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So bravo to NCL for shielding its passengers from these carcinogens. The line follows Celebrity and Disney Cruise Lines which already have these bans in place. Princess cruise lines has announced a similar ban to begin in January; Cunard will phase in these anti-smoking regulations, starting in March for the Queen Victoria and April from the Queen Mary. Fines will be charged for those who flout the rules (they vary by cruise line).
Also in cruise news today: Celebrity will be raising the surcharges at its onboard specialty restaurants by $5 to $10 (varying by venue). But there is a loophole! If you book a reservation before September 1, you'll be charged the old rates for the meal. So Celebrity cruisers: if you're traveling in the upcoming months make your plans and reserve now, for a bit of a savings.
Not that all passengers head to specialty restaurants aboard. This week, Cruise Critic posted an interesting survey of its readers which found that some 39% avoid the specialty restaurants altogether.