By Kelsi Maree Borland
August 03, 2012

We’ve all seen it happen: a couple or family wake up extra early and sprawl towels, bags, newspapers and such on prime lounge chairs to save them from the afternoon rush. In the meantime, they have gone back to sleep or out to breakfast, and have left their items as guardian over the newly acquired spot. The rest of us may look on with disdain at these so-called “chair hogs,” but there is no rule against premium-seat saving—until now.

Carnival Cruises has stepped in to say NO MORE! Its new team monitors will scour the deck for empty seats filled with personal belongings and tag them with the time. If the chair remains empty for 40 minutes, the monitor will take the items to a retrieval counter, and open the seat up for another—albeit less cunning—vacationer. This new "use it or lose it" policy is currently being tested on Carnival Breeze, but they are hoping to soon expand the policy to all of their cruise lines.

Kelsi Maree Borland is an editoiral intern at Travel + Leisure Magazine.

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