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Another cruise line gets strict with smokers

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 7/10/2016 Gene Sloan

Holland America's newest ship, the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam, undergoing sea trials in January 2016. © Holland America Holland America's newest ship, the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam, undergoing sea trials in January 2016. Add Holland America to the list of cruise lines that ban smoking on cabin balconies.

In an announcement posted on its website, the Seattle-based cruise operator said a ban on balcony smoking would go into effect across most of its 14-ship fleet in January.

Two vessels, Amsterdam and Prinsendam, will implement the policy in April and May, respectively.   

The revised policy will "better align with guest wishes and health concerns," the line said. 

The new policy will allow for smoking in select outdoor areas on Holland America ships as well as in casinos on some vessels.

Cigar and pipe smoking will not be allowed anywhere inside ships, in keeping with the line's current smoking policy. 

The use of electronic cigarettes still will be permitted in cabins under the new policy but not in public areas of vessels other than designated smoking areas.

Passengers who smoke inside cabins or on cabin balconies will face a $250 cleaning fee, the line said.

Repeat violators could be removed from the ship, it added. 

Holland America is the last of the big North America-based cruise lines to implement a ban on balcony smoking.

Industry giants Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian already ban smoking on balconies.

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