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Funny thing about this topic. We were at a condo in St.Augustine, FL last week. I didn't realize there were that many cruise ship folks also there. Usually by 9:30 am everyday, most of the loungers by the pools had towels on them with no occupants! :27_sunglasses:

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On ‎7‎/‎27‎/‎2016 at 8:36 PM, sulross said:

I have reached the age if I have to wait 1/2 hour to occupy and toweled chair the towel gets moved and I sit.

We call this the Clint Eastwood 'tude. Don't mess with us....:29_smirk:

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i am glad to read that an attendant on serenade of the seas would go around and fold up personal belongings on chairs not being used for long periods of time.

i think it would be helpful if cruise lines would post signs about chair saving rules.

1- no overnight chair saving.

2- after 45 minutes an unoccupied chair is fair game.

3- a saved chair must have a towel AND personal items on each chair saved.

 

 

 

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Still waiting for my first cruise in Jan, 2020 but chair hoggers are universal .

Here's my method:

I base the chair I want off the level of commitment the mystery person left.

If I see a default/disposable towel or some sort of article the establishment provides generously (i.e. cups, towels, sandals, etc) I remove it myself in 30 minutes or sooner depending on my mood.

If I see personal belongings on the chair that is not provided by the establishment in question I give them 45-60 minutes. If they have not even checked back in with their chair within that time limit I have staff remove their stuff.

 

What they leave on the chair gives me enough information to decide how long I wait.

If confronted one of 2 things can happen:

Let them know the staff removed their belonging go ask them.

Staff removes me off the chair themselves :4_joy:

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I'm merciless with chogs.  On my last cruise, there were 4 sorta suite "cabanas" in the suites-only area that folks staked out at 8AM, clipping towels to chairs.  They'd literally be empty 90% of the time I walked by... hour-after-hour.  After seeing one empty for over an hour I just un-clipped their crap, folded it up on a table and made myself at home.  After reading a book for ~2 hours, I had an indignant couple ask me to leave "their" cabana.  Nope.  Take your stuff and find an empty one (if you can dislodge one of the other chogs).  If you really want to, complain to a crew member that I "took" the cabana and see how far that gets you.

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2 hours ago, mk-ultra said:

I'm merciless with chogs.  On my last cruise, there were 4 sorta suite "cabanas" in the suites-only area that folks staked out at 8AM, clipping towels to chairs.  They'd literally be empty 90% of the time I walked by... hour-after-hour.  After seeing one empty for over an hour I just un-clipped their crap, folded it up on a table and made myself at home.  After reading a book for ~2 hours, I had an indignant couple ask me to leave "their" cabana.  Nope.  Take your stuff and find an empty one (if you can dislodge one of the other chogs).  If you really want to, complain to a crew member that I "took" the cabana and see how far that gets you.

Wait a minute. There are suite snobs that are also chair hogs?? Say it isn't so.

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I'm not inherently a dishonest person... but I always just move the towels if I don't see anyone on them after about 15 minutes (I only do it when there are no personal items). The ONE TIME someone came back, we had been sitting in the seat for over an hour, so I simply told them there were no towels present when we showed up. I reminded them of the policy and told them their towels must have been removed by staff. Maybe not the most honest thing... but neither is not adhering to the very obvious rules...

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I like to help the greater cruise community.  

I find a chair for myself that is available.  Then as I have observed an area for a while, I move chair hog stuff and return to my chair.  Some innocent person comes along and starts using the now empty chair.    Chair hog returns and confronts innocent person who can honestly claim they didn't do it, the chair was unused.  

Walking to breakfast if I notice a series of hogged chairs that are still hogged when I return from breakfast I grab the towel and drop it off somewhere.   Chair is freed up. 

I consider it a community service.  

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On 8/4/2016 at 7:47 PM, packercruising said:

Good response. :) As mentioned, we do not generally use the loungers by the pool, but we do like to sit at the tables near the pool. What upsets us is smoking. A lot of ships allow smoking on the port side on pool deck but not on starboard side. Smokers will come to the starboard side and smoke if there are no loungers on the port side.

If smokers are smoking in an unauthorized area you need to report it. I’m a smoker and never smoke in unauthorized area. You can be put off ship at port for doing so. I wish all smokers would be courteous. Just remember, most ships it’s portside but in others it will be starboard side. If there are ashtrays it’s the smoking authorized area. 

