I would guess the size limits are based on the carry on luggage being able to go through the x-ray machine before boarding the ship. So I would use that size limit they
tell or it may be a real bummer if your luggage can not go on the ship.
That is the size as that is what they figure fits through the X-ray scanner. Everything else MUST be placed in the checked luggage. I watched two differant people try to bring larger luggage onboard insisting that this is the only way they would board and as they had cruised before CCl would allow them, or else. I also saw both of these two people come back out with their suitcases and hand them to porters to be checked. This was in Miami but I see no reason why any other port would handle it differantly.
Elizabeth, believe it, they do adhere to it strictly. The two sets of people I saw thought that they could bully their way through with the customer is always right idea but they found out that they only looked stupid to others while making a scene and still they did not get their way. <G>
It seems a little on the small side. I measured one of my purses, and it was about that size. It would be hard to fit long pants and shirt in that for wear in the dining room (if the other luggage doesn't arrive in time for dinner). Most of my "carry on" luggage is larger than that (around 20 inches). I guess we will have to carry around 5 purses so everyone can bring a change of clothes with them. One purse for each of us I looked at some pics from my cruise 19 years ago, and I was carrying on board a bag the size of a backpack, and it was larger than the 11 x 17. Is this something they changed since 9/11?
How late does the luggage usually get delivered to the door?
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On our past cruises the standard carry on of the airplane fit and was fine, BUT nothing larger than the very, average, common ,small carry on is ok. Ours have small wheels and no problem. We did see those with large regular suitcases and they too became angry and silly about unpacking them to get their stuff through the x-ray. Just tip the dock guys and your stuff gets to your room. It's the pleasure of crusing that gets us all by.
Don't know who told you you had to check your laptop but they are dead wrong. I would NEVER place a laptop in checked luggage anywhere, period. I have also taken my garment bag and laid it on the x-ray machine and have never had a problem. I am not talking about one of those suitcase types, but one of those garment travel bags. I just like to carry our formalwear by hand.
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Thanks for your response. Actually, I saw the size restriction 11x17 on their website so I e-mailed and asked. They replied that I would have to "check" the laptop curb side as it was too big. In fact, here is the e-mail word for word:
Thank you for visiting Carnival Cruise Lines on the World Wide Web. In
regards to your query, yes, lap tops are accessible on board.
Unfortunately, no luggage that is over 11X17 is allowed for carry on.
It has to be checked in curb side.
I also called and asked and was told the same thing. Obviously, I would MUCH rather carry it on! Have you actually carried on a laptop? Or seen one carried on? Thanks! Jen
Now my garment bag is certainly larger than 11 x 17. It's more like 5 feet tall? Is this what you are saying you carry on? Do they allow something that big because they can fold it up and scrunch it through X-ray??
I think a garment bag is a great idea b/c you can put so much in all the compartments, but I just thought it didnt fit the required measurements???
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I and many other carry our laptop with us and none have ever had a problem to my knowledge. Do not check it, it may dissappear or at the very least get damaged.
The garment bag just lays flat on the belt. They are not worried about the lenght, just height and width.
I have seen many people carry on their laptops. Now my luggage was a little bigger than 11 x 17, but it was able to go thru. It was one of those smaller pieces on wheels but definately larger than a laptop case.
I posted a message over an hour ago and it STILL hasn't appeared - must be lost in cyberspace!
At any rate, thanks for your responses Jim and nushnakka. I wasn't going to send my laptop through just in its case, I actually have it inside our largest suitcase nested in the middle of our clothes for protection. I think I'll go unpack it! ;-)
I know the first night in the dining room they lifted the restrictions just due to the fact some cabins didn't get their luggage in time for dinner. Therefore I wouldn't worry about taking a pair of slacks in the carry on as I would think they wouldn't adhere to the dress code and understand the first night out.
