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Old April 15th, 2009, 05:42 PM
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I am not a smoker and just off the Westerdam.

Never smelled smoke in the hall ways or room.

Could smell cigar smoke from the balcony next to ours.

Smoke in the casino was strong.

HAL conducted a smoking survey on the ship:
1. Are you a smoker?
2. Would you cruise HAL if smoking was not permitted in the cabins?
3. Would you cruise HAL if no smoking was allowed on the ship?
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No, yes and yes.
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They've been doing that survey for over a year or more. By now they have tens of thousands of responses. Plenty to know the overwhelming majority of us don't smoke and will continue to sail with HAL if they limit the areas where smoking is permitted.

Time for them to cease allowing smoking on verandas IMO

I don't think they should ban all smoking everywherew on the ship and agree there should be at least one location inside and one outside where guests can smoke but it's time HAL went the way other cruise lines have gone and stop all smoking on verandas.


The last four or five weeks, they stopped permitting smoking in all areas of Ocean Bar fleetwide. Thank you, HAL. Happy you took that step.
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We also filled out the survey on the Eurodam in March. I answered:



1. Are you a smoker? Yes

2. Would you cruise HAL if smoking was not permitted in the cabins? Yes

3. Would you cruise HAL if no smoking was allowed on the ship? Yes


I have never smoked in the cabin and this time I didn't even smoke on the verandah. I felt, because the places to smoke were limited, I cut down drastically - wish I could do that at home. I've tried, but it's very, very hard. One day I'll do it!
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DeeDee, If I can quit, you can quit!!
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Just off the Statendam and we received the same survey questions. I am a former smoker (16months and counting) and I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy their cruise.
There should be some area provided where smokers can indulge and not feel they are being stared at or ridiculed.
My cousin who was traveling with us, is a smoker and when she smoked she was always on the starboard side of the promenade deck. A couple of times was approched by fellow passengers who complained about her smoking, they were usually deck walkers. The happened once during the afternoon walk and just happened to be with her when it happened, so I politely pointed to the ashtray mounted to the wall and suggested they might find somewhere else to walk on the ship that was smoke free.

However two doors down the hall there were two guests who were heavy smokers who smoked in their cabin all the time. Several times they left their cabin door ajar and I know from speaking with the people across the corridor because they asked with we'd complained to the desk like they had they. The had complain the smoke was blowing into their cabin, which I think was totally disrespectul to a follow passenger.

It was really amazing how some passengers are completely disrespectful.
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I'm with Richstacy. If you want to do it, you can. There's alot of help out there for you too, see your doctor.
The thing is, that when you don't smoke anymore, you are truly free. It's a good feeling.
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bstaples.

I understand what you are saying about the people complaining about a smoker in a smoking permitted area. They should not have done that.

But you should not have told them to walk elsewhere IMO
Promenade Teak Deck is the walking deck. One of HAL ships' most wonderful features is that wrap around deck. We are exercise walkers and walk laps around the deck and it is a highpoint of our day on board. To tell us to walk elsewhere is inappropriate. That is why that deck goes all around the ship...... to permit walking it!


JMHO......

(I get your point and hope you get mine if you should encounter the same in the future.)
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