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Old 11-11-2009, 02:19 PM
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Like Sonny the King, I usually go to an upscale hotel. Check my bags with the porter, tip nicely. The best idea is DON'T try to explain your days worth of activities. The porter is just there to handle your luggage. If you tip they will take your luggage, you do not need to be checking in somewhere. Some folks want to wander the beach, others want to see the sights. If I was in Miami, which I will be soon, I would either go to South Beach in a taxi, or try the Holiday Inn by the port and go shopping at Bayside. A few bucks will take you a long way.
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But that doesn't work for you Barb, I read elsewhere where you pre-paid for RCI transfers from port to airport, that price includes your luggage also.
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On recent cruise we got literature in our room offering this service. Cruise ended in San Diego. Price was $20 per person plus any applicable airline checked baggage fees.

I could see it would be worthwhile if you were going to be doing sightseeing on your own prior to your flight and didn't have anywhere to put your luggage. Otherwise I wouldn't do it.
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I'm glad for all the info and advice. Thank you so much.

Since we do have a transfer just from the boat to the airport upon return, I'm assuming our luggage is included but our boarding passes will have to be gotten on our own upon arrival at the airport then.

I'm amazed at how many discrepancies the RCI web site has. How hard could it be to keep it updated and have someone check the entire site for correct info? Well, thank goodness for cruise-chat!! It's been a BIG help in the planning of this trip!!!
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I always check in for our flights on the last day of the cruise at the ship's internet cafe. They have a printer.
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I don't believe it was limited to only those four airlines either. Just had to be domestic flight.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:33 AM
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When I checked in the night before, I paid checked baggage fee and it was $5 cheaper per bag than at airport. If I'd done the luggage valet, I wouldn't have been able to save $10. Another reason not to do valet.
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