Well...we never sit around the pools, always too crowded, but then we haven't done that many hot weather cruises either, we are soon so we shall see. I dunno what to think on this subject as I like to think if I had got up early enough to get a lounger I should be OK to use it AND pop into the pool/bar/get a snack/visit bathroom without it being snatched by someone who thinks they have a right to a chair NOW. BUT I also detest the arrogance of those who seem to think they have the right to a seat all day just because they put a towel on it before breakfast then go out for the day! Is it me? but all this is just common sense & decent behaviour, same as the dress thing, if they ask you to dress in a certain way then do it or don't go.