Always take a carry on just in case

Just read this "horror" cruise story.  The wife's checked bag went to wrong ship.  They checked everything and went on ship with just the clothes they had on.  The couple made at least one big mistake.  Always carry on a bag with "just in case" items.  Another thing they did that I wouldn't do is trust the parking lot company to transfer the luggage.  Yes the company taking the bags is ultimately responsible but there are things we can do to reduce the impact of goof ups with luggage.  

 

http://www.nottinghampost.com/couple-s-nightmare-cruise-after-their-suitcase-is-placed-on-the-wrong-ship/story-30297634-detail/story.html

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Anyone else find it ironic that the husband works at the post office ?

Haha didn't connect those two things until your post. Yes, ironic indeed.

This almost happened to us in Galveston. The signage was really bad. We went to check our luggage and the lady guarding the door pointed to the area where we should drop our stuff off. DH asked the porter if this was the place to drop off Triumph luggage and they said yes. He happened to look at the cart our luggage was being loaded on, and all the other suitcases were for the Breeze.

He asked the porter again and he said, "Oh, yeah, Triumph luggage goes to the other end"

Hands down, that was our worst embarkation. Hopefully staggered check in has helped, because it was chaos up until we boarded.

That would be horrible. I think I'll pack a little more in our carry on from now on.

OMG. It always pays to double check everything.

Yes, you'd think the porters would have it right, but I guess not always...

We were getting on the shuttle taking us to the Valor. I noticed our luggage was still on the curb. I told the driver, she said they will get it. She was starting to go and I looked again and our luggage was still on curb. I had her stop and I got out and told her I will bring luggage on myself. Finally they loaded it on the luggage trailer they towed. Always watch belongings.

After a friends luggage was misplaced & didn't arrive til day 4 of their cruise, we make sure that our carry on bags always has at least one full change of clothes for everyone along with travel basics like deoderant, toothbrush, swimsuit etc. While you can easily buy things like tshirts onboard, no one goes prepared to buy a full new wardrobe. I am even tempted to pack our suitcases half/half. That way if my suitcase got lost, then I know at least some of my items for the week is in hubby's or vice versa.

We always put a few things in a carry on, but it would not do us any good for a formal night.

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