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Old 06-01-2013, 01:00 PM   #16
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The one time we were driving, we put our bags out. We were in the last group called. It was really frustrating to be waiting. Last time, we decided to keep our bags and were among the first off. I'm never again putting out our bags.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:02 PM   #17
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Last cruise when we got to the buffet breakfast there was a large family that was carrying their luggage off. They had luggage blocking all the isles in the buffet and made a big mess when we were tying to find a place to sit. Then when we were on our way off the ship we got behind them in line. It was a nightmare following a large family with all the luggage trying to exit the rows, show their exit papers and go down the escalator. I told my son, "I hope we are never that annoying".
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:06 PM   #18
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Exactly!!!

On a 7-night cruise we have one suitcase and carryon each, so four cases and 4 bags. If you don't wait until the last minute to pack, it's really not bad. I pack up all the dirty clothes in the hamper on morning 4. That's usually one bag. Afternoon 6 I pack up everything except two dinner outfits, PJs, swim suit & cover ups for CC, a short outfit, and a travel outfit for each person. That night I pack up our dinner outfits that were worn to dinner. Our suitcases are packed before we disembark for Castaway Cay that way. After getting ready for dinner, I pack up our swimsuits in large zip lock bags after wringing them out and put them in one of the front pockets of a suitcase. The suitcases and a carry on go out in the hall before we leave for early dinner. After the show I pack our dinner outfits and we change into our travel clothes for the rest of the night. The rest of the bags go out in the hall then. When we get off the ship we have the camera bag, backpack with laptop & other valuables, carryon with toiletries, and whatever souvenirs we need to carry off with us.

If you leave your bags outside your door, you ...
* don't have to worry about where to put your bags while you eat breakfast,
* don't have to worry about dragging your bags down the stairs or wait in the long lines for the elevators to go anywhere,
* don't have to deal with your bags passing others in the narrow hallways onboard or handling them along the gangway
* don't have to wait for the small elevator at the end of the gangway to go down to customs [this elevator is really intended to help those with strollers and wheelchairs, but they general don't let you take the escalator if you have your bags].

Exactly!

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Old 06-01-2013, 01:20 PM   #19
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Last cruise when we got to the buffet breakfast there was a large family that was carrying their luggage off. They had luggage blocking all the isles in the buffet and made a big mess when we were tying to find a place to sit. Then when we were on our way off the ship we got behind them in line. It was a nightmare following a large family with all the luggage trying to exit the rows, show their exit papers and go down the escalator. I told my son, "I hope we are never that annoying".
That would drive me nuts too. I had thought we would just take our luggage with us, after reading these responses..we are putting it outside our door!
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:22 PM   #20
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We've done it both ways and by far prefer not to have to schlep our luggage off the ship ourselves. We have two rolling backpacks that we take off, but I don't ever want to deal with the bigger suitcases again. And we drive.

That being said, everyone is different. Do what you think will work best for you.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #21
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Exactly!!!

On a 7-night cruise we have one suitcase and carryon each, so four cases and 4 bags. If you don't wait until the last minute to pack, it's really not bad. I pack up all the dirty clothes in the hamper on morning 4. That's usually one bag. Afternoon 6 I pack up everything except two dinner outfits, PJs, swim suit & cover ups for CC, a short outfit, and a travel outfit for each person. That night I pack up our dinner outfits that were worn to dinner. Our suitcases are packed before we disembark for Castaway Cay that way. After getting ready for dinner, I pack up our swimsuits in large zip lock bags after wringing them out and put them in one of the front pockets of a suitcase. The suitcases and a carry on go out in the hall before we leave for early dinner. After the show I pack our dinner outfits and we change into our travel clothes for the rest of the night. The rest of the bags go out in the hall then. When we get off the ship we have the camera bag, backpack with laptop & other valuables, carryon with toiletries, and whatever souvenirs we need to carry off with us.

If you leave your bags outside your door, you ...
* don't have to worry about where to put your bags while you eat breakfast,
* don't have to worry about dragging your bags down the stairs or wait in the long lines for the elevators to go anywhere,
* don't have to deal with your bags passing others in the narrow hallways onboard or handling them along the gangway
* don't have to wait for the small elevator at the end of the gangway to go down to customs [this elevator is really intended to help those with strollers and wheelchairs, but they general don't let you take the escalator if you have your bags].

Exactly!
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:44 PM   #22
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If we are not flying after the cruise, where do we pick up our bags? We'll be in Vancouver, from where we will take a bus to Seattle. I don't want to lug bags around all morning, but am wondering what they do with bags of passengers who are not going to the airport? Also. What time must we be out of our room?

