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It’s being quite widely reported that both Carnival and NCL have come up with a new way of stopping passengers from reserving deck chairs or sun loungers by dropping some item of personal belongings on them and then not actually occupying them. Or occupying them for a while, then going somewhere else but keeping the lounger by leaving an item of their’s on it while they’re away. Many cruise passengers bemoan this problem.

Carnival are running a pilot scheme on the new Carnival Breeze (currently in the Mediterranean) to remedy this problem. When poolside staff see an unoccupied lounger that still has personal belongings on it, they are adding a sticker with the current time on it to the lounger. Then on a future walk round, if 40 minutes or more have passed and the lounger is still unoccupied the belongings are removed and the lounger becomes available. This system is getting a big push from the senior crew members and apparently there are lots of announcements about it. On board support for the system is apparently also very high. It’s described in an entry on John Heald’s FaceBook page.

At the moment this is still a pilot scheme on just one ship, but it’s hoped that after review it will be rolled-out across the Carnival fleet.

I understand that NCL are also doing something similar.

I’m all in favour of this. I remember on day on Ventura, not long after 8am, Val & I were drinking a cup of tea in the seating area above the Terrace Pool, and even at that time almost every lounger was a) unoccupied but b) had a book or a towel or something of that nature on it as a ‘reservation’ marker. Later on the same cruise we got the opportunity to mention it to Carol Marlowe when she shared our table.

2 Responses to “Nuking the chair hogs!”

  1. Iain Smith says:

    whilst i agree it’s a problem , i see issues with this also , on Ventura for example , we usually had a shaded sunbed , and when we wanted the sun we would go and sit by the edge of the pool , we usually done 20 mins in / 20 mins out , so you could be merely taking your 20 mins in the sun but end up losing your bed – that said i don’t have an answer to the problem either

    • Tom says:

      I think there are always going to be issues in this area, Iain. The Carnival model must require staff to spend some time on this task. Inevitably there will be some confrontations, and the success of the initiative will depend on what line the ‘senior management’ i.e. the office take. For example, what do they do if a passenger swears blind that the time shown on the sticker was wrong? That at that time they were still lying on the lounger?

      But I feel pretty strongly that something needs to be done. As it is it’s already an area of stress and possible confrontation.

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