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1246  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises Announces New Smoking Policy on: June 17, 2011, 06:13:32 AM
I can only wonder how many people will be turning in smokers who try & sneak a smoke in their cabins & balconies since it'll become so apparent for any violators. I'm sure they'll be a few who go out on the balconies at 2 AM for a quick puff.
1247  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises Announces New Smoking Policy on: June 16, 2011, 07:09:59 AM
It seems to me that that they would have to increase the area size of the existing smoking sections they now have. At least provide extra seating on the Promenade & Lido decks for the extra numbers.
1248  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises Announces New Smoking Policy on: June 15, 2011, 06:31:29 PM
It really makes my day to see that the smokers will be going over to HAL in the future to smoke on the balconies. Not that I want to see anyone suffer from the smoke but it's all the less smokers that will be sailing Princess. I really think there was in influx of smokers a while back and I've noticed a big change of smoke problems on the balconies over the years when Celebrity changed their policies.
1249  Princess Cruising / Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Princess Cruises Announces New Smoking Policy on: June 15, 2011, 03:15:16 PM
They can keep their casino smoking for all I care & let the smokers congregate there. I was never lucky anyway.
I'm surprised that they didn't consider making the Terrace pool a smokers section where it was possible. Having one rear pool designated for smokers would at least given them someplace to smoke.
1250  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Possible smoking limitations being considered on: June 15, 2011, 01:35:09 PM
Well the official news http://www.princess.com/learn/faq_answer/onboard/experience.jsp#Smoking_Policy was finally released- and about time for all of us to breath some fresh air. My only regret is we just booked a 20 day trip for Nov. Oh well.
1251  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Possible smoking limitations being considered on: June 14, 2011, 02:48:38 PM
They're now reporting on cruise critic that someone who lives in the California area near the Princess headquarters over heard employees saying that in mid January Princess will stop all smoking on balconies & staterooms altogether.

Well as fast at the replies were made on CC, the moderators took the post down.  ::)Their motto must be "no comments about unsubstantiated rumors". I guess they get to much traffic & it's a way of keeping it under control.   Grin
1252  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Possible smoking limitations being considered on: June 12, 2011, 02:31:06 PM
If it is a matter of the policy not rights, then the policy is that smoking is allowed on balconies.  That should be the end of the discussion. You seem to want the policy to change because why?Huh? It seems that smoking on balconies can bother you.  What about the smoker who can peacefully smoke on their balcony, shouldn't they be able to since it is the policy?  There are people who abuse any policy which is unfortunate for everybody but that doesn't mean a policy should be changed. 

Yes, the way it stands today the smokers have every right in the world to pollute the air for the majority of non smokers. If that make me predigest against smokers then I'm guilty. I can also appreciate your right to sit on your balcony smoking away since you've paid your fare but at the same time the non smokers have every right to encourage Princess into changing their balcony smoking policy. (which I do on each & every survey & on board comment cards, even if I didn't have a smoke issue that cruise)
I anticipate a change coming when the new ships enter the market in 2013.
1253  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Possible smoking limitations being considered on: June 11, 2011, 07:50:38 PM
Rich, I had exactly the same experience on a recent Sapphire Princess Mexican Riviera cruise.  The mini-suite next to ours had at least three and maybe four smokers.  There was seldom a time when there wasn't somebody on the balcony smoking.  I realize they paid extra for their balcony just as I did.  The problem is the policy, not who has what rights.  I see two possible solutions:  ban smoking on balconies or make the balconies on one side of the ship non-smoking like the public areas.  I would prefer a complete ban; but I would be happy with a choice of a non-smoking side at booking.  If none was available at least I would have the option of an oceanview.

