In the wake of several other cruise lines reducing the areas guests are allowed to smoke, Norwegian Cruise Line has decided to ban smoking in cabins/staterooms starting in January of 2012.
Carnival Cruise Line announced changes to it’s smoking policy in June, and NCL’s changes seem to be similar. After January 1st, smoking will only be allowed on balconies (excluding cigar and pipe smoking), certain cigar bars, and in the casino aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet.
Interestingly, after Carnival announced their changes, many nicotine-raged cruisers vowed to start sailing with Norwegian. It looks like they still have a little time.