Do you have to have your own suitcase when you cruise or are you willing to share with your cabin mate(s)?

I love luggage.. Call me strange, but I own 2 full sets. Both soft sides. One Diane Von Furstenberg (Ginger), and Pegasus (Palm Tree)...Ah, I don't share... My children each own their own set and so does my husband....Needless to say we have a travel closet. It has all of the luggage, luggage tags, ponchos, diving gear etc etc etc.

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I bought a set, but my boyfriend and I split up the bags. I was just happy he was using a piece of luggage, and not a duffle bag lolSurprised

Monique and I have matching sets... Not that we can bring them all when we travel... It cost extra to bring two suitcases from Edmonton to anywhere we fly.

We fly as well. I factor in the price of luggage. Now, before the fees i used to take my big suitcase but i have downgraded the size. I carry on and carry off now.

I've heard some people split their packing with their travel mate -- half in one suitcase and half in the other. That way, if one gets lost, everybody still has clothes.

Truth be told, though, I have my own and my wife has hers :)

Just a little story- Well, once on one of my past cruises, my suitcase was delayed. I had flown from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale, FL. My friend and I had given our bags to the same young lady at the airport-pretty much at the same time. There were no fees then with "US Airways". When on the plane, there were a set of seats that were sold to two different couples.One couple had to get off the plane. Their fate was my headache. The worst had happened to me... I had no bags. I didn't even put an extra set of clothes in my personal carry on. Oh, the Horrors! 1st day Fort Lauderdale, 2nd day at sea, 3rd day Ocho Rios Jamaica. I had an extra shirt I had won from the casino and another shirt given to me from the pursers desk from the spa. Umm 3 days in the same pants...I was not happy. By the time we were finished with our excursion in Ocho Rios my bag was flown to Montego Bay and deliver to the ship. Needless to say, opening my suitcase was like Christmas morning.

I cruise solo , I do not have to share Happy

We each have our own suitcase. I usually pack a few of my things in his suitcases on the way home so I can be below the airlines weight limit my bag. Happy

We have gone through a number of luggage sets in our life times. The adage, they don't make then like they used to definitely applies. Also, newer luggage is often lighter and more innovative in terms of space and capacity. Currently, we have a set of Briggs & Riley that is holding up pretty well despite inept baggage handlers who completely destroyed one piece the first time we used it (B&R replaced it without hassle btw).

Anyway, when we pack for trip, we cross-pack. That way if a piece of luggage gets lost or way-laid, neither of us is completely without clothes to get by. While a "no sharing" policy sounds like a good idea between strangers, it spells potential disaster for the unfortunate family member whose luggage was lost/delayed in transit.

On our last voyage, we met a woman who had her luggage left at the hotel (her package included pre-voyage tour, transfer to the ship, etc). She went the entire 15 days without her own belongings or clothes because someone failed to pick up her bag and place it into the shuttle between hotel and ship.
The primary question is - Do you really want to take that risk? It's your choice but where family/close friends are concerned, it makes a lot more sense to cross-pack.

B&R-nice. Cross packing seems to be the best way. Long criuse and no clothes is a nightmare.

I am allowed to place a few things in with my wife's clothes and shoes. Happy


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