Cruise lines continue to crack down on smoking

Cruise lines continue to add more smoke-free areas on their ships.

Royal Caribbean International announced this week that smoking will be banned on balconies across the fleet, effective Jan. 1. Passengers were already not allowed to smoke in their staterooms.

Most of the remaining designated smoking areas will be outdoors. While smoking was previously allowed in some bars, after the changes go into effect the only indoor areas permitting smoking will be parts of the casino and in the Connoisseur Club. For cruises sailing in Asia, there will be one dedicated indoor venue where smoking is allowed.

European line MSC Cruises also announced changes this week for the MSC Divina, which will sail from PortMiami starting in November. Beginning at the ship’s departure from Venice on Nov. 2, smoking will only be allowed in the Cigar Lounge and designated parts of some outdoor decks. Smoking will occasionally be allowed in a portion of the casino, but the decision will be up to the casino manager.

Smoking was already off limits in MSC staterooms and balconies.

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