Best Advice for buying a suitcase, please!! (:


I am getting married this May. Our honeymoon is a Carnival cruise to the Bahamas. This is our first EVER cruise! Hopefully, not our last! (:

I have looked at the luggage requirements online. These requirements seem pretty strict. I can not have a suitcase that exceeds over 16" h x 24" w.

Any advice or suggestions for luggage? All of mine exceed this requirement.

I have looked at walmart and bed bath & beyond, nothing.



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18 Answers

@when measuring luggage, , the longest side is the length. I don't care if it's laying on the bed, or standing on its wheels. Length is the longest side. Width, it measured parallel to the top handle. Depth or height, is usually the shortest side, perpendicular to width. It's the W and D that matter going through the scanner. Length doesn't matter. These restrictions are for carry on only. Checked luggage can be any size, but a limit of 50 pounds packed is suggested.

i do recommend 4 swivel wheels

Usually, in a 3 piece set, the medium and large get checked, the smallest can be carried on. This does not include airline carry on which is now limited to a fanny pack. I have however carried on our medium case of the set, since we leave out of NY and don't have to fly anywhere.

btw, your luggage, is probably 24" long and 16" wide. D or H, I guess is about 8"

Good question and one often discussed. There is quite a variation in opinion regarding full size luggage but fortunately we happened onto suitcases that have lasted for quite some time now. For many years our luggage only made it one or two cruises, when we traveled overseas. It was a joke, for us, buy new pretty soft sided luggage for Christmas and throw it away before the next. That is until we bought our first Samsonite 28’’ Spinner type luggage, years ago. Can’t believe it, we have traveled around the globe so many times with them I’ve lost count and the ramp workers haven’t damaged one yet. We have four big ones now and a half size one. Maybe Samsonite should hire bigger than their 500 pound guerillas to test them for their adds, LOL. Hey, ours still look pretty too. As for size and weight, here are the rules most airlines use. Be careful when traveling overseas as some allow the bags to weigh 75 pounds max each, while domestics hit you hard for anything over 50 pounds, so if you are making a connection and unable to check heavy bags all the way, get your wallet out. "No single piece of checked baggage may weigh more than 100 pounds (over 50 pounds you must pay a penalty) and/or exceed 115" (linear). Exception: Musical instruments." "Measure the distance from the floor to the highest point on the top of the bag (typically the handle.) Then, measure the width of the bag from side-to-side when looking at it from the front. Last, measure the thickness of the bag when looking at it from the side. The sum of these equals the total linear inches."

This is what I got for Christmas and I really like it.

Welcome to the forum and Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and honeymoon! As the prior posters indicated, average sized luggage will be fine to be checked in. The smaller size is the limit for your carry-on bag. One helpful tip - after unpacking, your suitcases can be stored under the bed.

Have a wonderful trip, search the forum for other helpful information, and ask any questions you may have. Happy

AuntPinkie-I've never been one for hard-sided luggage but I like that set! I'm putting this on my birthday list. Wink

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and cruise honeymoon.

After my 1 yr old hard sided suitcase was damaged beyond use by the airline in March, I've gone back to a soft sided. I got a huge dent and crack lengthwise on one side and 2 wheels were almost broken off. The bottom was bulging from the way it was mistreated too. My suitcase was not overloaded and only weighed 30 lbs.

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Think of the cruiseline's luggage size policy as being like the airline's policy: the size limit is for carry on--it has to fit through the scanner. You can check your larger pieces with porters just as you do at the airport. Be sure to tip the porters--they aren't cruise line employees and aren't included in your gratuities. A common amount to tip is a couple of dollars per bag. We usually just give the porter $10.

Congratulations on your wedding and honeymoon :) My middle daughter had a honeymoon cruise and ten years later they still talk about the wonderful memories.

Join in the fun here on the site--we are a friendly bunch who mean no harm :) We just like to have a little fun Wink

Sadly, the luggage that you have always carried and you had the dimensions in order now all of a sudden don't meet requirements in some way with the airlines that you have flown many years with.

Oh, congrats on the wedding. Hope you have a great cruise and a long happy life together.

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