Cruise Line Bans Balcony Smoking

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Holland America Line will implement a new smoking policy beginning in January 2017.

No smoking of any kind will be permitted on any stateroom verandah.

Smoking of cigarettes, cigars and pipes is already not permitted inside any stateroom. Holland America Line details the new policy here.

New Policy Dates Effective

  • ms Maasdam January 2, 2017
  • ms Rotterdam January 2, 2017
  • ms Volendam January 3, 2017
  • ms Noordam January 4, 2017
  • ms Veendam January 4, 2017
  • ms Zuiderdam January 4, 2017
  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam January 6, 2017
  • ms Eurodam January 7, 2017
  • ms Westerdam January 7, 2017
  • ms Koningsdam January 8, 2017
  • ms Zaandam January 10, 2017
  • ms Oosterdam January 13, 2017
  • ms Amsterdam April 26, 2017
  • ms Prinsendam May 6, 2017

The cruise line is announcing this new policy to better align with guest wishes and health concerns.

Holland America Line was one of the last major cruise lines to permit balcony smoking. Smoking is still permitted in designated areas on cruise ships.

Will this impact your sailings with Holland America Line? Let us know. 

Photo: Flickr/Robert Pelletier

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8 Responses

  1. Yep, not sailing them anymore. All-inclusives are looking better every day. Found out after the last year of major price hikes by the industry (largely to make up for smokers not booking balconies and empty rooms of smokers not cruising at all), that AI’s are cheaper anyway. They’ll even book your airfare for you. With all the nickle and diming cruiselines do, and the prohibition of smoking in all commons areas – what reason is there to go unless you want to be “fee’ed” to death?

  2. Lots of the AI have limited smoking areas too, one resort we went to last year was almost completely smoke free… Smokers are in the minority now so more and more places are catering to the majority that want a smoke free environment.

  3. There are very few AIs that limit smoking, because they know where their bread and butter is. And the ones that limit in the room still offer balcony/lanai options. They don’t push you to a corner. Smokers tend to spend more, tip better and generally drink more (the highest markup item).

    There’s a reason why cruise prices jumped, there are tons of complaints about lower rooms being sold out and gratuities are forced now.

  4. You will when you can’t afford to cruise at ALL anymore. lol – but hey, the one second you actually are around smoke is certainly worth paying an extra $1000 per 7 day cruise in fees and fares… right?

  5. No you won’t. You are just like the other morally self-righteous pompous people. You push and bully a company into banning smoking here, there and everywhere. Then smokers are pushed into their OWN area, less than 4% of a ship and you STILL complain about smoke in an area that you don’t even go to.

    When you get your moral crusade going, and someone asks you when/where you cruised – you answer “Well… I haven’t gotten to go for 3 years, it’s so expensive but I’m so happy it’s smoke free!”

    Heck, you complained about affordability on a 50 cent fare hike on a transit story. You sure as heck aren’t sailing Holland at their prices.

  6. Yeah, you’re right! The whole cruising world revolves around you smokers! People who don’t have the stamina to go without nicotine, and would rather make others uncomfortable. Maybe to save money the cruise lines will ban your oxygen tanks? LMAO KMA!!!????

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