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Onboard Airline Check-In Services Come to Copenhagen

Onboard Airline Check-In is available for select cruises from Denmark's Port of Copenhagen. No excess baggage; guests can enjoy the last day of their cruise.

Beautiful Copenhagen. Image courtesy Flickr user Thomas Rousing.

After five years of hard work, Bags Inc. is proud to announce that its popular Onboard Airline Check-In services will be available for cruises out of the Port of Copenhagen in Denmark. Onboard Airline Check-In allows passengers to check-in for their flight, receive their boarding passes, and check their luggage – all from onboard the ship. This means no hassling with excess baggage on the last day of the cruise, so guests can make the most of the final day of their voyage – all without the burden of luggage.

Onboard Airline Check-In is available for select cruises from Denmark's Port of Copenhagen. No excess baggage; guests can enjoy the last day of their cruise.

Exploring Copenhagen. Image courtesy Flickr user Dimitry B.

Two cruise lines now sailing will offer the service – Holland America Line and Princess Cruises.

Princess Cruises will offer their onboard airline check-in service, Easy Check, aboard the Royal Princess. Ports of call include Oslo, Norway; Tallinn, Estonia; and Gothenburg, Sweden. Holland America’s Luggage Direct will be offered aboard the ms Eurodam, with round trip cruises from Copenhagen to destinations throughout Norway, including up-close views of Scandinavian fjords.

Bags Inc. will test the service for the remainder of the 2014 cruise season, offering it to passengers flying directly to the United States on Scandinavian Air. Cruise season in Copenhagen is from May to the beginning of September. A full-scale launch of the service across multiple cruise lines will be available starting Spring 2015, when passengers will be able to forget their excess baggage and enjoy Copenhagen on debarkation day.

Best Timing for Cruising

With summer approaching, a holiday cruise is on many travelers’ minds. However, the best time to take a cruise and the cheapest time to sail are not always the same. While warm weather is usually the preferred climate for cruising, it is also when ships are the most crowded and most expensive. However the cheapest times to sail are often wen most travelers avoid, with less than ideal weather or seasonal closures. But the attraction of cheap fares and uncongested ports may make you reconsider the best time for you to take your vacation. Don’t bother shipping a suitcase! We can deliver your bags right to your cabin.

While planning your next cruise or your first trip, taking timing and pricing of your journey is crucial. A combination of low prices and uncrowded ships will make for a much more fulfilling trip than just going during the most popular time. Here’s a helpful when-to-cruise guide for some popular destinations.

Bermuda

High Season: June – August

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In Bermuda, beach season is high season. Cruises to this tropical destination generally sail from April through mid-November. With most people traveling during the summer months, these voyages are usually a little pricier. However, cruises here often have a large selection of ships to choose from, and there are often deals on spring and fall departures (April through early June and September through November). While not considered the “high season”, Bermuda has temperate weather all year round and is less susceptible to extreme storms or hurricanes than the Caribbean. If the weather happens to be chilly or rainy while you’re there, check out the islands many luxurious spas and golf courses.

Alaska

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High Season: June – August

While a beautiful majestic destination, Alaska has a relatively short cruising season; ships venture to its northern waters only between May and September. The months of June through August are the best months for warm weather in the normally chilly state, and make for the best and most popular cruising. In May and September is when you will find some closures and colder weather, but this is also when you can find the best prices. For a combination, may is the driest month of the season for an Alaskan cruise, making rain less likely while you glacier gaze and still offers reasonable prices and smaller crowds. For a pricing advantage, northbound glacier routes tend to be cheaper than southbound.

Caribbean

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High Season: Late June – August; Christmas and New Year’s weeks; February – mid-April

As you can probably imagine, voyages to the Caribbean are available year round, but the best time to go is during the winter months in the northern hemisphere. The warm Caribbean climate during the December through April months are a welcome escape from the cold in the north, and these months tend to be the driest months in the islands as well. The bargain prices are usually during the late summer and fall months, due to hurricane season. But that doesn’t mean you need to risk a storm to save a buck. You can usually find patches of bargain sailing during the first weeks of December and early spring. However the timing of these deals can be sporadic, so you need to keep an eye out to book the lowest rate you can.

Mexico

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High Season: Holiday weeks; February – mid-April

All year cruises are available to Mexico as part of western travel itinerary or as a solo Mexican adventure. Try to hit this destination sometime between November and May for the driest times and avoid bad weather. But as expected, these are the pricier months. If you plan carefully, you can hit a pocket of deals during the fall months, right between the high seasons and hurricane season.

