I do not know if anyone has done this before but I just pre-printed a bunch on Avery Labels with all my info so when I get ready to check in all I have to do is peel-and-stick. Just mimiced the tag layout they already have.
We never put our home address on our cruise tags but we do put our home #, city, state. We have also used the mailing labels you get for free from time to time but black out our street address. We have heard and read stories of homes being robbed while you're on a cruise because people have your address. If they insist on a whole address, we put my office address, for safety reasons.
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I should clarify that I intended to stick the Labels directly onto the luggage tags that the ships give to you.
I like the idea of using the work address for security reasons.
Of couse, this become practical when you get your cabin numbers in advance.
Actually, it comes in VERY handy if you go without a cabin yet (just a guar.) Print your info, but leave off the room number. Then, when you get there, and find out your cabin, they will give you the updated colored tags. Instead of trying to write everything on the pier, just pop these on, and print your new cabin number on.
I trimed the last 1.5" so it fits perfectly over the Luggage Tag the ship sent to me.
I did not want to "wrap" the bottom unused portion of the label around the Tag because I think the other side of the Tag has some color coding or other info for the baggage handlers that you do not want to cover up.
It ended up looking lide this -
March 18, 2006
With the cabin number being red, bold and in larger type
This sounds quite innovative. Just make sure you don't cover up anything other than the area you normally write on and make sure the labels won't come off too easily. The luggage is not "gently" handled. I have seen how it is brought up in the service elevators. It could be pulled off if the tag is pulled or stuck between two bags.
I have also had to wait for luggage that had my cruise tag ripped off. They identified it by my luggage tag that was on the luggage.
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I have a home laminating machine from Sam's club.
I too filled out the tags ahead of time, and then laminated them for strength. I filled every one of them all out too. Thankfully I had extras in my pocket--I could see one coming off -quickly added another to my bag.
I guess it wouldn't hurt to put more than one on suitcase, one on top handle, other on side handle.
kuki is right--the luggage is not handled "lightly" our last cabin overlooked the loaded bins of suitcases (I know this is all done to get things from point a to point b to cabin in a timely manner and really do appreciate how hard things behind the scenes work). Had to mention though how it reminded me of the old Samsonite and gorilla commercial.
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Can you wait to put the ship's tags on your luggage until you retrieve them from the baggage claim at the airport? The airlines don't care what ship you're on. We fly into San Juan and will be taking a taxi to the pier. It seems this would lessen the chances of the tags being pulled off.
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dlm2005 - we never put our cruise tags on our luggage until we are at our departure port for the exact reasons you mentioned. We usually put the cruise tags on our bags when we get to our hotel. If you are not flying in early then put the cruise tags on your bags once you retrieve them from baggage claim.