People....People......People......I hope you're not going on this vacation to relax and enjoy your valuable time away from the stressfull 9 - 5 world. Because if you are, you're sure off to a bad start. Who cares if your carry on items wont fit into an "inter-office" envelope,and if you can't decide weather to put your laptop into your suitcase or carry it on, maybe you should just leave it at home, I promise I wont E-Mail you until you return from your well deserved vacation.
At least u guys seemed to have seen that 11x17 somewhere ahead of time.I sailed May 24-31 onTriumph and didn't know until I arrived about the new size limits.It wasn't on their website prior to that date and wasn't in any paperwork we received.Carnival sure changes stuff/paperwork/rules/regulations/etc.. day to day.Luckily there were Baggage Dudes right there.I wasn't going to hike back 1,000 feet with 100 pounds of carry-on stuff.They know they screwed up as LOTS of people had the same problem.BTW : It was 2 duffel bags that I wanted to carry-on and would have fit through with no problem before they placed the Metal limiter over the Machine entrance.Later.
WE sailed on THE CONQUEST June 22. My husband had a 21-22 inch carry on. When we were in Gulfport, we were asked several times if we wanted to check it, but we still were able to bring it on board with us. I was certainly not aware of any limitation about carry-ons.
Since we were not sure when our luggage would get to the stateroom, we packed some things for the evening in the carry-on. We happen to be the first group of passengers to check in and we were fortunate to get our luggage delivered to the stateroom by the afternoon. However, another couple who also was on the same bus from New Orleans to Gulfport did not get their luggage until around 8 p.m.
By the way, on the first night, we noticed some passengers going into the dining room with jeans or shorts and tee-shirts. I was surprised, but I guess some people did not bother to change or did not get their luggage with clothes.
In the maIn dining rooms, Monet and Renoir, for dinner you are not supposed to wear jeans or shorts or tee shirts (the ones with the logo stuff). I'm sure if the woman wore a nice denim pair of slax with a nice shirt, she would be ok.
During lunch, you can wear jeans in the Monet dining room.
I wore a fancy type of jean jacket (with lace and hand painted flowers) with white capris one night, and nothing was said. to me. I even wore the same outfit to the POINT (supper club) one night.
In the Cezanne Dining area ( on the Lido deck), I believe you can wear whatever you want, as I noticed people in tee shirts and shorts eating there at night. At the Pizza area and hamburger grill, anything goes as the area is right off the rear pool.
Don't worry about getting real dressed except for the fromal nights. Other nights, a nice shirt and slax would be just fine. Take some sweaters. It can get cold in the main dining rooms and public areas. We were quite cold in the Monet Dining room for lunch and dinner. On some nights, the Latrec Lounge was also chilly.
Usually, the first night the dress codes are relaxed somewhat. Most everyone hasn't had their luggage delivered, so what you wore when you came aboard is all you have. I realize some people carry on enough clothes for any occasion, but we are not some of those people. As for locking your luggage, we were instructed to do so at the dock.
WE JUST GOT BACK FROM THE DESTINY AND I CHANGED CARRYONS BECAUSE OF THE SIZE THE SAID. NO ONE CHECKED AND THERE WASNT ANY PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE THAT HAD LARGER LUGGAGE THAN ME. SOME HAD GARMET SIZE BAGS.
I can assure you that I didn't bring my laptop for work related reasons, I brought it along so I could download and edit my pictures each evening which is relaxing and fun for me! It also enabled me to burn photo CD's for some of the friends we met on the cruise for them to take home and enjoy. I also sent out 1 e-mail with a photo for friends and family from the ship which was fun. Since I had my laptop, I could work offline and set up the e-mail and then go online for only a minute or two to actually send it - big savings since they charge 65 cents per minute!
Also, the movies offered by Carnival were AWFUL so it was nice to have the computer to play DVD's - we did this twice relaxing in the afternoon while getting ready for dinner. And Ryan was able to play some video games while unwinding at night - saving on the arcade fees! All in all, it was worth the bother!