And make sure you take the daily newsletter off the ship with you along with passports and credit cards in case you do miss the ship.@nicholas gainsbrugh what I am getting from your ship is that the anxiety you incurred as a result of missing the ship (by your own volition) was further compounded when you unexpectedly received personal belongings from the port agent.
This was both a blessing and a curse.
A blessing because, due to policy and procedures of the ship, you had what you needed to be able to catch the ship. A curse because there was a sense of being violated by both RCCL and the port agent. RCCL violated your personal cabin space and you felt another personal violation having your items left with a foreign stranger. A stranger whom now has access to initiate details of who you are, and can cause damage.
My take away from your post is that RCCL (all ships) needs to do a much better job of ensuring that passengers fully understand the policy and procedure as to what occurs when you miss the ship.
I am sure that the cruise line would argue that the details are spelled out in the cruise contract that you agreed to when you purchased your passage. As we all know, barely anyone reads that very long document.
Perhaps they can better communicate this policy by printing the information on the daily schedule that they leave in your cabin? By posting it on the tv? by announcing it at the life jacket drill?
My take is that you feel violated by their behavior. I couldn't agree more. Please understand, what they did is their policy. I think the solution here is to find ways where they can educate their guests directly/overtly on that policy, so that no one else feels violated.
The benefit to directly educating their guests is that passengers can now start to plan for that scenario.
I can now plan for the possible event that, if I am late and the ship is going to sail without me, that they will be looking for items X, Y and Z to leave at the port for me. I will store them in my safe so they will find them and make sure I get them, in the event of a mishap where I miss the ship.
anyways, that's my thoughts