Hi I was just wondering if we are only carrying on a few bags if we can just carry our on luggage? We are driving to port and want to be able to just get on the ship and go put our clothes away and not have to worry about it. Also if we want to carry it out ourselves when we get back to port can we just keep it in our cabin and walk off ship with it when we leave?
Thank you so much, I've just been reading different things and was not really sure how to handle it. I've read where some said just do your carry on and you don't have to worry about anyone getting into your luggage. How do you seasoned travelers handle all of the checking of bags and all. Do we just hand them off when we get there, how do we mark them and lock them and such. I'm a first timer, i've never even traveled by plane much less a cruise. Also wondering how to handle expensive camera gear, any help here would be appreciated. Thanks
With your cruise documents, you will receive some baggage tags to attach to your luggage. Some of them have your cabin number printed on the tag and some of them you have to fill it in. Put this tag on all the bags you will give to the porters. Make sure that your cabin number is visible and legible. (Otherwise, it might be a while before it makes it to your cabin.)
When you get to the port, they will direct you to the porters. Hand over your bags and a small tip (around $1 per bag). The porters will put your bags in a big cart to be carried aboard ship. You can lock them with a TSA-approved lock but I would not recommend putting anything valuable in them. Your cabin steward will bring your luggage to your room sometime that afternoon. Ours usually shows up during lifeboat drill for some reason. Sometimes, they put them in the cabin and sometimes they leave them in the hallway.
As for your camera equipment, put that in your carry-on bag. I also put all jewelry and medication in my carry-on as well.
If you decide that you want to carry on all your luggage, it must fit through a standard carry-on scanner. And you may have to keep it with you a couple of hours since they don't always allow you to drop it off at the cabin when you first board. I can remember seeing one couple who decided that they wanted to carry all their luggage on and had 3-4 carry-ons apiece. They were struggling to get all that stuff around the ship until the doors were opend so you could drop stuff at your cabin.