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Old March 31st, 2014, 11:03 PM
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Has anyone done an Alaska Cruise Tour. Will be doing 5 days land and 7 days cruise. My question is how many bags do they allow that will have to be transferred from bus to hotel each evening. Is there a limit they will transfer. Thanks
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I've heard you get one bag each on the land portion(with a specific size limit), the rest of your bags come when you reach cruise terminal. Not sure if every line is the same, best to call and ask for updated info.
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wow, glad you asked this question... we will doing the same tour also this summer... Didn't think about them not allowing all your bags... I am going to have to really think about this packing...
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We did a 14-night Alaskan cruise tour and we only packed one suitcase each. Just have to pack smart. (In fact, we've done Europe for a month than included a 12-night cruise and only took one suitcase each.) We took our convertible pants, the kind that zip off to make shorts, and took layers since the weather can really vary. And we pack so many items serve double-duty, then planned ahead of time to do laundry at the hotel.

They will pick up your suitcase in the morning from your hotel room and deliver it to your next hotel room before you get there (or to the ship if it's the last day of your tour).

The biggest mistake people make is to pack way too much stuff. As I always tell people, pack half of what you want to take and it'll be twice as much as you need.

And one other suggestion, pack your tour clothes in one suitcase and your cruise clothes in another one. That way you only have to worry about one suitcase for the two of you during the tour portion - makes life a whole lot easier!

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Thanks for the responses. Easy, we will leave the formal wear at home.
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That's what we do. I'll take a tie, but leave the jacket and dress shoes at home. Can't see taking formal attire to wear twice during the entire 2 week trip - just not worth the extra space and weight.

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Received our cruise documents today and it included the following:

Baggage Storage

As a convenience to our guests, we offer a service to
store luggage while you are on the land portion of your
cruise tour. Your Tour Director will outfit you with special
tags to indicate storage, and subsequently, those pieces
of luggage will remain secured on the motor coach for the
length of the land portion of your trip. If you would like to
take advantage of this service, we encourage you to pack
accordingly.


So we can take more than two pieces of luggage each with the extra secured on the bus until we get to ship and they will take to our cabin on ship.
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We did a 14-night Alaskan cruise tour and we only packed one suitcase each. Just have to pack smart. (In fact, we've done Europe for a month than included a 12-night cruise and only took one suitcase each.) We took our convertible pants, the kind that zip off to make shorts, and took layers since the weather can really vary. And we pack so many items serve double-duty, then planned ahead of time to do laundry at the hotel.

They will pick up your suitcase in the morning from your hotel room and deliver it to your next hotel room before you get there (or to the ship if it's the last day of your tour).

The biggest mistake people make is to pack way too much stuff. As I always tell people, pack half of what you want to take and it'll be twice as much as you need.

And one other suggestion, pack your tour clothes in one suitcase and your cruise clothes in another one. That way you only have to worry about one suitcase for the two of you during the tour portion - makes life a whole lot easier!

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cruiseplanner, did you do laundry on the ship? I assume you did because you were gone for so long. My wife and I will be doing a B2B next May out of Venice; we plan on packing for seven days, and doing laundry on the ship.
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We were on Holland America, so yes, we were able to do laundry. Plus, the hotels had self-serve laundry facilities.

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Received our cruise documents today and it included the following:

Baggage Storage

As a convenience to our guests, we offer a service to
store luggage while you are on the land portion of your
cruise tour. Your Tour Director will outfit you with special
tags to indicate storage, and subsequently, those pieces
of luggage will remain secured on the motor coach for the
length of the land portion of your trip. If you would like to
take advantage of this service, we encourage you to pack
accordingly.


So we can take more than two pieces of luggage each with the extra secured on the bus until we get to ship and they will take to our cabin on ship.
Must be one of the differences between RCCL and Holland America, because on our HAL cruise tour, they didn't put the luggage on the motor coach - they put them in a small truck. That way, the truck got to the hotel before we did, they unloaded all the bags and had them waiting at our hotel room when we got there. Next day, we put the bags outside our hotel room, they picked them up, loaded them onto the truck, and took them to the next hotel. Worked out great because we really never had to handle our bags.

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