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Old 08-17-2006, 05:49 AM
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My husband and I just sailed on the Celebrity Galaxy on August 4, 2006. We had a fabulous vacation, until we were robbed on the train from Civitavecchia, two stops from Termini in Rome. We lost our laptop which had all of our photos stored on it from our entire vacation, as well as our video and digital camera. We would be greatly appreciative if our fellow cruisers could email us some photos from these places: Rome, Naples (Amalfi Coast and Pompei), Mykonos (Paradise Beach, Hora), Santorini (Oia, Red Beach), Sicily (Taormina and Mt. Etna), Cannes (Monte Carlo, Eze), and Florence/Pisa.

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Alicia and Phil
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:21 AM
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What a terrible shame!! Be sure to file a claim with your travel insurance company - at least you may be able to get reimbursed for the financial part of this loss. And I hope other cruisers can send you enough pictures that you can preserve some of those good memories. Sounds like you weren't hurt, anyway, and for that I am very glad!
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:27 AM
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until we were robbed on the train from Civitavecchia, two stops from Termini in Rome.
Can you be more specific. Your experience could be of great help to others if we know all the details and exactly what happened and how it happened.
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:40 AM
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My husband and I were traveling on Monday August 14 from Civitavecchia to the Rome Termini Station, with all of our luggage from the 10-day cruise. Keep in mind, we had become very familiar with the train system by the end of our cruise, and we had been vigilant about our belongings. We were sitting next to each other on the train, with all of our bags in the seats in front of us, except for our briefcase, which was in the overhead rack right in front of our noses. We were robbed two stops before Termini. I had been forewarned of pick-pockets in Rome, and even of their tactics to distract people while robbing them, but we were unaware of what was happening at the time and it all happened in just a few seconds. These people are professional criminals and they work in teams to victimize unsuspecting, good-natured tourists. A young man got very close to us and put a train ticket in our faces, and he spoke very loudly and acted as if he needed help in figuring out if it was his stop on the train. My husband felt it was odd that he was so close to us, and standing in the middle of us when he could have just asked my husband, who was sitting on the aisle. I thought it was odd that I noticed this guy's train ticket was purchased in Termini, when the train was on it's way into Termini. But this is all realized in hindsight. He pointed to the ticket and to the station outside. Then a few seconds later, he ran off the train. It was not until we arrived at Termini, 5 minutes later, that we discovered our briefcase was gone, and the shock and heartache sank in of losing our photos, which cannot be replaced. It was difficult to find someone to help us because no one spoke English. It took us 30 minutes to find the police station in Termini, which was located in the middle of nowhere in the basement, with no signs. I think the police station was under renovation (in the height of tourist season no less). However, there is no visible police force on the trains or in the stations, which is unbelievable given the amount of crime that happens there. Then we had to wait 90 minutes to fill out a police report because there was only one officer who spoke a little English, and by then I knew our photos were long gone. While waiting at the police station, other tourists piled in who had also just been robbed on incoming trains. One guy we spoke to from Australia had been traveling in Europe for 3 1/2 months, and he had one week left of his vacation before returning home, and he lost his camera and memory cards with over 2500 photos. We were able to give a description of the guy who distracted us, and we knew what time he got off the train and at which station. The police said there was a chance to find our things, because that station was small and had video cameras, and they would try their best. We notified the American Embassy of what happened as well, but they said not to expect anyone to work on our case before Wednesday August 16 because of the holiday. We are happy to have returned home safely, and we still plan on going on future vacations overseas. We'll just have to go back to the places we just saw on our vacation and take more pictures someday.
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:22 AM
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Thank you for sharing your loss with us. I'm sure there are readers who will benefit by being especially vigilant with their bags.

A little story about myself. I was in Mexico City with 3 friends (summer '80). We had just passed the morning doing some souvenir shopping and each of us had a large shopping bag. We went to Sanborn's on the Paseo de la Reforma near the Zocalo for lunch. We sat down at a table for 4, put our bags on the floor at our feet partly under the table, had lunch, NEVER LEFT the table and when we got up to leave, not one but two of the bags were missing. To this day I don't know how it was done! These were inexpensive things so the loss was negligible but it was the brazeness that we found amazing.

My dad used to say that there were thieves in Mexico City good enough to steal your belt, run up the street, and sell it back to you before you even knew it was missing.
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Old 10-22-2006, 04:50 AM
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Surely there is someone out there who could send you a CD. Good luck.
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:37 AM
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Really sorry to hear of your experience. Thats is not very nice.

I remember watching a TV Travel program and one section was about the thieves in Barcelona. The reporter set herself up as a tourist with her camera crew disguising the cameras. Do you know we as viewers did not even notice her bag was stolen until they re ran the shot and we could see the tactics these people employed.

It was one lady (obviously Spanish) with her little boy who distracts the tourist and then "bang" its gone.

Once again I am really sorry to hear of your experience. Insurance can replace monetary value of your belongs but nothing can replace your memories of your cruise.
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:04 PM
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I recently received two notes from cruisers who are willing to share their pictures with us. Just wanted to spread the good news and wish our fellow cruisers our sincerest thanks.
 
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