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 Post subject: To lock or not to lock luggage?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:59 pm 
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Newbie here...is it a good idea or not to put TSA approved locks on your luggage when boarding? Does it draw attention?


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 Post subject: Re: To lock or not to lock luggage?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:47 pm 
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I'm not sure it'll make a difference either way. If they wanna open up & look inside they will regardless. I'd say don't bother....


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 Post subject: Re: To lock or not to lock luggage?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:34 pm 
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^100% correct, if officials want to look inside they will regardless. I'd say don't bother with putting one on your carry on, but it couldn't hurt to use them on the bags you drop for the porters to load on the ship?

Disclaimer: I've never used locks myself and I have no reason to suspect non-officials have ever messed with anyone's luggage.

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 Post subject: Re: To lock or not to lock luggage?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:34 am 
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Location: 'Nawlins...the FUNK capitol of the world!
we've never locked any of our bags & dats 8yrs,,,also we feel our bags have never been opened

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 Post subject: Re: To lock or not to lock luggage?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:42 am 
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I was thinking about this and realized as a newbie you may not know the boarding process, I didn't my first year. :)

When you get go the port, you'll see piles and piles and piles of luggage on the ground. You'll get official MSC luggage tags (the sticky paper kind like airlines use to tag your bags) that you need to put your name and cabin # onto, and affix to your luggage. You drop your bags off outside with the many many porters that are there to take them and put them into those piles. Then you go get into the line (with any carry on bags you might want to have with you) and go through the lines... first stop is security screening, much like getting on an airplane, you put your carry on through the scanner thingy and walk through a metal detector. You then move to the waiting area (seats) where you fill out your health questionnaire. The staff directs one row of seats at a time to enter the line to get on board. Your next stop is with the MSC registration folks, who ask for your IDs and credit card and take your picture to get you officially booked into your cabin and provide you with your 'sign and sail' card that you'll use for all transactions on the ship - it's your room key and it's how you pay for anything the ship sells (anything except JamCruise Merch). That's the last stop! Once you have your card you make your way over and up the gangplank, and show your sign and sail card to ship security as you board!!

Now go buy drink tickets, find your cabin, and decorate your door :D that's what I do anyway!

Your bags will appear outside your cabin door sometime later the first day, I've had bags show up before I first got to my room, and I have had them show up at like 1am... so it's very variable when your luggage will get to your cabin that first day, pack your carry on with this in mind :)

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:37 pm 
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I get chills when I see "gangplank"...I love walking over it!!! Then the next thing is I love opening those doors onto the pool deck fro the first time!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:30 pm 
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Thanks for the play by play serk. We are virgins but we are under the careful tutelage of ^^ The Coles. Whenever my husband, the elusive "Bono" asks a question I don't know the answer to I just say, "I don't know, we'll just do whatever Lynne & Andy tell us!" :SHIFTY:

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 Post subject: Re: To lock or not to lock luggage?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:44 am 
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Hey Serk,
You've been so helpful, one last question before Monday...what's the best time to get to the ship to go through the process?

Exciting times


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 Post subject: Re: To lock or not to lock luggage?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:29 am 
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HeaDead wrote:
Hey Serk,
You've been so helpful, one last question before Monday...what's the best time to get to the ship to go through the process?

Exciting times


That's a pretty variable one, I know people who show up super early and late and everywhere in between. Personally I tend to hang around the tiki bar at the Bahia Cabana until enough of my friends say "OK LETS GO!" :lol: Come hang out at the tiki bar the night before/morning of the cruise and follow the pack :D :DANCE:

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