Line will eliminate smoking on the balconies of its ships starting in 2017.
HAL was the last sizeable cruise line based in North America
to still allow the practice. It said it was making the change “to better align with
guest wishes and health concerns.”
Most other cruise lines banned smoking on balconies in the
last few years.
begin on the Rotterdam and Maasdam on Jan. 2 and will be rolled out on most
other ships the first two weeks in January. The policy will take effect on the
Amsterdam on April 26 and on the Prinsendam May 6, HAL said.
All HAL ships will continue to have outdoor
public areas where smoking is permitted. In addition, smoking is allowed
indoors in the Oak Room on the Noordam, and in ship casinos in designated areas
where slot machines are being played, with the exception of the Oosterdam and