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I'm pretty sure that is just a suggestion, although I have not sailed with Carnival. (Only their subsidiary Holland America.) 


Remember the more you take, the longer it takes to unpack and repack, and this is a real thing. We normally travel with rollaboard (carryon) suitcases and a daypack each. Last summer we had invited seven members of my family to sail to Alaska and since I felt somewhat responsible that everyone have a great time and that we have everything for anyone's needs -- not saying this was a true or healthy thing to think! -- I packed and checked a 24" suitcase. I was impressed how much longer it took to unpack and pack to leave! It seemed to go on forever!

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One small-ish suitcase for Her, and one for Him.

In addition we carry a small drag-along thingy with long telescoping handle

and I carry a small (Cruise Critic!)tote bag with camera gear

which handily fits in tandem with said drag-along.
And that's it!


Why a couple would need more is beyond us both.

Mind you, fancy gear for Elegant Nite can get bulky, but even so!

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2 hours ago, crystalspin said:

Good point -- if Carnival is saying "one bag", it indicates they've dispensed with black-tie for so called formal night.

They did that years ago.


OP, it's just a suggestion, they won't deny boarding if you bring more.

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Most cruise lines say 200 LBS per person....YIKES!  No one needs that much stuff!  If you're flying to port, cross-pack...divide your clothes among both suitcases, in case one goes missing...that way, everyone will have SOMETHING!

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As everyone said before, it is a suggestion.  I will say, however, that if you need more than 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag of some sort, you are probably way over-packing for a 5 day and should perhaps rethink what you are bringing.

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On 7/6/2019 at 6:29 PM, georgia dawg said:

Carnival suggest only one bag per person on a 5 day.   Any

one carry on  2 bags ?


Some carry one, other two, some three and others four or more. Take what you want, but if you can't fit the clothes for a 5 day cruise in a single bag you are taking too many clothes.

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