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I went into my celebrity account and tried to have them mail me my luggage tags but they said they are unavailable. We sail on the Summit on Feb 1. When do they usually become available? We have bid on other rooms using the move up feature. Does that have anything to do with it? Thanks! 

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Ive never really understood the benefit of these luggage tags. We always just have the porter tag our bags once we arrive at the pier. We write our name and cabin number and hand them off. I guess they are intended to just save a little time and work at the pier? Ours always seemed to get ripped off by the airlines anyways. Point is  - if you dont receive them, its really not a big deal and only takes an extra 30 seconds at check in.

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52 minutes ago, XuGator said:

Ours always seemed to get ripped off by the airlines anyways.

As well they should, since the cruise ship tags may confuse automated luggage transfer at the airport. You aren't supposed to put the cruise tags on your bags until you arrive at your embarkation city.

 

The mailed tags are simply a convenience. Being self adhesive, like airline tags, they are sturdy enough. Easier than printing your own and then needing packing tape or a stapler on embarkation day. And once at the port, no need to dig around for a pen and fill out information for each bag. Just hand the bags over and go.

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26 minutes ago, mom says said:

As well they should, since the cruise ship tags may confuse automated luggage transfer at the airport. You aren't supposed to put the cruise tags on your bags until you arrive at your embarkation city.

 

The mailed tags are simply a convenience. Being self adhesive, like airline tags, they are sturdy enough. Easier than printing your own and then needing packing tape or a stapler on embarkation day. And once at the port, no need to dig around for a pen and fill out information for each bag. Just hand the bags over and go.

Exactly. Order the tags and pack them with your cruise documents. Put them on AFTER you arrive at embarkation city. We feel safer using pre printed tags with a little "map" designating what area of the ship your cabin is on and a clearly printed cabin number. This decreases any risk of mis delivery due to unclearly hand written cabin numbers.

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1 hour ago, mom says said:

As well they should, since the cruise ship tags may confuse automated luggage transfer at the airport. You aren't supposed to put the cruise tags on your bags until you arrive at your embarkation city.

 

The mailed tags are simply a convenience. Being self adhesive, like airline tags, they are sturdy enough. Easier than printing your own and then needing packing tape or a stapler on embarkation day. And once at the port, no need to dig around for a pen and fill out information for each bag. Just hand the bags over and go.

Yeah I dont think sophisticated airport machines looking for MIA or FLL or MCO are going to be "confused" by a completely unrelated tag for a cruise. Maybe the machines will get confused by my personal luggage tag also.  Point is simple: there really isnt any added convenience to these at all. You can add all of your tags after you land and Ill just have the porter tag and write our cabin number when we are handing them off anyways at the ship. These are intended to help the cruise line and make operations cleaner at check in. There is no advantage for the passenger

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The mailed tags become available about 45 days prior to the start of your cruise if you are in the US or Canada. It's best to call to order them, the website requests have a lower result of success. The mailed ones are sturdier than the print yourself and are self adhesive. Put them on after you've landed in your departure city. We had the porter hand write the tags at the port only once and it was the only time we had a problem with one of our bags not being delivered to our room. His handwriting of the room number resulted in a 7 being mistaken for a 2 and our bag was sitting in a hallway several decks away from our cabin for 12 hours before it was located. We'll never do that again!

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3 minutes ago, Fouremco said:

Which, of course, is a very good reason to use them! :classic_cool:

Right  - I think that is a a good thing but just wanted the original poster to know that if they never receive them, its really not a big deal and easily correctable at the port.

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5 hours ago, XuGator said:

Ive never really understood the benefit of these luggage tags. We always just have the porter tag our bags once we arrive at the pier.

 

We do the same.

After many years of cruising,  experimenting with trying out all the various suggested ways of ordering or printing and tagging your luggage by yourself in advance,  we came to the realization that the "pros" at the pier do it much more quickly and efficiently than we can do it ourselves.

 

The various unnecessary luggage tag holders that we purchased and discarded through the years are still probably in a box somewhere in the back of a closet. 😄

 

Yet there are some passengers who have the free time to spare and enjoy ordering or printing their own luggage tags in advance.  Some even like to put original creative designs on their luggage tags to make them stand out.

 

Our tags are very plain and humdrum by comparison, but we don't mind at all.

It only takes a second to glance at each tag to see if the number on it is correct and clear.

 

 

               

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4 hours ago, mom says said:

As well they should, since the cruise ship tags may confuse automated luggage transfer at the airport. You aren't supposed to put the cruise tags on your bags until you arrive at your embarkation city.

 

Right.  The reason that airline employees cut off tags with non-airline bar codes (if they catch them) is that the bar code scanners determine which way the bag will be routed automatically with no human intervention necessary. 

 

If an unrecognized bar code is detected, the bag is separated out.  That is why  bags with such tags are sometimes delayed and don't make connections.

              

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5 hours ago, fleckle said:

 

We do the same.

After many years of cruising,  experimenting with trying out all the various suggested ways of ordering or printing and tagging your luggage by yourself in advance,  we came to the realization that the "pros" at the pier do it much more quickly and efficiently than we can do it ourselves.

 

The various unnecessary luggage tag holders that we purchased and discarded through the years are still probably in a box somewhere in the back of a closet. 😄

 

Yet there are some passengers who have the free time to spare and enjoy ordering or printing their own luggage tags in advance.  Some even like to put original creative designs on their luggage tags to make them stand out.

 

Our tags are very plain and humdrum by comparison, but we don't mind at all.

It only takes a second to glance at each tag to see if the number on it is correct and clear.

 

 

               

And, as another poster has mentioned, handwritten tags can still result in mistakes with bags going astray. No matter how clear you think your handwritten tags are, the pre printed ones are less likely to get lost...if nothing else because the contain a mini"map" of the deckplan showing what area of the ship the bags are to be sent in addition to the cabin number.

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14 hours ago, edgee said:

And, as another poster has mentioned, handwritten tags can still result in mistakes with bags going astray. No matter how clear you think your handwritten tags are, the pre printed ones are less likely to get lost...if nothing else because the contain a mini"map" of the deckplan showing what area of the ship the bags are to be sent in addition to the cabin number.

 

But that mini map of the deck plan printed on the luggage tag is often incorrect and would be misleading were anyone to try to follow it.

 

Fortunately,  the bags are delivered to the cabins by the ship's own employees, who know where all the cabins are actually located.

 

In fact,  even most passengers who have been on a particular ship a few times would have a pretty good idea of where a cabin is located just by glancing at the cabin number.

 

 

    

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