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Your luggage will be collected outside your cabin and the next time you will see it (hopefully) will be at Gatwick. The allowance is 25kg +5kg hand baggage.
When you get to Grantley Adams International airport I am afraid you will have to check it in before your luggage is loaded onto the plane. Normally you do have to identify your luggage before it is loaded on the transport to take it to the airport, never yet said farewell to our lugggage outside our cabin at 11 p.m. and not see it again until back in the UK so would have to disagree with your current advice.
The night before you leave Oceana you will have been asked to leave your cases outside your cabin by midnight at the latest. You of course keep your hand luggage with you. Your luggage is then taken to the airport and loaded. You do not see it again until you collect it from the carousel at Gatwick. We usually put out one case before we go to dinner and then the other when we have returned to our cabin. Unlike at Gatwick you do not check your own luggage in. You will have been given the sticky labels with the bar code on that the check in person usually puts on the cases and you put these on, together with a security sticker that you put on. You will get all the instructions about these a couple of days before you disembark.
As someone has said the luggage allowance is usually 25kg plus 5kg hand luggage. If you booked premium seats it used to be 30kg but in January we found it was 25kg. If you call P&O they will let you know. It may depend on the carrier. Oceana is a beautiful ship and ideal for cruising the Caribbean. You will have a fabulous time.
This is what also happens with Ocean Village cruises and they are part of the same group, have a great time.
Sorry must disagree with you. Have been on 4 p&o cruises and flown into and out of Barbados and in all situations have left lugguage outisde our cabin the night before and you next see it (in my case) when you get back to uk. Gatwick. The only time it did not happen was when we were returniung via New Orleans we had to leave cases outside cabin and they were put into a hold and the next mrning when we left to go to New Orleans airport for ourt flight home we had to identify our luggage before it went onto the coach to the airport and again identify when it cme off the coach and went to the plane.
I also must disagree having been on 6 P&0 cruises and flown out of Barbados and every time have left luggage outside cabin night before and next time we saw it was at our uk airport. This has been the case not only with 0ceana but the times we have sailed on the arcadia also.We also put one case out before evening meal and then the other before retiring. We have had a balcony on every cruise apart from the 0riana this past July. We found the 0ceana a lovely ship and infact are on the month cruise over Christmas/New Year in 2008/9. we always go for 2nd sitting as we would find the earlier one too much of a rush and we prefere to eat later.Hope this is of some help and have a great cruise- just know you will.
We sailed on the Oceana to round the caribbean in january & had n outside cabin with balcony. The cabin was lovely, not huge but plenty of room for clothes & to move round. The bathroom was howvere, very snug to say the least, even though it had everything you needed including lovely smellies! The ship was great as were the cabin stewards. We chose second sitting for dining and were very glad we had as there were many complaints from those on open dining about having to queue to book a table & time every other day. We had a great time & would sail on this ship again.
Apologies before responding to the query I had a look at the website
Disembarkation and Transfer Information:
At the dock, your luggage will be arranged according to the color-coded tags, which will be provided to you prior to disembarkation. On the majority of our cruises, you will be required to identify and clear your luggage through customs. As you leave the ship, you will be directed by Princess representatives to the luggage claim area for your color group. As many bags are similar in appearance, please check each luggage tag to ensure you are claiming your own luggage.
If you have purchased a Princess ship-to-airport transfer, Cruise Plus Hotel Package or are participating on a cruisetour, you will be directed by uniformed Princess representatives to the transfer departure point.
So their website appears to be misleading no doubt not the only one.
Oceana is P&O, not Princess.
No one has answered your ? re Thomas Cook. I have been told that they have taken seats out of some aircraft to attempt an increase in legroom. I sincerely hope they have as they are the most cramped and uncomfortable seats I have ever had the misfortune to sit in.(Hope the upgrade is worth it) We came back from Canada on TC after a cruise. There was no padding on seats, the metal just stuck into you. The seat width is miniscule, your shoulders are wider and I am 5'1". This makes for unhappy closeness with the other many who are sardined in with you. The food is dreadful and the service non existant. I last flew 4 hours to crete with them in June and Sept. As usual they were delayed. But they surpassed themselves by substituting an aircraft with one from GADAIR. This made TC appear idyllic. Filthy, insanitory and disgusting. I have complained to to the cruise lines. A lovely holiday ruined by the flights, delays and poor service. Don't just take my word for it ! have a look on this site and you will see GADAIR (a spanish charter airline brought in by TC )and TC mentioned time and again in the same vein. Ring P & O and see if they do not have a Thompson plane you can change to.
Oceana is a lovely ship. Your bags will go from cabin back to Gatwick before you see them again ! lovely.