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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    yup those chairs going empty for 3+ hrs at a time is rude.
    folks throw a towel or a tee shirt there and then disappear for a looooooooooong time

    ridiculous

    andrea
    Yeah, well one year we sat on the side of the pool for about 2 hours because there were no seats and watched a set of chairs sit empty the entire time. After that my girlfriend called one of the managers over and c/o about it. She took the towels off and let us use the chairs...the folks never did show up....so long story short...you should be able to c/o and make the mngmnt move the towels !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    yup those chairs going empty for 3+ hrs at a time is rude.
    folks throw a towel or a tee shirt there and then disappear for a looooooooooong time

    ridiculous

    andrea


    What is your thought on chair saving etiquette? This is always a hot topic on the cruise message boards - usually not so much at hotels.

    I always felt - if you are going to be away from that chair for more than an hour and a half - you should give it up. That's an argument that noone will ever win though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    What is your thought on chair saving etiquette? This is always a hot topic on the cruise message boards - usually not so much at hotels.

    I always felt - if you are going to be away from that chair for more than an hour and a half - you should give it up. That's an argument that noone will ever win though.
    Longer than a trip to the bar or to the bathroom and you should give it up, unless at least half of the members of your party stay with the chairs.

    There is a reason that I hate people, it's not just because I'm anti-social.

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    Dh and I are usually parked under a palapa from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Earlier for dh like last vacation because he was working.

    We generally leave the palapa for no more than 20 - 30 minutes for breakfasts and a half hour for lunch. Dd is there many times when we are not.

    Not much difference between going to eat for 20 - 30 minutes than going into the ocean for 20 - 30 minutes right .

    Cruise ships imo have so many problems on sea days because there are so many people in a confined area at one time. At a resort there are people off shopping and excursions, check in and check outs, so takes some of the 'heat' off of the palapas/chaises.

    On a ship, if we know we are only going to be gone for 20 - 30 minutes for a salad or burger we leave our things, any longer we pack it all up and take it with us. On cruises especially dh reads a book a day, so the chaise lounge is getting enough use that imo, a lunch break is within reason. Not like we are gone for two hours.

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    similar to our routine
    we take a palaypa usually at the pool and leave it only for bathroom-food-ocean breaks none of the breaks are ever more than 30 minutes in length.

    our day there begins early at the crack of dawn, so by 3 pm we are "sunned out" and turn our palaypa over to anyone that is in need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Dh and I are usually parked under a palapa from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Earlier for dh like last vacation because he was working.

    We generally leave the palapa for no more than 20 - 30 minutes for breakfasts and a half hour for lunch. Dd is there many times when we are not.

    Not much difference between going to eat for 20 - 30 minutes than going into the ocean for 20 - 30 minutes right .

    Cruise ships imo have so many problems on sea days because there are so many people in a confined area at one time. At a resort there are people off shopping and excursions, check in and check outs, so takes some of the 'heat' off of the palapas/chaises.

    On a ship, if we know we are only going to be gone for 20 - 30 minutes for a salad or burger we leave our things, any longer we pack it all up and take it with us. On cruises especially dh reads a book a day, so the chaise lounge is getting enough use that imo, a lunch break is within reason. Not like we are gone for two hours.

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    Okay, Can we all just think happy thoughts now.. If it all bothered us that much, we just wouldn't go.. We're all starting to sound like a bunch of crabby old men... And I dont mean ladies, becuase it sounds like my father got on this site and crabbed and crabbed, about everything that bothered him... Let's face it, people can be jerks no matter where you go... Everyone can have bad day, but lets remember the good days..

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    Occasionally, I do fall asleep on the beach and snore loudly, Then, I do feel badly for those around me. Must sound like a bear charging down the beach.

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    So obviously hotels have a limited number of Palapas and not everyone can get one unless you wake up at the crack of dawn or I've heard of people paying money to have them reserved in some cases. (Is this true?) That's rediculous in my opinion.
    We don't plan on trying real hard to get a Palapa and since we probably won't get one most days does anybody know if the Divi/Tam at least have enough chairs on the beach? Or is it a hassle to even find chairs available on the beach? I'm thinking the worst case is having to sit on towels on the beach. Not really a big deal to us but I'm just curious about how it all works and the experiences people have had at the divi/tam.

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    In response to enough chairs on the beach, in June there were stacks of chaise lounges on the beach at the Tam. I would pull 5 down close to the water early some times people would take a couple before the girls would get up, but I'd just replace them.

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    Depending on the time of year, typically you never have any problems at the low rise hotels such as the Divi because of ample beach space and palapas. I can go at noontime at C.L. and get a palapa. From accounts I've heard the problem is at High Rise hotels with limited beach space.

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