For getting on the ship, there is no limit, other than carry-on size to fit through the scanner. If you are flying into the port, there will be however, some restrictions for the airlines as to how many bags and there is a weight limit as well. Better check with your airline for those restrictions if you are flying.
If you drive to port, theres no limit.
On American Airlines, your allowed 2 checked luggages, each. With 1 carry on each.. The checked luggage can weigh no more than 50 pounds, and the carry on, no more than 40 pounds.And yes, they do check them. And if you go over the weight limit, you pay extra.
If you pack more than 3 for a 7-day cruise, your over packed. The wife has finally gotten ours down to 2, and 1-carry on.
Happy Sailing to all;
Dream - Sept. 22 2012
Truimph - Nov. 2010
Truimph - Aug. 2010
Legend May 2009
Liberty - Aug.23 2008
Fantasy - Sept.22 2007
Fantasy - Sept.27 2007 (B 2 B )
Holiday- Sept.- 2006
Valor- May - 2006
Conquest- August- 2003
Enchanted Isle- Sept.- 1999
I manage to get almost everything I need into one 28 inch luggage bag. The rest of it goes into my carry-on bag. We sometimes do the self-assist departure and it is much easier when you only have one main bag. We have learned to pack light. I also put a folded tote into my bag to use for any item (or items) I buy while on the cruise.
its the airlines that limit your luggage, the cruise lines do not.
For a 7 day cruise for 3 of us we bring: 1 Garment Bag, 1 Snorkel Gear bag, 2 or 3 large suitcases(depending upon the weight) I have the carry-on, DH has the camera bag, DS has the backpack
For 1 person, I take a 26" expandable and no carry on to speak of. I only take what luggage I can easily handle all by myself.
Voyager of the Seas 5/03
Celebrity Solstice 2/09
Oasis of the Seas 10/16/10
Our last two cruises have been over 15 days. So we pack two 28" and one 24" plus one carry on each.
Our next cruise is 10 days, but we will gone for 15. So it looks like about the same.
IIRC when we first started crusing it was 1 bag!
SS Norway (12 times) '85 - '97; Radiance OS 06/01; Island Princess 11/04, Grand Princess 11/04/05, Golden Princess 7/21/06, Golden Princess 2/24/07, Explorer of the Seas 12/23/07, Island Princess 11/15/08
Dh and I each take one carry on size suitcase and 1 garmet bag for the two of us.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
As others have said there is no limit on how many suitcases you can bring on the ship. I do strongly suggest that you pack a carry on with your valuable and necessary items such as:
Change of clothing, including undergarments:
Electronics such as a laptop.
The prescription medications, cash, travel documents and jewelry are the most important. These should always be kept with you and never packed in checked baggage. It may sound simple but many people have packed them and later regretted it.
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