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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Celebrity to Ban Smoking in Cabins and on Balconies

Celebrity became the latest cruise line to reduce smoking areas on its ships, by banning smoking in its cabins or on balconies beginning October 1.

Citing the rising numbers of hotels and restaurants around the world that are implementing stricter smoking policies, Celebrity said that its new policy will also reduce the number of public areas in which passengers can smoke onboard.

Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Dan Hanrahan said in a statement that approximately 90% of Celebrity’s guests are non-smokers.

“By increasing the number of smoke-free areas onboard while still designating areas for those who smoke, our aim is to make the onboard experience as pleasant as possible for all of our guests,” he said, adding that Celebrity would be the first premium cruise line to implement such a strict smoking policy.

Designated indoor areas where guests can smoke cigarettes will include the port side of one lounge per ship, and a designated slot machine area in each ship’s casino. Celebrity said the new policy would result in “a cleaner, fresher and healthier environment on Celebrity’s ships”.

The new policy also designates certain outdoor areas where guests can smoke, that will differ depending on the vessel. Celebrity said that violators of its new smoking policy could be fined a $250 cleaning fee.


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