Hopefully no one gets upset with me for asking this.
I've been reading about the "chair hogs". I'm an early riser. I plan on making a couple of spa appts. for early in the morning. Would it be all that bad for me to go on deck and drop my towel off on a chair before my appt? I'm not the type to leave a towel on the chair and not come back for several hours, but to hold a chair for an hour while I eat or have a massage isn't that bad, is it??
I think it depends on the time of day you're talking about. If it's early in the day (as you're talking about) when there are plenty of other chairs available, I don't see it as a problem. If it's in the middle of the afternoon when there are no empty chairs anywhere, then it's bound to be more a problem for a lot of people looking for chairs.
Well, lets say I go out there at 8 am and get a chair. I stay and I tan all morning. Then at noon I'm ready for lunch. Is it rude for me to leave my towel and save my chair while I go get lunch? I mean, I'm not trying to be an idiot here and I understand what people have said about those who go out, save chairs for a couple hours, go do other things and come back half way through the day..but what is considered ok and what isn't. I don't want to be considered a chair hog and on the other hand, if I'm the one out there looking for a chair how long do I let one go empty before I sit down?
We were on the Triumph a couple weeks ago and there were signs about deck chair saving yet people still did it.
Remember, the blue Carnival towels will cost you $22.00 each if you lose them so I would use something else to 'hold' a chair.
In the limited amount of time that we sat out we witnessed many people move items that had been sitting on chairs for any amount of time.
After an hour or so there was a nice size pile of assorted towels on the end of the row!
Also remember that the towels and deck chairs belong to Carnival so they are 'fair game' to anyone..........
If there are PLENTY of chairs, why save??????? Is the sun better on the left side than the right side of the ship? I say pack it all up, take it with you, find another chair when (or if) you decide to come back. I could tan for an hr an be done before you get done with your spa. If you are an early riser, should be plenty of chairs available after the spa. When we were on the Princess, we walked around an around trying to find a chair that didn't have a towel on it.......... RUDE!!!
Is finding a chair hard? Im on the Legend and Im not an early riser, Im more of a sleep till noon kind of gal.though I hope to wake up earlier, I want to be close to the pool if possible. And yes if there is no where else to sit I may grab a chair and move a towel if the chair is unused for a long period of time and there is no where else to sit. If I leave any belongings on a chair any chance they could get stolen? Just stuff like sun block, book, or my own beach towel.
We were on the Victory in December. Finding a chair anytime after lunch was extremely difficult. There were a few empty chairs avaialble in more undesirable locations - in the shade, the windiest part of the ship, etc. Any chair near a spot of sun was always taken (sometimes by actual people, sometimes by stuff with no one in sight.) I would be concerned about my stuff getting stolen or moved if I left it on a chair for any length of time.
Wow, you would think with the size of these ships there would be more then enough chairs for everyone. Guess I will really have to try to wake up early. What time do most people get on deck? On my first Carnival I don't recall any problem, I know the chairs that were not by the pool were usually availible. Pool side may be a problem.
This was also a problem on Princess, not just Carnival. Some people like myself has learned my lesson about tanning so I don't tan but maybe an hr. I could tan and be done before anyone shows up to use a chair. Yes these people are up at 4 am lol putting out towels. My first cruise I left the articles on the chairs, I won't this time, I need a chair more than that towel does.
On the Valor two weeks ago. Staff swept thru the pool area, and picked up towels ect left on pool side chairs for several hours. People returning after 2 to 3 hours went nutty. An officer told them their belongings were sent to the purser office. There has to be a better way! Maybe people could become a little less selfish. How long can you sit in the sun? I was baked after one to two hours!!
In some respects this pretty much sums up the issue--human nature will never be predictable. On my Valor trip in January, I was surprised to learn there are NO towels available on deck. You are supplied a towel in your cabin and you are responsible for it . Leave it on a chair on deck, loose it and you pay for it at the end of the cruise when your cabin steward can't account for it at the end of the week it goes on your S&S card. Making the individual responsible for their towel is an attempt by Carnival to stop chair hogging. Yet, it still happens. I overheard one guy who had forgotten where he left his towel brag about 'lifting' a replacement one from a room steward's house keeping cart. I saw a different attempt to control chair saving on a Norwegian cruise. They placed a towel on each chair every morning; opened and laced in between the webbing of the chair--very straight, neat and clean. If you saw a chair like that it was fair game to claim. The idea being that when someone sat on it they would move or pull the towel ends out of the webbing. I don't know how well this worked for them. Perhaps someone else knows how well this method worked for Norwegian. I would think if you're not using the chair don't treat it like an open locker. If you're just making a quick bathroom run, getting a drink or getting in the pool ask a friend or someone on a nearby chair to keep an eye on your stuff, that you're close. I find people like to be friendly helpful.
I find that if the towel is left on the chair for well over an hour to be chair hogging, but if you save your chair for a quick appt, come back, no big deal. The deck fills up quick on sea days, so if you want lunch, just go, get your food, and bring it back with you.
We were on the Vision and they have really cozy chaises in the solaruim, so it is warm and really relaxing, so much so that people spent the day napping, reading and eating, they only had to leave for potty breaks. after the first day when guests realized that this was the spot to be there was never an available seat. we tried all week to get one of the chaises but it never happened after the first day. I thought that it was kind of selfish to spend 8 to 10 hours in the chaises, I would have been so happy with one.
the real problem is people who try to save chair for everyone in their groups and then those people never show up...or people who save chairs for their rowdy brats who are too hyper to ever sit in a chair... i think carnival should take one of their MANY deck drink servers and assign them to keep track of the chairs with numbers or something....WAIT A MINUTE!!!! THEY CAN RENT CHAIRS!!!! for a super tanning experience similar to paying extra for a fine dining experience at one of their supper clubs.... I'm a real genius...i hope this post does not get deleted
I think a better idea would be to be able to pay to hold a chair for a half hour or less (I think an hour is too long to hold a chair). You pay to have a timer strap to stretch across the chair so it's somehow unusable while it's on. If 30 minutes goes by and the meter's not fed, it pops open and anyone can take it off and use the chair.
I think a better idea would be to be able to pay to hold a chair for a half hour or less (I think an hour is too long to hold a chair). You pay to have a timer strap to stretch across the chair so it's somehow unusable while it's on. If 30 minutes goes by and the meter's not fed, it pops open and anyone can take it off and use the chair. Frankly, I think the only reason to save a chair is to go to the bathroom, run back to the cabin for something you forgot or grab something to eat to take back to the chair. Any other time, the person going to do "one quick thing" will get sidetracked into doing something else that makes them get back to the chair much later than they had originally intended and that's not fair to the person having to sit in a crummier place instead. I've had to cram myself into tight spots where I had to crawl over other chairs to get in my chair, then the wind picked up emptied chairs and they almost hit me.
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CheriB, where do you shop? I've never had to "pay" for a shopping cart!!
On our last cruise, I was sitting and talking with another lady. I went in the pool and when I returned, her belongings were still on the lounge chair. I looked around and she was in the shade reading a book!!! I couldn't believe it!
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honest, there is a grocery store chain that makes you put a quarter in a box on the cart to unlock it, when you return the cart, you get your quarter back. I know the stores are in OH WV KY TN You won't find these buggies along the sides of the road, people want their quarter back LLLL Oh you have to pay for your bags also or take your own LLLLLL