Are you frustrated with cruisers who "save" deck chairs in prime locations for hours at a time without using them? So, apparently, is industry giant Carnival. The world's largest cruise line this week began testing a new policy designed to rein in the practice -- a source of frequent shipboard complaints.
Top Carnival cruise director John Heald announced Monday on his Facebook page that staffers on the line's new Carnival Breeze have begun policing seat saving by placing stickers with the current time on any deck chairs that are being saved with towels, books, shoes and other passenger items.
After 40 minutes, if the chair still is reserved but unoccupied, the staff will remove the items and take them to the towel station by the main pool, Heald says. The staff will leave a note explaining what they have done.