Following the recent revisions to smoking policies by other cruise lines throughout the industry, Norwegian Cruise Line today has announced new changes to its own onboard smoking policy.
Effective November 1st, guests will be prohibited from smoking cigarettes (electronic included) and cigars on stateroom balconies, The Haven, and in the casino for non-players. The new policy effectively designates Norwegian’s ships as non-smoking, with the exception of designated areas of the casino, the starboard side of the Waterfront (away from dining areas), and other designated deck areas.
In a statement to the the media, Norwegian describes its decision to revise its smoking policy as in the interest of “the health and well-being of our guests and crew.” Guests determined to be in violation of the new policy will have a $250 fee charged to their onboard account.
Following today’s announcement by Norwegian, Holland America Line is left as the sole cruise line to allow smoking on stateroom balconies. Over the past year, almost every cruise line has revised its onboard smoking policy, banning the practice on all stateroom balconies in addition to many public areas of the ship. The swift change in policy throughout the industry has come in regards to concerns over public health and safety onboard ships at sea.