Chet and I always arrive at least one full day (and often two) in our port of embarkation before a cruise. Not only does that give us the opportunity to explore a destination, we also have some time to adjust to time zone changes and…ta da!…to wait for luggage that did not arrive with us.
This has happened on two occasions of note. We were sailing on a 20-day trip on Crystal Cruises in the Med during the days when formalwear was de rigeur…so we checked three bags. One for Chet, one for me and one with the formalwear and most of the shoes. We flew on Lufthansa from Chicago to Frankfurt and then on to Athens. Two of our bags made it and one did not. Mine did not. So here I was with gowns and sneakers but no bathing suit, shorts or daywear.
The trusty concierge at the Grand Bretagne Hotel dogged the airline for us but to no avail. My bag did not show up the first day nor the second. The next day our cruise was to begin so that morning we were going to do some serious shopping, which is not easy when you are quite short and nothing fits. Around midnight a note was slipped under our door. Miracle of miracles, it said that my bag was waiting for me at the concierge desk. Whew! That was a close one.
Another time we were about to board a golf cruise in Dublin. Because of a close connection, none of our bags had made it, neither our clothing nor golf clubs. We waited a day and then did some underwear shopping, figuring we could pick up golf gear along the way. As our group was waiting for the transfer to the ship, a cab pulled up and disgorged our suitcases and golf bags. That was nerve wracking!
I have met far too many forlorn folk on cruises who did not receive their luggage and were forced to wear the same things day after day, picking up a bit here and there along the way. In most cases, lost luggage does not catch up with cruise passengers.
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