Airport to port - affixing baggage tags?

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#1
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The last time I cruised Princess I came in a day early and stayed in a local hotel. At that time I used the stapler at the hotel desk to affix my fabulous baggage tags.

This time I am flying in the morning of my cruise (with all risks understood). I have my fabulous baggage tags printed and reinforced with packaging tape. How do you recommend I plan to affix them to my luggage. Should I pack a mini-stapler? Do the porters have staplers? Should I stop at a customer service desk in the airport? I'm game for suggestions!
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We have now purchased reusable pouches for the baggage tags on Amazon. But prior to that... we reinforced them with clear packing tape as you did. We would then take another piece of packing tape, fold the edges down on each end and then place the tape onto the already covered baggage tag. Once we were ready to place on bags, grabbing ahold of one of the edges that was folded back... it was easy to separate the extra tape from the baggage tag. We then used the extra tape to affix tag to bag. Never had a problem in many cruises and eliminated the need to bring stapler or find someone to staple on.


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You can ask the cruise terminal porter for assistance. You can also pack your mini-stapler. At the airport Baggage Claim area, you can also look for the Princess Rep handling airport transfers. They have extra luggage tags.


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#5
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Ive actually stapled my packing tape reinforced tags at home before the flight. They've always made it intact.
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#6
Western, NY
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Thank you for all the responses.

I think I’ll try this for plan A.

Originally posted by whatcruiseisnext
We have now purchased reusable pouches for the baggage tags on Amazon. But prior to that... we reinforced them with clear packing tape as you did. We would then take another piece of packing tape, fold the edges down on each end and then place the tape onto the already covered baggage tag. Once we were ready to place on bags, grabbing ahold of one of the edges that was folded back... it was easy to separate the extra tape from the baggage tag. We then used the extra tape to affix tag to bag. Never had a problem in many cruises and eliminated the need to bring stapler or find someone to staple on.


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I prepare my tags ar home with reinforcing tape and then use a hole punch at each end. I pack the tags along with small heavy duty zip ties in my carryon. Upon leaving the airport I dispose of the airline tags and affix the cruises tags with the zip ties. Once on the ship I find it easier to cut the tag rather than the zip ties.
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You punch a hole in you nicely reinforced luggage tags and then you go to the dollar store and get some zip ties

You take those zip ties with you and you attach the tags when you feel it's the right time


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Originally posted by GARDENone
I prepare my tags ar home with reinforcing tape and then use a hole punch at each end. I pack the tags along with small heavy duty zip ties in my carryon. Upon leaving the airport I dispose of the airline tags and affix the cruises tags with the zip ties. Once on the ship I find it easier to cut the tag rather than the zip ties.


lol I posted before I read this

Attaching the tags is really a no brainer


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Oh cool. I have a ton of
Zip ties. That would work too.


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#12
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I put the tags in the clear vinyl tag holders I bought and attach them to my luggage before I ever leave home.
Once my luggage did not arrive on the same plane as we were on. We had the Princess transfer from the airport to the ship and the Princess representative told us to go ahead to the ship and they would get my bag when it arrived and get it to the ship. Having the tag on the bag helped the Princess people at the airport retrieve the bag and get it to the ship just before we sailed.
We have attached the tags at home for dozens of cruises and have never lost one yet. We even do it if we fly to the port a day early.
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Originally posted by Vacationdreamer<><
The last time I cruised Princess I came in a day early and stayed in a local hotel. At that time I used the stapler at the hotel desk to affix my fabulous baggage tags.

This time I am flying in the morning of my cruise (with all risks understood). I have my fabulous baggage tags printed and reinforced with packaging tape. How do you recommend I plan to affix them to my luggage. Should I pack a mini-stapler? Do the porters have staplers? Should I stop at a customer service desk in the airport? I'm game for suggestions!
Thank you!!!
Use a hole punch at home. Bring zip ties and attach the tags to your luggage after you land.

In the future, I recommend something like this ...



#18
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Originally posted by Cruiser411
I've actually attached unreinforced luggage tags on my baggage before a flight to see if they'd survive and they did. No problem at all...
Originally posted by Lucky TGO
We always attached them at home never had a problem.
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It is never a good idea to have more than one tag on your luggage. Even when you only have one luggage can go to a different location than you. I've had that happen twice (fortunately both times on the way home). I went to Los Angeles, my luggage went to Hawaii. I went to Los Angeles, my luggage went to New York.

Just because you haven't had a problem doesn't mean that what you are doing may increase the chance of something going wrong in the future.
#19
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From experience, if you are flying in the day of the cruise put your Ship's luggage tags on before you leave home. Our luggage did not fly the same flight we were on and we simply told the ship greeter about it. We told them that the ships luggage tags were on our suitcases and left them the airlines luggage tags just in case there was a problem. They sent us to the ship and indicated they would retrieve our luggage and have it brought to the ship. Our luggage arrived safe and sound. I am sure looking for the ships luggage tags was significantly easier than looking for a couple of black suitcases.
#20
Lakeway, Texas
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Attached the ship tags one time before our flight even though we flew in a day early. One bag, the one with most of my clothes in it, disappeared before we got to baggage claim. Follow up with the airline resulted in nothing other than them telling me it "probably" went straight to the cruise line. Fortunately for me, that was the case. It showed up at our cabin, but it made for many nervous hours.
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