Archive for July, 2007

According to Travel Weekly, “smoking will be prohibited in all cabins and one lounge on each ship in the Royal Caribbean International fleet beginning in January. The new smoking policy will go into effect on 18 of the line’s 21 ships initially, and then be added to the Legend of the Seas, the Rhapsody of the Seas and the Splendour of the Seas in summer 2008. Smoking will still be permitted on cabin balconies. The company said that the changes reflect a more contemporary approach to healthier lifestyles.”

In my opinion, this is just lip service.  If people can still smoke on their balconies, then that means I have to breathe it when I’m out on my balcony.  And if all the lounges but one are smoky, that’s not a real healthy ship.

Holland America Line is going to begin offering “As You Wish” dining policies for its passengers. Starting now with the Noordam, passengers can choose between traditional pre-set dining arrangements (with early and main seatings) or flexible service between 5:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. each day. Holland America’s entire fleet will adopt the new rules by the end of 2008. Passengers will need to specify their preferences when booking their cruise. If they pick flexible seating, they can make reservations during the cruise until 4 p.m. daily or simply walk in during dining hours for the first available seating. It will be interesting to see how this works out.

Regent Seven Seas has updated their smoking policy and, effective December 2007, smoking will be prohibited in all suites, staterooms and balconies fleet-wide.  This change will take effect on the following dates:

  • Seven Seas Voyager: December 21, 2007

  • Seven Seas Mariner: December 21, 2007

  • Seven Seas Navigator: December 27, 2007

  • Paul Gauguin: December 29, 2007

From USA Today: The Toronto Star/Bloomberg News writes JetBlue “will detail plans by year’s end to let passengers send free e-mail or text messages from wireless handheld devices. No U.S. airline (currently) offers such a service. New York-based JetBlue is developing the technology through its LiveTV subsidiary, spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said in an interview.” Devin says: “We think that is what customers want. They have told us in no uncertain terms that they do not want cellphone usage allowed onboard. So we’re looking at silent options.” However, there currently are no plans for wireless Internet access, Dervin says.