I am just wondering if the crew of a Cruise ship has any rights or recourse dealing with smoking on a cruise ship? When I was in the US NavY in the 70’s, you could pretty much still smoke every where. Now, as I understand it, You cannot smoke anywhere indoors. And the cruise lines have limited smoking to some extent. The problem is, now they let them puff away in the Casino and the casino bar area. The Problem is, you must pass through that deck to get to any place on the ship that is worth going to! And now, since it is the only indoor place (pretty much) all the smoking booze hounds and gamblers “LIVE THERE!” And as anyone who has been on a ship knows, that smoke will eventually get to every nook and cranny on the ship! I actually had an officer, WITH A STRAIGHT FACE, MIND YOU, say to me: Sir, we have a none smoking section in the Casino!!! So, also with a straight face, I said to him: “ISN’T THAT A BIT LIKE HAVING A WEE WEE SECTION IN THE SWIMMING POOL?” Now I realize that once the ship leaves port and is out of territorial waters, most bets are off! But should not the crew, who are subjected to this every hour of every day for their entire tour, have some international protection? Yes Yes, the cruise line will say that the gamblers won’t come, but they said that about the smokers in New York, and just the reverse happened! The bars did better, and the ones that served food did much better! Hey, I know what it is like to have that “MONKEY ON YOUR BACK!” I CARRIED HIM AROUND FOR 31 YEARS, UNTIL MY MOM WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER AND DIED AT 64!!!
There were nearly 1400 crew on this ship, DON’T THEY HAVE ANY RIGHTS?