Port of Seattle launches free airport luggage service

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#41
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Originally posted by nctxmix
We disembarked from the Ruby princess yesterday (may 20) and used the port's Free luggage service. We were flying out of SeaTac on Delta at 1:10 and were told this was the first week to use this service. It worked perfectly for us. We had to fill out the request and flight info to return it to customer service desk by Monday noon (Juneau port day). On Friday evening we had our luggage tags and our boarding passes. Your Stewart will even weigh your luggage if you need them to. We used the princess transfer from port to SeaTac and was dropped off at the terminals. We were able to go straight to TSA check in. WHen we arrived in Charlotte, NC last night, our luggage arrived with us. There were no issues and was very pleased. It was nice to disembark and not have to look for our luggage.
Thanks for the report!
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Originally posted by nctxmix
We disembarked from the Ruby princess yesterday (may 20) and used the port's Free luggage service. We were flying out of SeaTac on Delta at 1:10 and were told this was the first week to use this service. It worked perfectly for us. We had to fill out the request and flight info to return it to customer service desk by Monday noon (Juneau port day). On Friday evening we had our luggage tags and our boarding passes. Your Stewart will even weigh your luggage if you need them to. We used the princess transfer from port to SeaTac and was dropped off at the terminals. We were able to go straight to TSA check in. WHen we arrived in Charlotte, NC last night, our luggage arrived with us. There were no issues and was very pleased. It was nice to disembark and not have to look for our luggage.
Thanks so much for your report. It is exactly as we hoped it would be.
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#45
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So am I correct in assuming that if you have a flight that departs SeaTac airport after 11am you can fill out paperwork at guest services and they will take your bags to the airport and print your boarding passes and this is all courtesy of the Port of Seattle. Am I missing anything? I am sailing with Emerald Princess and my flight departs at night.
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Originally posted by nctxmix
We disembarked from the Ruby princess yesterday (may 20) and used the port's Free luggage service. We were flying out of SeaTac on Delta at 1:10 and were told this was the first week to use this service. It worked perfectly for us. We had to fill out the request and flight info to return it to customer service desk by Monday noon (Juneau port day). On Friday evening we had our luggage tags and our boarding passes. Your Stewart will even weigh your luggage if you need them to. We used the princess transfer from port to SeaTac and was dropped off at the terminals. We were able to go straight to TSA check in. WHen we arrived in Charlotte, NC last night, our luggage arrived with us. There were no issues and was very pleased. It was nice to disembark and not have to look for our luggage.
Thanks for the info I am sailing in July ,and was thrilled to see your post about this service. We are hoping to use it . Sounds great.
Thanks again
Terri
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Originally posted by AF-1
So am I correct in assuming that if you have a flight that departs SeaTac airport after 11am you can fill out paperwork at guest services and they will take your bags to the airport and print your boarding passes and this is all courtesy of the Port of Seattle. Am I missing anything? I am sailing with Emerald Princess and my flight departs at night.
On the form I filled out, you had to answer yes to five questions and one of the questions asked if your flight was between 11 and 1 pm. Even though my flight was at 1:10, I answered yes and it was approved. I can understand that the flight has to be after 11, but don't really see a problem with a flight after 1. I did have to have a printed copy of my flight confirmation. Be sure a bring a copy with you.

I was told that this was a courtesy of the port of Seattle hoping to make disembark me too smoother.
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Originally posted by nctxmix
On the form I filled out, you had to answer yes to five questions and one of the questions asked if your flight was between 11 and 1 pm. Even though my flight was at 1:10, I answered yes and it was approved. I can understand that the flight has to be after 11, but don't really see a problem with a flight after 1. I did have to have a printed copy of my flight confirmation. Be sure a bring a copy with you.

I was told that this was a courtesy of the port of Seattle hoping to make disembark me too smoother.
Since the main point of offering this service was to hopefully allow people to spend more time in Seattle it doesn't make sense to limit it to 1 pm.
Did you have to be among the first group off the ship in case customs wanted to inspect your luggage??
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Originally posted by nctxmix
We disembarked from the Ruby princess yesterday (may 20) and used the port's Free luggage service. We were flying out of SeaTac on Delta at 1:10 and were told this was the first week to use this service. It worked perfectly for us. We had to fill out the request and flight info to return it to customer service desk by Monday noon (Juneau port day). On Friday evening we had our luggage tags and our boarding passes. Your Stewart will even weigh your luggage if you need them to. We used the princess transfer from port to SeaTac and was dropped off at the terminals. We were able to go straight to TSA check in. WHen we arrived in Charlotte, NC last night, our luggage arrived with us. There were no issues and was very pleased. It was nice to disembark and not have to look for our luggage.
This will help us tremendously in August. Knowing that we don't have to deal with luggage at the airport will make life so much easier. Thank you so much for your report.
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#51
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Originally posted by Love the beach
Since the main point of offering this service was to hopefully allow people to spend more time in Seattle it doesn't make sense to limit it to 1 pm.
Did you have to be among the first group off the ship in case customs wanted to inspect your luggage??
There were 3 groups of about 50 people each that were using the Easy Check Baggage program. We were in the second group that disembarked at 7:55. Each group was set 30 min apart.

