Peter Deilmann Cruises to ban smoking on river cruise vessels

Peter Deilmann Cruises will ban smoking in all indoor areas of its fleet of nine European river cruise vessels, the German cruise line said.

Effective at the start of the river cruise season in March 2008, smoking will only be permitted on the open decks, the line said.

"We are happy to have our river ships smoke-free now that the laws in Europe are evolving to ban smoking indoors and we are adjusting our policy to reflect this shift in sentiment," said Ron Santangelo, Deilmann's North America president, in a statement. "The changing attitude in Europe helps us please our American guests even more."

Deilmann said that in 2005 it extended the smoke-free areas on its ships from restaurants to include all cabins and corridors. The line's nine river cruise ships vary in size from 79 to 200 passengers.

The ban does not extend to Deilmann's one oceangoing vessel, the Deutschland.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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