Crystal Expands Smoking Ban to Balconies

Crystal Cruises is imposing a stricter smoking policy, banning smoking on all stateroom and suite verandas on its two ships beginning in May. "The majority of our guests are non-smoking, and travelers are used to more non-smoking environments today," said Crystal Cruises' president, Gregg Michel. "We respect that smoking is a personal lifestyle decision, but there is growing discomfort from non-smokers about veranda smoke negatively impacting the enjoyment of their personal outdoor living space." Most public areas of Crystal's ships, including restaurants and entertainment lounges, have been designated non-smoking for years. Cigarette smoking still is permitted in some places in the ships' bars and lounges and in accommodations. The new policy officially goes into effect with Crystal Serenity's May 7 sailing from London to Rome and Crystal Symphony's May 25 Athens-to-London itinerary. Visit http://www.crystalcruises.com. (DE)

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