Cruise Luggage Tags and Holders – Frequently Asked Questions

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Can we talk about cruise luggage tags? If you’re going on a cruise, you might be wondering how you’ll get your luggage tags from the cruise line, what to do with them, and if you should buy cruise luggage tag holders.

In this post, I’ll be answering the frequently asked questions about cruise luggage tags, and also sharing the information you need to know about which cruise luggage tags holders are best.

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Cruise Luggage Tags F.A.Q.’s

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How will you get luggage tags for your cruise?

Once you complete your online check in on your cruise line’s website, you’ll be instructed to print out your cruise documents, which will include a boarding pass and luggage tags. The luggage tags will often be printed with your name, cruise ship, sailing date and cabin number.

If you’re in a guarantee cabin, your stateroom may not have been assigned, and the cabin number may be left blank. If this is the case, it’s just fine.

It’s a good idea to print out at least 2 luggage tags for each member of your family or travel party. A little extra cruise tip is to keep one “extra” with you and your cruise documents.

Can you order luggage tags through your cruise line?

In some cases, you can request adhesive printed luggage tags from your cruise line. This should be done after you receive a notification that your cruise documents or edocs are ready, however leave about 2 weeks before your cruise sailing date. This may not be available in every country, and may vary by cruise line.

You can check with your cruise line or travel agent for information specific to your booking.

Printing, folding and attaching cruise line luggage tags

It’s very simple to print your cruise ship luggage tags. I like to make several copies, so I have enough to label my cruise carry on bag, garment bag, as well as my regular size suitcases.

Instructions for how to fold the luggage tags will be on each paper (usually in 3). When folded, you can staple each luggage tag onto the handles of your luggage. Make sure to bring a mini stapler with you, especially if you go to a hotel a night before your cruise.

You may want to bring some scotch tape to reinforce the paper luggage tags as well.

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Should You Purchase Cruise Luggage Tag Holders?

Cruise luggage tags aren’t a necessity for cruising, however they do make things much easier. By using the plastic luggage tag holders, you eliminate the need for stapling and using tape, and won’t worry that paper luggage tags may fall off.

Cruise luggage tag holders are durable and reusable, and truly may be one of the best purchases you ever make for cruising.

Something to note is that some cruise lines use longer luggage tags, while others use shorter tags. Make sure to check to see which luggage tag holders are right for your cruise line. I’ve listed them below in this post for your convenience.

What if you forget your luggage tags at home?

In a worst case scenario, if you forget your luggage tags at home, you can ask the porters at the cruise terminal on boarding day for assistance. They will usually be able to provide you generic tags before embarkation.

Cruise Luggage Tags for Major Cruise Lines

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Here are the cruise ship luggage tag holders needed for each cruise line. Click on the link or the photos for pricing information, reviews and details (on Amazon).

All cruise luggage tag holders are made of clear plastic and are in waterproof pouch will keep your luggage tags dry in all weather conditions. The stainless steel metal rings are durable and rust-proof when exposed to water.

Luggage tags: Carnival Cruise Line

Luggage tags: Celebrity Cruises

Luggage tags: Holland America Line

Luggage tags: Norwegian Cruise Line

Luggage tags: Princess Cruise Line

Luggage tags: Royal Caribbean

Luggage tags: MSC Cruises

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Have you used luggage tag holders for past cruises or do you print and staple? Please share your tips and experiences in the comments below.

Happy cruising!


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  1. April 19, 2021 / 7:27 am

    Useful article! You can also create personalized luggage tags online.

    • April 21, 2021 / 4:13 am

      I guess you can, although you will need to use the actual cruise line tags for boarding. Personalized or novelty luggage tags are good additions. Glad you liked the article.

  2. Kim Todd
    August 11, 2021 / 1:38 pm

    Is there one luggage tag holder that will fit all of the cruise line’s tags?

    • August 13, 2021 / 12:41 am

      Hi Kim.

      Not really, although it seems the shorter wider tags fit most. Longer tags are generally Royal Caribbean and Celebrity.


  3. Luna
    August 14, 2021 / 9:17 pm

    What’s the specific size dimensions for Carnival cruises please? I bought the 2.75 in x 4.125 in.

    • August 18, 2021 / 6:58 pm

      Hi Luna,

      I don’t have the specific dimensions – you might find the answer in a Carnival facebook group or on cruise critic. If you bought the Carnival size on Amazon, that should be good (read the reviews if you aren’t sure).

      Enjoy your cruise,


  4. Suzie
    July 30, 2022 / 8:32 pm

    Hi Ilana, I’ve only begun to view your videos and read some bits of your (well-designed) website, and I’m already a fan of yours! You’re easy to understand, well-versed, easy to hear and extremely likable! Thank you for helping me prepare for our very first cruise together (as husband and wife) to embark in October on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. God Bless You!

    • August 2, 2022 / 1:53 pm

      Hi Suzie,

      Thanks for much for your kind comment. Your cruise sounds wonderful – I think you’ll love this ship.


  5. Louise
    June 4, 2023 / 8:10 pm

    Hi Ilana! Love your site! I’ve never used luggage tag holders before, but thought I’d try them for our Celebrity cruise this time. I ordered the ones specifically for Celebrity. When I print the tags in my edocs, they come out way smaller than the tag holders. Are they supposed to fit the exact width/height of the holders? I don’t seem to be able to print them out any larger.

    • June 5, 2023 / 1:57 pm

      Hi Louise, I wonder if it may a printer setting. I think the luggage tags usually print to a regular 8 x 11 paper size.It will likely be a bit smaller than the tag size. If you’re really not sure, perhaps it’s best to contact the cruise line.

      Have a great cruise!

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