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Friday, October 23, 2009

I'm Here. Where's My Luggage?

Lost luggage is a problem no one wants to encounter especially on your way to your destination. Overall, 6.5 pieces of luggage are lost per 1,000 passengers. That doesn't sound too bad unless the suitcase with all your vacation clothes is lost and you are on the ship headed for a destination where you can only hope your luggage will arrive ahead of you.

Here are some tips to help locate your bags:
  • take a picture of your bag and carry it with you.
  • put an identification tag with your address, cell phone, or other contact information on the inside as well as the outside
  • don't check important things like your medications or travel documents.
  • if your bag is lost, be sure you have the phone number of the claims office at the airport so you can check back on their progress in locating your luggage.
Finally, if your luggage is lost consider it a "shopping opportunity." Sometimes a small emergency payment is made for luggage that is lost. If not, make your plight known to other passengers and crew. It is amazing how many clothes will be offered to help you through the dilemma. We once saw a couple completely outfitted in evening wear for a formal night when we weren't due into port for two days for them to get their luggage.

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