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bulbousbow
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posted 03-12-2007 09:50 AM      Profile for bulbousbow   Author's Homepage   Email bulbousbow   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What kind of luggage do you take with you on your cruises and other travels? Types of luggage, brands, etc., and why?

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Frosty 4
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posted 03-12-2007 11:13 AM      Profile for Frosty 4   Email Frosty 4   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Usually a clothes bag for suits and dresses, Soft sided bags. It really doesn't pay to buy expensive luggage as it gets beat up or in some case torn up. No hard sided anymore. Only had one really trashed 2 years ago. Just the bag however,contents OK. Just the wear and tear of travel!!

Typical cruise: 7-10 days 2 big bags(not the real big) 1 suit bag,and 2 carry on bags.

12-16 day add another medium size bag.

You can figure on spending about $100 for the 4 bag set.(Big, medium, carry on, and tote They always have them on sale in some store here.

As a matter of fact we got a whole set free when we booked our Australia/NZ trip on Princess coming up next January. The travel agency always has some kind of perks when booking at their Expos.(3-4/yr.)

Ironically Spirit Airlines is now charging for checked baggage. Pre board@ $5.00ea-for first 2 and $10.00 ea.at the gate. $100 for the 3rd bag.
I wonder if this is going to go onto other airlines- OUCH!!!
Frosty 4


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lasuvidaboy
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posted 03-12-2007 01:21 PM      Profile for lasuvidaboy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
12 pieces of vintage Louis Vuitton including 4 steamer trunks, 3 wardrobes and 5 hatboxes...just kidding. I generally take 1 soft sided, 1 garment bag (for suits, pre-folded bagged dress shirts, tux, pants etc.) and a backpack type of bag for ports. My bags are Hartman which have a lifetime warranty.
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Ernst
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posted 03-12-2007 01:36 PM      Profile for Ernst   Author's Homepage   Email Ernst   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I use 'soft' suitecases with a zipper (whcih is more durable and practical than one might think) and a very practilcal built in suit bag.

I used to have suitcases with a handle AND a chord - which was very nice - nevertheless, they gave up after only two years (compared to the ones I had before which lasted for more than ten years..) and this feature (chord AND handle) was not available when I had to replace them. All of these suitcases were Samsonite.

Concering the amount of luggage I follow the simple rule that I should be able to easily handle all my luggage on my own if necessary - so not more than two suitcases and a bag. (for my camera)


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Willem
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posted 03-12-2007 01:51 PM      Profile for Willem        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by bulbousbow:
What kind of luggage do you take with you on your cruises and other travels? Types of luggage, brands, etc., and why?

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Just out of curiosity, why are asking this ? ?

Willem


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Malcolm @ cruisepage
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posted 03-12-2007 07:06 PM      Profile for Malcolm @ cruisepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Surely we all use these?

I know Joe does. I've seen it.

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Globaliser
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posted 03-13-2007 04:06 AM      Profile for Globaliser     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For some years I've been using a pricey, but good, Victorinox-branded wheelie suitcase similar to this one.

It's such a good suitcase because it's distinctly easier to pull it on its own wheels than to wheel it on a trolley, plus it has a nifty hanger function inside that means that shirts, suits, dresses, etc can be lifted off a clothes rail and "hung" inside the suitcase, a little bit like that steamer trunk, which both saves a lot of time when packing/unpacking and also means that those clothes arrive less creased.

That, plus a backpack for carry-on stuff, is enough for virtually all my trips.

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bulbousbow
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posted 03-13-2007 08:05 AM      Profile for bulbousbow   Author's Homepage   Email bulbousbow   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Willem wrote:
Just out of curiosity, why are asking this ? ?

Wanted to know how popular hardside trolley cases were, especially those from Samsonite, Antler and Roncato. Also interested to know why some people prefer soft-sided bags compared to those above.

Has anyone had bad experiences with either? Are zippers better than clip-locks? What about securing your luggage? Thanks to all who answer.

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bulbousbow
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posted 03-13-2007 08:11 AM      Profile for bulbousbow   Author's Homepage   Email bulbousbow   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Malcolm @ cruisepage wrote:
Surely we all use these?

I know Joe does. I've seen it.


Malcolm, my mum still has one of these, a green one, minus the stuff inside. It now stores my late dad's stamp collection. We used it last in 1978 on the LEONID SOBINOV - Naples (Italy) to Melbourne (Australia).

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Frosty 4
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posted 03-13-2007 10:11 AM      Profile for Frosty 4   Email Frosty 4   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The toggles on zippers can and do come off. Making zippers hard to use. As to security,here in the US all bags must be left opened for inspection if need be.
I have all my luggage specially marked. I won't say how as mine are very easy to spot and nobody else uses this type of identification(so Far) I have seen the colored yarn used on handles, etc.
There are a lot more colored bags now available. As stated shop around for good quality soft sided bags. You can easily pick out the more durable ones.
Frosty 4

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posted 03-13-2007 10:46 AM      Profile for 6263866   Email 6263866   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One big Samsonite hardshell, Ricardo carry-on soft side, and a backpack usually does the job, the rest of my family on the otherhand are light packers, I usually pack the most because of my camera equip.
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posted 03-13-2007 01:46 PM      Profile for sympatico     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Globaliser:
[QB]For some years I've been using a pricey, but good, Victorinox-branded wheelie suitcase similar to this one.

QB]



My daughter has the same Victoronix suitcase and I have a similar one made by Delsey. They are both great and easy to wheel.


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