Aboard the Epic with kids … and cartoons

This is the view from our cabin aboard the NCL Epic. Nothing but the ship’s wake and dark blue Mediterranean as far as the eye can see.
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Are you ready for the real Western Mediterranean?

Here we go!

For the last week, I’ve been telling you about my new family travel site, Away is Home. Today — right now — we’re setting sail on our first adventure: a Western Mediterranean cruise on NCL’s Epic.
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Three years later, Alitalia still owes me $528 for my lost baggage and ruined Italian vacation

Noah Markewich’s lost-luggage case had “lost cause” written all over it when he contacted me last week.

Why? It involved Alitalia, the historically troubled Italian airline.

It was more than three years old. Old cases are almost always unsolvable.

And it involved misplaced baggage, which is a problematic complaint category.

Still, Markewich epic, four-page, single-spaced letter is such a stunning documentation of an airline’s awful customer service, that I wish I could publish it in its entirety. It describes how Alitalia ruined his Italian vacation by losing his luggage — and when I say “ruin” it may be something of an understatement.
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