Holland America to Ban Smoking on All Cruise Ship Balconies

By ,   October 4, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Beginning January 2017, Holland America Line will ban smoking on all of its cabin balconies.

"No smoking of any kind will be permitted on any stateroom verandah," according to a news release.  "Smoking of cigarettes, cigars and pipes is already not permitted in any stateroom. The new policy has been announced to better align with guest wishes and health concerns."

Holland America is the last major U.S. cruise line to enact the smoking ban; the most recent line to do so was Norwegian Cruise Line in November 2014. Royal Caribbean announced its smoking ban three years ago, followed by Carnival Cruise Line in July 2014. Holland America's no-smoking-on-balconies ban will roll out fleetwide over five months on a staggered schedule:

Nieuw Statendam

E-cigarettes and vaping devices are permitted in designated smoking areas, as well as inside passenger staterooms (but not on balconies). For cruisers still looking to smoke tobacco products onboard a Holland America ship, there are select areas where it's still permitted:

  • Koningsdam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on port side and Sun Bar
  • Maasdam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • Veendam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • Volendam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • Zaandam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • Rotterdam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • Amsterdam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side; Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side
  • Noordam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side and the Oak Room
  • Oosterdam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • Eurodam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • Zuiderdam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • Prinsendam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on port side
  • Nieuw Amsterdam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • Westerdam - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side
  • Nieuw Statendam (launching in fall 2018) - Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on port side and the Sun Bar

Smoking-designated areas for active slot players will be located in all casinos except Oosterdam and Eurodam, which have entirely smoke-free casinos.

The penalty for disobeying the new ban?

"Any guest who smokes inside staterooms or verandahs in violation of our policy will be charged a $250 cleaning fee per day of violation and will risk being removed from the ship for repeated violations," according to the news release.

Source: cruisecritic.com