I know I have only been on 3 cruises and do not have the experience of the people here but on all 3 cruises it was not non-smokers on the smokers side that caused a problem but a smoker coming over to the non-smoking side that caused the problem. As for "fake coughing", I wish it was fake on my part. If I am not careful I end very sick. The smoke seems to enter my lungs and cuts off all the air. I take a chance of getting pneumonia (and I have in the past). I try to stay out of the way of the smoke or remove myself. It is hard though if I have a veranda and the 2 people beside me are out there all the time smoking up a storm. I end up having to keep the door closed. Having rooms for non-smokers would solve that problem.
Tigercat: Like I said above, I've got relatives who become very sick when exposed to tobacco smoke. And I don't smoke. People who do should observe the non smoking areas -- period. And aslo, I'm glad that we agree that the non smoking rooms should return -- like yesterday!
Kuki: I seem to remember that NCL had a non smoking side when we were on the Dream in '99, but not when we were on the Norway in '01. Also, it seems like RCI used to have smoking and non smoking cabin decks back in '98 &'99, but not anymore. And I know the now defunct Crown Line had smoking and non smoking room areas in both '92 and '00. Our last cruise was on the Radisson Paul Gaugin in Feb '02, and they had no designated rooms. But also no smoke odor anywhere. (Great cruise and line, by the way.)
But then, what do I know? See, I quit smoking aver four years ago, because it interfered with my drinking! Seriously, it seems that most hotels offer non smoking rooms (often floors). Don't you think cruise ships should do the same?
Garry the good news is that my *****ing will not affect your health. The bad news is the cigarette dangling from your mouth right now will. The good news for me is that people like you keep me gainfully employed (I work in a hospital) so I can go on more cruises (on the Paradise). Keep on puffing Garry....
Rci policyon Grandeur is,smoaking permitted outside on deck 5 and on the starboard side of decks 9&10.Cigars & pipesmay be smoaked in thecigar club. There are similar conditions on the other Rci ships.Hey Ruth,like no vacation on earth. Give us a try and byob.
Did everyone read where the Paradise is going to offer some cruises for smokers to help them quit? Someone's going to smuggle the cigarettes on. So much for that wonderful smelling clean ship. But in all seriousness, nicotine detox is a great idea, even if it only helps 5 people quit. For those of you who only sail on the Paradise, you might want to be selective when picking the cruise. Sailing with 3000 people going through nicotine withdrawals doesn't sound like fun. Or does it?
I read the same thing. As one who had no luck quitting until getting out of a high stress occupation, I would seem that the stress that seems to naturally accompany travel these days (lines at the airport, lines on the ship, questions of whether connections will be made) would tend to make a smoking cessation effort even harder --- not easier.
Marnie I think they do those cruises two or three times a year, and the no smoking rule still applies. You sign an agreement on your boarding pass that you will not smoke or bring smoking materials onboard. If you are stupid enough to ignore that you are given the heave-ho at the next available port. Personally I don`t think a cruise is the best venue to quit smoking, simply because you will be unbearably crabby all week after spending all that money......
So they've done this before, I guess it's working or they wouldn't keep doing it. I think the hardest part would be knowing you're goint to stop at a port and there will be cigarettes available on land. I could see people getting trampled getting off the ship. Those photographers better look out.