morris - Answered a Question by salmon (21 Nov 08 18:36)

I think the measurements given for thomson flights are 55 x 40 x 20 cms which seems to be the norm for other flights as well. We had a Thomson flight for our return from the Transatlantic on ventura and actually our hand luggage wasn't measured or weighed so I wouldn't worry unduly....there were several of the small trolley cases I noticed fact we are thinking of getting one for the next time...

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salmon - replied to morris (22 Nov 08 09:44)

Thank you for the information about the hand luggage really helpful. As they reduced the amount of luggage you can take and only 5kg on board, got to learn to cut down usually take this much for one week let alone two !!. Hope you had a good time would be interested in any comments you have on the ship, many mixed reviews at the moment. Any recommendations what and what not to do if you have time. Once again thanks for the information.

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morris - replied to salmon (22 Nov 08 10:50)

The secret with the packing I've discovered is to roll everything you can..I also use those vacuum bags which you suck the air out of...I also tend to take mix and match clothes so I can vary the outfits. We found the 23kgs per suitcase was plenty, in fact we didn't wear everything we took, and it really was the maximum we could lift anyway!! Remember tea and coffee facilities are in your cabin so don't need the travel kettle or tea bags etc. We enjoyed our cruise very much, booked a balcony so we had somewhere to escape the children!! but it was half term!. the only moans we heard were about the entertainment (which we felt needed a complete overhaul - not good) and the lack of sun beds! Food was good, beds/cabins were comfy, service was generally good. Antigua was our favourite island - especially enjoyed the excursion to Shirleys heights and Nelsons Dockyard - but it was all lovely. We actually prefer smaller ships but would go on Ventura again if the itinerary was right.

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Lees - replied to salmon (03 Dec 08 16:53)

Don't worry about the negative reviews, we are just off Ventura and a great time. Just go with an open mind and forget all the moaners that you will come accross onboard.

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birkett - Answered a Question by salmon (21 Nov 08 16:15)

Are off in the morning so will let you know if we have been able to take our small on-wheels for overhead locker- type case that we normally use with scheduled airlines.

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Ingle - Answered a Question by salmon (21 Nov 08 21:16)

Extract from P&O website......We have recently been advised that from 23 October 2008, the luggage allowances for all Charter flights will be reduced to 23 Kilos per person hold luggage. This change was brought about by the governments Health & Safety Officers, to ensure that baggage handlers in the UK do not have to lift any item exceeding 23kgs. However, the hand luggage allowance will remain at 5kgs per person with a size guideline of 43 cm x 28 cm x 23 cm.

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Entwistle - Answered a Question by salmon (03 Dec 08 22:05)

I found the easiest way of finding out, was to check with the airport. It may be that Thomson, being the carrier may have their own ideas. I would check if they are strict about the weight. Most carriers don't weigh hand luggage, only hold luggage. There is a metal apparatus at the airport which gives you the available size which you have to fit your cabin baggage into. The weight allowed for hand baggage is usually 5kg but when I went on holiday in September from Gatwick, my bag was heavier but it still fitted inside the apparatus, so it was allowed on the plane. There was also a weigh scales near the Immigration area on the Departure floor, so I was able to weigh both cases before I booked in. We were also allowed to take handbags or camera bags as well and you can buy anything extra in duty free in the Departure Lounge after going through the x-ray and custom area, which can also be taken on board. You do have to take out from your hand luggage any liquids if they are needed on the plane as these are to go through the x-ray machine separately in a clear plastic bag. If they are not needed every liquid needs to be packed in your hold case. They are very strict about this and any larger liquids, more than 100ml size will be taken away from you. Hope this is of help.

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young - Answered a Question by salmon (07 Dec 08 22:06)

Just got back from fly cruise on Ventura. Great flight with Thomson - we were able to take in excess of our 23kgs - allowance not overly bothered with. Also - additional bag full of heavy scuba gear permitted as hold baggage, didn't ask for PADI card either. Wheelie case as permitted as hand luggage as on schedule airlines - not weighed. Ventura is a casual ship - we had a fantastic time in the caribbean. P&O marketing sucessful in reaching out to a wide range of passengers - never been in the company of so many tattooed ladies and/or type 2 diabetics!!

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salmon - replied to young (08 Dec 08 07:58)

Thank you for your reply really helpful. Glad you had a great holiday, not sure if I'm looking forward to the tattooed ladies! etc., never mind all goes to good people watching.

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