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It's Been A While – Has Anything Changed?

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Hello everybody


It's been a while since I popped in here.


I've done a fair few cruises and my last was with Celebrity in 2012. My partner and I are looking to cruise later this year.


So my question is - what, if anything, has changed since 2012?


My partner is a smoker and was recently told that it is now banned on all balconies and most of the ship.


Also heard all cruise lines now offer free drinks.. being Scottish we do love a drink or two!!


Great to see the forum doing well.  



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I think it depends which cruiseline you're talking about. I can only answer for P&O. No smoking on balconies - only in certain outside deck areas of the ship. Definitely not Free drinks - unless you have a special offer from a Travel Agent. P&O have advertised extra OBC which they portrayed as "have a drink on us" - not quite the same as free drinks. Although of course P&O are one of the few lines who don't restrict you taking alcohol on board and don't charge you an extra 15% on anything you spend. I think I read that Celebrity have upped their charge from 15% to 18% recently - but someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

P&O have also changed to Plated food in the main restaurants - not the half sort of silver service they did previously - we think it's for the better, good choice, hotter food.

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Well a quick search online clears that up...


P&O Cruises - E-cig smoking in cabin or balcony is allowed (below is from their website)

Electronic cigarettes, including those which do not emit smoke, are not permitted in public areas but can be used in cabins, balconies and designated areas of the open deck. Although we recognise that electronic cigarettes are not covered by the UK legislation we have taken the decision to prohibit their use in all public areas in the same way as real cigarettes for the benefit of all of our passengers.  


Celebrity Cruises - No e-cig smoking in cabin or balcony (below is from their website)

For your comfort and enjoyment, our ships are designated as non-smoking; however, we recognize that some of our guests smoke. Therefore, cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas of the ship. Smoking is not permitted in any dining venue, casino, theater, lounge, hallway, elevator, or corridor. This policy includes smoking-like products such as electronic cigarettes. Smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom, nor on any stateroom veranda. If you are in violation of this policy, a cleaning fee of $250 USD will be applied to your SeaPass® account and you may be subject to further action pursuant to the "Consequences Section" of the Guest Conduct Policy. Cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco must be properly disposed of and never thrown overboard. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase, possess or use tobacco onboard. Additionally, there is a non-smoking policy on all components of the land tour portion of all Celebrity Cruises Cruisetour products. We appreciate your understanding and adherence.


Looks like we might be going back to P&O ph34r.png

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The only thing I'd say is that if you like a drink, there seems to be many more drink packages around these days compared to 2012. Just seen Princess are planning a free drinks package for 2016 Europe cruises as well. P&O, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean all seem to be introducing a wider range of drink packages so that could prove beneficial for you.

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