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21 June 2011 10:22
Princess Cruises announced that smoking will not be allowed in passenger staterooms from 2012
Princess Cruises has issued a change to its onboard smoking policy which will prohibit smoking in passenger staterooms and balconies for all voyages.
The change is scheduled to take place after January 15 next year and is part of an effort to restrict areas where smoking is allowed.
With Asthma UK guidelines suggesting people who breathe in others' smoke have an increased risk of an attack, it is hoped that sufferers will welcome the news.
Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president said: "Our consumer studies now show that smokers are a small minority of our passengers, and that the large majority of passengers value having their primary living space onboard smoke-free."
Travellers must ensure they have a comprehensive
medical travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses from both injuries and illness while abroad.
With the balconies being a "hallmark" feature of Princess ships, Swartz said it is important to make sure that the area is free of smoke.
She added that smokers are still welcome aboard any of the Princess Cruises ships, each ship will have designated smoking areas throughout.
Passengers who have already booked their space are being informed about the change in policy.
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