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Old September 28th, 2009, 01:02 PM
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I was answering a question in another area of the boards and I realized that I have something that does really irritate me.

People who won't use a porter and try to maneuver two or more cases through the disembarkation area. They block the isles, hit you with their cases, stop suddenly because they drop a handle and basically cause a big traffic jam.

Give the porter $5 - $10 and have them take your luggage to the bus or taxi. It will make everything much smoother.

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Old September 28th, 2009, 01:52 PM
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Mike what I enjoy are the quarrels that break out between couples after the traffic jam. I love when he says; "I've got it, I've got it" as the bags are falling and his arms are red from the weight of the bags. She on the other hand is scowling at him.
It seems that after spending several hundred dollars to get away from it all and relax, the decsion to not spend 5 to 10 bucks on a porter bring back so much marital discord it would hardly make the vacation worth it.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 09:01 AM
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I have also noticed another benefit of Porters at disembarkation. They get you through customs faster.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 03:42 PM
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on our recent trip with Princess we used their service called EASY OFF. yoour bags in the hall for pickup pickup and they chrck them through to your final destination. cost $20. dollars and worth every penny
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And this same guy who won't tip the porter, smuggles a suitcase of beer aboard to save a few dollars, is the same guy who loses several hundred in the casino, spends a few hundred on his wife's massages in the spa, buys all the photos taken and then tries to carry, drag, pull and curse 4 suitcases, a shopping bag and 3 cartons of liquor off the ship to save tipping the porter $ 5.00
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Old September 30th, 2009, 03:01 AM
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It's also the same guy that won't use a skycap at the airport. Geez, you spend thousands of dollars on a vacation and you're to damn cheap to fork over a couple of bucks for a porter or skycap.
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Old September 30th, 2009, 03:09 PM
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Now, wait a minute. Being too cheap to tip a porter may not be the only reason this happens. My DH, who is normally not macho at all, gets his testosterone up at the idea that he can't handle carrying his own stuff...and mine. The older he (we) get, the more stubborn he gets about it. I think that he is, hopefully, cured after our last trip, as his back hurt so much for days. I was not sympathetic. In fact, I was chuckling under my breath...just a tad, mind you.
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Old September 30th, 2009, 07:36 PM
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I am terribly insecure about my manhood and I can't stand my wife admiring another man's rippling muscles as he carries all of our bags at the same time.


--- SERIOUSLY NOW. Get over the manliness thing and cough up a few bills! The porter is trying to make a living - dawg!
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Old September 30th, 2009, 09:49 PM
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My only problem with the porter is I can't find one... I LOVE using them but do wish there were more. SHHH... quit telling people about them.
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As a solo female cruiser, I find it most difficult to find a porter. I am more than willing to tip, actually over-tip, but it seems the men grab up porters and, conversely, the porters seems to flock more to the men - so there I stand, hand in the air, cash in my hand and wait, wait, wait.

I just block out disembarkation day, try to stay calm, allow enough time and eventually get to the airport. No sense getting rattled after a great cruise.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 03:12 PM
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Scenario Porters at Barcelona RCL cruise terminal. Okay we arrived at a new place of sailing, taxi draws up in front of it. Porters are there, one takes the cases, we follow along behind.

I kid you not, he took the cases about 30ft and just into the cruise terminal to the ships loading trolleys. I watched with amazement as others did the same thing and they looked as me.

Bottom line I could have walked ten yards and placed my own cases onto the trolleys...you see to me thats a rip off. I did tip but as I say felt ripped off

On the way out of that port porters are good, but not in the way in
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I always saw way too many porters asking to take my luggage. No problem for me since I try to use them every cruise. It makes my life easier NOT to have to carry or drag my bags. $20 makes me happy and the porter happy.
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I was looking for a porter when we got off the ship in San Francisco. I would have gladly paid the tip to not have to deal with three bags. Yes we managed but it was not fun. I to have paid a porter for the thirty foot trip to the cart. Well worth it as long as they show up at the cabin. Mike
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In the past I never had any trouble finding a porter or skycap, but I just got back from a trip to Orlando and no porters in the hotel I stayed at and very few skycaps at the airport. What gives? I thought we were in a job crunch.
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When we got off the ship in LA yesterday, we could not get a porter for anything!! There were not nearly enough to go around!! We had decided we would definitely use a porter since we had quite a few pieces of luggage, but had to "schlep" them through the terminal without any help.
That was frustrating!!
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Old December 25th, 2009, 11:29 AM
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My gripe, and Im sure some of you have done it as well..Using the "self assist" (Carnivals term for carry your own luggage). People use the self assist thinking they can carry everything off ship to get off first only to find out they have to many bags and drop them many times holding up the line. My sister is guilty of this...
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I don't remember what it was called, but we paid to have our bags collected at midnight and to NOT see them again until we flew into our final destination. It was 20 bucks a bag and the best 80 bucks we ever spent! We will always budget this option into our vacation - so much less stress, disembarkation was a breeze and even a delight.

We did not have to gather in any area, wait for our color to be called, have to get off the ship at a designated time, etc. We slept in, took our time getting dressed and had a leisurely breakfast. Then we strolled unencumbered off the ship.
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Reminds me of our Splendor sailing Nov 2008 from Ft Lauderdale.

We showed up with enough luggage to clothe China. We were doing a 2 and 4 (B2B on the Splendor) then getting off ....spending the night and going on the Freedom for 8 days.

Guess what....since the first cruise was only a 2 day...the port authority in all their wisdom decided we did not need porters.

We walked into the terminal and a Carnival Rep asked "why do you have your luggage?" And I said "because there are no porters out there.

Security had to process all our luggage through the Carry On system....
(but we did learn that all our suitcases ~ even the old HUGE Samsonite hard site~ will fit through their carry on X-ray machines).

Unfortunately on that cruise 124 passengers were doing the B2B...so they all had luggage for 6 days !! And we all pulled our own luggage onto the ship.
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Parrot Pop because of mobility problems now goes through the airports and terminals in a wheel chair..plus we use a porter because MOI overpacks.. Yes, porters do help tremendously as does the handicapped line, but poor Parrot Pop is still searched and has to take off his shoes..he carries a small shoe horn with him or wears clogs and he tells them his knee replacement will go off, but hes still searched...Sadly, Ive seen such abuse by TSA people and in one instance in Miami with a severely crippled elderly woman in a wheelchair.. I could have cried for her and her husband.. At that same spot Parrot Pop heaved a sigh and the agent made a wise crack and proceeded to just about strip search him..
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We also use porters whenever on a cruise. It does speed up the process for all of us.

To answer the off-topic comment about airport security, we NEVER complain or ***** about the inconveniences ALL of us have to go through at the airport. Especially just after the events on Christmas day, just outside Detroit, I think most of us are very grateful for any and all measures used to protect the safety of all of us.

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