Carnival cracks down on cruisers who 'save' deck chairs

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  1. rwoman
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    USA Today: Carnival cracks down on cruisers who 'save' deck chairs

    Sadly, I've never been on a cruise, but I assume this can be a problem, especially on busy voyages. I think 40 minutes seems fair...if you don't return, it opens up to someone else!

    :)

     
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    I think this is a great idea. Most cruise lines have an atrocious chair to passenger ratio, since space is limited and they assume people will just find other things to do.

    But the people that abuse this "dibs" thing are just terrible. Same thing happens in some hotels/resorts where it's allowed. I remember in Hawaii some people would come down at the crack of dawn and put a towel and cheap paperback on a chair by the pool and literally hold the chair for the entire day. I mean literally they'd go and have breakfast then leave and go shopping and come back 3-4 hours later to their guaranteed seat.

    I can understand why people do it when you deal with a limited amount of spaces, whether it's a hotel or a cruise ship, but if nobody polices it then it's completely unfair to other people that want to actually use the facilities.
     
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    I agree with vigeura - maybe we can enforce this in hotels. Hawaii is a prime example. Sheraton Waikiki's chairs are all spoken for by 8am, but rarely fully occupied until 11 or noon. Seems crazy to do this. I can see 30 minutes, but hours is ridiculous.
     
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    Stickers do not mean enforcement. Once someone comes back and finds that their stuff has been moved and then starts a tirade at the working stiffs from Indonesia, you will see the same "saving" start to occur again.
     
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    do they allow the captains make unruly passengers walk the gangplank? ;)
     
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    I think the rule should be that the only things you can use to "reserve" a chair are

    - a golden Rolex
    - an iPad (latest model only)
    - a DSLR camera
     
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    I would happily sit and play with the person's iPad to save their spot, taking it with me as payment when they return!
     
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    Maybe ships and hotels can institute an egg-timer rule -- to leave a spot, check with attendant for an eggtimer, attendant sets it, lets say 60 minutes early in the day, 30 min during peak time. Put it on the deck chair. If it goes off, the guest can claim their stuff at the attendant's station.

    Post the time permitted, like one does for express equipment in the gym (y'know, please limit to 30 min at peak time).

    I am sure there will be DYKWIAs but this would prob eliminate 90% of the problem. For the other 10%, please see post #5.
     
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    I'd prefer keelhauling, myself. :D
     
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    HR Maui had some rule about saving seats when I was there. In general it wasn't an issue, but yes, there were lots of people who put towels on the chairs at 7 AM when I was out for a run.

    I think this is a bigger issue at places like Waikiki and cruises that have very limited space.
     
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    One of the nice bits about doing a Baltic cruise in September is that no one saves deck chairs lest they become frost giants.
     
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    I have a DSLR, but NOT the other " prestige items ".......1/3 there!:D
     
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    Clever! So, I would " own " one too!:D........2/3 there!:)

    Who pays for the Rolex?:eek:
     
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    One item is enough, please give me the other one for safe keeping! ;)
     
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    At least there's something positive about the cold ;).

    I'm in favor of this, as a frequent carnival cruiser, there's nothing more annoying than walking around for 30 minutes to find a seat and then noticing that those around you remain unoccupied most of the day.
     
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    Problem is, I don't own the other two! When you have them, send them over!:D;)
     
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    That's going to take a LOT of staff to keep it enforced. This is a MAJOR problem on all cruise lines -- definitely a rampant issue on Carnival. It is not unusual for people to wakeup at 6:30am to "reserve" a deck chair -- never to use it until around lunch time.:mad:
     
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    At what point does removing abandoned towels and magazines/books become theft?
     
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    I assume if its published that they will do so, it isn't theft? You willing leave your stuff there know it will disapear in X amount of time if you aren't there.
     
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    I was more thinking if *I* came across a chair that looked abandoned at a hotel or cruise ship pool... there are tons of people who are too lazy to clean up after themselves and return used towels or throw away magazines once they are done with them.
     
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    Where is Miss Julie McCoy when you really need her? I don't recall that boat ever having a problem.
     
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    I didn't need a chair when I was at the Royal Hawaiian but if I had gone out by the pool and saw chairs laying empty for extended periods of time - held by some unknown towel/book force of nature - then I would have just sat right down and enjoyed that chair. The resort provides towels. Maybe it provides books too. Plus all this "saving seats" assumes that one doesn't throw the whole scheme off by rearranging the books/towels/magic stones to one's liking thereby opening up many more chairs. ;)

     
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    If I had seen the show in the video above live, I'd be furious if when I got to the pool, there were no free chairs and only towels. I wouldn't be making friends by throwing towels all over the place. I apologize for the vent, but it's not kindergarten [pun intended], there's no such thing as saving seats. Again, towels have no magical powers that will keep me from sitting down. :mad:

    I liked the video post but I really don't like the video - I'm sure you understand
     
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    I think all those towels need some soaking in the pool.
     
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