Great question, I'm sailing on Voyager at the end of the month and have the same question. I think I can probably answer this through a past experience. When I sailed on Brilliance in 2005 out of Spain, the baggage claim area is restricted to just those folks who got off the plane. It's not like the USA where anyone can walk into the baggage claim area. Actually once you leave baggage claim you can't return as it's one of those "one-way" exits with guards/customs folks at the sliding doors. So given that, I'm pretty sure that you'd collect your own luggage and walk out these sliding doors then probably find the RCCL Agent and check with them.
Also, in Miami - They require all passengers to pull their own luggage off the belts before going to the bus; so I think it's like a global policy or something. I'll find out for "sure" at the end of the month when I sail.
Thanks for the update. I am looking forward to the report on your trip. I know in Canada they hold the people going on the cruise in a certain area and you don't even have to do through customs. They also get your luggage. I know we will have to go through customs, but wasn't sure about the luggage..
I would also like to know how your excursions worked out, etc..
No problem, I can surely fill you in as I return. I sailed on pretty much the same cruise in 2005, took most of the popular shore excursions already; let me know if you have any particular questions on them.
Can't say I did those; however, here's my recommendation:
Best of the French Riveria --- Ok Tour; however, it does not take you to Monaco, which is really worth seeing. I'd probably recommend the "Nice, Eze, Monaco" tour instead; more bang for your buck.
Highlights of Lucca / Pisa --- I assume you've already been to Florence, if so these appear to be good choices. Just a word of warning, there is absoutely nothing in Pisa except for the tower; you could literally see it, take the photo and move on. The "Pisa" alone tour seems like it may not be exactly what you'd bargin for. If you've never done Florence, I'd recommend the Florence and Pisa Tour or the one on your own.
Taste of Sorrento & Pompeii --- We did the "Capri, Sorrento & Pompeii"; Capri is one of my favorite places to visit; totally amazing island and enjoyed every minute of it. If you've already seen Capri, then great choice, if not; you may want to consider it.
Imperial Rome --- Highly recommend you do "Rome on your Own"; you'll see all of Rome faster and easier than with the tour. Also it's much cheaper. When we did the "Rome on your Own" we saw pretty much all the major highlights in plenty of time. If you deciede to do this; I've got some tips.
Cefalu Sightseeing -- Never done this tour; this will be my first trip to Palemo.
***Hope that helps, I'm sure all the tours are great, that was what my experience yielded.
Here's another vote for the Monaco, Nice and Eze trip. Best part of our cruise!
You have to pick your bags up at the Carousel and then walk towards the Customs guy stationed at the exits from the baggage hall- there is a 'green light door' for nothing to declare and a 'red light door' for anyone who has items to declare. After you exit you will see Reps and all others waiting for passengers for transfers.