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Beach towel wardens police cruise ships

The Local · 2 Aug 2012, 07:01

Published: 02 Aug 2012 07:01 GMT+02:00

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After decades of other people moaning, German-owned AIDA cruise ships have eagle-eyed wardens patrolling the decks. They put stickers on any towel that has been left to block a sun bed, local paper the Express reported on Wednesday.

Any towels still left without their owners 30 minutes later are removed. While the wardens do not leave parking tickets, a returning lounger hoarder will find a stern note telling them what has happened.

The system has been so successful in curbing part-time sunbathers who leave a towel on a lounger all day to stop others from using it, that it is being tried out on a cruise ship run by American holiday firm Carnival Cruises.

If it works, all cruise passengers travelling with the company will be introduced to the strict sun bathing etiquette, although they will have a slightly longer, 40-minute, grace period.

AIDA spokeswoman Kathrin Heitmann told the Express that so far they had received mostly positive feedback about the “beach towel wardens”.

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10:11 August 2, 2012 by Floriansamsel
It's not just a German cliché. In May (not even high season), I spent a week on Gran Canaria. The hotel was full of British people (95 %) and some of them did it all the same.

Now, we even need wardens to stop this very unpolite behaviour. How about just throwing these towels into the pool and not handing out new ones for 1 or 2 days?
10:33 August 2, 2012 by zeddriver

It is a rude practice. And is not mutually exclusive to the Germans.

Went to Gran Canaria in June. While not a sun bather my self. I couldn't help but wonder why there were so many lounge chairs with towels trying to get a tan.

Maybe they should have a parking timer like we have to carry in our autos. And attach it to the chair.

Can you imagine what would happen if one was in queue for concert tickets. Then left a note saying they had decided to go for lunch and a massage I'll be back in 2 hours to reclaim my spot at the front of the queue.
15:33 August 2, 2012 by Herr Rentz
I'm not sure why anyone would want to spend time on a lounge in the sun on a cruise ship. You can do that at home.
15:49 August 2, 2012 by coffeelover
@zeddriver; too funny! How about doing the same at the DMV! People would laugh and leave the note for all other people to laugh at. @Herr Rentz; Agree, but I think the reason is to ogle the good-looking bathing suits more than to tan. I have seen the same tactic used at waterparks here in the U.S., people try to hog lounge chairs at the wave pool.
01:59 August 3, 2012 by zeddriver

Ogle the swimsuits.

At Gran Canaria Island you'd be hard pressed to find someone wearing a suit. Instead you generally will find the place filled with 50 and older fat Germans & Brits. Most of them will be out all day every day turning a deep crimson red. Not to sure what the point of doing that is. As for me. I don't have a perfect body. So I cover it the heck up. Hike to the sand dunes and fly one of my stunt kites after putting on SPF lotion.
12:48 August 4, 2012 by Herr Rentz
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