard the smoking policy for the quarantined Diamond Princess and now the conditions on Grand Princess?  Especially cigar smokers?

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5 hours ago, candydane said:

Has anyone read/heard the smoking policy for the quarantined Diamond Princess and now the conditions on Grand Princess?  Especially cigar smokers?


Hear is what one passenger reported:
 

He added: "We've got friends on board who are really struggling though, because they're smokers.

"The captain announced everyone was banned from smoking in cabins and on balconies, and our friends are tearing their hair out!"

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From reading what has happened with the Diamond Princess, there was no smoking anywhere until the people were allowed to go out for supervised walks. During their walk they were allowed to smoke outside in the designated area. 

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On 3/7/2020 at 8:40 AM, kootz said:

From reading what has happened with the Diamond Princess, there was no smoking anywhere until the people were allowed to go out for supervised walks. During their walk they were allowed to smoke outside in the designated area. 

Thanks for sharing.
Tony

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12 hours ago, wannagonow123 said:

Does anyone know if there is a listing of where the designated smoking areas are on each ship? If so, what page is it? I keep seeing requests for individual ships, and it appears it would be easier for one list.

No specific list, but all Princess ships have the same smoking policy as explained in the FAQ's under Onboard Experience. Actual smoking areas can be adjusted on each ship based on the market and local regulations. The ship's smoking areas are usually detailed in the Princess Patter.

 

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