- Unless there is a serious delat, you should have you bags by 1815. If not just wear what you have on.
- NO IRONS regardless of size.
- Lock it up if you want. I would.
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there's no guarantee you'll get your luggage at any specific time so it's recommended to have a carry on that contains everything you'll need in case you don't get your large checked luggage until late the first night.
they don't allow irons due to the danger of fire, but they have a couple in the laundry rooms for people to use!
not sure about the locked luggage thing, as I only travel with carry-on size bags, someone else will have to answer that.
Receiving your luggage prior to your 6:15 p.m. dinner time is definitely possible but don't count on it. I pack a change of clothes in my carry-on just in case I spill some food or beer on what I'm wearing to board.
We have never packed an iron because they are not allowed in your stateroom and because there is one available on every floor in the laundry room. Also, Downy Wrinkle Releaser works GREAT.
You can lock your luggage but if they want to search it, they will break the lock. I have never heard of anyone's luggage being searched, therefore, I always lock my luggage. The only time I had my lock broken and luggage searched was once when I couldn't find my suitcase in the warehouse upon our return to the Port of Miami and Carnival sent it to Lost & Found and they cut the lock off and searched my luggage.
You have received some great advice, but let me add. I use the zip lock ties to lock our luggage. It will keep it closed but if they need to open it, it is easily removed. I carry extras, so that when we get ready to pack and leave at the end of the cruise, I can do the same.
Wrinkle release is used when you get on board. You hang your clothes up, and one at a time, hang in the bathroom, and spray and let dry.
Luanne is correct, spray the Downy Wrinkle Releaser (you can purchase it in a travel size bottle) on your wrinkled clothes after you unpack, stretch the wrinkles gently out of the fabric while wet, then just hang up to dry, works great.
Missyg - I've been fortunate, on 10 cruises, luggage was always at my cabin in enough time for dinner. I carry extra set of capris/blouse, undies, toiletries with me so that if I did not get my luggage at least I can shower and have clean clothes for dinner. I pack this from my hotel room in the morning before the cruise.
I too use the ties on my luggage, they've never been broken via the cruise line - but on airlines they have.
You'll also be able to identify my luggage by its colorful purple/pink painters tape wrapped all over my suitcases. May be ugly - but I know they are mine coming down the belt at the airport or down the hall on the ship!
Have a great cruise - only use your cabin for sleeping - take plenty of pictures and most of all have the time of your life!
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Tie locks work great, however, there are locks approved by security, which work better IMO. These locks come with a set of keys, however they also have a security code known by all security agencies which can be used when a luggage search is required. These locks will be with your travel supplies at Walmart, Target, etc. My husband travels frequently working for the government and these work great (he is almost always seached) and there is no need to break the lock or the tie. Deters the bad guys but works great for the good guys!
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First of all, are you talking about a small iron that steams or a steamer?
I picked up a small hand sized steamer at the mall for about $30 and it works great. Takes a little salt to work which we get from the buffet tables. We left ours out and never heard a word about it. This is not a small iron, it only works by steaming your clothes and is safe.
Downey Wrinkle Release. Actually we just put on our shirts, spray and use our hands to smooth out the wrinkles. Works great but never use it on silk (read the instructions).
As for locks. We always lock our luggage. This year I picked up TSA approved locks at Walmart. TSA has master keys that can open up these locks if the need arises.
As for dinner on the first night. We normally have a few of our luggage by dinner but never all of them. Don't worry if you receive only a few of your bags. The rest aren't lost. Dinner is very casual the first night because most people haven't received their luggage and are wearing the clothes they put on in the morning.
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First I just want to say thanks to all of you suggestions and great advice. I have used this board from the time I made my deposit on the cruise and read just about everything.
So, I will purchase the downy wrinkle release, and locks at walmart ....providing they have them. If not then the othe options you suggested.
RobRen, you mentioned the steam iron for $30. I am an iron freak... I don't like wrinkles and didn't want to or just plain lazy to go to the laundry room to iron each night. But what type of steamer do you have??
Again thanks all for your suggestions.. I just can't wait! I haven't done much work at WORK! because I'm counting down!
With life there are choices, so choose wisely!
It is always a good idea to pack a change of clothes for the first night but in all of my cruises I have yet to not receive my luggage by dinner time. My last cruise was close.
No irons are allowed. Travel "steamers" are great. If it's a flat iron, that it emits steam, it's not allowed.
Wrinkle Release: Hang, spray, gently rub or stretch hard wrinkles, let dry.
You can lock your luggage: Zip loc ties are OK: But to have more security I strongly suggest cable ties. I use them for all travel: They work as well as a lock. They delay anyone from opening soft sided luggage but TSA can still snip them. Soft sided luggage can be cut into very easily. Cable ties and locks keep the honest people honest. Here is a picture of cable ties. They can be purchased at any hardware store or Wal-mart, K-mart or Target type store. Keep a nail clipper in an outside, unlocked pocket of your suitcase to remove them.
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