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Hi everyone,
This was posted on the West Coast departure board, but I thought I'd Post it here is well.

The port of Seattle is offering their new free luggage valet service again for 2018!!

Complete information is available on the West Coast departures.

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So, am I understanding this correctly....This service will take our bags from the ship to the airport? We dock at 7 am and our flight isn't until 430 PM. On past cruises, Southwest Airlines would not accept our bags until 4 hours before departure.

So with this service, they will take our bags to the airport and we are free to enjoy a day in Seattle? Is there a catch? If not, you just made my day!

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[quote name='MommytoAsquared']So, am I understanding this correctly....This service will take our bags from the ship to the airport? We dock at 7 am and our flight isn't until 430 PM. On past cruises, Southwest Airlines would not accept our bags until 4 hours before departure.

So with this service, they will take our bags to the airport and we are free to enjoy a day in Seattle? Is there a catch? If not, you just made my day![/quote]

You already know the catch. Airlines require a minimum time to qualify. Not every airline and cruise line participates.

However, it sounds like you qualify so have a blast enjoying a day in Seattle bags free.

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I can only hope we are eligible for our noon flight on Delta after cruising on the Explorer of the seas.

Thanks for the post.

Safe travels.

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I believe Sea-Tac operates this program. Sea-Tac operates the cruise port and the airport, so they are trying to make cruising out of Seattle painless, and so that you can spend more money in downtown Seattle.

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[url]https://www.portseattle.org/Cruise[/url]

Okay hopefully that link comes out with all the information that you will need!

This is a free service that is offered by the Port of Seattle, but keep in mind if you have luggage fees through your individual Airline the luggage fees will still apply.

I'm definitely looking forward to using this and having some time to explore the city before our 5 p.m. flight.

Enjoy all!

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We used this baggage service last September, and it worked great.

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[quote name='Sea Hag']We used this baggage service last September, and it worked great.[/quote]
We used it last July on HAL Amsterdam. Easy to use and what a gift from Seattle.

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The Port Valet website shows the participating airlines but no information on participating cruise lines. Does anyone know if Norwegian participates? The only info from Port Valet is to check for an enrollment form in your cabin on the ship. That's a bad time to find out they don't participate. ;p

Thanks!

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Just bringing this thread back into the spotlight.

Any recent cruisers have summer experience with this.

Thanks


Safe travels.

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[quote name='Lionesss']Just bringing this thread back into the spotlight.

Any recent cruisers have summer experience with this.

Thanks


Safe travels.[/quote]


We just got off Celebrity Solstice a week ago and used the service. We had a 12:30 flight with American Airlines. Celebrity left the paperwork in our cabin early in the cruise. Paperwork had to be turned in I believe on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we received our luggage tags and boarding passes in our staterooms. Thursday night, our luggage had to be left outside our room by 10 pm. We got off the ship the following morning and took and Uber to the airport. When we arrived in Miami that night, luggage was there! There was no charge for this service, though we still had to pay the $25 per checked bag to American Airlines. This was charged to our Celebrity account. The process was smooth and it was so nice not to deal with luggage upon debarkation! Would highly recommend!

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If you don't turn in your paperwork by Tuesday (for a Sunday returning flight) you won't get this service. The forms didn't appear in our mailbox until Friday, alas.

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[quote name='Yukonjake']If you don't turn in your paperwork by Tuesday (for a Sunday returning flight) you won't get this service. The forms didn't appear in our mailbox until Friday, alas.[/quote]

Which ship were you on? I'm very curious.

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[quote name='SuperCrewBear']Which ship were you on? I'm very curious.[/quote]

Emerald Princess, 7/22 -- 7/29

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[quote name='Yukonjake']Emerald Princess, 7/22 -- 7/29[/quote]

I wonder how much the cruise lines truly want to participate in this service. As far as I can tell they get nothing out of it. It's all about the money. On my May NCL Pearl cruise we wanted to use the service. I asked for the form on Monday. They said it would be delivered to my cabin. It never showed up so I asked again on Thursday morning. (Sunday was departure) They then said I should have turned the form in by Wednesday at 6 PM. A total run-around. The form never showed up, even late. Since it seems that everything revolves around the cruise line making money from EVERY LITTLE THING and if they don't get anything out of this I can see how they wouldn't care if you were able to use it or not. It's extra work for someone and they don't make a dime. If a person gets to use it, great - but don't go in counting on using the service because you might be disappointed.

