As a Regent cruiser, I know that Mark Conroy sat down with the cruisers on the World Cruise and other ones before he came to this decisiion.
As of another board that is out there- we are pretty sure that insurance costs are making the new regs.
Most of know that that smoking on the balcony was about to be banned. And they put it a bit further with no smoking in the staterooms.
Marc was just on the Voyager, the announcement was made when he got off. I had to cancel my trip on the Voyager back on 5/26- health reasons.
Alot of hotel properties have become smoke-free.
I am a nonsmoker and see both sides. But, I will be enjoying the Regent cruises even more since we won't have to deal with a stale smoke air in the staterooms.