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NCL advises all guests to bring their own luggage tags to the Port of Seattle and not get stuck waiting for a union worker to tag it.




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Are there special luggage tag porters? I thought all the pier workers were union.


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Could it be that Bliss is so much larger than the other ships that usually dock in Seattle? There may be concerns that congestion in and around the port may be much worse than usual.
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Originally posted by InfrequentPNWCruiser
Could it be that Bliss is so much larger than the other ships that usually dock in Seattle? There may be concerns that congestion in and around the port may be much worse than usual.
That and the port probably doesn't want to hire any additional staff, even part time until absolutely necessary.
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Originally posted by InfrequentPNWCruiser
Could it be that Bliss is so much larger than the other ships that usually dock in Seattle? There may be concerns that congestion in and around the port may be much worse than usual.
I would think this would be a major factor. There isn’t that much room in front of pier 66.
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Originally posted by InfrequentPNWCruiser
Could it be that Bliss is so much larger than the other ships that usually dock in Seattle? There may be concerns that congestion in and around the port may be much worse than usual.

Just how much:
The BLISS is 1082 feet long 20 decks high 4000+ passengers
The JEWEL is 971 feet long 15 decks high 2400+ passengers

So a ship about 1/3 bigger and longer and higher and it is reported that with the
JEWEL class ships there is inadequate pier space to handle it GO FIGURE !
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Originally posted by don't-use-real-name
Just how much:
The BLISS is 1082 feet long 20 decks high 4000+ passengers
The JEWEL is 971 feet long 15 decks high 2400+ passengers

So a ship about 1/3 bigger and longer and higher and it is reported that with the
JEWEL class ships there is inadequate pier space to handle it GO FIGURE !

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Originally posted by RD29P5
That and the port probably doesn't want to hire any additional staff, even part time until absolutely necessary.
Noted that the stevedores are union and management wants to keep the cost down.
Part time and temporary help is not in the union play book !
It appears that the status quo is the solution.
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Originally posted by xriva
Are there special luggage tag porters? I thought all the pier workers were union.
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If arriving by air and using the NCL transfer service the pier porters will be bypassed by the cruise customer.
NCL is requesting that you use the mailed or website baggage tags be applied after claiming airport baggage
and a Truck Service will take care of the rest (read copy of NCL letter image post #1) - TIP the Truck service
driver and maybe he will split the pool with the pier staff.
Baggage handled by the Transfer Bus will no doubt be handled as usual with luggage being given to the
porters by the customer after getting it off the bus. Tip accordingly at that time.
As for those passengers that check-in at the dock the union staff porters will take care of your luggage tagged
or not (union rules require union porters to tag untagged bags). Tip accordingly at that time.

Regardless it is going to be "ZOO" !
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#11
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Originally posted by don't-use-real-name
The BLISS is 1082 feet long 20 decks high 4000+ passengers
The Pearl use to hold the record for the most expensive Panama Canal transit. The Bliss will easily smash that record.
#13
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Originally posted by MizDemeanor
Yikes. A diminishment of services??? And what about tips to the Stevedores??? Are there so few workers interested in this aspect of services?

What am I missing?
A reduction in the expense for NCL to have a cruise and thus a saving in the cost of the cruise to passengers.
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Originally posted by Maniacal Cruiser
Kind of misleading. Its the same with every NCL cruise. Print off the tags that are with your edocs and attach them to your luggage. It is NOT using YOUR OWN tags.
Your Own = "Not done by porters". The intent was pretty obvious.

We sail NCL several times a year. We have NEVER got a letter like this from NCL, so it is NOT the "same with every NCL cruise". We sailed on NCL a couple of weeks ago and NEVER got a letter like this from NCL, so it is NOT the "same with every NCL cruise". We have sailed to Alaska the past 3 years from Seattle on the Jewel and have NEVER got a letter like this from NCL, so it is NOT the "same with every NCL cruise".
#15
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Originally posted by Maniacal Cruiser
A reduction in the expense for NCL to have a cruise and thus a saving in the cost of the cruise to passengers.
NCL actually signed a 15-year lease for the Bell Street cruise terminal and splitting the $30M cost of upgrading the facility with the Port of Seattle. NCL is investing in its customers, not skimping on them.
#16
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Originally posted by don't-use-real-name
Just how much:
The BLISS is 1082 feet long 20 decks high 4000+ passengers
The JEWEL is 971 feet long 15 decks high 2400+ passengers

So a ship about 1/3 bigger and longer and higher and it is reported that with the
JEWEL class ships there is inadequate pier space to handle it GO FIGURE !
Didn't they just expand the pier in order to accommodate the Bliss? I don't think it's going to be a problem with the pier itself, as much as manpower and traffic flow on Alaskan Way. Just remembering all the double parked Uber's, taxi's and shuttles last year for the Pearl sailing, I can't help but think that it will be almost twice as bad for the Bliss. I'm thinking it's going to take a few sailing before the logistic's are worked out on the end of the port authority.

Either that or a possible strike, it's about time for one on the west coast again.
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Originally posted by BirdTravels
Your Own = "Not done by porters". The intent was pretty obvious.

We sail NCL several times a year. We have NEVER got a letter like this from NCL, so it is NOT the "same with every NCL cruise". We sailed on NCL a couple of weeks ago and NEVER got a letter like this from NCL, so it is NOT the "same with every NCL cruise". We have sailed to Alaska the past 3 years from Seattle on the Jewel and have NEVER got a letter like this from NCL, so it is NOT the "same with every NCL cruise".
You know what, after re-reading this it is not quite a misleading as I originally though (even though your partial quote is indeed misleading). When I saw it I read it as "Bring your own luggage tags..." as evidenced by the last line in my post. Dyslexia sucketh.

Anyway my point that it is the same is 100% spot on. "Its the same with every NCL cruise. Print off the tags that are with your edocs and attach them to your luggage" is exactly correct. Getting a letter to remind you to do this does not change that.

Thanks for the heads up enjoy your cruise. The Bliss sounds amazing!
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This is exactly the same as it has been. Maybe they just want to remind those lazy folks who don’t bother, that this is what they are supposed to be doing.


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Everyone seems to be ignoring the line in the ketter that says : ENCLOSED ARE YOUR LUGGAGE TAGS. It seems that NCL is sending Bliss passengers luggage tags, or is it that the OP is in a suite or the Haven and they are reminding him to attach his own tags. No where in the letter does it mention printing your own luggage tags.
#20
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Another issue that people seem to be missing is that if the union workers need to attach your luggage tag, they will need to look you up in the manifest they have. this takes time can can cause delays and some traffic congestion area the port area. Ideally in a perfect world, it should be a very quick process of dropping off luggage to the porters and enter the terminal.

I dont know the layout of the Seattle terminal, but i know the New York Terminal can get very crowded very quickly at the entrance of the terminal. By having people show up prepare, it can reduce the crowds
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