Princess Cruises announced last week that passengers will no longer be allowed to smoke in staterooms or on balconies, effective for sailings departing after Jan. 15, 2012.
The new smoking policy reflects changing customer preferences and a worldwide effort to restrict areas where smoking is allowed, the Santa Clarita, Calif.-based cruise operator said.
“Our consumer studies now show that smokers are a small minority of our passengers, and that the large majority of passengers value having their primary living space onboard smoke-free,” said Jan Swartz, the cruise line’s executive vice president.
Princess still welcomes smokers and will continue to provide special venues around the ship to accommodate their needs, Swartz said.
Among the designated smoking areas are Churchill’s cigar lounge, a section of the disco and casino, and a portion of the open decks, Swartz said.
Passengers with bookings are being notified of the new policy.
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