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Lucky for us we saw very few chair hogs on the Anthem last week.  The one I noticed was two older gentlemen staking out the whole front row of chairs and then walking away.  One thing we saw was people violating the no swim diaper rule.  Mom wasn't hiding it and lifeguard wasn't doing anything about it.  Yuck

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You people are unreal. Who made you the lord over the chairs! yes we get our chair prior to breakfast and we like to eat together so we go...Sometime eating breakfast in Chops take 45 minutes or so at least 30... We return and we are in, out, around until lunch which we generally return to our chairs to eat...but we have been known to go to specialty resesturent for lunch and again it takes awhile...  Bath room breaks we sometime go to the room which can take 15 to 20 minutes or longer depending on the crowds at the elevators or they are cleaning the room..  Again you guys are unreal......

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20 minutes ago, cookie10* said:

You people are unreal. Who made you the lord over the chairs! yes we get our chair prior to breakfast and we like to eat together so we go...Sometime eating breakfast in Chops take 45 minutes or so at least 30... We return and we are in, out, around until lunch which we generally return to our chairs to eat...but we have been known to go to specialty resesturent for lunch and again it takes awhile...  Bath room breaks we sometime go to the room which can take 15 to 20 minutes or longer depending on the crowds at the elevators or they are cleaning the room..  Again you guys are unreal......

Everything you just said only reinforces why so many people find such conduct to be selfish, self-centered, boorish, and classless.... not to mention rude. 


 


 

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That response about people looking for chairs being "unreal" says it all. I'm looking for a chair and can't find one near the pool and others are out to lunch and actually  think that they  can block someone else from enjoying the pool while they  go to lunch at chops. I"m speechless!

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2 hours ago, cookie10* said:

You people are unreal. Who made you the lord over the chairs! yes we get our chair prior to breakfast and we like to eat together so we go...Sometime eating breakfast in Chops take 45 minutes or so at least 30... We return and we are in, out, around until lunch which we generally return to our chairs to eat...but we have been known to go to specialty resesturent for lunch and again it takes awhile...  Bath room breaks we sometime go to the room which can take 15 to 20 minutes or longer depending on the crowds at the elevators or they are cleaning the room..  Again you guys are unreal......

 

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2 hours ago, cookie10* said:

You people are unreal. Who made you the lord over the chairs! yes we get our chair prior to breakfast and we like to eat together so we go...Sometime eating breakfast in Chops take 45 minutes or so at least 30... We return and we are in, out, around until lunch which we generally return to our chairs to eat...but we have been known to go to specialty resesturent for lunch and again it takes awhile...  Bath room breaks we sometime go to the room which can take 15 to 20 minutes or longer depending on the crowds at the elevators or they are cleaning the room..  Again you guys are unreal......

I feel this post may be intended as satire (at least I hope it is). If not, it seems as though you enjoy a lot of the different amenities and dining options available on ships. the reason for the 30 minute chair rule is so that other guests may enjoy the pool areas while you are off enjoying the other amenities.

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3 hours ago, cookie10* said:

You people are unreal. Who made you the lord over the chairs! yes we get our chair prior to breakfast and we like to eat together so we go...Sometime eating breakfast in Chops take 45 minutes or so at least 30... We return and we are in, out, around until lunch which we generally return to our chairs to eat...but we have been known to go to specialty resesturent for lunch and again it takes awhile...  Bath room breaks we sometime go to the room which can take 15 to 20 minutes or longer depending on the crowds at the elevators or they are cleaning the room..  Again you guys are unreal......

Enjoy your time at Guest Services arguing about you un-returned towel charges.  No, you do not get to wander off for lunch and expect to keep your chair when tons of people would like one.  What part of that confuses you?

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5 hours ago, cookie10* said:

You people are unreal. Who made you the lord over the chairs! yes we get our chair prior to breakfast and we like to eat together so we go...Sometime eating breakfast in Chops take 45 minutes or so at least 30... We return and we are in, out, around until lunch which we generally return to our chairs to eat...but we have been known to go to specialty resesturent for lunch and again it takes awhile...  Bath room breaks we sometime go to the room which can take 15 to 20 minutes or longer depending on the crowds at the elevators or they are cleaning the room..  Again you guys are unreal......

You absolutely have to be joking, right? At least I hope this isn’t how you really feel!! 

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7 minutes ago, Lovestotravel said:

Curious:  I assume that chairs by the pool are the most coveted and populated. What about chairs that are on deck not near the pools, but more to view the sea?  Are those often all taken as well?  (newbie here!).  TIA. 

No, you can usually find a chair very easily if it isn't in the immediate pool area. 

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