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Old October 5th, 2006, 04:52 PM
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Hello! I am new to this web site and absolutely LOVE it!
I will be going on my first cruise on the Victory leaving this weekend (Oct. 8th). I was reading over the info about luggage and am a little confused as to when they inspect our checked luggage.
I live close enough that a friend will be picking us up at our house and dropping us off at the terminal. So when we get out of the car, won't we just give our checked luggage to a porter at that point? Do they inspect the bags without you being there? But that can't be right either as the brochure says that "Each piece of luggage must be locked once you get to the terminal."
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Drop your bags with the porter. Give a buck or two/check bag.

The actual screening is done behind the scenes.
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Irish Shark is right. That will be the least of your worries. Your luggage will show up at your cabin door before or right after you sail. So all of the screening has already been done.
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I'm not worried, but I needed to know if I have to go out and buy the new TSA locks since it says to drop them off locked.
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Oh! I'm going on the Victory April 15, please write me and let me know how it is, thanks!
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No need for TSA locks as you are not flying and the Cruise Line does the screening not the TSA folks.

Those locks that come with the suitcase are the one key fits all varity. They will not have any issue opening it up if need be.
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has anyone traveled with a hard sided suitcase, and had problems finding space to fit it in their stateroom? I got my new $3,000 knee brace that i have to sleep in and the doc said to travel with a hard sided suitcase to avoid it being crushed by other bags.
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Dear Alaskan Grown,
You'll have plenty of space to set it in the closet. Heck, my DH takes his golf clubs in a hard case.
Have a great time. Remember the best things to collect on your trip are smiles
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Sorry, I don't mean to keep asking the same question, but I guess I wasn't really giving enough info. I have locks for my suitcases but they are not the ones that I bought with the suitcases a few years ago. So at some point, before 9/11, I bought suitcase padlocks. Not the little cheesy locks that anyone can open. So, am I supposed to find some cheap locks that can be opened with any key, or are their instructions to make sure the luggage is locked incorrect?
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Want to know what locks we use? The ones you can buy at Wal Mart called strip ties. They are plastic thingys you see on the show cops, to tie up bad guys. They are cheap, they keep your luggage from flying open.
Get to your room, cut them off, and put new ones on when you leave the ship.


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Hi VaBeachKim,

Welcome to Cruisemates!

Since you aren't flying to the port you can use the "little" locks that come with your luggage or whatever you have. Also, as Luanne said, you can "lock" your luggage with cable ties, which you can find at WalMart or KMart (usually in the Automotive area). Just be sure to put a nail clipper in an unlocked pocket of your luggage to cut them off.

Yes, when you unload your luggage you'll give it to a porter (be sure to tip him/her $1.00/$2.00 per bag) and the next time you'll see it will be in front of (or inside) your cabin door!

I think that the luggage screening is done to look for dangerous things (knives, guns, etc.). If there's a problem, you'll be called to explain.

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Hello! I am new to this web site and absolutely LOVE it!
I will be going on my first cruise on the Victory leaving this weekend (Oct. 8th). I was reading over the info about luggage and am a little confused as to when they inspect our checked luggage.
I live close enough that a friend will be picking us up at our house and dropping us off at the terminal. So when we get out of the car, won't we just give our checked luggage to a porter at that point? Do they inspect the bags without you being there? But that can't be right either as the brochure says that "Each piece of luggage must be locked once you get to the terminal."
Remember a carry on bag so you can freshen up before dinner. Sometimes you do not get your luggage delivered right away and you might want a change of clothes as well for the dining room.
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The latest issue of Carnival Currents Mag. also clearly advertises you now have the option of taknig your own luggage on board running it thought the scanners and taking it right to your cabin.

This avoids waiting for luggage etc. into the evening. If you think you will need items sooner than later take it right on board with you instead of checking it with the porters.

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I think to answer your question Kim is that the locks are to keep anyone from doing any unauthorized search and removing any of your valuables. When they run the luggage though the X-ray the security folks will fetch you if they see a problem. I believe you will be one of the first to know if they have a question as to the contents.

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Joey has it exactly right. You can lock your suitcase with any type of lock you want for the cruise portion of your trip. Your bags are x-rayed and if security sees anything suspicious you will be summoned and asked to open your bags right then and there.
Alaskagrown - you can always have your cabin steward store your brace for you until you need it, if there isn't room in your stateroom.
You can carry-on your luggage, but it must fit thru the security scanners, the same ones that the airlines use when you check-in. Large suitcases will not fit
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Hi Kim,
Going out of Norfolk? If so I hope you have a wonderful time and maybe this storm will subside for a while anyway. I myself am from Gloucester going on the Liberty with a group of 30 in April. Have a wonderful time and don't worry about your bags just lock them with anything for the cruise part. Only special locks for bags on planes! Have fun
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Oh by the way Kim if I could give you another piece of advice. Along with the lock you want to insure that each piece of luggage is properly ID'd with your name and address (or work address if you want to be a wee bit more secure with your home addy) both inside and out. Also your Carnival ship tags on the outside so that the porters can deliver it to your room.

I learned the hard way that the name tags that usally come with the luggage when you buy it, most of the time will hold during the transfer from the pier to your room, BUT stuff happens when your luggage is mixed in with 2000 other fellow cruisers. Those little chain things that hold your name tag will break off pretty easy. I would switch them out with the little plastic things (they are called wire ties by the way) as they are much tougher and harder to break.

As I said I learned though experience and I'm glad that the ship tags hung on. If I had lost them both, after midnight or so I could have went to the pursers desk and reported the missing luggage. I believe that they would have escorted me the luggage storage area and I could have ID'd the luggage with the ID on the inside.

Hope this helps. Again I hope you have a great cruise

PS If you have enuff room in your luggage for a couple of poor ole' land bound cruisers give me a shout........
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Hello! We, like Luanne use the tiewraps, or cable ties to secure our checked luggage. We've never had a problem, and they are inexpensive, and secure, plus you will absolutely know if your luggage was opened along the way. (ours never have been)
The newer Carnival ships have the new bedding, and we've found that there is lots and lots of room under the new beds for your empty luggage. I'd bet that your hard sided luggage will fit there, and if not, there is absolutely room in the closet, along with all your other stuff, for the bag.
Have a great cruise, and let us know how it went when you return.

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