Carnival Announces New Seat Saving Rules

Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines.

Deck Chair at Edge of Swimming PoolThe big news that’s making waves among cruisers this week is Carnival Cruise Lines’ new rules on saving deck chairs. Carnival, which has a fleet of 22 ships, is one of the largest cruise lines out there, so when they make a change it affects a lot of people.

John Heald, the Senior Cruise Director for Carnival Cruise Lines, announced on his Facebook wall that, starting on the Carnival Breeze, there will be new rules about reserving lounge chairs by the pool.

The new rule will mean that staff place a sticker on any unoccupied chair that is being saved with a towel, shirt, book or any other possession. The staff member will write the time on the sticker and, if after 40 minutes the sticker is still there or a person is not occupying that seat, the belongings will be moved to the pool station with a note that their items have been moved.

“This is step number one in a new drive to make this work. And once we finish the test here this cruise and next, we will make adjustments and then add to the rest of the fleet,” said Heald.

Here at The Cruise Web we have also heard from many of our customers that seat saving is a concern. So cruisers, does this policy make you happy or do you envision this will cause even more problems?

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1 BubbyK { 08.22.12 at 12:41 pm }

Kudos to Celebrity!
Let’s hope that all the other cruise lines follow their lead. 40 minutes is a very, very generous amount of time to have a chair empty. 30 minutes would be more than enough, but this is a great start.

2 The Cruise Web Team { 08.22.12 at 12:49 pm }

BubbyK – Great comment – did you mean Carnival?

3 John D'Amixo { 08.23.12 at 1:26 pm }

I would suggest that they cut the time to 30 minutes, and all other cruise lines should follow suit.

4 John Swinsburg { 08.23.12 at 8:53 pm }

Good! Deputise me and I will make sure that the rules are adhered to. There is nothing worse than going on deck for a bit of sun and a swim and find that all the chairs have clothing or towels on them and no-one is in sight for sometimes hours.

5 Janet { 08.27.12 at 1:31 pm }

This may work IF a separate place – secure, dry and WELL MARKED – is provided for towels, books, shoes etc. while one is in the pool in which case 10 to 15 minutes should be enough.

6 Jim { 09.01.12 at 10:01 pm }

What can be done about smoking on balconys. For us non smokers ,the secondary smoke is very annoying especially if cabin is forward of mine.
Why purchase balcony state Room if you can’t enjoy it.

7 Gloria Hanson { 09.06.12 at 12:39 pm }

Hey Jim,

I understand your frustration. I know that most cruise lines now are moving towards having a “no smoking” policy in passenger’s cabins and balconies.If someone violates that policy, they can be hit hit with a pretty hefty fine. The 2nd time a passenger is caught,they are generally asked to disembark the ship. There are dedicated smoking areas on the ship.

BEFORE booking any future cruise, I would be sure to check the current smoking policies on your ship to be sure that you are as comfortable as can be on your cruise.

One solution might be to have a handful of “smoking” balcony cabins towards the back end of the ship and only on one side. Would that be an equitable solution to all?

8 Jim { 09.06.12 at 10:16 pm }

Thanks for your concern to my Issue
That would be a great step toward the solution if violators would comply.

9 John Swinsburg { 09.19.12 at 8:30 pm }

I believe the the new seating rules for deck chairs is long overdue and I welcome it. Also it’s about time smoking was not allowed on any balcony stateroom and especially out on the balcony. Smokers who smoke on their balcony have no regard for those passengers that have paid as much money for their stateroom as those that smoke yet have to keep their balcony door shut to keep out the smoke fumes. Princess Cruises have stopped smoking on all balconies on all their Aussie sailings and there has been no ranting or screaming from smokers.

10 Gail { 10.24.12 at 5:02 pm }

My husband smokes; I do not. We both love to cruise. If they were to ban ALL smoking aboard the cruise ships we would never cruise again. As long as there is a designated smoking section to the ship that is a good compromise. Having a balcony is convenient as he doesnt have to go all the way up to the smoking level to have a cigarette. It takes approx 5 minutes to smoke one and that is when there isnt a breeze to put it out. Most balconies have a nice breeze and the breezes take the smoke away almost as quickly as he breaths it out. Most times other people are NOT on their balconies at the same time when he has lit a cigarette. He is considerate when their are others around too. Maybe they should have smoking cruise ships and non smoking cruise ships so as not to offend anyone. I would like them to continue smoking on balconies so that the room doesnt fill up with the smell of cigarettes . I would get clostrophobic with an inside room…I didnt like that experience at all. It wouldnt be fair to the customers to keep ALL smokers to the back of the ship either for those, like me, who get sea sick if my room is too rocky….we sail mid-ship usually for that reason. Tough call by all cruise lines…it’s just a shame that not all are accomodating to all people and the would exlcude them because of a choice they made to smoke or not.

11 The Cruise Web Team { 10.26.12 at 11:24 am }

Gail, Thanks for your comments we appreciate your concerns. When you are ready for your next cruise give your consultant, Kris, a call so he can check the current smoking policies and find you a ship and itinerary that will meet you and your husband’s needs. Kris’s number is 240.487.0155 ext. 313.

12 Irene gewet { 11.22.15 at 5:04 pm }

Royal Carribean stripped smoking on balconies a long time ago.
Smoking on designated outside decks on one side of ship and Casino is allowed.
No other smoking on ships.

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