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Old 11-21-2006, 02:57 PM
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To all experienced cruisers out there. Can you please explain the embarkation process in Miami. How can i make sure my luggage gets on the ship. F.Y.I. we booked air and transfer with Carnival.
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Old 11-21-2006, 03:24 PM
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You will meet the Carnival Rep at the baggage check claim area. Your ticket stubs will have a transfer voucher which this person will collect. You will then be escorted to a bus to take you to the pier, The driver will be loading your bags
onto the bus and offloading them at the pier. (Make sure you have your apporpiate ship luggage tags on your bags.)

Once you get off the bus a Port of Miami baggage handler will put your luggage in a big bin that a forklift will load onto the ship. He should have a passenger manifest, so he can look up your name and will have extra baggage tags.It is a good idea to give these gentlemen a tip !!

There may be two ships in port, so make sure you are at the right check in area, your bus might drop passengers at both ships - in that case, the driver will place the bags in different holds below the bus.


You then walk inside the terminal, go through a metal detector just like an airport, and follow the lines to check in, get your sail and sign card which is also your room key on the newer ships - if you are sailing on a Fantasy Class ship, they still have older door locks with plastic keys that look like a 1960's computer punch card., then you follow the lines to board the ship and your are there!

Your bags should start to arrive within a few hours - sometimes they are quick and sometimes they are slow. There are 2000+ passangers with 2-3 bags each - that is a lot of luggage! You should have the bags at your door by 7:00pm at the latest.
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The process is the same for all cruise lines. You arrive at the pier and your luggage is handed over to the porters, who will then load it into some transfer bins which are then loaded by forklift onto the ship. Your luggage will get on the ship. The porters actively pursue tips however, and I usually give them a couple bucks per bag. Being that you will arrive in a Carnival chartered bus, the tip episode may be avoided. Don't worry about your bags getting on the ship. It may take a few hours before the bags get delivered to your cabin, so it is vital that you put a change of clothes in your carry-on. I usually include my swimming attire too.
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PC,

That was an excellent and most informative post for new Miami Cruisers. Just wanted to give a shout out when I see a post that is outstanding.

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Old 11-22-2006, 04:26 AM
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they still have older door locks with plastic keys that look like a 1960's computer punch card
Sorry to Highjack a lil bit here but What are the new keys ? besides from sailing once on RCC's SOS, I have only sailed Fantasy class ships. my 7th cruise again this jan will be on a fantasy class.
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The new keys have a mag stripe.
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thank you guys - i have to say - i love this forum . By the time we leave we'll probably know all the do's and dont's that is not available to other newbies through the official channels.
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thank you guys - i have to say - i love this forum . By the time we leave we'll probably know all the do's and dont's that is not available to other newbies through the official channels.
Thank you for the kind words. It means a lot to us to know we are providing a valuable service. Lots of knowledge resides here. Not a day goes by when I am not impressed by something posted by our membership.
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That is very true Dave. I learn things from newbies all the time.

About the Fantasy Class locks, I think most of them have been changed out now to use your sail & sign card. Fantasy and Sensation both had the old locks the first time I cruised on them. But last time on Fantasy they had been switched out.

If you ever sail on those 2 ships notice they have a key slot to leave the old keys on the desk. Just some trivia.
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That is very true Dave. I learn things from newbies all the time.

About the Fantasy Class locks, I think most of them have been changed out now to use your sail & sign card. Fantasy and Sensation both had the old locks the first time I cruised on them. But last time on Fantasy they had been switched out.

If you ever sail on those 2 ships notice they have a key slot to leave the old keys on the desk. Just some trivia.
Thanks for the heads up about the new locks! I did not realize they had changed them out. We haven't sailed the Sensation since 2004 or the Fantasy since 2003.

Headed out on the Fantasy in less than a month!!
 
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