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Old April 2nd, 2006, 03:31 PM
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I have my first cruise next month and I got one of those old-fashioned large suitcases without the frills-no built-in wheels. Do the cruiselines themselves have limits on the dimensions? I'm boarding the ship in my home city so I don't need to get on a plane.

Also, I've heard on the last night of the cruise luggage is placed out in the hallways, isn't this an open invite to thieves? I have a smaller toiletry case that locks but its so light even a 5 year old could walk off with it.
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No size limit or quanity limit. And yes you do place your luuggage in the halls the night before. I have never had a thief problem doing it that way, it is an invite for thieves and that is why you should pack your valuables in a carry on that will be with you! The halls have a great deal of traffice at all times, and most cruisers are not low life people looking to steal. I'm sure if i saw someone going in luggage by a cabin door the nite we put it out, i would question them as to see if the luggage belonged to them, and hope someone would do the same for me. Unless you plan on stealing small items, i wouldnt know how the thief would get it off the ship. We all put our luggage outside and unless the thief holds back their luggage to fit the stolen items in, they will have a lot to carry off the ship!
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Hi seattleguy37,

As GQueen said there's no limit to the size of checked luggage. Carry on luggage must fit through the ship's scanner. If it fits through an airport scanner, it will be okay on the ship.

Also, as GQeen said, always carry your meds, cameras, jewelry, a change of clothing and a swimsuit (anything you'd be VERY unhappy to lose!) in a carry on. Carry this off with you, too.

I've never heard of luggage "disappearing" from the hallways. You can also lock your luggage. We always lock the main compartment and use cable ties to "lock" the pockets.

Unless your "old-fashioned" suitcase is one of those who can survive a gorilla throwing it around (Samsonite, wasn't it?), I'd also suggest you invest in a large piece of soft-sided luggage. We've watched luggage being loaded and unloaded and the longshoremen are NOT kind to it!

If you want to use your hard sided luggage, at least buy some luggage straps so if your luggage is broken your stuff won't be all over the place !

(Don't forget to leave out an outfit for debarkation day! I've seen people in their robes collecting their luggage .)

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seattleguy37,

I have my first cruise next month and I got one of those old-fashioned large suitcases without the frills-no built-in wheels. Do the cruiselines themselves have limits on the dimensions? I'm boarding the ship in my home city so I don't need to get on a plane.

The tradition is steamer trunks, so there are no limits on either size or weight.

Also, I've heard on the last night of the cruise luggage is placed out in the hallways, isn't this an open invite to thieves? I have a smaller toiletry case that locks but its so light even a 5 year old could walk off with it.

There's not much of a theft problem aboard ship.

Since the large luggage does go out on the last night of the cruise for offloading, you'll need an overnight bag that you can carry when you leave the ship. Your toiletry case should go into the overnight bag since you will want it when you arise on disembarkation day.

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We have been on several Cruises (Never Enough) and have found that one thing that makes a small cabin seem smaller is luggage sitting around. We now only take luggage that is less than 12" thick so it will lay flat and slide under the beds. We even take a set with three sizes so they can go inside each other and then under the bed.
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Seattleguy, you should buy a soft sided large case with wheels. the wheels make it so much easier! It is not unusual at embarkation or disembarkation to have to roll your luggage 150 yards or so by the time all is said and done.

It is fairly important to have a case small enough to fit under the bed, otherwise you have to put up with it in your room the entire cruise. this is no problem because they will accommodate some pretty large suitcases. The thickness is what counts here. I just measured our big ones and they are 12 inches and they fit fine. When you unpack you put your carry on in the big one and roll it under the bed and forget it until it time to pack up to leave. The beds are specifically designed for this purpose.

No one will steal you suitcase in the hall. Don't worry about that. But have all your valuables, iPod, CD player, medicines, cameras etc in your carry-on that you keep with you at all times and do not put out in the hall.
I did hear about a guy once who put a case of liquor out in the hall and was surprised when it disappeared
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I have been on on Princess and Royal Caribbean and do not recall ever seeing anything about limits on the sizes of suitcases - It's only the air line that have the limits - but your crusise doucuments should tell you this or visit their web site and contact them thru there.


I have only been on 2 Cruises. On two of them I left my luggage out over night - there was not a problem. The last one in Feb Royal Caribbean has a new perk. You can elect to walk off with you luggage if you wish. This was a great thing. I find trying to find your luggage in the port is a hasle.

Enjoy yourself. It is the most wonderful vacation. Since going three yeares ago for the first time - I don't want to do anything else
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Doing the self debarkation allows you to keep the luggage in your room until you are leaving the ship.
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