Cruises offer an opportunity to relax, unwind, and enjoy the waters. It’s also the perfect moment to leave the boat and explore new, far-off places. Due to the abundance of things available on and off the ship, packing for a cruise requires experienced knowledge. But what happens if your luggage disappears?
Being away from home for an extended period might be stressful. Still, at least vacationers can bring their favorite outfits and home comforts on a cruise with them.At least, that’s what travelers intend to do. But when their airline lost their bags, one couple was left helpless.
@TheChadd, a cruise guest, shared his and his wife’s experience on the Reddit networking website after their airline misplaced luggage.
During his first trip in 2009, the airline misplaced my wife’s bags, he told his fellow passengers.”So my wife embarked with only the clothes she was wearing. At each port, she had to purchase clothing.”
Although the sad situation left her with little more than the clothing on her back, @The Chadd admitted that things weren’t all bad.As he said: “My wife received a $100/day (or £93) refund from Southwest Airlines for five days! The expense of the cruise was greater than that.”
Thankfully, the airline could locate his wife’s bags before they took a flight from their trip to their home.Additionally, the crew members on the cruise ship were kind to his wife and helped to ease her stay.
The traveler said, “Carnival [Cruise Line] provided her a free hair appointment, a free gown rental for formal night, and a free set of toiletries. Perhaps there are a few other benefits, too.A fellow sailor gave tips on how to prevent a misplaced baggage disaster.When I travel, this is one of my main concerns, said @Domino619.
“We divided our clothing between our carry-on and checked luggage. So, we have clothing in three more suitcases in case one is lost.”This cruiser continues by saying they always pack their “favorites” in their carry-on luggage, just in case.
Travel expert Simon Calder recommended that travelers avoid checking luggage at all costs and, if they must, “don’t allow anything to go in the hold that you cannot afford to lose.”
Travelers should file a claim for lost or delayed luggage within 21 days after the journey, according to Citizens Advice.Passengers should file a claim as soon as possible after 21 days when luggage is considered lost.
However, Citizens Advice advised Britons that “if you act early, you’re more likely to win compensation.”Affected tourists were instructed to notify the airline of the issue immediately.
Additionally, customers should look up any deadlines because they might have to file a claim within seven days of their journey.