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Discussion in 'Know Before You Go' started by red stripe, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. red stripe

    red stripe Guest


    Vitality Wellness Program Continues To Bring a Breath of Fresh Air Fleetwide

    MIAMI, July 23, 2007 – In time to help guests set their New Year’s resolutions for a healthier lifestyle, Royal Caribbean International announces a new smoking policy onboard its ships, effective January 2008. To bolster the cruise line’s new Vitality wellness program, recently debuted on Liberty of the Seas – the newest vessel to share the title of the world’s largest cruise ship with sister-ship, Freedom of the Seas – Royal Caribbean is increasing smoke-free zones by designating all staterooms and one lounge on each ship in its fleet as non-smoking areas. The new policy will go into effect aboard 18 of the line’s 21 ships initially, with Legend of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas following suit with the 2008 summer season.
    “Feedback from our guests was a driving force behind the new Vitality program and our focus on wellness,†said Alice Norsworthy, senior vice president, Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “Results from online polls as well as input from all of our international offices worldwide, show very strong support of the new smoking policy. These changes reflect a more contemporary approach to healthier lifestyles and will significantly improve the cruise vacation experience for our guests.â€Â
    Currently, smoking is prohibited in guest hallways and corridors, restaurants, entertainment venues and most of the ship’s interior public spaces except for designated areas in bars and lounges. The new policy will add all guest staterooms and suites, and one bar or lounge on every Royal Caribbean ship onto the roster of smoke-free spaces. Guests wishing to smoke may still do so from starboard outer decks, in designated areas in bars and lounges, and on stateroom and suite balconies. Ashtrays are available in designated smoking areas or by request through stateroom attendants. Violations of the smoking policy will result in cleaning charges to the guest’s onboard account and may also be addressed through the line’s Guest Conduct Policy, details of which are available both online and in all staterooms.
    Royal Caribbean’s Vitality wellness program was designed to encourage and introduce ways for guests to achieve a better balance in their lives. The program presents healthier lifestyle choices across every aspect of the cruise experience, including fitness classes and spa treatments, onboard and land-based activities, shore excursions, and healthful drinks and food selections. Guests have the choice to try one or two elements or enjoy the total Vitality wellness experience to begin a more balanced approach to healthier living.
  2. iluvcruzin

    iluvcruzin Guest

    I'm a non-smoker but think it's going a bit overboard when it comes to make all the staterooms smoke-free. I think they do a pretty good job on removing smoke smell from the cabins. I can't remember which cruiseline tried to market a smoke-free cruise and it didn't go over as well as expected. Granted, most major cities have changed their smoking policy including Cincinnati where hotels are considered non-smoking. Sure it's better healthwise to control the smoking areas. However, I would imagine most smokers will opt to cruise another line that will be least restrictive.
  3. Ruchela

    Ruchela Guest

    Well, I guess I won't be sailing with them. I am a smoker, this is really going "overboard" pun intended(td)
  4. Travelnut

    Travelnut Guest

    Well looks like we won't be using Royal Carib for any cruise's,,,I'm with you Maureen,,,I think they are taking it a tad too far,,,and I don't smoke either,,,but dh does,,,
  5. NiteStar

    NiteStar Guest

    I just contacted Mary Ann, because I'm booked on the Voyager of the Seas for March 2008. If I can't smoke at least out on my balcony, I'll be cancelling this cruise and making reservations for a different cruiseline and won't be booking anymore cruises on RCI!
  6. NiteStar

    NiteStar Guest

    I just re-read Red's post and it appears that you will be able to smoke on you balcony. Since I'm booked in a balcony cabin....maybe I'll survive! :lol But it will probably be my last cruise on RCI because I don't want to have to be relegated to my balcony to smoke....what if it's raining or too windy!! Yes...I know that may sound sooo trivial to some....but those of you who smoke understand what I mean! :lol
  7. tutak

    tutak Guest

    While The Boss and I are non-smokers, we have always been amazed by how the cruiselines have been able to make the staterooms such that we could never tell whether the previous occupants were somkers or not. We have never really had any complaints about smokers.
  8. earl_m

    earl_m Guest

    I am all for cutting down on the smoking areas but this is going too
    far. when you can't smoke in your own room. this is too much. I am sure they will be changing this rule when people start canceling their
  9. conniecat

    conniecat Guest

    Good for RCI! This would make me more inclined to choose them.
  10. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Guest

