Carnival Cruise Lines will ban smoking on cabin balconies beginning this fall. Smoking already is prohibited in all staterooms.
Cruise passengers requested the tougher smoking rules, the line said.
"In response to the preferences of a majority of our guests, effective October 9, 2014, Carnival Cruise Lines will no longer allow smoking on stateroom balconies fleetwide," the line said in a statement to USA TODAY. "Carnival's updated smoking policy is consistent with most other major cruise lines."
Earlier this year, Royal Caribbean put into effect a similar beefed up policy. Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line still allow smoking on balconies, though not in staterooms.
Carnival's updated policy has been posted on the line's website. Passengers caught smoking on balconies after the new rule takes effect will be assessed a $250 "cleaning and refreshing" fee.
Carnival left other smoking restrictions unchanged. Cigarette and E-cigarette smoking still will be allowed in designated open deck areas as well as in the nightclub and certain areas within the casino and casino bar. The line allows cigar and pipe smoking only in designated outdoor areas.
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