What a great way to start your honeymoon in Sicily: Lost luggage. For nearly a week.
I guess three connecting flights are too much to ask of the airline industry, because our bags were lost on the way to Sicily and on the way home to Chicago. The bigger hassle by far was the bags being lost on the way to Sicily, of course. I realize lost luggage is always a pain, but lost luggage on your honeymoon seems to be an especially cruel move on the part of the airlines, which give you the impression they could really care less about tracking down your bags.
At least that was our experience.
For six days, we made repeated calls and engaged the help of countless concierges to help track down our two pieces of luggage from Alitalia. I can't begin to tell you how many stories we were told. The bags are in Palermo. No, they're in Rome. Wait: we don't know where they are. If the pilot doesn't want to fly them to you, he doesn't have to. Maybe you'll get reimbursed for necessities you need to buy, but maybe you won't.
We eventually had to enlist the help of BlueStone Tourism Services in Sicily. The tour design director, Riccardo Mobilia, took it on himself to hound the lost and found folks at the Palermo airport. He personally delivered our wayward cargo to our hotel in Catania, a week into our two-week honeymoon. If our new marriage results in a son, Riccardo is now a front runner in the name department.
BlueStone actually helped us a lot on this trip, which was proving difficult to book from our computer in the U.S. If you're planning a trip to Sicily, I'd recommend enlisting their help. Write Riccardo directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyway, my husband and I have now taken three international trips together, and each time, our bags were lost. Is this just rotten luck, or has lost luggage become a routine part of airline travel?
If you have a lost luggage sob story, let me know....