It worked on Carnival Breeze, so Carnival Cruise Lines has begun a fleetwide rollout of a new system designed to ensure that all guests are able to enjoy equal access to sun loungers by preventing seat saving in outdoor deck areas.
The new system has shipboard team members monitoring lounge chair usage in a pre-planned way. If they observe a seat that contains a towel, paperback book or personal belongings but appears to be unoccupied, a notification is placed on the chair indicating the current time. If the chair remains unoccupied for 40 minutes, the contents are removed and held for the guest’s safekeeping.
The expanded policy is scheduled to be introduced on a gradual basis over the next couple of weeks, with fleetwide implementation on all 24 Carnival ships expected by mid-September.
Guests will be advised of the new system via public address announcements by the cruise director, signage in outdoor deck areas, messages displayed on the Seaside Theater poolside LED screen, as well as notices in “Fun Times,” the daily shipboard newsletter.
It’s not an entirely new system; sister-line Princess Cruises has used a similar program for quite some time. We saw the system in action on Grand Princess earlier this year. Pretty simple really: