MSC Cruises Tightens Smoking Policy Aboard MSC Divina Caribbean Sailings

With the upcoming arrival of MSC Divina to PortMiami, MSC Cruises is expanding its smoke-free policy in order to accommodate the North American market.

Effective November 2, when MSC Divina’s Grand Voyage departs Venice en route to Miami, smoking areas on MSC Divina will be limited to two general areas: the Cigar Lounge and port side of designated outside decks (away from all bars and food areas). The Top Sail Lounge, located in the MSC Yacht Club, and the Black & White Lounge will also become 100 percent non-smoking. In addition, the casino has been designated as non-smoking. At the discretion of the casino manager, smoking will be occasionally allowed for playing guests, during certain hours and in limited areas that will be clearly designated as smoking permitted.

As with all other MSC ships, smoking will continue to be prohibited in staterooms, on balconies, and in corridors, elevators, stairways and public bathrooms.

Both Seabourn Cruise Line and Cunard Line altered their smoking policies in August, with Seabourn restricting smoking to balconies. Cunard Line is banning smoking aboard three ships, with the bans expected to go through April 28 on Queen Victoria, May 16 on Queen Mary 2 and June 8 on Queen Elizabeth. Only the Churchill Lounge and designated open-deck areas will permit the activity. Disney Cruise Line also announced a ban to go through on Nov. 15, 2013, banning smoking on stateroom verandas for all Disney ships. Disney had already prohibited guests from smoking in any stateroom or suite.

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