Smoking In a Seabourn Balcony Cabin Will Now Cost You $250 Per Day
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If you absolutely must light up a cigarette in your balcony cabin aboard a Seabourn ship, it will now cost you $250 a day to do so. As Cruise Critic’s Erica Silverstein reports, the line has actually widened its ban on smoking, which now includes the balconies on its more vantage-enhanced cabins.
Seabourn officials also announced that smokers can no longer smoke in the Observation Lounge, which had up until now allowed lighting up after 8 p.m.
So for those that got 'em, it’s advisable that you absolutely not smoke ’em unless you are on the “starboard half of the Sky Bar on Deck 9 (Deck 10 on soon-to-launch Seabourn Encore) and on the starboard half of the open terrace aft of The Club on Deck 5,” according to Silverstein. Cigarette, pipe and cigar smokers can also partake their passion on the starboard side of open terrace aft of Seabourn Square on Deck 7.
The report reminds that more and more cruise lines are, excuse the pun, choking off smoking areas across the industry.
As for Seabourn, this prohibition will also include any of the indoor areas, save the above listed in the form of the starboard section of the Sky Bar, in The Club on Deck 5 and the small area of Deck 7.
If you simply have to light up and dare go against an official ban, then you will be subject to the $250-per-day fine, the cost of the cleaning service that will clear out your nicotine mess. The fine has been in place for other non-smoking parts of the ship but now extends to guest suites. There are now just three areas on the ship that allow smoking.
Considering the cost of any cruise, drinks and tip you should consider upon leaving, perhaps it’s best just to chew on some gum or make your way to designated areas.
The earliest the policy goes into effect will be on Nov. 28 aboard the Seabourn Quest. Those on the Seabourn Encore, Sojourn and Odyssey have until Dec. 4,5 and 7 respectively.
This is undoubtedly a polarizing issue that was met with great adulation from some on Cruise Critic’s Seabourn message board, as seen in its report.
We do, however, notice some venom spewed in the comments section of the report. One gentleman offered, “Our group consists of 2,000 smokers fed up with the anti-smoking push. We strive to find smoker-friendly transport and destinations!”
The man by the name Daniel Hammond continued, “Our group quit booking these cruises the first time they started anti-smoking efforts! Now we book private coach buses with smoking to travel to vacation spots that want our smoking business.”
We might suggest going the hipster route and adopting E-smoking. Those devices, per the report, are still admissible in cruise cabins.
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