I just want to make a suggestion, as we ran into a problem, since Carnival decided to cut down on their tags, and send us only a "fax" copy of what we needed. How they "expected" the "thin" paper to stay on the luggage is beyond me.
It was suggested that we have the fax copy laminated, but they could not do it, so this is what I came up with, and it looks like it is going to work for us.
If you have any plastic cover sheets (8 1/2 x 11), (you can get them at Office Max/K-mart, etc.)cut them in half, after you have folded the fax copy with the Carnival information 3 times, slip it into half of the sheet. Take some tape like string tape (has nylon treads running through it), tape the long side, slip it under the handle, and then tape the end. It will stay on your luggage without tearing off.
I hope this helps, if any of you got "faxed" sheets with your information on it. How Carnival ever expected the sheet to stay with the luggage is beyong me.
I really got a laugh when I saw the tags on our recent cruise. "They've GOT to be kidding!" Anyway, all of the porters now carry a stapler in their pocket and they will gladly attach it for you at the pier. For a precaution, I also had a strip of tape on the side of the suitcase marking last name and cabin number just incase the stapled tag came off. It didn't and everything arrived just fine.
That's a great idea Larry! The tag came off of my snorkel bag once and they didn't deliver it. I had to identify the contents of the bag. I put those heavy-duty 3M luggage tags on now as well with a business card in them.
Originally posted by Larry in Miami:
I also put a piece of paper with all my cruise information and my cell number inside the suitcase. It's in a large font and on top of everything so it can't be missed.
Usually put a copy in the outside pocket as well.
Along those same lines, but a little off topic, is to put a copy of your passport photo page in your luggage. This is not to protect your luggage but rather the passpport. If you loose your passport you will be amazed how much easier it is to replace at an American Embassy when you have a photo copy. Happened to my wife in Paris. She had her copy, and Voila, she had a new passport of Paris issue. It wasn't quite that easy but it sure helped.
Oh yea and we laminated our paper luggage tags. I think it was overkill, simple packing tape, as was suggested, is enough, the 8x10 clear cover is a good idea too. And the first time we sailed the Triumph we had no tags and wrote on our luggage with white out, it was all we could find in the hotel room, "Triumph" and the cabin number and that worked.