Luggage Forward

Has anyone used the Luggage Forward program? We will be taking a train to the port and were thinking we don't want to worry about dragging our luggage around.

Tags: Holland America Line

3 Answers

For a two weeker we usually bring two 28" Samsonite hard sided "Spinners", for three weeks we add one 20" Spinner, for a month we have three large bags. The number of bags is commensurate with the cruise duration. Our longest was almost three months. When we got off I believe we had four large bags and three or four smaller ones. On cruises longer than a month I bring two tux jackets. On the 3 month cruise, HAL gave us a package where Fed Ex picked our bags up at our home and delivered them to the ship on return they delivered them to our house. Everything went well going, but upon return HAL got all goofed up with their forwarder and US Customs (Not Fed Ex on return); we were lucky to see our luggage again, took over two weeks to get it. They even wanted two or three years of tax returns before Customs would let them deliver our bags, we wrote them off, we said, you now own our stuff. What a nightmare, never again, and that was before TSA. We almost always use cruise line transfers to or from the hotel. So on embarkation we hardly see our bags again until they bring them to the cabin.

Quite the experience.

OOPs, sorry, that occurred 7 years after 9/11 when shortly thereafter Homeland Security and then it's TSA were established.

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