Royal Caribbean’s No-Smoke Zones Bring Breath of Fresh Air

Royal Caribbean International has unveiled a new smoking policy onboard its ships, effective January 2008. To bolster the cruise line’s new wellness program, which recently debuted on Liberty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is increasing the number of smoke-free zones by designating all staterooms and one lounge on each ship as non-smoking areas.

The new policy goes into effect aboard 18 of the line’s 21 ships beginning with Legend of the Seas. Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas fall in line with the new policy starting in summer 2008.

At this time, smoking is prohibited in guest hallways and corridors, restaurants, entertainment venues and most of the ship’s interior public spaces, except for designated areas in bars and lounges. The new policy will add all guest staterooms and suites, and one bar or lounge on every Royal Caribbean ship to the roster of smoke-free spaces.

Guests who wish to smoke may do so on starboard outer decks, in designated areas in bars and lounges, and on stateroom and suite balconies. Violations of the smoking policy will result in cleaning charges to the guest’s onboard account.