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Wilba - Answered a Question by Rawling (22 Oct 08 12:14)

Your only hope is to upgrade your seats, at a cost, & I hate rubbing salt into your wounds but this is the very reason that some of us only ever book 'cruise only' particualary on long hauls.

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phillips - replied to Wilba (22 Oct 08 22:12)

Agee with you wilba BUT we are too flying manchester to barbados on thomos cook on the day aftr boxing day 27 th dec . we want to spend christmas with family and the cost of flying from a regional airport at the holiday weekend was as much as the cruise! SOOO we have to put up with cramp bad backs and everything else just to get away for new year! We have already pre booked lotus spa to help us get rid of aches and pains and have promised each other not to have too much xmas pud otherwise we wont fit in narrow seats! all premium seats have been sold months ago but we are on wait list.

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Buckley - Answered a Question by Rawling (22 Oct 08 12:53)

They have put a 33inch seat pitch in for long haul same width sadly?

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Rawling (22 Oct 08 15:17)

You can try and get an upgrade which will probably cost about Ł150 per person each way or arrive very early and try to secure a seat by an exit. Aisle seats are better than inside seats. .... Neil .

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Dobson - Answered a Question by Rawling (22 Oct 08 19:55)

I went on the same cruise during Easter 2008. As you, we flew Manchester to Montego Bay where we joined Sea Princess. We actually flew with Thomsonfly. Seats were comfortable and spacious. I've only ever heard of Gatwick passengers flying with Thomas Cook to Montego Bay. However, since Thomsonfly and Thomas Cook have merged, this could have all changed. I did hear a few months back that they were making their seat pitch wider for long haul. Contact your tour operator or Thomas Cook direct. Hopefully they will be able to help you.

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Rae - replied to Dobson (23 Oct 08 13:12)

Thomsonfly and Thomas Cook have not merged. Thomsonfly have merged with First Choice. Buckley, Rhyl is correct. The seat pitch is 33 inches, whereas scheduled airlines such as BA have only 31 inches, so you will actually have a slightly more comfortable flight with Thomas Cook than with a scheduled airline. Their longhaul planes are different to their shorthaul ones, which have 28 inches, so will not be the same as your last flight with them. They have seatback tv screens too on longhaul with choice of films.

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