I suppose we all knew it was coming; now it's official: luggage tags will no longer be sent with the pre-cruise packet; we have to print our own on-line. This letter is a good study in corporate spin:
October 15, 2009
"Princess Cruises Introduces New Personalized Online Luggage Tags
Dear Travel Professional,
Reflecting Princess Cruises' commitment to innovation, we are pleased to announce the introduction of personalized online luggage tags. This new feature will provide our passengers and travel agent partners the opportunity to conveniently print personalized luggage tags on their home or office computer.
The new online luggage tags are personalized with the passenger's name, Captain's Circle membership status, cabin number and embarkation information. The luggage tags are accessible in the Cruise Personalizer® and can be printed up to 75 days prior to the sailing date.
This new feature will be effective with voyages departing after December 1, 2009 and will replace the standard luggage tags that are currently provided within the pre-cruise documentation package. Generic luggage tags will continue to be available at the pier for passengers who may need them.
We are excited about this new advancement in providing more personalized pre-cruise information to our passengers, and we thank you for your continuing support of Princess Cruises!
Executive Vice President
Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service"
I was telling a travel agent friend that it wasn't so bad, and listed the ways I've seen discussed here to solve the problem: I loved her reply: "Yeah, but I just don't like the fact that Princess has given me a home craft project.