Thanks for your reply. The intent of my post is not to find out how to solve the problem created by chair hogs. We could discuss that issue ad infinitum - there are countless tactful ways in which the cruiselines could handle this issue.
What I am really interested in understanding is exactly what goes on in the mind of someone who finds the need to "reserve" his/her place around the pool, in perpetuity. There has to be a common denominator, since these people are on every cruiseship - no matter the line, no matter the ship, no matter the itinerary or their choice of accommodation, rich/poor, fat/thin, good looking/ugly!
I'm hoping that some folks who engage in "chair-hogging" will come forward and give some honest answers as to why they do what they do. No judgment made.