I've been known to help myself to a lounge only being secured by a towel. When somebody comes up to me, I blow em' off. Unless there is a physical body reserving lounges, they're fair game. "Waiter! Another Fun Ship Special please!" They usually just meander to another lounge.
OH, I don't take towels. I'll stick them on one of the other 195 lounges with towels on them.
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I remove the towel, adjust the location oft the chair, (turn it around, change it to the right or left), and enjoy the look on the face of the chair saver when they come back an hour later and can't figure out if they are even in the right spot.
I'll sit and save a lounge next to me , but will offer it to someone looking if i know that the person joining me is not going to return for a while. It seems like you can always pull a single lounge over when your friend shows up. But I see nothing wrong with saving a chair for a bit if you know that they are for sure returning, everyone does so why be the only one who is considerate.
>>....everyone does so why be the only one who is considerate......>>
Mikey I'd send my teen to his room with no computer if he said this, but I guess you're off the hook since I'm not your Mom!
Because being considerate is the right way to BE, of course.
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I've learned that treating others the way i want to be treated does not aleways work, that sometimes you need to be like others. In theory it is the best way but in life it is not always the right way. I've found out in high school that too many teens are only out for themselves and that in some minor cases - like pool chairs- it may be a better choice to think of my needs but as i said in a considerate way. My parents wouldn't take away my computer or send me to my room for having made this choice they'd understand that I wasn't going to let others take advantage of a situation and would definetly agree that this was an instance where I made a good choice. I'm sure if it came to the point of confertation I would just give in to the person because truthfully its only a chair.
I get ticked off when there are no chairs available because there is a towel sitting there reading a book! A person may (or may not) show up sometime during the day. I could be done sunning by the time the person actually shows up. You know how long it takes a teen girl to get ready to go sun???? HOURS Should I get up in the morn and place my pillow in a chair in the casino to save me a slot machine?? After all, I do plan to go after dinner
I cruise solo so I never have anyone "save" a chair for me. But . . . I really don't mind someone saving a chair for a spouse or whoever. What I really find offensive is when I try to find a chair by the pool after breakfast (usually between eight and eight-thirty) and there are six, seven, eight or more chairs being "saved" by one "guard" . . . only to have the rest of the "guard's" party not make it to their chair until noon or even later. Of course if there are other chairs available, it's no problem, but that rarely is the case. Most chairs by the pool are saved very early in the morning. I've even asked the one person saving rows of chairs . . . "is this chair taken . . . I only plan to be on deck until lunch" . . . only to be told, "oh no . . . those chairs are taken." Ohhhhhhh . . . I really don't like "chair hogs."
ladycaveat..........just sit down on that "saved" chair and tell the "guard" you'll be happy to move when the person he/she's saving it for shows up. Chances are, you will leave before the person ever shows up.
I'm fascinated by the irresistable desire to sit next to the pool which drives someone to get up early in the morning to capture a lounger and place an article on it only to go back to the room to sleep some more. What's up with that? I mean the sun is the same everywhere and there are plenty of chairs all over the place where kids aren't splashing you.
Thomas...............it's true, the pool is THE SPOT........but not for me. My husband and I have always been able to find a chair away from the pool. If we're near the pool, it's usually to enjoy the music, so we sit, in the shade, at the tables/chairs (they're usually easy to find) with a drink of the day in hand!
But I wasn't talking about sitting next to the pool, shoot, every lounge chair on every deck has a towel reading a book. Ok, I decided to be mean, just throw the towel on the floor & the book down onto someone balcony, maybe someone will read it
Returned two weeks ago from my first and likely last cruise. My idea of a vacation is laying around in the sun all day quietly reading and waiting for Noon so I can start the days drinking. I cruised on RCI's Enchantment and some folks must've started reserving chairs before they went to breakfast. We spent most of the day trying to worm our way from the shady parts of the upper deck to the empty chairs close to the pool. I'd say easily a third to one half of all the deck chairs had NOBODY in them, just towels and a paperback book. The cruiseship staff in the yellow shirts that said "deck patrol" that were supposed to remove these reserved chairs didn't do a damn thing except wander around and straighten a chair or two, pick up an empty cup or two.
Next year I'm going back to an all inclusive resort with plenty of beach to relax on.
David and Thomas, I am also with you. If I want to lie in a chair by the pool, i can do it in my backyard all summer long. I don't do that either. There are too many other things I want to do with my life than to broil myself out in the sun.