Posted January 15th, 2018, 09:22 AM
Thank you so much for pointing out the policy differences. It clarifies what happened on our last Disney Cruise and makes me more comfortable in attaching the tags at home.
In an age of automated/scanned baggage handling (subject to human error as well), the last thing you want on luggage about to be loaded onto an airplane is multiple "destination" tags (real or mistaken/unintentional).
Our preferred cruise line sends us the same type of sturdy self-adhering embarkation tags as are used by airlines. We put them on just prior to leaving for the port from the pre-cruise hotel.
All that is on the exterior of our airline checked luggage is the airline's destination tag (plus the two small duplicate bar code stickers most airlines affix as backups) AND one nearly-indestructible ID tag with name, cellular telephone number (including country code) and email address (NO bar codes/scan icons).
Since we use Travelpro luggage, the same ID info is on a card in a holder built into the exterior wall of the bag itself. And, of course, there is a sheet of paper with the same contact info (never a home address) and key itinerary details (pre-cruise hotel name/dates/contact info and ship name/embarkation date/location/telephone [cruise line and/or port agent]) immediately visible should a misdirected bag be opened in an attempt to locate the owner.
Also worth mentioning/repeating is how important it is to fly-in to an embarkation port at least a day ahead (preferably two or more given the challenges/limitations of contemporary air travel) and scheduling international connecting flight buffers of 3+ hours (2 hrs on domestic). As essential as is trip delay/interruption insurance, a missed connection or misplaced bag can really "rain on your (cruise) parade."
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