I’ve always been intrigued by stories of priceless paintings, top secret documents, wooden legs and so forth being left on trains, buses, planes – and of course cruise ships.
Accounts of lost glasses (very common), hearing aids, single shoes, underwear left behind in pre-cruise hotels and expensive jewelry left in the cabin safe after disembarkation are countered by recollections of lingerie, footwear, a bottle of Scotch behind the TV and some unmentionable things being discovered in cabins (not to mention Cruise Critic member neverbeenhere’s surprise of a newlywed bride in a state of collapse outside the stateroom door!).
All these revelations followed member Chromered 7’s post: “What is the strangest thing you have lost or found on a cruise?”
Quite a few of you have had Cinderella moments. Tony UK found one “very nice” lady’s evening shoe under the bed, whataboutport uncovered a pair of men’s dress shoes in the same place and B17 had the curiosity of discovering some bespoke women’s shoes behind the curtains. “They were obviously for someone who had one leg longer than the other and must have been specially made, for one had a 2.5 inch platform sole whilst the other was normal height.”
And it seems you can inadvertently lose one thing only to gain another. Dr G recalls: “I sent a bunch of socks to the laundry. What was returned to me was women’s underwear.”
There is one story that restores my faith in human nature, and deservedly receives praise on the forums.
Wayneair says: “On Constellation a few years back, my son found $1,100 dollars in the Martini Bar. He was sitting on my lap and digging around on the seat cushions. Rolled up and held together by a rubber band were 11 crisp $100 dollar bills. Wanting to show him what you’re to do in this situation, we went to Guest Relations to report it.
“We provided our names and stateroom number and said if anyone reports losing this to contact us before the end of the cruise. We did not disclose the sum or exact location. The last day of the cruise we returned back to guest relations and inquired again and they said no one reported it missing or lost. They said keep it.
“Our decision was if the money was found on the ship, it must remain on the ship. So we went around to all ship staff we encountered during the cruise and tipped them all very well.”
Adrift at sea? Let us know about any unusual items you have lost, found and (hopefully) returned to guest services in the Comments section below.
*Lose anything important? Read our article on cruise ship travel insurance.