I agree that it didn't make sense to limit departures to 1 pm and I don't know how strict they are on that, mine was at 1:10 departure. We we went thru customs, only had to hold up our passports and give them our declaration form.

Hope this helps.
#52
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spend more time in Seattle
Spend more money too. The sales taxes alone on the spending could cover the cost of the transport. As the Port web site says:

The cruise valet program will allow passengers to enjoy Seattle before heading to the airport.
The Port web site does not mention a 1pm time being involved but I can see the need for sending earlier luggage to the airport sooner and staging later flights for a later truck so as to not bombard the airport with a shipload of luggage all at once.

Port of Seattle - Cruise (has info about the luggage valet program)

Our luggage will stay on the ground thank you.
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Originally posted by nctxmix
There were 3 groups of about 50 people each that were using the Easy Check Baggage program. We were in the second group that disembarked at 7:55. Each group was set 30 min apart.

I agree that it didn't make sense to limit departures to 1 pm and I don't know how strict they are on that, mine was at 1:10 departure. We we went thru customs, only had to hold up our passports and give them our declaration form.

Hope this helps.
Thank you.
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#54
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Maybe some more people will use it in the next few weeks. I do hope the 1pm is not limiting. I want to spend the entire day in Seattle before catching my flight that night. We shall see
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#55
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Originally posted by AF-1
Maybe some more people will use it in the next few weeks. I do hope the 1pm is not limiting. I want to spend the entire day in Seattle before catching my flight that night. We shall see
I know, seems a bit pointless. We have family with flights around 1500 and they were hoping to be able to see some sights beforehand.
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I am thinking there are may two or three waves of luggage deliveries. Maybe 11-1, 1-3, and 3 and later. I cross my fingers that this is what is will be
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I surely hope to be able to use this service next week. Our flight back is not until 10pm. That's a lot of time after disembarking for site seeing.
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#58
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Originally posted by nctxmix
We disembarked from the Ruby princess yesterday (may 20) and used the port's Free luggage service. We were flying out of SeaTac on Delta at 1:10 and were told this was the first week to use this service. It worked perfectly for us. We had to fill out the request and flight info to return it to customer service desk by Monday noon (Juneau port day). On Friday evening we had our luggage tags and our boarding passes. Your Stewart will even weigh your luggage if you need them to. We used the princess transfer from port to SeaTac and was dropped off at the terminals. We were able to go straight to TSA check in. WHen we arrived in Charlotte, NC last night, our luggage arrived with us. There were no issues and was very pleased. It was nice to disembark and not have to look for our luggage.
This is great news! We will on the Ruby Princess in July. Do you know if Southwest Airlines is included in this service? I can't find current information on the website, and the Princess agent my travel agent spoke with didn't know anything about it.

Also, we are arranging a town car to transport us to SeaTac. You mentioned there were 3 groups getting off the ship with this luggage service. Would 8:30 be a good pick up time at the Port, since we don't know which group we would be in?

Thanks for your advice!
#59
Hays, NC USA
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Originally posted by ams cruiser
This is great news! We will on the Ruby Princess in July. Do you know if Southwest Airlines is included in this service? I can't find current information on the website, and the Princess agent my travel agent spoke with didn't know anything about it.

Also, we are arranging a town car to transport us to SeaTac. You mentioned there were 3 groups getting off the ship with this luggage service. Would 8:30 be a good pick up time at the Port, since we don't know which group we would be in?

Thanks for your advice!
Southwest does participate. But on our May 13 rollcall someone mentioned that there were issues with the luggage going to southwest. It said Luggage could not be found at the port or the airport wasn't sure where the luggage was. The poster said it was only southwest with issue. Since this was the first week for this program, I'm hoping they will be able to work out all the kinks with all airlines. You should be fine with an 8:30 pick up from the port.
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Originally posted by nctxmix
Southwest does participate. But on our May 13 rollcall someone mentioned that there were issues with the luggage going to southwest. It said Luggage could not be found at the port or the airport wasn't sure where the luggage was. The poster said it was only southwest with issue. Since this was the first week for this program, I'm hoping they will be able to work out all the kinks with all airlines. You should be fine with an 8:30 pick up from the port.
Hopefully, the problems will be all worked out by the end of July! Thanks for your quick reply!