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We got of Explorer of the Seas yesterday and took advantage of this. It was so easy and made the end of the cruise less stressful.

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[quote name='PIR8LUVR']We got of Explorer of the Seas yesterday and took advantage of this. It was so easy and made the end of the cruise less stressful.[/quote]
When I sailed on Explorer last year, your flight had to leave after 2pm to be eligible for this service. I’m curious if this has been moved up since our flight leaves at 1:30.

I use this service at every port that offers it. What a great service!

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Could someone say if You can use this excellent service for a flight to Canada? I am on Alaskan which IS on their list.

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Here's the current brochure for the Valet Program. At the end, it says to check the enrollment form in your cabin to see if you're eligible, or ask Guest Services:

[url]https://www.portseattle.org/sites/default/files/2018-05/PortValet_2018RackCard_Final2.pdf[/url]

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Yes, it was moved to Noon. I saw another poster say his flight was at 11:30, he was honest about it on the form, and they still let him do it.

[quote name='sellwingri']When I sailed on Explorer last year, your flight had to leave after 2pm to be eligible for this service. I’m curious if this has been moved up since our flight leaves at 1:30.

I use this service at every port that offers it. What a great service![/quote]

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[quote name='PIR8LUVR']Yes, it was moved to Noon. I saw another poster say his flight was at 11:30, he was honest about it on the form, and they still let him do it.[/quote]
Excellent! If it was still 2pm, we were still going to try to use it with a 1:30pm flight. Now we won’t have to beg. No hunting for bags and dragging them out side while we search for a taxi. Thanks.

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How does this service work with going through customs? Can we put some items that we've held out of our luggage for disembarkation morning back into our luggage before flying?
We're disembarking from the Emerald Princess, Sept. 9, 2018.

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As I understand it, no. You do not have any access to your luggage until you arrive at your destination airport.

I have never used the service, but plan to use it early next month on the Legend/Southwest. I will report back on my experience in this thread.

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Well it is in full effect the luggage valet.

Sadly we were not able to use the service because our plane left at 11:55am (Delta) and the computer would not let it pre-book this service for us.

So we did put our luggage out the night before.
The concierge gave us ticket #1.
We were escorted off the ship at 7:50am (Explorer) and walked to luggage area.
Used a belcap to take our luggage to taxi.
Checked in at Delta at Sea Tac, and sitting in plane waiting area at 8:45am.

Yea a little bummed, but we survived.

Safe travels.

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We used this getting off the carnival legend on September 5th, was awesome! had to leave luggage the night before before 11pm and we saw it again in Houston Texas! Its the way to go! we had four suitcases for Alaska!

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[quote name='no1superfan']How does this service work with going through customs? Can we put some items that we've held out of our luggage for disembarkation morning back into our luggage before flying?
We're disembarking from the Emerald Princess, Sept. 9, 2018.[/quote]

No you have to have carry on items only, we had held on to a small toothpaste and threw the toothbrushes away, I kept my makeup and a clean tshirt for our trip back, once you leave your suitcases out the night before you do not see them again until your final destination. so my hubby and I had a small backpack each, we used the basics from in the cabin shower gel soap, (toothpaste and toothbrushes see above. We kept one clean undies and one clean tshirt to change into on departure day.

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We also got off the Carnival Legend on September 5, 2018. Like Matlily above, we used the service.

Our trip was Tuesday to Wednesday of the next week. I think we received the paperwork in the cabin on Thursday and it had to be turned in by Saturday. Watch your dates and time carefully. We filled it out and returned it to Customer Service desk on time, talking with the people there to be sure I understood the process.

We had a Southwest flight at 12:30 on Wednesday. Customer Service had warned us that our boarding passes would not show up too early, but that we should see them by 9pm the night prior to departure. We had them in our "mailbox" when we got back from dinner that night. Luggage tags on our bags, bags in the hallway that night by 10pm.

Bags disappeared overnight like they should have. We got them back when we got off our flight in Salt Lake City the next afternoon.

I love this service, and will use it again whenever or wherever it is offered. Thank you Sea-Tac and Seattle Ports.

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