Bed news for the Sunbed hoggers……

Carnival Cruise Lines is the latest to announce it will make every effort to put the brakes on chair hoggers (derisively known as “choggers”), who claim sun lounges by the pool even though they’re not using them, in a new pilot program.

The test effort allows passengers to leave their loungers for no more than 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, chair-saving devices like towels, magazines, flip flops and articles of clothing are removed. This test is currently taking place only on Carnival Breeze which sails from Barcelona.

In this iteration, outdoor deck area crew monitor sun lounger usage and when they see a seat that contains a towel or personal belongings that appears to be unoccupied, a notification sticker with the time of day is placed on the chair. If the seat remains empty for another 40 minutes, the contents are removed.

Details of the new system are being widely broadcast to passengers 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’.

It will be interesting to see if this pilot scheme is a success or not, I personally think it is a great idea.

Surely the only people that wouldn’t be happy with this new scheme would be the sunbed hoggers themselves ?