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14 August 2012 11:06
Carnival are trialling a policy to stop people from keeping sun loungers for long periods while they are not sat on them
Carnival has become the first cruise company to trial the implementation of a policy intended to stop people commandeering sun loungers for long periods of time.
The new 'use it or lose it' policy trialled on the Carnival Breeze means that people cannot simply leave their belongings on a sun lounger for long stretches in order to keep possession of it while they are not there.
Stickers will be put on sun loungers showing the time people leave them and if they aren't back within 40 minutes, their belongings will be removed to the towel station. If the policy is a success, it will be introduced across the firm's entire fleet.
The rules will be broadcast on the in-cabin TV and on a big screen in the Seaside Theatre, so all passengers should be aware of them. And senior cruise director John Heald has explained why they decided on the time limit.
"We went with 40 minutes as we felt that this was a fair amount of time if guests get up to eat, drink, pee, swim or slide. The big difference here is that we are now staffed and able to police this," he said on Facebook.
And the new initiative seems to have been well received by passengers if the Facebook page is anything to go by and one customer in particular has voiced their support for the firm's decision to take action.
"I'm glad you are trying to do something. It is not fair to 'reserve one' all day long. Unless your butt is actually IN the chair," they said.
And, it may not save you a place on the sun lounger all day but anyone planning on going on a cruise anytime soon should consider specialist
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