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Old 06-01-2013, 02:48 PM   #23
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If we are not flying after the cruise, where do we pick up our bags? We'll be in Vancouver, from where we will take a bus to Seattle. I don't want to lug bags around all morning, but am wondering what they do with bags of passengers who are not going to the airport? Also. What time must we be out of our room?

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Bags left outside the room the last night will be in the terminal baggage claim area once you disembark from the ship. You have to be out of your room by 8:00.

AFAIK, the onboard airline checkin (where you won't see your bags again until you are at your home airport) is only available at Port Canaveral (MCO), on domestic flights. Everyone must claim their bags after disembarking in other ports.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:14 PM   #24
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If we are not flying after the cruise, where do we pick up our bags? We'll be in Vancouver, from where we will take a bus to Seattle. I don't want to lug bags around all morning, but am wondering what they do with bags of passengers who are not going to the airport? Also. What time must we be out of our room?
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This is the contact page on their website. They don't have a lot of info on their page. Be sure to specify Canada Place.

http://www.prioritybaggage.ca/contact.html

You need to be out of your room by 8 a.m. You will pick up your bags in the terminal's customs location. They will call the character tags and guests can disembark in those groups. This is done because there isn't enough room in the customs area to set all of the luggage out at once.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:46 PM   #25
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Look at the big picture....thousands of people wheeling/carrying thousands of bags on the last morning. Bags blocking hallways, taking much longer for elevators if everyone has their big bags with them in the elevator (less people will fit), bags in the way of the servers, bags in the way at the buffet line...bags, bags, everywhere. I am sure their is a safety element as well....don't want people tripping over bags and could you imagine a fire and people trying to evacuate with bags everywhere and crew trying to navigate through thousands of bags.

We leave them outside in the hall and have DCL deal with them. Much less hassle to us. The only time we carried our own bags off was when we had a very early flight and we wanted to make sure we were ready to go as soon as they opened the big doors.

There must be a reason cruise lines ask people to put their bags out!!! If it was no hassle to anyone they then wouldn't ask people to do it.

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Look at the big picture....thousands of people wheeling/carrying thousands of bags on the last morning. Bags blocking hallways, taking much longer for elevators if everyone has their big bags with them in the elevator (less people will fit), bags in the way of the servers, bags in the way at the buffet line...bags, bags, everywhere. I am sure their is a safety element as well....don't want people tripping over bags and could you imagine a fire and people trying to evacuate with bags everywhere and crew trying to navigate through thousands of bags.

We leave them outside in the hall and have DCL deal with them. Much less hassle to us. The only time we carried our own bags off was when we had a very early flight and we wanted to make sure we were ready to go as soon as they opened the big doors.

There must be a reason cruise lines ask people to put their bags out!!! If it was no hassle to anyone they then wouldn't ask people to do it.

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Old 06-02-2013, 03:39 AM   #27
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This discussion has been very interesting to me. Never having cruised before, I don't have a real idea of the size of the hallways, gangways, etc. on board. I am probably making a lot of assumptions based on how people deal with luggage in airports, on trains, cars, hotels, etc., since I have no cruise experience to compare with. It seems like the ship may be smaller and more difficult to navigate than a lot of those other places.

I am also getting the feeling that a lot of folks perhaps pack more heavily for cruises. I suppose that's to be expected when you have formal and dress-up nights, in addition to the climate challenges Alaska brings. I am just having a hard time remembering a time when the four of us didn't fit all of our things into our two suitcases -- even on multi-week European trips. I guess we will see when we actually pack for this trip!
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We did, and will because we have lots of bags and a stroller, so it's just easier when waiting for our debark time, or walking around the ship and port before getting our bags back.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:54 AM   #29
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When you disembark, you're doing it with everyone. It's just short of controlled chaos. I can only imagine what it would be like if everyone was disembarking with their luggage. Trust me, this is the one time you want to set your bags out the night before.
You took the words right out of my mouth. The passageways are already tight without luggage and can you imagine if people had to do it themselves? In addition, I don't want to do it any earlier in the morning. This is also scheduling for the staff. The elevators are crazy with carry ons already and strollers. Just thinking about it gives me stress!!!
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I must admit i am still waiting to see this ' chaos' everyone talks about We have never had a problem
We were just on the magic. Went to our early breakfast. It was awful outside of parrots cay. People trying to get in, people trying to head off the ship. Doors hadn't opened yet so just huge, unorganized lines! It was a pain just having our carry ons!

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