Ocean Village are a subsidiary of P and O ad they have banned smoking in most public lounges since smoking ban on July 1st so maybe p and o have done the same ?
Currently in the fleet smoking is restricted to some of the open decks, the casino and certain parts of some bars and lounges, and in the cabins.
I am also booked on the Aurora world cruise 2009 but I am not worried about the smoking problem. This year I was on Oriana in July and did not find it a problem infact in was good not to be smelling of smoke at the end of an evening. I would think the same policy would apply to all the ships in the fleet.
Hey... we'll be world cruise siblings from January... you starting to get excited yet, we are! We agree with the non-smoking bit. We're spending al this cash on new clobber and don't want it ruined with ciggy smells! (We're the youngish two from Lytham... see you in the pool or bar!).
There are some no-smoking areas (all restaurants) and some of the bars on P&O - but not enough - if they think that smoking on the Starboard side of Aurora's indoor pool keeps the smell and smoke in that area then they are sadly mistaken.
As the UK regs prohibit smoking in pubs, bars, etc, all the cruise lines should instigate this as a matter of course. As we all know, we can now go into these places in the UK and come out not choking and not stinking of an ashtray.
Where we live in France, the rule will come into being on Jan 01 next year and it will be welcome. Each year we come over to the UK to board the ship and in the local pubs etc, everything is clean and clear. We get on board and in the bars etc it goes downhill.
Even on Brittany Ferries which we have to use to get over, there is no smoking in the bars etc - the cruise lines should bite the bullet and ban it in all internal areas INCLUDING CABINS and on all decks apart from the lowest one on the stern.
This will provoke response from the smokers, as it always does - alcohol will rear it's ugly head but the facts remain the same, however much the smokers dislike it - your habit is anti-social and subjects us all to your carciogenic toxins which is not what we have paid good money to experience. The problem is, as long as we have 'cigar bars' as a 'feature' of new ships, we are hitting our heads against a very hard wall.
We are on the maiden voyage of Ventura next year and hope that things will be better - but certainly would not put money on it!
At least no-one will have been smoking in our suite before we arrive!
I cannot understand why P&) do not adopt a policy of non_smoking in public areas. I raised it as a concern and wrote to P&O whether they would adopt non-smoking policy as they are supposed to be a Bristish run ship. I suppose their american masters Carnivsl are going to continue their US customer policy. It would not be so bad if the extraction systems worked in zoned areas, but they do not.
Hey... we'll be world cruise siblings from January... you starting to get excited yet, we are! We agree with the non-smoking bit. We're spending al this cash on new clobber and don't want it ruined with ciggy smells! (We're the youngish two from Lytham... see you in the pool or bar!) p.s. you getting the coach down... if so, see you on there first!
Yes my friend and I are getting the coach from Glasgow. My friend and I are both not too old I am early 60's my friend late 50's. This is our retirement gift to ourselves. We are both widows and cruise one or twice a year since I introduced my friend to cruising 3 years ago otherwise I used to cruise myself after being widowed 5 years ago. Look forward to meeting fellow passengers. Not getting excited yet!!!! Not much.
In response to Foster. France and smoking on P.O Ventura. on the Maiden cruise . You may have cigarette smoke in your suite as it is not the Maiden cruise it is the one after the welcome party. Hope its not to bad.
I have been informed by P&O that as smoking is not banned by UK Maritime Law they will continue to allow smoking. Obviously to please Americans and ignore the very great risk of fire in the cabins.