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Old July 18th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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Default Smoking in lounges/bars

I know that the restaurants are non-smoking at alltimes. However, the HAL web site stating the policy gives the impression that the lounges are divided into smoking and non-smoking areas. Unless there is a wall this policy is virtually useless as smoke drifts even with aircon. The show theatre is non-smoking while a performance is on.
Are there any lounges/bars which are non-smoking? Also any outside decks?
I will be on the Zuiderdam.
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Old July 18th, 2007, 11:01 AM
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I just came back recently on the Zaandam and I am very much sensitive to smoke so I was also a little worried. But what I found out was that all the big public rooms are totally non smoking and only one bar area had anyone smoking in it (and it was off to the side so it really didn't bother me) I was actually surprised at how many people were not smoking. I really didn't even see anyone walking on the deck smoking The biggest surprise was the casino. I usually don't use the casino on a ship but also avoid it due to the smoke. Well this trip no one was smoking in it. I have read on other posts that HAL does some non smoking days/nights in the casino so the non smoking guests can also enjoy. Maybe I was just lucky to walk through on that day. So I think you will be alright. Believe me if I wasn't bothered you shouldn't be either.
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Old July 18th, 2007, 06:52 PM
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You were lucky cause there was smoking in the casino and the ocean bar on our cruise. That was pretty much all the smoking we encounter even on lido deck. It was surprisingly very nice and the best we had encounter besides Paradise which was smoke free when we cruised on it. Carnival Valor was awful all the bars had smoking, just the dining, a lounge and where the shows were could you get away from smoke.

However, the Crow's nest had smoking allowed on one side. I was surprise one time to realize we were sitting in the smoking session cause no one was smoking there. I loved the crow's nest, but one time it was closed for private party and we never went back up there. Stayed on my verandah instead.

So enjoy your cruise and don't worry about smoking. Maybe you will be lucky and get on one with very little smoking like ours. Oh and I didn't notice any smoke free nights in the casino, but I usually let my husband go without me after I went to bed.
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Old July 19th, 2007, 07:59 AM
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Rambler - If you look at HAL's web site, deck plans, you will notice that the Ocean Bar is divided into 2 completely separate sections.....one on port side and one on starboard side.

Originally the side with the bar was smoking and the other side was non-smoking. I don't know about the Zuiderdam, but on the Noordam, only a small section near the bar was smoking, so if this is true on the Zuiderdam, you have the whole other side to sit and have a drink.

The Explorer's Lounge is also non-smoking. A small section of the Crow's Nest near and at the bar is smoking.

The show theatre is non-smoking at all times - not just when a performance is going on.
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