July 25, 2007

Royal Caribean International will implement a new smoking policy onboard its ships, effective January 2008. The cruise line is increasing smoke-free zones by designating all staterooms and one lounge on each ship in its fleet as non-smoking areas. The new policy will go into effect aboard 18 of the line's 21 ships initially; the other three will convert next summer. Currently, smoking is prohibited in guest hallways and corridors, restaurants, entertainment venues and most of the ship's interior public spaces except for designated areas in bars and lounges.