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SeetheSea 08-16-2007 03:15 AM

I cruise 2 to 3 times a year. I have finally come to the conclusion that a nice set of luggage would be a good investment. Consumer Reports says that buying a bargain set ($150 or less) is not worth the money, as they tend to fall apart. Does anyone have any suggestions? Inline wheels or spinners? Hard-sided or soft? Who out there LOVES their luggage?

Raoul Fiebig 08-16-2007 04:05 AM


I'm moving this thread to the Lido Deck.

moeve 08-16-2007 04:28 AM

Ok you asked for it.... I invested in the new Samsonite series called Sky Wheeler here. It is extremely light (great when one only gets 20 kg of luggage in the cattle class) and there are two varieties 1) 4 Spinner wheels especially good when one has to use trains or other narrow corridors 2) regular trolley wheels.

I bought the spinners and am really happy with them. The zippers can be sealed with the numerical lock or if one is flying to the US one can us cabel ties.

They pack well even though they are semi hard shells. The only thing I miss is an outside pocket for the cutting tool when one uses cable ties. I found the handles easy to open and close. They offer at least 5 colors -bronze seems to be the most popular and currently the most difficult to get.

They were expensive (150 - 200 Euros depending on size) but so far they have been worth every cent.

In the last years I always bought cheap luggage but inevtiably most had some sort of damage after the first trip. My new ones actaully look almost new even after several trips.

Have fun finding "YOUR" luggage.

GenCan 08-16-2007 05:48 AM

I would highly recommend Swiss Army's NXT 3.0 by Victorinox. This line has cool styling, made with premium materials and has great functionality. I am rough on my luggage and this brand really stands up to abuse.

drlivingston 08-16-2007 06:22 AM

I have special Tumi collapsible luggage that I use exclusively for cruising. It's very easy to store even in the smallest of staterooms.
(or, for more fun, you can just purchase a ferrari that comes with custom fitted luggage.)

Andrealovescruising 08-16-2007 06:40 AM

You cannot kill Zero Halliburton luggage. Baggage handlers despise it!


Andrealovescruising 08-16-2007 06:42 AM

dr, I also agree with you. My husband uses Tumi for his briefcase, laptop carrier and his business travel luggage.
He swears by it.


drlivingston 08-16-2007 07:36 AM

I have a Zero Halliburton laptop case. It IS indestructible. I wonder when they are going to release the Dick Cheney Halliburton signature edition luggage?

Andrealovescruising 08-16-2007 07:40 AM

Now, that's a good one!

drlivingston 08-16-2007 09:31 AM

I hear that it comes with a pair of kevlar-lined boxer shorts in case you are invited on a hunting trip with him.

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