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P&O introduced no smoking inside on three of their ships in October. The remaining ships will become smoke free in the spring.
Ocean Majesty was smoke free last year. Small ship, so no real potential for a 'smoking' area inside, but the Lido deck is partially covered and smoking allowed on starboard side except during breakfast and lunch times.
I am a smoker and went on Thomson Celebration this year which is all non smoking inside, but we could smoke outside of the entertainment lounge was I found quite good as at points in the evening smokers would converge outside and I found that I spoke to more people that way! Shame is most of our party smoked (3 of us) but my poor boyfriend was left a billy no mates in the lounge for 20 mins at a time as he doesn't smoke! He started toddling out with us after a while - bless him!
We have just returned from a cruise on Thomson Destiny. There was a total smoking ban on all inside areas. We have cruised with Thompson's many times before. However, this severe ban, with absolutely nowhere to smoke in comfort ruined our holiday, because the weather was not good for much of the cruise and it was cold and wet out on deck.
I don't smoke, but feel that some provision of at least one smoking room/bar should be made for those who wish to smoke. After all, smokers must constitute a fair proportion of the customer base of any ship.
I think that FO have made a bad business decision. My partner and I have been loyal FO customers, with a combined total of around 360 days in 5 years on their ships. By no longer providing even one small inside smoking area they will definitely lose our custom. How likely is it that non-smokers, loyal to a cruise line which provides a small inside smoking area, will feel strongly enough to take their custom to FO instead? So I feel that smokers are the more likely to switch their loyalty - away from FO. And, of course, it only takes one smoker in the group to move the whole group. I think the best thing smokers can do is to let FO know that they will not cruise with them again.
Hiya when we done first cruise on island escape in 2003 in may at back off beachcomber down either side you could smoke but as week went on you could only smoke one side.also you could smoke on side you came in from gym .they had few tables where to could eat with your food and smoke there which found quite odd .getting to smoke inside but not outside .we were smokers at time but smoked in desanated areas .at that time as well you could smoke in cabins .but now ive been smoke free coming up 2 years on feb .i to think they should have areas where smokers can go .they should do what pubs do buld smoke shelters .happy cruising oh and happy puffing .
For Gods sake why don’t you all pack in? I am really sick of hearing this whinging all the time about what a rough time you are having. Wake up it’s a dirty filthy habit anyway it’s about time you joined the majority.
I don't know if this has occurred to you 'Simons', but you could avoid reading questions that include the word "smoking".
Well Lane you mention avoid, it’s a pity I do not have the same option to "AVOID" inhaling the toxic smoke of someone I do not even know.
I think I can smell an olive branch smoldering away somewhere...