HOUSTON -

Carnival Cruise Lines is cracking down on passengers who hoard deck chairs.

The company's senior cruise director, John Heald, announced a new policy the cruise line is testing on his Facebook page.

It calls for crew members to police "seat savers." Those are people who sometimes wake up early and save up to a whole row of seats by placing towels and other personal items on them.

The cruise line said those chairs would sometimes sit empty for hours, and left people without a place to relax.

Here's how the new policy that's being tested out works: If a passenger saves a deck chair with personal belongings but leaves it unoccupied, a sticker with the current time will be placed on the chair. After 40 minutes if the chair is still empty, the belongings are removed and the space becomes public property again.

The new policy is only being tested on one ship for now, but is expected to be rolled out to the entire fleet in the near future.