Celebrity Cruises has responded to the requests of its patrons and is to ban smoking in staterooms and on the balconies of staterooms as of October 2008.
These stricter smoking policies will be implemented across the Celebrity Cruises
fleet and will affect passengers travelling onboard Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Galaxy, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Summit, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Mercury, Celebrity Century, Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Solstice.
A reduction in the number of public areas available for smokers will also occur as of this October, after a poll revealed that the majority of cruisers prefer clean air.
"We pay careful attention to what our guests have to say, and approximately 90 per cent of them have told us they are non-smokers. By increasing the number of smoke-free areas onboard while still designating areas for those who smoke, our aim is to make the onboard experience as pleasant as possible for all of our guests," commented president of Celebrity Cruises Dan Hanrahan.
Designated indoor areas where smoking is permitted include the port side of one lounge per ship and an area inside the slot machine area of ship casinos.
Outside, smoking is permitted on the port side of the pool deck and sundecks on Celebrity ships and other areas, while Celebrity Solstice's
Lawn Club and Sunset Bar at the Lawn Club will not allow smoking.