    NiteStar - I just got off the phone with Royal Caribbean in answer to your questions:

    Stateroom - correct, NO smoking in staterooms

    Balcony - smoking IS allowed on your private balcony

    Casino - smoking IS allowed in the casino

    Bars - there will be at least one non-smoking bar on each ship
  11. Hucc

    Hucc Guest

    I"m with Connie.

    This combined with RCCLs new flex dining. I just may do all my future cruises with Royal Carib.
  12. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Guest

    I believe the Star Princess fire raised even more awareness about the safety issues of smoking on board. I'm referring strictly to safety issues, not even attempting to comment on the health issues of smoking.
  13. Ruchela

    Ruchela Guest

    I'm done with them, and any other cruise line that does this. They are taking away our rights as human beings, enough is enough.
  14. NiteStar

    NiteStar Guest

    I have to agree with Ruchela. You may not like that I smoke, but that is MY choice to make.
  15. JohnG

    JohnG Guest

    Disney Cruise Lines does not allow smoking in the staterooms or even on the balconies. Cleaning charges also apply on there. And if I recall, it was someone flipping a cigarette but from a balcony that started the fire on the Star Princess.
  16. conniecat

    conniecat Guest

    Yes, smokers definitely have the right to choose to smoke if they like.
    However, we non-smokers have the right not to have to breathe it. My parents smoked 2 to 3 packs a day, the whole time we were growing up. Neither my brother nor I have ever smoked. When we would visit them, we came home smelling like smoke just from being around them. It is in smokers hair, clothing, breath, etc.

    I now have severe asthma. I cannot breathe around cigarette smoke, or even worse, cigar smoke.

    If I had a balcony cabin next to a smoker, I would not be able to sit on my balcony, or even have the door open when someone was smoking. So, that does affect my rights as a passenger.

    by the way, my mother died of lung cancer.
  17. NiteStar

    NiteStar Guest

    So Conniecat......out of curiousity....do you think smokers should not be able to enjoy their vacation so that you can? I know this is a touchy subject with a lot of people, but I figure that I paid just as much for my vacation as a non-smoker did for their's and I think I have the right to enjoy my vacation that I've spent my hard earned money on.....and that includes being able to smoke in my own room!
  18. I assume it would be a logistical nightmare with upgrades, and so on if they designated 1/2 the staterooms smoking and 1/2 non smoking.

    In 2001 The Carnival Paradise was still a Non Smoking ship. I took a 10 night on her and that was one of the primary reasons, because there was no smoke.

    My husband smokes, although never in front of me.

    Where I live there are no public places where smoking is allowed, not bars, not restaurants , no where. You can smoke in your car and at your home and on the street, basically you can't smoke anywhere else.
  19. NiteStar

    NiteStar Guest

    When I first started cruising, most cruiselines had one side of the ship (including the staterooms on that side) non-smoking and the other side smoking. That would be fine with me and I would just always book early and book a cabin on the smoking side of the ship. And this was at a time when you could also smoke in the dining room. I don't see any problem with going back to that system (I'm not referring to smoking in the dining room).

    It will be interesting to see how long this new "smoking policy" lasts on RCI. Remember Paradise, the non-smoking ship? That didn't last long.....maybe two years tops :lol They couldn't book enough passengers on it consistently to make any money, so they abandoned that idea in a hurry!
  20. marleejean

    marleejean Guest

    Next they'll have an alcohol free ship. (For health and safety reasons, of course.) :grin

    I refuse to patronize smoke-free restaurants around where I live. My $$ spends just as good at a place that is smoker friendly. I especially enjoy the ones that let me smoke at my table.
    When the time comes that every place is non-smoking, I'll be eating at home and saving that $$ for more cruises....(on smoker friendly ships)

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