If I recall correctly, NCL years back offered non smoking on one side of their ships. I don't know why they gave up on the idea.
If they offered something like that on Princess I would book a cruise the day it was available instead of only a few months ahead.
1254  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Possible smoking limitations being considered on: June 11, 2011, 04:44:05 PM
Carnival tried 100% no smoking ships and it was a failure.  I have never been assigned a cabin that smelled of smoke.  When I smell smoke on my balcony I just come inside.   Problem solved.

It was the only ship with no smoking restrictions at the time. One could only wonder how it would work out today. Unfortunately at the time I wasn't able to cruise due to family matters, but I definitely would have given it a try. 
You say that you just go inside when you smell smoke but we've been on trips (6 moths ago) that no matter when I went outside- 1,2,3 4 AM or 10 AM someone was smoking. It really doesn't feel that great to have paid for extra for the balcony & only be able to use it between smokers when you can catch a break.
1255  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: DAWN PRINCESS - WORLD CRUISE - PAX TOLD NO MORE BOOZE TO BE CARRIED ON on: June 11, 2011, 06:46:44 AM
Wow, their a tough bunch down there in Australia. At first I though when you posted the no alcohol comment it was just a rumor.

No rumour Rich, I am following blogs and have 4 friends on board.  Just imagine if Princess tried to impose this wine policy on a ship with 2000 Americans on board, would be a riot. Roll Eyes

Probably so & a lot more RumRunners.  Wink
1256  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: DAWN PRINCESS - WORLD CRUISE - PAX TOLD NO MORE BOOZE TO BE CARRIED ON on: June 10, 2011, 06:31:28 AM
Wow, their a tough bunch down there in Australia. At first I though when you posted the no alcohol comment it was just a rumor.
1257  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Possible smoking limitations being considered on: June 08, 2011, 05:58:13 AM
The car comment was just for the fact people are beathing bad air much more often then they care to admit and that too can affect their health.  As you know there are designated smoking areas on ships and people do complain about the amount of smoke around those areas.  If Princess chooses to stop people from smoking in the cabins, the balconies are outside and a smoker should be able to smoke in a cabin (or on a balcony) that has been paid for by them.  I am aware there will always be people who abuse any inch they are given. . .smoker or non-smoker.  Don't forget there are cruise lines that do limit it and those are available to people who don't like balcony smokers.

Not to confrontational about the subject but one person smoking on a balcony can ruin it for many others in the general area. How is that being fair to those around them? Also if a smoker in a room leaves behind a smell of stale smoke that sometimes cannot be cleaned so quickly so is it fair to anyone who has to move into that room to have to live with it? Most of us can live with the smoking areas that they designate & avoid them but when the smoke invades my balcony space it becomes a problem for me alone and something I choose not to have.
That being said, it looks like the original comment about Princess was just another rumor so you should be safe....for a while.  Wink
btw- Driving in a car for most of us is a necessary evil while smoking is not.
1258  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Possible smoking limitations being considered on: June 07, 2011, 08:56:19 PM
I think smokers should be able to smoke. . .they too have paid for their cruise.  What I don't like is the density of smoke created by the disignated areas.   Why not ban cars with their output too.

So spreading it out solves the situation?  Roll Eyes
I'll give up my car when you do likewise.
1259  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Possible smoking limitations being considered on: June 07, 2011, 05:13:40 AM
I've got no problem with any of the designated areas for smoking on Princess except the balconies. This is one area where I feel shortchanged if I can't enjoy it because of constant smoke. We've been on some trips where we could hardly even go out there, even 3 or 4 in the morning without someone smoking. The only time it was completely smoke free was on port days and that wasn't a guarantee.
 
1260  Princess Cruising / Cruising Chatter / Re: Possible smoking limitations being considered on: June 06, 2011, 10:01:32 AM


At this time I do realize "more controlled" on board smoking is only a rumor but one can only hope for more...  Where there is hope, there also can be change...   

It looks like the CC thread was squashed.  They don't like anyone to bring up the subject of smoking... Grin It's to controversial & causes arguments and since they consider themselves civilized - it's taboo.   Roll Eyes
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