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Just in the process of securing staterooms for my Alaska Cruise. Currently booked in SB8162/VF8160. They connect, which is a must for our young family. Just read that the smoking area is on the Lido of the Nieuw Amsterdam at the Sea View pool bar. There are inconsistencies about whether that area is on port or starboard.

 

If anyone knows which side please let me know. Will we smell the smoke in our current staterooms? Would I be well advised to switch to starboard side of deck eight, or perhaps I should secure an SB/VD combo on deck six, farther away from the smoke.

 

We are extremely adverse to cigarette smoke due to asthma.

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The smoking area on N.A. is on the starboard side, just outside the Lido doors. The only way you'll smell cigarette smoke on the port stern corner is if someone is smoking where not permitted.

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We were below the smoking side on the Zaandam under the Lido pool area and smelled nothing at all on our balcony.

 

However, a new wrinkle is now emerging among our "younger" passengers. We did smell pot getting smoked on the small Navigation aft deck. I gave them the stinky eye, and they soon left.

 

Did not know whether to report this or not, but did notice staff was showing up on that aft deck from time to time and we never saw the young couple again in this area. They had bunkered down with multiple blankets in two of the loungers on this seldom used deck, but the stairwell goes directly up to the Lido deck and pot smoke smell is very pervasive. Perhaps others also noticed this too.

 

Sign of the times.

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I had a hunch that once smoking was banned from balconies the smoking conversation would then turn to smoking in other areas of the ship.

I hope I’m misinterpreting your tone here. We are first time HAL passengers because of the balcony smoking policy of the past. We have to avoid cigarette odours at all costs because of health reasons. Our last trip on Cunard was ruined by cigarette smoke and poor ventilation. We had to disembark early to preserve our health.

 

Considering we are spending a small fortune on two staterooms for our family of five, I want to make sure we are well situated.

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On all HAL ships, the only smoking area is the starboard (right) side of the Lido pool area. It is an open deck, so any smoke generated will be blown overboard. Your proposed cabins on the port side, deck 8 should be free of smoke, providing, as other have said, that everyone follows the rules. Depending on the ship, the casino is occasionally listed as a smoking area on some cruise days. Be cautious of that and avoid passing through the casino on those days. I'm sure guest services can tell you which days and the times.

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On all HAL ships, the only smoking area is the starboard (right) side of the Lido pool area. It is an open deck, so any smoke generated will be blown overboard. Your proposed cabins on the port side, deck 8 should be free of smoke, providing, as other have said, that everyone follows the rules. Depending on the ship, the casino is occasionally listed as a smoking area on some cruise days. Be cautious of that and avoid passing through the casino on those days. I'm sure guest services can tell you which days and the times.

Thanks for the tip.

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I hope I’m misinterpreting your tone here. We are first time HAL passengers because of the balcony smoking policy of the past. We have to avoid cigarette odours at all costs because of health reasons. Our last trip on Cunard was ruined by cigarette smoke and poor ventilation. We had to disembark early to preserve our health.

 

Considering we are spending a small fortune on two staterooms for our family of five, I want to make sure we are well situated.

 

You should be fine. smoking areas are well defined and very limited on HAL.

 

If anyone does cheat (I haven't seen it) just report them and they will either be heavily fined or put off at the next port if they fail to comply.

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OP, I think you'll be fine. Here's a somewhat more comprehensive overview of where smoking is allowed:

 

SMOKING POLICY

For the comfort of all of our guests, beginning with sailings departing in 2017, all staterooms (cabins) including stateroom verandahs, showrooms and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. Smoking is also permitted on certain other designated, outside decks. The designated smoking areas for all ships are as follows unless otherwise noted.

Casino – Designated areas for active slot players in Casinos. ms
Eurodam
, ms
Oosterdam
, ms
Westerdam
and ms
Zuiderdam
casinos are completely non-smoking. ms
Noordam
Casino is completely non-smoking, with the exception of two nights per cruise

Oak Room on
ms Noordam
only, including cigars and pipes.

Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on designated side of the ship

Sun Bar on
ms Koningsdam
and
ms Nieuw Statendam
only

Sports Deck in designated areas only

Cigar and pipe smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the ship, with the exception of the Oak Room on the
ms Noordam
; it is only permitted on the outside decks where smoking is otherwise allowed. Electronic cigarettes and vaping devices are permitted in staterooms but are not permitted on stateroom verandahs. These devices may be used in all designated smoking areas listed above.

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You should be fine. smoking areas are well defined and very limited on HAL.

 

If anyone does cheat (I haven't seen it) just report them and they will either be heavily fined or put off at the next port if they fail to comply.

 

I have to disagree with the idea that people will be fined or put off at the next port. Last year on the Veendam I was located on the starboard side under the smoking area and never had a problem. But every single day of the cruise I complained (along with others in cabins around me joining in) that the occupants of two cabins (one on my deck and one on a deck below) were smoking on their balcony frequently. The one man's favorite was to light up as we were sailing into port, keeping many from truly enjoying their balcony view. The front desk took my complaints under advisement, supposedly going to the individual cabins and reiterating the rules. The one man informed them he would do what he wanted to. He was not put off at the next port which he should have been, I believe. He may have been fined but that didn't help those of us affected. The woman in the cabin next to mine had asthma and had just come from California in the area of the wildfires. She literally stayed in her cabin and did not use the balcony. It seemed like the front desk just shrugged their shoulders over the problem.

 

St. Louis Sal

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