Here’s the scenario: It’s the last night of your cruise and you’ve celebrated, possibly a bit too much. Suddenly, you remember that you’re supposed to have packed and put your suitcase outside the door before retiring for the night, for porters to collect. A mad dash round the cabin ensues, stuffing everything in and shoving the bag into the corridor before collapsing into bed.
In the morning, all the magic of the cruise has evaporated. The ship is alongside and there is nothing to look forward to except disembarkation and the journey home. The corridors and lounges are heaving as thousands of passengers squeeze into breakfast before lining up and trooping down the gangway to identify their luggage in a vast customs hall.
And now, at the thought of luggage, the awful truth dawns. You forgot to leave out any clothes. They’re all in your suitcase, in that customs hall. At best, you’ve got to go to breakfast, amidst the masses, in your pajamas. If you don’t wear any… well.
A maritime legend? Not at all. This actually happens. Cruise Critic member dgparent posts on the forum from a Celebrity ship: “We were in Michael’s [Club] this morning a couple apparently packed either in their bathrobes or nude. They packed everything, had their luggage taken after they left it outside of their cabin and when they woke up they realized they had no clothes to disembark with. The concierge told us they had to ask to disembark in bathrobes find their luggage and change in the bathroom before hitting customs.”
Member drarill adds: “It happened to my girlfriend on the last cruise she took with her ex-husband. She went to bed while he finished packing, the next morning she found out that he packed all her clothes. They divorced a couple of months after the trip.” And back in the day, a ‘professional’ travel writer (who ought to know better) had to rouse the store manager on QE2 at 6 a.m. to avoid disembarking in the buff. He and his wife walked down the gangway in Cunard tracksuits and slippers.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on a cruise? Let us know.