Yes, they knew... the agency owner was on the phone with our HAL regional manager 2 days before my cruise and mentioned that I was leaving for my first HAL cruise as a group leader AND I had to sign a paper upon embarkation that I promise not to solicite business while on board. No biggy, it IS going to be a factor in my next escorted group plans... I am waiting for the June 2010 Baltic itineraries to come out... I might need to go with Oceania or Princess... on Princess I receive all sorts of perks that no other cruiseline offers... I guess a bottle of wine or a plate of strawberries with a greeting would have been nice.
I just double checked the liturature and no smoking in the Ocean Bar... only Casino Bar and Crow's Nest... indoors anyways. Crow's Nest smoking only only on the Starboard side.