From: Marcia R. on
John Sisker wrote:
> "Marcia R." <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote in message
> news:jK9Sn.99730$0B5.45923(a)newsfe05.iad...
>> Now that I'm flying up to Seattle to meet my niece for our cruise to
>> Alaska instead of driving up with my fiance, and have some questions.
>>
>> First of all, I'm not going to staple my pre-printed Princess cruise
>> luggage tags on my suitcases before checking it through at the
>> airport. We are staying at a hotel the first night and taking a cab to
>> the dock, so there are no transfers with the cruise line. My question
>> is, would it save a bunch of time to take a little stapler with me to
>> do it before checking in at the pier, or do they quickly staple it
>> there? I'd rather just do what moves the process along smoother.
>>
>> I'm also more interested now is using my cell phone to call home.
>> I've already asked T-Mobile about making calls from Alaska. All
>> they've been able to tell me is that I won't get charged extra, but
>> they couldn't tell me anything about coverage. From personal
>> experience with any cell phone provider...can you usually make cell
>> phone calls from port in Alaska? We'll be in Ketchikan, Skagway and
>> Juneau. Plus, if we are in port in Seattle or Alaska, do calls from
>> the ship use towers on land at that point, or do you still go through
>> the ship? And, I keep hearing it costs a lot to call from the ship at
>> sea, but how much is a lot? Are we talking about $3 a call or $30?
>> Thanks.
>>
>> Marcia
>
>
>
> Marcia,
>
> You are indeed through in your research; this is a good thing. Better to
> know before you go. But as another pointed out sometime ago, don't
> over-think things too much. Know, but you also want to enjoy. Likewise,
> knowing what to expect is one thing, but some things you will just need
> to experience yourself once there. You can't always follow in everyone
> else's footsteps. It simply doesn't work that way.
>
> Yet, as a general rule, if our luggage will be going with us right to
> the ship from the airport, we staple and put the pre-printed luggage
> tags that we downloaded from the cruise lines website right on our
> luggage before leaving home. On the other hand, if we have a pre-cruise
> hotel stay and/or package, we don't put the cruise line luggage tags on
> until we are checking out of the hotel itself and heading for the ship.
> We certainly don't want airport personal sending our luggage to the
> wrong location simple because we were pre-mature in when to really put
> the appropriate luggage tags on.
>
> In addition, even having a small stapler in our tote bag for this
> purpose, does not seem like a good idea in this case, especially with
> all the airport security to go through. However, as an easy solution, we
> simple bring a small plastic scotch tape dispenser with us. It serves
> the same purpose, and should not be questioned.
>
> As to you cell phone question, that seemed to bring as many different
> answers as people having cell phones and different service providers.
> What works for one person, a particular cell phone, and/or what company
> they have, all varies. There is not simply a black and white type
> answer. Personally, I have an Apple iPhone with AT&T as my provider. To
> answer that question, I would ask AT&T only, and based on my phone and
> contract, only then would I get an answer that I would trust.
>
> Good luck,
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Thanks, John. I actually already threw a scotch tape dispenser in my
suitcase. I'm not carrying anything on the plane, due to all the
restrictions.

Marcia
From: Sue Mullen on


John Sisker wrote:

> In addition, even having a small stapler in our tote bag for this
> purpose, does not seem like a good idea in this case, especially with
> all the airport security to go through. However, as an easy solution, we
> simple bring a small plastic scotch tape dispenser with us. It serves
> the same purpose, and should not be questioned.

Another solution would be to put a stapler in her checked luggage.

sue
From: Marcia R. on
Sue Mullen wrote:
>
>
> John Sisker wrote:
>
>> In addition, even having a small stapler in our tote bag for this
>> purpose, does not seem like a good idea in this case, especially with
>> all the airport security to go through. However, as an easy solution,
>> we simple bring a small plastic scotch tape dispenser with us. It
>> serves the same purpose, and should not be questioned.
>
> Another solution would be to put a stapler in her checked luggage.
>
> sue

I was going to do that, but when I mentioned that to my niece she said
she just used tape on her last cruise. I was going to follow
instructions, but I did throw some tape in my suitcase.

Marcia
From: Jean O'Boyle on

"Marcia R." <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote in message
news:ieySn.99304$rE4.6390(a)newsfe15.iad...

> I was going to do that, but when I mentioned that to my niece she said she
> just used tape on her last cruise. I was going to follow instructions,
> but I did throw some tape in my suitcase.
>
> Marcia

Marcia,
I always take a roll of scotch tape in carry-on which I use to tape the
luggage tags together. There are also many other uses that I have found
scotch tape handy for, such as taping a little decoration on our cabin door
to make it easy to spot and find...last time it was a little felt penguin
with a yellow hat, red bow tie & bells and at a Valentine's Day cruise, I
had some red foil hearts with crinkly streamers that I taped on our door. It
comes in handy for a temporary hem repair and if wound around you finger
with the sticky side out, it removes lint that seems to be a magnet on black
skirts, knit tops and tuxedos.

--Jean


From: Marcia R. on
Jean O'Boyle wrote:
> "Marcia R." <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote in message
> news:ieySn.99304$rE4.6390(a)newsfe15.iad...
>
>> I was going to do that, but when I mentioned that to my niece she said she
>> just used tape on her last cruise. I was going to follow instructions,
>> but I did throw some tape in my suitcase.
>>
>> Marcia
>
> Marcia,
> I always take a roll of scotch tape in carry-on which I use to tape the
> luggage tags together. There are also many other uses that I have found
> scotch tape handy for, such as taping a little decoration on our cabin door
> to make it easy to spot and find...last time it was a little felt penguin
> with a yellow hat, red bow tie & bells and at a Valentine's Day cruise, I
> had some red foil hearts with crinkly streamers that I taped on our door. It
> comes in handy for a temporary hem repair and if wound around you finger
> with the sticky side out, it removes lint that seems to be a magnet on black
> skirts, knit tops and tuxedos.
>
> --Jean
>
>
Sounds good, thanks.

Marcia