We are looking at having Luggage Forward to ship our luggage to San Juan for our cruise. Has anyone every used a service like this to ship their luggage if so what are the pro and cons of using one of these services?
Third Party Luggage Delivery
One time, on a three month cruise, HAL provided a service like this. Cruise luggage was picked up at your home and taken to the ship at the embarkation port, Florida. Upon the end of the cruise, in Lisbon, the reverse was provided. HAL even held a special training session to make sure everybody completed the forms correctly, etc. for the return. Then they inspected your bags just to make sure they were marked okay, prior to arrival the forwarder picking them up at disembarkation.
Things went perfect upon embarkation. Luggage was waiting for us in the cabin. Luggage getting to us back home though was another story. A nightmare I wouldn't force upon my worst enemy. Somehow, U.S. Custom rules had changed in the interim or something. After about two weeks had gone by, a contractor for U.S. Customs requested our U.S. tax return forms for the past three years. We at first thought this was bogus but it wasn't. HAL was non-committal and referred all questions to the luggage forwarding outfit. We had six bags. We finally wrote to them and said we had completely complied with all rules etc. as laid out and we weren't about to start sending in tax info to folks we didn't know. I told them they now owned our luggage, keep it.
Another week or so goes by. Summer was starting by that time and so we took off for our summer haunts. A friend watching, our house, said one day there was a knock on the door. There was our luggage.
Maybe it will work out okay for you if you only are shipping it domestically, like you are. Internationally, I would not even consider it. Gook luck.
I've seen it for domestic. Makes sense if you don't like lugging a lot on an airliner and messing with baggage claim.
How you managed to beat the bureaucrats is a minor (or major) miracle. Good for you. great saga. Surprised I didn't see someone bidding for it on one of those weird tv shows. or, sam could have had it stored in perpetuity in some genormous warehouse in the middle of nowhere. or, they could have visited your house to do some no-knock inspection..or..or..or...