Originally Posted by Nurse Debra
Have not been on the boards lately and just heard about this. I just got off the phone with Princess and there is no ban on smoking on your balcony. You can still smoke in your cabin until January 15, 2012. After January 15, 2012 smoking will not be permitted in your cabin, but will be allowed on your balcony and in designated smoking areas.
This seems like a fair decision for everyone. I have no problem with respecting other's rights when it comes to smoking, but in turn they have to respect my right to smoke on my own balcony. I have always been considerate of others and only smoke when there is no one else close to me.
On all of my 17 Princess cruises I have never noticed any smell of smoke in the cabins, although on a Celebrity cruise the cabin just reeked of smoke. Princess does a great job of keeping all of their ships in tip top condition at all times. Even so, I can understand the reasoning for the change in the smoking rules on Princess after January 12.
You either misunderstood, or got a CS agent that did not know the correct policy and changes coming in January 2012.
Per Princess Cruiselines Website:
Keeping the comfort of our passengers a priority, and in consideration of consumer studies which show smokers are a small minority of passengers, Princess has implemented the following smoking policy:
Designated Smoking Areas
Clearly marked “Designated Smoking Areas” are available onboard and include a sufficient number of ashtrays that are emptied regularly. Generally, these areas include cigar lounges, a section of the nightclub and casino, as well as a portion of the open decks. As a safety precaution, passengers are reminded to properly dispose of cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco, which are never to be thrown overboard as this may be sucked back into the ship and cause fires.
Stateroom Smoking Policy Update
For all voyages departing after January 15th, 2012, Princess Cruises will prohibit smoking in passenger staterooms and balconies.
This policy change reflects the preferences of a vast majority of our passengers who value having their primary living space (both stateroom and balcony) smoke-free. As balconies are a hallmark of Princess Cruises, we believe it is important to keep this peaceful space clear of smoke. Violations to this policy will result in a $250 fine for each occurrence, which will be charged to the passenger’s stateroom account. Keeping with the global trend toward more restrictive smoking policies and honoring the wishes of our passengers, we feel this change will enhance our onboard experience and do more to help our passengers escape completely