Carnival Cruise Lines announced today that smoking will be prohibited on stateroom balconies effective October 9, 2014.
Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson Vance Gulliksen said that the new policy is in response to comments by the majority of its customers.
It's about time.
In 2007, our client Lynnette Hudson, testified before Congress after her father died on the Star Princess in 2006 because a passenger flicked a cigarette butt from an upper balcony on the cruise ship.
The cigarette butt landed in a lower balcony. It smoldered in a towel or clothing and then caught fire.
Due to the highly combustible balcony partition materials and the absence of heat detectors and sprinklers on the balconies, the fire rapidly spread and burned 100 cabins, killing her father.
Princess knew of the danger of permitting cigarette smoking on balconies but didn't do anything about it before the fatality
Carnival already prohibits smoking in cabins.
However, Carnival still permits smoking in designated open-deck areas, night clubs, casinos and casino bars.