There’s nothing like the spiky topic of smoking on ships to get both smokers and non-smokers hot under the collar, and Cruise Critic’s Facebook page is overflowing with opinion today.
What’s inspired this debate? Well, yesterday we posted a news piece about Carnival extending the no-smoking policy on three ships, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory and Carnival Destiny. What’s bizarre is that the no-smoking policy now applies, as a trial, in the cigar lounge!
So what are smokers supposed to do? Sit and gaze longingly at the cigars beckoning them from the humidor? The problem on some Carnival ships, apparently, is that passengers have to walk through the cigar lounge to get to the internet café (good planning, that), and the smoke is causing offence. Let’s hope these areas are renamed if the policy stays, or calling them cigar lounges would be a cruel joke.
One would hope that smokers and non-smokers could co-exist on cruise ships and most in each camp are, indeed, reasonable people. And yet the debate rages on. I suppose for us in the UK, the idea of smoking indoors is so alien now, since the total ban, that boarding a ship where people are smoking in bars is all the more noticeable and the anti-smoking lobby gets even stronger as a result.
There must be a happy medium. Whether you’re a smoker, a non-smoker or a couple with one of each, which ships work for you? SJB
Update, July 22: Carnival has made a statement to Cruise Critic about the cigar lounges discussed above. Read the full story here.