Celebrity Cruises is to reduce the number of smoking areas on board all its ships from October.
The cruiseline will ban smoking in staterooms or stateroom verandas and reduce the number of public areas where smoking is allowed. Anyone who ignores the ban could be fined a $250 cleaning fee.
The aim is to create a healthier environment on board, according to president and chief executive Dan Hanrahan, who claims Celebrity is the first cruiseline of its type to clamp down on smokers.
He said: “We are proud to be the first premium cruiseline to set a new standard towards creating an environment of cleaner air on our ships.”
The move follows a poll by the cruiseline in which 90% of passengers said they do not smoke.
Designated smoking areas include the port side of one lounge in each ship, a slot machine area in the casino, specified outdoor areas by the pool and on the sun decks.
Celebrity’s Solstice class of ships, launching later this year, will follow the new policy.