Disney Cruise Line doesn’t allow smoking in the staterooms, and beginning November 15, 2013, they are prohibiting smoking on the stateroom balconies. This is a much welcomed change for many guests. There will still be limited designated smoking areas on board, outdoors on the upper decks in specific locations, and in designated areas on the lower promenade deck (Deck 4) from late afternoon until early morning.
We always sail with a balcony, regardless of which cruise line we use. We enjoy using the balcony to people watch in ports, to have some daylight in the early morning while the teenagers are still sleeping, to read away a sea day afternoon. But when you have someone in the cabin next to you, or even as far away as three cabins forward who is smoking, the smoke smell can linger on your balcony and drive you indoors. What we typically do is go inside when someone is smoking; after all, it’s been allowed. But occasionally we find ourselves near someone who is ALWAYS smoking on the verandah which means we can’t enjoy our verandah because of it. So this is a welcome change for us.