New England and Canada

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High Season: September and October

For a different kind of cruise experience, try a trip up to the North East. With ships departing from May through October, you best bet for a warmer trip is to shoot for some time between late June and early September. However, if you’re looking for more sightseeing, the time to go is early to mid-October when the region is gripped by the colors of the fall foliage. These trips are included in the lower cost season for New England and Canada, which fit in between May and late October. But if you go during these months, expect to stay inside and avoid the pool.

Hawaii

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High Season: Late December – April

Similar to the Caribbean, Hawaii has cruises available year round. The best times to go are also pretty similar. With four Norwegian Cruise Line America ships dedicated to Hawaii cursing, your best time to sail to the islands is during summer and fall when you have less chance of getting rained out. During the summer months is also the most popular and crowded time, since many people are on vacation from school and its honeymoon season. For cheaper and less crowded trips, look to book between November and February, but make sure to avoid holiday cruise dates.

Regardless of where you choose to go, the first and final days of a cruise can be a stressful, time consuming ordeal when you have to collect your luggage to and from the port. Use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service instead of shipping a suitcase for delivery right to your cabin. On debarkation day, check into your flight from the ship and let us handle your luggage. Make the most out of the final day of your voyage – all without the burden of luggage.

Choosing the Right Cruise for You!

Planning your first cruise can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Many people assume that all cruises are the same, except for their destinations. However, there can be much more important factors that determine the success of your vacation than just where you’re going. Are you traveling with a group or as a single? Are you looking for adventure or relaxation? Traveling on a budget? Taking these ideas into consideration can be the difference between making and breaking your trip. Don’t bother shipping luggage! With Bags VIP, we can deliver your bags right to your cabin.

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Traveling on a budget: Carnival Cruise Line

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Carnival favors affordable, three to seven night excursions to lengthy and expensive trips. With popular destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico, you can have an exotic vacation without breaking the bank. With some careful planning and timing, a Carnival cruise can cost you as little as $50 per person per night. In an effort to save you money, Carnival features simple cabins and does not go overboard with extra cost venues on board. For budget rates, avoid holiday periods, especially school vacations, and consider an Early Saver rate, which could knock 20 percent off the price simply by putting a $50 down payment on your trip.

Traveling with Teens: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

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Every parent knows older kids can be hard to please. They need exciting activities, and lots of them. Royal Caribbean has them. Depending on the ship, your teens can enjoy a bottomless well of energy with rock-climbing walls, zip-lines, ice- and inline-skating, surf simulators, a boxing ring, and basketball and volleyball courts. Onboard youth programs divide kids up by ages in order to provide the most age appropriate entertainment, while still making them feel like adults. With amenities like a Generation Y Spa designed especially for younger generations and their adolescent needs, a teens only “casino,” backstage ship tours, and a no grown-ups allowed club where they can dance, drink “mocktails,” and interact with new friends while parents enjoy their own time.

 

Traveling with Families & Children: Disney Cruise Line

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Disney is unique in the cruise industry in that it caters to the needs of the youngest travelers; babies and toddlers. While most ships only allow children six or twelve months old, Disney will accept tots as young as 3 months old. They provide nurseries for little ones up to 3 years old with water play areas just for them. The ships also feature signature Disney characters like Mickey, Goofy and the Princesses who interact with the youngsters during breakfast, tea times and meet-and-greets. With huge play areas designed after their favorite Disney and Pixar movies, lots of high-tech games, and interactive and educational programming, your little ones will never be short on things to do. Cabins and dining establishments are tailored for families, taking into account the practical needs like split bathrooms with tub/shower combos, and the magical wants like restaurants with fairy tale décor.

Mature cruisers: Holland America Line

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With all of today’s loud and crowded ships, some older cruisers may feel out of place on their vacation. Holland America Line offers quiet, relaxing pleasures like a Culinary Arts Center, which focuses on cooking demos, tastings and shore side market tours led by top chefs. You can go on a self-guided art tour on board the ship, or visit the Explorations Café with a library and visiting lecturers speaking on art, history and a variety of other topics. For those wishing to stay active on their vacation, you can enjoy amenities such as a golf putting green, yoga and tennis. Under the brand’s Signatures of Excellence initiative, the line is expanding their ships’ enrichment programs and renovating the public areas and staterooms with comforts such as the Mariner Dream bed and high quality cotton linens.

