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Old 04-20-2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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How does carry on/checked luggage work?

First time cruiser, and I'm a little confused. People are talking about your "checked" luggage versus "carry-on" luggage. How exactly does that work? Are you talking about from, say, a plane going onto the cruise, or what?

Basically, FH and I will not be flying in from anywhere - we will arrive with all of our luggage in tow. Is ALL of that considered carry-on? Or will larger luggage need to be "checked" somewhere for a certain amount of time? I'm SOOOO confused by reading all of this about "checked" luggage. If you "check" something, how long is it before you can have access to it again? Do you HAVE to check bags over a certain weight/size?

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Old 04-20-2011, 02:49 PM   #2
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When you arrive at the port terminal, very helpful porters (seriously, they are great) will take your larger bags and they are stored on the ship. These are the "checked" bags. As the afternoon progresses, your bags are delivered to your stateroom door by your host/hostess. Your bags may or may not show up all at the same time.

Carry-on are any bags you want to keep with you as you enter the terminal. You should bring any medications you need, sunscreen, swim wear if you want to change, anything you may want before your checked bags are delivered to your stateroom. You can also pack beer/wine/spirits into your carry-ons if you wish. These bags have to fit through an x-ray machine just like at the airport. And you won't have access to your stateroom until about 1:30pm, so if you board the ship in the earlier groups, you will need to keep these carry-on bags with you.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:00 PM   #3
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Do the carry ons need to be a certain size? Or, if we choose, can we keep ALL of our luggage (large, small, skinny or fat) with us... and just understand that we have to haul it everywhere we go. Or do we HAVE to check the larger bags?
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You bags all have to fit throught the x ray machine, the same size as what you see at theTSA points i the airports, I don't know how big your big bag is, so it may or may not fit.

However, if you have several pieces of luggage, hauling it around for a couple of hours can be tedious at best. Your room will not be open until 1:30 so you have to haul your bags to the buffet area to reat, to the pool area to sit, etc. It certainly is your choice, but I don't recommend it.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:07 PM   #5
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OK. Thank you for your replies. They are most helpful!

One more question... what's the limit on the total number of bags that you can bring?
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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OK. Thank you for your replies. They are most helpful!

One more question... what's the limit on the total number of bags that you can bring?
You are only limited as to how many you can carry, pull, push etc. There is limited storage in the cabins, but I have seen couples, no kids, with 2 29 inch spinners, 2 21 inch roll aboards, 2 huge duffels, 2 tote bag sized bags, her big purse, and at least 2 other bags, for a 3 night cruise. I could give them the benefit of the dout and maybe they did a B2B, but come on, there are laundry facilities on boards, you can send stuff out to be washed. Maybe they were going to WDW after? Anyway, they were in the "we will take our bags off ourselves" state of mind. Holy pugoli, not an easy thing by the looks. If I had that much, I would let the room people take most of it the last night and collect it in the baggage area with a porter and a cart.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:38 PM   #7
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That last post reminded me...here's what happens when you disembark.

What Disney strongly recommends is that you pack your checked bags and leave them outside your stateroom door by 10:30pm of your last night. You put luggage tags on them with a Disney character and color, like Mickey red.

Your host or hostess will pick up your bags and they are stored. When you disembark in the morning, you go to your character section in the terminal and locate the bags.

This means you need to put aside clothes and whatever you need for the next morning.

DCL says you can certainly handle your own set of luggage but they don't recommend it. I don't either; once again the porters are really helpful handling all your bags (even your carry ons) and leading you through customs.
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Wait, I am really confused!
For when checking in for the cruise, you have the option of bringing all of your luggage with you if you want, even the bigger ones?

And for disembarking, if you are doing the airline check in, do you still have the option of keeping your checked bags with you? And if not, does that mean you do not see them again until you land at home, OR do they just hold them for you overnight until you head to the airport the next day???
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:43 PM   #9
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Wait, I am really confused!
For when checking in for the cruise, you have the option of bringing all of your luggage with you if you want, even the bigger ones?

And for disembarking, if you are doing the airline check in, do you still have the option of keeping your checked bags with you? And if not, does that mean you do not see them again until you land at home, OR do they just hold them for you overnight until you head to the airport the next day???
The ONLY bags you can take onboard with you when you arrive are the ones that will fit through the xray machine. If they are larger than that then you MUST check the bigger pieces with the porters at the terminal.

Personally I like to check every piece of luggage I can (big and small) so I'm not dragging luggage all over the ship before the room is ready. Never had a problem getting all my bags delivered to my room.

The crews do this every week, trust me it's no big deal.........
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:53 PM   #10
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The ONLY bags you can take onboard with you when you arrive are the ones that will fit through the xray machine. If they are larger than that then you MUST check the bigger pieces with the porters at the terminal.

Personally I like to check every piece of luggage I can (big and small) so I'm not dragging luggage all over the ship before the room is ready. Never had a problem getting all my bags delivered to my room.

The crews do this every week, trust me it's no big deal.........
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Even the carryons we take with us on the plane- we check with Disney. We basically try to carry on as little as possible with us on the ship... generally just our purses, maybe a soft sided cooler with alcohol and one day bag with swimsuits and the like in it- everything else I hand over to DCL and let them bring it to my room. It really is impossible (this to those thinking about doing this) to carry all your luggage with you all around until you're allowed in your rooms. As said above- larger luggage must be checked anyway but even let's say if the 5 of us tried to carry around all 5 carryons and bags we took on the plane with us- it would be a lot to lug around. At lunch there really isn't room for all that luggage and toting it around the ship gets tiresome really quick.
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Wait, I am really confused!
For when checking in for the cruise, you have the option of bringing all of your luggage with you if you want, even the bigger ones?

And for disembarking, if you are doing the airline check in, do you still have the option of keeping your checked bags with you? And if not, does that mean you do not see them again until you land at home, OR do they just hold them for you overnight until you head to the airport the next day???
When you arrive at the ship, the porters will take any bags that you want to check...they could be big or little...but, any bag that you want to carryon with you MUST fit through a typical airport X-ray scanner....you can find the actual dimension at the TSA site.

If you are doing the OAC program you MUST leave your bags out the last night that you want to check onto the plane. They are taken from the hallway, stored, and then transferred via truck the next morning to go to the airport. You would keep your carryons with you and anything you may need the next morning or until you get home. you will not see your checked bags again until your home airport. With the OAC program you leave the ship with just your carryons, go through customs, then head to the DCL bus to the airport....you do not need to claim your checked luggage...it goes straight from the ship to the airport.

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I can't begin to imagine carrying on more than necessary! We had a tote and our rolling carryon and it was not fun! There was no way we were going off with more than necessary, either.
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Just another simple question to ask for myself. We are driving down also, On last day.. Do we also leave luggage in hallway and if soo what time are bags able to be picked up at port. Our plan is to be off ship by 8-8:30 am and head right to DW.


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Old 05-12-2011, 05:38 PM   #14
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Just another simple question to ask for myself. We are driving down also, On last day.. Do we also leave luggage in hallway and if soo what time are bags able to be picked up at port. Our plan is to be off ship by 8-8:30 am and head right to DW.


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Yes, everybody, whether they are flying or not, needs to have their luggage outside their room the night before your disembark. Once the ship clears customs, you will be able to get off the ship and claim your luggage at customs.
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Yes, everybody, whether they are flying or not, needs to have their luggage outside their room the night before your disembark. Once the ship clears customs, you will be able to get off the ship and claim your luggage at customs.
So you can't carry your own bags off the ship?!
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