Is there really smoking allowed?

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  1. mamamac

    mamamac Mouseketeer

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    I just read that people can smoke on their verandahs. Is this true?? I'll be damned if I just paid $9,000 and my daughter sits out there and we have someone smoking next to us. Or better yet, someone has smoked in the room prior to us. That would really put a damper on the trip because she is an asthmatic and we've had her go down the tube just walking pass a group of smokers by the door at Target.
     
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  3. eyesing4u

    eyesing4u DVC Member

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    Subscribing to this one and getting my popcorn ready!
     
  4. Bear3412

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    From DCL site;

    Disney Cruise Line has never allowed smoking in Guest staterooms. In addition, smoking is prohibited in all interior spaces throughout our ships. In an effort to provide a cruise experience that satisfies both our non-smoking and smoking Guests, smoking is permitted in designated areas of the ship.

    On the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, smoking is permitted on:

    Private verandahs
    Outdoors on Deck 4 starboard side from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. only
    The starboard side open-air decks 9 and 10 (excluding the Mickey Pool area).

    On the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, smoking is permitted on:

    Stateroom verandahs
    Deck 4 port side, aft, the outside Promenade Deck from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
    Deck 12 port side, aft, the outdoor area that is accessible through the Meridian Lounge
    Deck 13 port side, forward, by Currents Bar

    Guests who are found smoking in their staterooms will be charged a $250 stateroom recovery fee. This fee covers deep cleaning that includes air filter replacement, carpet extraction and the cleaning and replacement of drapes, comforters, blankets and pillows.

    Due to differences in size and the availability of some services while out at sea, our policies will sometimes differ slightly from similar ones at the Walt Disney World Resort. We have carefully considered which areas of our ships to designate as smoking and non-smoking, and we do periodically review our policies to ensure continued Guest satisfaction.
     
  5. mamamac

    mamamac Mouseketeer

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    I don't mean for this to be a heated debate, I just figured that the verandahs would be considered as part of the room. I can understand smoking sections like in the bar area or whatever it's called, but not all smokers are very considerate and that's what I am worried about.
     
  6. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

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    Yes, it is true. Smoking is not allowed IN staterooms but is allowed on verandahs. And people spending that same amount of money are probably thinking the same things...dang, I just spent all this money and now I can't even smoke on my verandah (if it was not allowed).

    Going forward let's not turn this thread into a smoking/non smoking debate. It is allowed so smokers are allowed to be out there and smoke.

    Choose a cabin more forward and you will have less people in front of you to potentially avoid drifting smoke. If it makes you feel better we have cruised in verandahs several times and only once had rude smoking neighbors. Most of the time it was fine and we never knew when people were smoking.

    MJ
     
  7. eyesing4u

    eyesing4u DVC Member

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    Just a heads up then, if you don't want to rile people up, it's probably not wise to post how much you paid as if that has anything to do wuth DCL rules. It implies that because you paid more, you can circumvent the rules.
     
  8. reagansmom

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    We had this problem on the last 2 cruises. DH went down to Guest Services towards the end of our 7 day cruise and asked them about it. They offered to move us, but we declined because it wasn't worth it with the little bit of time we had left, BUT we checked out our veranda before we even unpacked for our last cruise and found chain smokers next door. He went down to guest services and they moved us.
     
  9. mamamac

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    That does make me feel better. Thanks!
     
  10. WDW Princess 71

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    I wonder how long it takes to do this type of "deep cleaning" and "extraction/replacements"? Would the room still be ready for a 1:30 arrival? Seems like it would take quite a bit of work to freshen up such a confined space, especially an inside stateroom. Last year on our pre-cruise night at the hotel we stayed at in Jacksonville, I had booked a non-smoking room, and when we got to the room it had an odd smell. It wasn't obvious that it was from cigarettes though--it was masked with cleaning products so we just thought it was a weird smell and didn't mention anything or ask for a new room. Boy, did we regret that the next morning. It wasn't until we were out of the room the next day, and smell some of our belongings, that the stench of the cigarettes was embedded in our clothes/stuff. Thank goodness 90% of what we packed had been in the car and not in that room, since it was only 1 night pre-cruise we only carried 1 change of clothes inside. Next time we're ever in a room that smells even a little off, we'll be sure to move, as the hotel's effort to spray down the room clearly didn't work in this case.
     
  11. Bear3412

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    As have I. They must send in the Hazmat crew and fog the place or something.
    I do know on NCL they did this well. So .....
     
  12. Billinaz

    Billinaz Waiting to spend time in our home away from home..

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    They should have moved THEM, not you.
     
  13. Namsupak

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    They do try to sell all the rooms, but I do believe that they have a few that they keep in reserve for possible problems, for example unresolvable maintenance issues or even this smoking issue. Perhaps if this is the case, they leave the smoked in room as a "reserve" room and take the time to clean it.
     
  14. thedonduck

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    Why they aren't breaking any rules... The people moved were the ones with an issue?
     
  15. EPCOTatNight

    EPCOTatNight I am the Polynesian Parking guy

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    It doesn't imply that to me. Nowhere in the OP's post did I read that they wanted to get around the rules. And, whether you like it or not, the price does make a difference to some.
     
  16. kcashner

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    it has rarely been a problem for us. However, I never thought of checking out the neighbors before unpacking--that's actually a good idea!

    They definitely maintain a few open staterooms in various categories even on a "sold out" cruise. We had a repair issue that couldn't be resolved (after having the dudes in our cabin for 2 full days)...so they moved us. This despite it being supposedly a full cruise.
     
  17. reagansmom

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    We had no problems being moved because of that.

    I do wish DCL would review their smoking policies and maybe segment the veranda sections into "smoking" and "non-smoking". JMHO.
     
  18. dallastxcpa

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    Unfortunatley the problem with that is someone would complain that the other group got all the good rooms. :(
     
  19. kcashner

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    :thumbsup2 Many of us have suggested designating a side or a portion of a side as verandahs available for smoking and those on the other side non-smoking. However, that increases booking difficulties for DCL (I guess) because after many years of suggesting, it hasn't happened.

    They have gradually decreased the interior smoking areas to the point that there are now NONE. That's great. The lounges used to be so bad at night that I couldn't go NEAR them, let alone in them.
     
  20. Bear3412

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    Also the exterior spaces have been reduced.
    Ironically many feel now that is why the verandas are more smoky than ever.
     
  21. kcashner

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    It seems to depend on the cruise...and hopefully they follow instructions and close the door to the balcony (we're all supposed to do this when outside as it supposedly messes up the AC when left open.
     

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