Buckley - Answered a Question by Neil Down (24 Jul 08 15:41)

According to the cruise news on this web site says "changing smoking policy again" so no not smoke free but more restricted.Reading the reviews from Ventura a constant concern is the smoke in the main lounge is drifting to other areas. Should lead to some good debate as it always does don't you think Neil.

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Neil and Ida Down - replied to Buckley (24 Jul 08 16:52)

One of the reasons for putting it on this sheet, am I playing devil's advocate? No not really, I am just so pleased that all the doubters who said it will never happen only 6 months ago are having to retract....... Neil.

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Anon - replied to Neil and Ida Down (24 Jul 08 18:20)

Of course it is going to lead to more debate! You will soon have to pay a lot more for your cruises when Pand O finally ban all smoking! But no doubt you couldnt care less! Happy cruising!

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Castro - replied to Anon (24 Jul 08 18:38)

Tiresome, tiresome debate! Why are the non smokers so narrow minded on this issue? What is wrong with having at least ONE designated bar as a smoking bar on these huge ships with several bars? Have it staffed by only smoking staff- (there are plenty of them on ships as far as I have seen) Non smokers will not be affected, smokers will have a place to smoke in peace and not bother non smokers etc, etc.

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stevens - replied to Castro (24 Jul 08 19:00)

Agree with you Castro. and also anon. We love to have a cigarette on deck, we respect the wishes of non smokers, so do not smoke indoors. Not allowed to do so anymore. For the non smokers out there unless you can cope with our outgoing nature, go to the other side of the deck! We would love your company, but you treat us like lepers.

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Buckley - replied to stevens (25 Jul 08 13:25)

My letter arrived today from P&O and they feel that there passengers do not find it acceptable to smoke inside the ships public areas and have amended there smoking policy on 3 of there fleet,you can still smoke on your balcony or in allocated places out on deck.They have used Ventura and Oceana which are family ships and Artimis. As a ex smoker it is a good thing for me but in fairness on all the ships we have sailed on the smokers very rarely smoked in non smoking areas.Lets hope the new restrictions work out well for everyone.

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castro - replied to Buckley (25 Jul 08 15:54)

So does that mean say...other cruisers on their other ships didnt mind the smoking? I find it difficult to understand why they only did this on some of their ships- I mean if they want to make a stand, why not do it on all their ships? Money and profit I guess, I bet they still sell cigarettes in the duty free shops on these ships- still making money out of smokers. And what about those cruisers who booked their cruise in good faith expecting to have some designated smoking areas? I have heard that in these cases they do not get their deposit back.

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Neil Down - replied to Anon (24 Jul 08 21:15)

I am interested to know why you consider that there will be price rises because of this, I can see no correlation between the two. Having recently come off Azamara Quest with a really non-smoking strict regime we found that the atmosphere was one of happiness and the bars fuller than we had seen in a long time. .... I will watch for your reply, Anon, (would that be another pseudonym user) eagerly ... Neil.

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Matt - replied to Neil and Ida Down (24 Jul 08 22:55)

Yes Neil, the doubters were a bit premature, but the cruise lines are putting their restrictions in place now whilst they have the smokers money. Many smokers are trying to retrieve their fares without much success. What will happen next year?? the smokers will certainly not book cruises and bearing in mind the state of the economy, I would imagine it will hit the profits of the cruise companies.

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Richard Okill - Answered a Question by Neil Down (24 Jul 08 16:19)

Any movement in this direction will be welcomed by most cruisers. Thanks for the news Neil.

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