I have previously written several articles about more restrictive smoking policies being enacted on cruise ships, and it sure looks like the trend towards limiting the places where a cigar smoker can enjoy a cigar while cruising will only continue. The first article that I wrote about smoking cigars on cruise ship vacations was back in 2006, at which time I praised Carnival Cruise Lines for having a great cigar bar named "Winston's Cigar" on its Carnival Valor. The bar was named and designed to honor Winston Churchill, one of the most famous cigar smokers who ever lived.
Well, I recently returned from another cruise on the Valor, and guess what? Not only is cigar smoking prohibited in "Winston's" cigar bar, but they also removed the word "Cigar" from the lighted marquee above the entrance to the club. However, there is still an unlighted space where the word "Cigar" used to be, so both the space and the apostrophe "s" in the word "Winston's" beg the question: Winston's what?
Although cigar smoking is now prohibited in all of those great cigar bars on various Carnival Cruise Ships, the cruise line does designate a different but smaller bar on each ship as a place where cigar smoking is permitted. This requires cigar smokers to mingle with non-smokers (and vice versa) in those alternate bars. Music clubs or sports bars do not replace or actually become cigar bars, they merely allow people to smoke cigars (and cigarettes) inside. I guess that's better than nothing, at least until the other shoe drops.
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