For singles: Norwegian Cruise Line

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In 2010, Norwegian Epic was unveiled featuring 128 Studios, 100-square-foot cabins that are perfect in size and price for parties of one. The ship also offers passengers in this category of cabin a keycard with access to the Living Room, a special lounge with a bar, snacks and activities that facilitate pairing up with fellow single travelers. The ship also offers a plethora of other bars, including the Svedka Ice Bar and Bliss Ultra Lounge, hip entertainment like the Second City improv show and Blue Man Group, and ship wide events such as pub crawls that are perfect for singles, or newly formed couples.

Adventurers Seekers: Lindblad Expeditions

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Looking for an out of the ordinary cruise experience? For the adventurous types, Lindblad Expeditions ventures to not so ordinary destinations like the Arctic, Antarctica, Galapagos, Amazon and other less-mainstream cruise destinations. On trips to the arctic, passengers travel aboard an ice-class vessel that plows through icy waters for extraordinary views of polar bears and other arctic wildlife. Its Cape Horn-to-Cape of Good Hope excursion that follows the path of ancient surveyors and circumnavigators. On trips to Antarctica, National Geographic naturalists, marine specialists and photographers live on board, offering insights and information to the passengers. For the most adventurous travelers, the cruise line is equipped with sea kayaks and underwater cameras for close up views. The company also advances sustainable practices and supports many conservation programs in the fragile destinations it visits.

No matter which vacation you choose, we can help make your travels easier. Most cruise lines offer onboard airline check-in services that allow guests to check-in for flights, receive boarding passes, and check luggage all from aboard the ship. Bags VIP luggage delivery service can also be added for additional convenience when guests travel to and from the port. Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you to bypass baggage claim after your flight and begin making the most of your vacation right away, without the burden of luggage. For more information on these services, click here.

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Say Bon Voyage to Stressful Cruise Embarkation and Debarkation

Make cruising easier and sign up for Bags VIP luggage delivery (skip luggage shipping).Vacations should be about relaxing, especially cruises. However, embarkation day can be pretty hectic. Last minute packing, travel to the airport, security, flight, baggage claim, ground transportation to the port, dealing with porters, security, cruise check-in, boarding, muster drill…and that’s all before your ship has left port.

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Make cruising easier and sign up for Bags VIP luggage delivery (skip luggage shipping). We’ll pick up your bags at the airport (you won’t even have to see them after you check them at your departing airport) and deliver them to your ship, where they will be delivered to your cabin. That frees up your embarkation day so you can enjoy lunch on the lido deck, sip a cocktail, explore the ship, or take a dip in the pool.

Toward the end of your trip, most cruise lines offer onboard airline check-in, but despite being an amazing time saver, this service is not widely publicized. When you sign up for onboard airline check-in, you will save yourself from the headaches that can occur on debarkation day, when 2000-6000 other passengers get off the ship at the same time. The terminal luggage carousels can be confusing and crowded, a chaotic end to an otherwise relaxing vacation. You can skip the luggage carousels if you use onboard airline check-in. In addition to being checked into your flight, you won’t have to retrieve your bags in the cruise terminal…they are automatically transported to the airport and loaded onto your flight!

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You’ll get on your ship faster and start vacation fun sooner when you skip baggage claim and have your luggage delivered to your cabin. Image courtesy ruben i via Flickr.

Each cruise line brands onboard airline check-in differently (and offers it out of different home ports and with different airlines) but it is essentially the same service:

The top five reasons to use Bags VIP luggage delivery service before your cruise and onboard airline check-in after your cruise:
1. You can skip baggage claim.
2. After you check in for your flight at your departing airport, you won’t have to see or touch your luggage until it arrives in your stateroom.

Start your vacation right away with our cruise tips! You can when you don't have to wait at baggage claim for your luggage! Image courtesy Phil Comeau via Flickr.

Start your vacation right away! You can when you don’t have to wait at baggage claim for your luggage! Image courtesy Phil Comeau via Flickr.

3. You can check in for your flight before you even leave the ship.
4. You will get off the ship faster since you won’t have to retrieve your bags in the cruise terminal.
5. You will save on airport transportation since you won’t have to transport your luggage.

Want to make your trip home even easier? Sign up for Bags VIP luggage delivery for your return flight and we will delivery your bags to your home, office or any other address within 100 miles of the airport! Follow these cruise tips on your next vacation and your trip will be smooth sailing.

Bon voyage!