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Wilba - Answered a Question by Wilson (13 Aug 08 17:59)

P&O have NOT banned smoking 'anywhere on the ship'. If you Click 'Cruise News' red button, 6 paragraphs down is P&O's new policy.

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Turnbull - Answered a Question by Wilson (13 Aug 08 17:45)

I was told by P&O that the ban will be across the fleet in 2009 and was able to cancel my cruise for 2009, however I did have to stick out for a free full refund of my deposit as another member of the P&O staff told my travel agent nothing had been finalised as yet. I think I only got my refund because I had been told otherwise and had an E-mail to prove it.

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Neil and Ida Down - replied to Turnbull (13 Aug 08 22:29)

My goodness, you're a martyr to your cause, I can't imagine how hard it must have been to give up that cruise. .... Neil.

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Turnbull - replied to Neil and Ida Down (14 Aug 08 16:35)

Not too difficult really,just disappointing, as much as my husband and myself love cruising we can both see a lot of problems arising between those who smoke and those who dont. My Husband is a tolerent ex smoker and as such doesn't preach to people where they should and shouldn't smoke, although we both appreciate that there a a good number of people who are badly affected by cigarette smoke, but as P&O are not giving smokers an indoor designated smoking area on their ships we have decided not to cruise with them anymore. I don't agree with smoking in cabins, even I don't do that, but I'm blowed if I am going to stand out in the rain and wind to enjoy something I have been doing for the past 50 years without all the unpleasant remarks smokers get thrown at them these days. I shall miss cruising a lot, at least cruising how it used to be, but not the way it seems to be going these days. It used to be such a friendly atmosphere on board ship with everyone enjoying the experience. Thanks for your comment.

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Matt - replied to Turnbull (14 Aug 08 21:27)

Well said, I totally agree. I dont smoke but a number of my friends do and like you they have smoked for a long time.Why should they pay a lot of money to stand outside on a deck in bad weather. Let's face it, All Europe now suffers from "the climate change" The most annoying thing is that on a large ship with approx. 10-12 bars the cruise lines that still allow smoking inside, allocate just 1 bar for smokers and the non smokers still have a good old moan!

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