Beginning in January 2008 a new smoking policy will go into effect on Royal Caribbean ships. As of that date, smoking in all staterooms and suites will be prohibited. Additionally one lounge or bar will be designated as a non-smoking area.
Smoking will still be prohibited in all areas previously designated as non-smoking. The policy will initially go into effect on all Royal Caribbean Ships, except Legend of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas. Those ships will adopt the new policy in the summer of 2008.
At first blush this may not seem like a disability related topic, but I can assure you that folks with respiratory conditions welcome this change. As for me, well it will just be nice to be able to go into a bar without coming out smelling like an ash tray.
Unfortunately smoking will still be allowed on stateroom balconies. Personally I always get a balcony stateroom because I love the fresh air. Unfortunately that’s often ruined when the person in the next room steps out on his balcony and lights up a cancer stick.
IMHO, RCI didn’t go far enough. But hey, it’s a good start. Too bad they didn’t do it in time for our Emerging Horizons Celebration Cruise on the Liberty of the Seas.
But as I said, at least it’s a step in the right direction.