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macusa19 06-29-2004 04:38 AM

After reading several reviews, I believe that you do not have to check your luggage in when you leave, you can carry it off yourself. Can someone let me know if this is accurate?

macusa19 06-29-2004 04:38 AM

After reading several reviews, I believe that you do not have to check your luggage in when you leave, you can carry it off yourself. Can someone let me know if this is accurate?

Andy Short 06-29-2004 10:07 AM

Yes, that is the case. I learned the hard way. When you leave the ship take your luggage with you. I left my luggage in Carnival's care and they lost it.
Andy

peachcrek 06-29-2004 02:06 PM

you do not need to check luggage when you leave ship you may carry it off with you but that leaves you open to customs search, as they randomly select passengers and delay you while they check your lugguge I know that a few people had extra liquer they bought in thier luggage and it was confiscated I guess if you are not declaring anything it ok.

Andy Short 06-29-2004 04:24 PM

If you do decide to check it in be sure that the bag is distinctivly marked so that it can not be claimed by anyone else, which I feel is what happened to mine.

Oggy Boy 06-29-2004 05:25 PM

I always make it a point to carry my luggage off the ship personally. The entire color bag tag debarkation process is about the luggage, not the passengers. If you carry your luggage off yourself, you can leave when you want. I just debarked the Millennium in Barcelona a couple of days ago in the very first group and was at my hotel by 8:45 am. Getting off early means no wait for a taxi and no crowds in the baggage claim area.

Further you never lose control of your stuff, which is a huge benefit. I would always pack a carry-on with enhough stuff to get you through the first 24 hours in addition to anything valuable you do not want to check with the porters when embarking the ship.

In this way, you can start enjoying the cruise immediately without having to wait for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin. Board, have a great lunch and then hit the Jacuzzi with no worry.

Have a great cruise!

Tom

filnjil 07-10-2004 10:36 PM

I have never carried my own luggage off the ship, but our first trip we flew home from Acapulco (on Princess lines) and our luggage took alternate routes. We did get them, and they had been gone through and we found that someone's idea of a joke was to switch the colored tags and destinations for the bags. All 3 went different places, but eventually came home. Only one thing missing, not of great value. The other times sailed round trip from the U.S., and had no probs. We are taking a Sept 04 cruise ending in Honolulu, and WILL be taking our bags off as we have plans after the cruise.

Good info. Jill

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tom Ogg:
I always make it a point to carry my luggage off the ship personally. The entire color bag tag debarkation process is about the luggage, not the passengers. If you carry your luggage off yourself, you can leave when you want. I just debarked the Millennium in Barcelona a couple of days ago in the very first group and was at my hotel by 8:45 am. Getting off early means no wait for a taxi and no crowds in the baggage claim area.

Further you never lose control of your stuff, which is a huge benefit. I would always pack a carry-on with enhough stuff to get you through the first 24 hours in addition to anything valuable you do not want to check with the porters when embarking the ship.

In this way, you can start enjoying the cruise immediately without having to wait for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin. Board, have a great lunch and then hit the Jacuzzi with no worry.

Have a great cruise!

Tom <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


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