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Cruise Lines Update Smoking Policies

Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises are rolling out significant changes to their smoking policies.  Princess is also banning smoking on cabin balconies, while Carnival and HAL will continue to allow smoking on their balconies.  Carnival’s changes go into effect as of Dec. 1 sailings, while the HAL and Princess changes not until sailings after Jan. 15.

Carnival also implemented new public room smoking policies: cigarette smoking in public areas will be permitted only in dance clubs, designated areas within the casino and casino bar, certain sections on the open decks on all ships, as well as in the jazz clubs on 13 of their ships.  Carnival cited the changes due to passenger preferences.