(CARNIVAL BREEZE, AT SEA) -- The days of "seat saving" on the cruise deck are over. Carnival is trying out a new policy that would only let a chair sit empty for 40 minutes.
Top Carnival cruise director John Heald made the announcement on his Facebook page.
In the past, people would wake up early and "save" up to a whole row of seats by placing towels or other personal items on the seats. Sometimes those chairs sat empty for hours. That left other people unable to find a place to sit.
Here's how the test policy works. Carnival staffers will put a time stamp note on unused chairs (see picture). After 40 minutes of not being used, the personal belongings on the seat will be taken to a towel station, and the seats will be free for others to sit in.
Heald says this decision came after many complaints from passengers. After all the kinks are ironed out with this policy on the Carnival Breeze, a similiar policy will be put in place fleet-wide.