Do You Prefer Softsided Luggage or Hardsided for Cruises?

I now only purchase luggage that is lightweight. With airline weight limits in place and fully enforced, we all need to to be concerned about luggage weight. However, we all also want to make sure that our luggage arrives undamaged to our staterooms. Suitcases are not treated gently by either airline personnel, terminal baggage handlers or for that matter even tax or shuttle drivers. What do you use now, softsided or hardsided luggage?

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23 Answers

We have some pretty good luggage, but like you said, with weight restrictions being what they are, we will look at a new lightweight set. I've seen some good stuff at Costco, and for the price it might be worth it. These were a lightweight hardside but quite sturdy and expandable.

Hard sided. With spinner wheels.

Hardsided spinner. Much less wrinkling, and so easy to maneuver through the airport.

Hardsided with wheels. Anymore, there is little difference in weight between hard and soft sided without going to any extremes.

I'll be able to do a luggage critique after the beginning of next year. lol We just purchased some soft sided spinner, and hard sided spinner. The soft sided is going to make a trip to NY in the Spring with my son before our family cruise, if it is still in tact. Happy I got hard sided, but I believe it is lightweight. I'm waiting for it's arrival. I used my son's hard sided on my cruise and it held up so well and was so roomy! I wanted some of my very own! Big Smile

Luggage weight is the driver for our decision making. To us, hard-sided luggage is unyielding. Two years back we picked up a couple Briggs & Riley soft-sided luggage. It is lighter than similarly sized luggage offered by other popular manufacturers.

On our first trip, Lufthansa's baggage handlers demolished not only a piece of luggage but also hubby's scooter. We shipped the luggage back to see if it could be fixed. When the answer was no, the luggage was replaced, no questions asked. We now have four pieces from the same collection and have been happy with all of them used on a number of international adventures.

I have an old soft side on wheels that I picked up at Ross about 10 years ago. It has held up great on multiple international trips.

I currently have soft side and am asking Santa for the Briggs & Riley hard side. This past weekend went went shopping and looked at all the features and found the weight to be a non-factor. Can't wait to try it out! (assuming Santa thinks I've been good enough).

A travel expert was interviewed on TV recently and asked about this. She said the airlines and she recommend the hard sided, 4 wheel luggage with handles on the top and bottom. The hard sided are easier to stack in the cargo area, and the handles make it easier for the airline handlers pick up and toss the luggage into the cargo hold.she also suggested packing quite full so that they don't "give" and show dents when pressed in the centre. That will help prevent cracks or other damage when they are stacked and tossed around. Nothing is perfect for travelling, but she made several good points, and I'm glad we have these pieces already.

I use a duffle bag style with rollers for everything except sport coats, suits and shirts and those items go in to a hard side garment case on rollers.

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