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Old January 26th, 2008, 09:10 PM
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WE'RE PACKING OUR BAGS!!! Leaving tomorrow early to drive to Tampa to set sail on Monday. Since we are driving, do we need to worry about locking our bags. They will be going from the car to portside check-in and straight back to our car after the cruise.

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Old January 26th, 2008, 09:18 PM
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i am not sure where in the process after dropping our bags off, but our locks were taken off, or they fell off, i can't be for sure. I know they were on when we loaded them on the cart. They were even the TSA locks, but the TSA doesn't handle the bag screening at the port, at least I don't think so, so maybe they were taken off? I am not sure of the process of screening for a cruise ship, if it is similar to an airline. I would say you would be fine without, but I tend to lock my bags now with the new locks. Probably doesn't answer your question, but it gives my experience with locks on the one cruise i have been on.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 09:19 PM
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We always lock our luggage before we give it to the porters. You can use cable ties if you don't want to use luggage locks. Just be sure to have a pair of nail clippers in your carry on. Our friends had things taken out of their luggage and learned not to put valuable in checked luggage.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 11:13 PM
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I would lock, in fact I am locking my bags when I pass them off to the porters at the pier! I don't want anything going missing.

Happy sialing....be happy you live a short driving distance away from port. I live in crisp, cold Canada!!!!

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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:01 AM
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Thanks everyone! Going to raid my husband's garage for plastic ties and then we're off! See you in a week!

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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:58 AM
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I lock mine when we get to the port. On the carnival web site they tell
you to lock them.
I have the new locks for the airport too so I can lock them there too.
airport is to have a special key that will unlock them if need be.
so I feel pretty safe nothing will get taken.
but if someone wants any thing you have they will find a way to get
it pretty much..
I dont put stuff like my camera or anything in my suitecase I carry
that stuff with me.

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Old January 27th, 2008, 09:18 AM
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I never lock my checked luggage, but I NEVER put anything of value inside the checked luggage. (If they really want my underwear, than I guess they need it worse than I do) I do sometimes use tie wraps, and I've never had them opened.
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I drive to port.Been on two so far and never locked my luggage.I just use smalll cable ties.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 06:56 PM
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I've been thinking that the zip tie idea is a pretty good way to go. If the tie is gone or broken then you know your bag has been open so it may be easier to prove if something has been stolen. And if TSA breaks the ties then you have to have a letter left inside your bag explaining why it was opened.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:29 PM
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I agree with Skymaster -- Ken--- I put the plastic zip ties on my luggage. If someone wants in in badly enough they will get in anyway.
I carry anything of value with me and if someone steals a shirt or pair of shorts, then hey-- let 'em have it.

Three weeks ago we were on the Glory and our cabin was facing the dock area. I sat on the balcony for a while and watched the baggage handlers' They had a system. The metal crates , when full, would be moved by forklift to an area near the end of the baggage loading area. There was a van with 2-3 dogs and a couple of security agents. When the forklifts delivered 3 crates of luggage, the security guys would take the dogs around all the crates checking the luggage. When completed they would place a colored tag on that crate. Then a fork lift would deliver it inside the fenced area next to the ship, where another forklift would pick it up and take it inside the ship. Sounds like a lot of running around but they had a system and had it down pat.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:35 PM
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If you aren't flying, there's no need to leave the luggage unlocked. We leave them unlocked to fly, and then lock them before giving them to the porters.
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