Carnival To Ensure Non-Smoking Environment Aboard MS Paradise By Levying Fines

Dec 07, 1998, 00:00 ET from Carnival Cruise Lines

    MIAMI, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Vacationers who light up on Carnival Cruise
 Lines' new smoke-free ship, the MS Paradise, which set sail from Miami
 yesterday on its inaugural Caribbean cruise, may find it's the most expensive
 cigarette they've ever smoked.  Not only will it result in a premature end to
 their vacation, but also in a payment of $250 in "liquidated damages" -- for
 each infraction.
     "We made it clear eighteen months ago that Paradise would be completely
 smoke-free and we intend to be very stringent in enforcing that policy," said
 Carnival President Bob Dickinson.  He added that there are 12 other ships in
 the Carnival fleet on which smoking is allowed.
     Guests who violate the no-smoking policy will be required to disembark at
 the next port of call and return home at their own expense.  They will not be
 entitled to any refund of their cruise fare.  Also, for every infraction, $250
 in "liquidated damages" will be charged to the guest's Sail & Sign account.
 "Liquidated damages" is a legal term which, in this instance, refers to an
 agreed upon reasonable estimate for damages Carnival will incur as a result of
 a violation of the no-smoking policy.
     Guests who sail on the Paradise will receive with their cruise tickets an
 agreement letter which defines the non-smoking policy and requires the guest's
 signature.  Additionally, the Paradise passenger ticket contract includes a
 clause on the no-smoking policy and violation penalties.
     The Paradise began year-round service Dec. 6, 1998, operating seven-day
 cruises from Miami, alternating weekly to the eastern and western Caribbean.
 Eastern Caribbean ports include San Juan, Virgin Gorda/Tortola and St. Thomas,
 while the western route visits Playa del Carmen/Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho
 Rios.
     For additional information contact any travel agent or call
 1-800-CARNIVAL.  Information may also be obtained via Carnival's Web site at
 www.carnival.com .
 
 

SOURCE Carnival Cruise Lines
    MIAMI, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Vacationers who light up on Carnival Cruise
 Lines' new smoke-free ship, the MS Paradise, which set sail from Miami
 yesterday on its inaugural Caribbean cruise, may find it's the most expensive
 cigarette they've ever smoked.  Not only will it result in a premature end to
 their vacation, but also in a payment of $250 in "liquidated damages" -- for
 each infraction.
     "We made it clear eighteen months ago that Paradise would be completely
 smoke-free and we intend to be very stringent in enforcing that policy," said
 Carnival President Bob Dickinson.  He added that there are 12 other ships in
 the Carnival fleet on which smoking is allowed.
     Guests who violate the no-smoking policy will be required to disembark at
 the next port of call and return home at their own expense.  They will not be
 entitled to any refund of their cruise fare.  Also, for every infraction, $250
 in "liquidated damages" will be charged to the guest's Sail & Sign account.
 "Liquidated damages" is a legal term which, in this instance, refers to an
 agreed upon reasonable estimate for damages Carnival will incur as a result of
 a violation of the no-smoking policy.
     Guests who sail on the Paradise will receive with their cruise tickets an
 agreement letter which defines the non-smoking policy and requires the guest's
 signature.  Additionally, the Paradise passenger ticket contract includes a
 clause on the no-smoking policy and violation penalties.
     The Paradise began year-round service Dec. 6, 1998, operating seven-day
 cruises from Miami, alternating weekly to the eastern and western Caribbean.
 Eastern Caribbean ports include San Juan, Virgin Gorda/Tortola and St. Thomas,
 while the western route visits Playa del Carmen/Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho
 Rios.
     For additional information contact any travel agent or call
 1-800-CARNIVAL.  Information may also be obtained via Carnival's Web site at
 www.carnival.com .
 
 SOURCE  Carnival Cruise Lines