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Disney Cruise Line is narrowing the options for smokers on its ships with a new rule that bans lighting up on cabin balconies.
The company says the prohibition against cigarettes, cigars and other smoking products on balconies will take effect on Nov. 15, and customers found in violation will face a $250 penalty.
Disney never has allowed smoking in the interior part of cabins. In addition, smoking is banned in all interior spaces of Disney's four ships.
Effective Nov. 15, smoking on sister ships Disney Magic and Disney Wonder only will be allowed at select outdoor locations on decks 4, 9 and 10; smoking on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy only will be allowed at outdoor locations on decks 4, 12 and 13.
Disney says the $250 charge it'll levy on customers found smoking on balconies will cover the cost of balcony cleaning and maintenance.
Other cruise lines that have banned smoking on balconies include Celebrity, Princess, Oceania and Crystal. Among those still allowing smoking on balconies: Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.
By Gene Sloan, USA Today
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