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NOSMO KING

Over sixty years ago in the United Kingdom - back when it was populated by mainly Anglo-Saxons (IC1's as we learned yesterday) and street riots were unknown - there was a comedian H.Vernon Watson (1886-1952) whose stage name was 'Nosmo King'.  At that time of course just about everyone did.  NAUTICAL LOG did not never has, which was thought strange particularly being a seafarer.  Nowadays of course it is quite the reverse and smoking is more and more considered a social disease less and less allowed.


The latest are cruise lines which after some confused experiments with non-smoking vessels have now worked out what to do.   Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced that from January 2012 smoking will be banned in certain sections of all their eleven vessels  Smoking will be banned inside all cabins thus no more secondhand smells for the next non-smoking passengers/guests.  However the cabin balconies, casinos, cigar lounges and designated areas of outside decks will remain smoking areas.


There have been similar announcements by Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, and Princess Cruises so all hands seem to be on the same page this time.


Good Watch.

Please remember the 800 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia.  No rescue in sight or even planned as yet.

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