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anniesboy68

Smoking On Independance Of The Seas

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Seems more and more lines are now following suit......we smokers have already accepted extreme smoking restrictions over the years and have accepted that to smoke comfortably a more expensive balcony room needs to be booked and now they are restricting that also. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! Whilst I can appreciate non smokers requirements and have accepted restricted smoking on decks and internal facilities, and can also appreciate fire hazards from smokers, this really is cruise lines going too far in bending towards their non smoking customers. We smokers are paying the same price but already are discriminated and effectively enjoy fewer facilities because of our terrible habit. However, it is more than a habit for many, it is a need, and to stop us smoking OUTDOORS in our own personal expensive balcony space is going too far. Come on, smokers unite, the non smokers have complained and won, time to fight back and complain profusely ourselves. Ok we can accept some balcony restriction if you like, but why not just make balconies on one side of ship non smoking like on deck? There is a reasonable compromise to satisfy all customers if the cruise liners really wanted to satisfy all. ACT NOW to complain or we may find cruise liners eventually banning all smoking on board in which case I would have to stop my 3 cruises a year which I love. To be confined at sea after paying for private accommodation without being able to smoke may even be an infringement of my human rights, like prisoners! And please, don't be boring and post back that I should just quit, it's not easy, I don't want to and we've heard it all before. Let's just try and compromise to satisfy all.

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To answer the original question, passengers are allowed to smoke on the balconies of Independance of the Sea but only on one side, which I believe is the Port side (but I am told can be subject to change).

 

The tip is to ask when you are booking which side is currently being used and do they envisage any change. They are pretty helpful and realise that some people like me, do not want their balcony time spoilt by smoke wafting across, whilst others want to have somewhere where they can indulge their habit.  

 

Apparently smokers are allowed to indulge in the casino area and also have a dedicated smoking room but this is relatively small.

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Always a hot topic and given that cruises are generally booked so far in advance, maybe cruise liners should give more specific info on their smoking policies when selecting cabin no. As a smoker, I would be very happy to have a more restricted no. of cabins available if I was assured on being able to smoke on my balcony. It's an important part of my day, first and last thing, sitting on balcony with my coffee and smoke, contemplating the days events. Rest of day I,m not in room anyway.

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