The new guest was concerned that their luggage would be stolen or damaged during the transfer from the port.
A regular guest said: “My solution to this has always been to never carry checked baggage.
“I only cruise with hand luggage and a backpack, which I bring on board myself. This also guarantees that the airline cannot lose my luggage because I never checked one.
“Usually your rooms won’t be ready until 1:00 PM or later, so we always go straight to the buffet as soon as we get on board.
“You can easily stay at your table while eating and not get in anyone else’s way.”
Cruise guests are often unable to access their cabins for a few hours as the ship’s staff clean the rooms.
This means passengers will not be able to access their checked baggage until it has been dropped off at their room.
The guest added: “If you take checked luggage with you, make sure that everything important is with you and not in the luggage as you may not see it for a few hours until mid-afternoon.
“This includes obvious things like passports/documentation and valuables, but also things like any medicines you have to take before dinner.
“Some people also like to jump right into the pool, but you can’t if your swimsuit is attached to your luggage that you don’t already have.”
It is best to keep all items passengers will need when boarding for the first time in hand luggage.
Suncream is another carry-on essential if passengers in a sunny destination want to reach the deck.
Another guest said: “Don’t pack expensive and easily stolen items in your checked bag, like with the airlines.
“You can take hand luggage with you, but make it as small as possible, because you are not allowed into the rooms straight away.”
Since guests don’t have immediate access to their cabins, it’s best to carry hand luggage lightly and conveniently.
Another passenger added: “You could bring your bags yourself, but you would have to lug them around until your room is ready.
“You might stand out because it seemed like almost everyone had them delivered to their room.”
However, they provided a helpful disembarkation day warning that could give passengers more flexibility.
They said: “Perhaps you should consider keeping your bags with you to disembark. Not for theft, but because you have the most flexibility when leaving the ship.
“Most people have their bags collected the night before, but then you still have to pack everything that night and you are assigned a disembarkation time.
“And then you have to get your luggage off the ship once. We chose to keep our luggage, grabbed breakfast that morning, finished packing and just walked out.