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#21
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23 kg has always been the norm for weight on aircraft. Personally i think they should go back to when I started flying and weigh the passengers as well! The standard default weight of a passenger is 10.5 stone I think. :-(
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I agree Semi-formal is not really the best thing in the Caribbean but I wouldn't like Formal to go! It is P&O you know!!
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Originally posted by bee-ess
Have done this a few times and it is quite do-able with careful planning.

The issue is caused by P&O chartering the flights but that keeps the cost down. For example I saw a Celebrity Caribbean cruise I liked for next year last week and got a quote including flight and the flights added £700 each to the cost which made it dearer than P&O.

The other point we have found is that they don't check the weight very strictly at the airport and one check in told us they allow a couple of kilos over anyway for the cruise charters and they don't seem to check hand luggage too carefully. Think it is best to use smallish hand luggage bags not to attract attention but then put heavy things in them (like shoes). We have been a bit over at times but haven't been pulled up for it.
Cannot have been at Manchester Airport. Check-in "lady" had us taking 0.8 Kg out of a case for a cruise flight at the counter to get down to 23 Kgs. Sad thing was that it was the second case onto the belt and the first case had disappeared so couldn't adjust weight between the cases.

Ultimately what came out of the case went on the hand luggage!... Enough said!
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#24
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Originally posted by ucanttaketheboy
Cannot have been at Manchester Airport. Check-in "lady" had us taking 0.8 Kg out of a case for a cruise flight at the counter to get down to 23 Kgs. Sad thing was that it was the second case onto the belt and the first case had disappeared so couldn't adjust weight between the cases.

Ultimately what came out of the case went on the hand luggage!... Enough said!
No it was Thomas Cook, Gatwick
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#25
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Hi, I'm not really sure why you are " having a go " at P&O for these restrictions, as the luggage weights are pretty much standard on any fly holiday. In fact on our last holiday we were only allowed 20kg each.
As previous posters have said if you pack sensibly then you should have no problems. Unless you are like a relative of mine who always takes 14 different outfits for day wear then another 14 outfits for evening wear ! You may have problems if you do that. There is always the free laundry or the laundry service if you don't want to do it yourself. And as you are going to the Caribbean you will only need light clothes. I'm sure you will manage.
#26
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My Mum travelled a lot of the world on her own and was proud to claim she did it with the equivelent of two shopping bags. She always looked amazing and stood out from a crowd but she achieved this effect with amazing costume jewellary.

In later years she became a Speaker for WI's etc. entitled "Travelling with Two Shopping Bags" and it was very popular and amusing

Unlike my Mum I'm a massive overpacker but even I can manage on 23 kilos thats a lot.

B&M and Home Bargains do a great see through travel bag for a pound with 3 small plastic bottles in to decante lotions etc. in to expanding on the tip above.

It will be hot and warm you will have a fabulous time....
#27
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1. Weigh your suitcases. Some modern hard shell cases are up towards 5 kilo empty. Invest in lightweight one's if you travel or cruise a lot.

2. As some decent trsvel sites say; Lay all the the clothes you think you will need on the bed and take away 50%
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#28
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Originally posted by tillybilly321
Hi, I'm not really sure why you are " having a go " at P&O for these restrictions, as the luggage weights are pretty much standard on any fly holiday. In fact on our last holiday we were only allowed 20kg each.
As previous posters have said if you pack sensibly then you should have no problems. Unless you are like a relative of mine who always takes 14 different outfits for day wear then another 14 outfits for evening wear ! You may have problems if you do that. There is always the free laundry or the laundry service if you don't want to do it yourself. And as you are going to the Caribbean you will only need light clothes. I'm sure you will manage.
On page 31 of the new 2013 P&O brochure it states that the luggage allowance for P&O fly cruises is 20kg. If you struggle at 23kg you will be in real trouble next year.
#29
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Most luggage over 5-10 yrs old is quite heavy, we invested in a new lightweight one and that was a huge help. All the tips on here are very valid. If you're still having trouble and IF you are flying with BA you may be able to buy some extra luggage allowance. We did this on a six week hol to OZ in 2009. They did allow us to buy another 23kg for about £30 and if your P&O ship is coming back to UK soon you can arrange for them to bring back an extra suitcase and have it delivered to your door too!!!!
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#30
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Originally posted by Denarius
23 kgs is standard now, even for scheduled flights. Having said that, I have done P&O fly cruises to the Caribbean and land tours to the USA with this allowance and have never had any problem staying within it. I follow the rule of "if you think you might not wear it, don't take it"
Is it not time, however, for P&O abandon formal/semi-formal in the Caribbean. That would free up a lot of space in suitcases for important items like shorts and tee shirts. ;-)
O yes IT IS about time, so stuffy and pompous! Wouldn't it be enough for the men to wear a jacket, shirt and tie instead of the old tuxedo thing. With regards to Sunseeker's post, I get the washing of daytime clothes as an obvious -its having to pack a tux, shoes etc in the first place as EXTRA. Makes you wonder if they're doing it on purpose so you spend more money with them by hiring the stuff in the first place. Us girls can wear same pair of trousers with different tops or even a lovely cocktail dress - the issue is if P&O are going to determine the 'out-of-date' so called POSH nights then they should allow the baggage allowance to reflect this. I too will never either cruise with P&O again or fly with whichever airline it is we end up with. Never had this problem with Princess or RCI or NCL had a 30kg no bother.
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#31
Devon, UK
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As someone has just said -IT'S NOTHING TO DO WITH P&O. - it's the airline that makes the rule!!
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#32
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Originally posted by 1stgarry
O yes IT IS about time, so stuffy and pompous! Wouldn't it be enough for the men to wear a jacket, shirt and tie instead of the old tuxedo thing. With regards to Sunseeker's post, I get the washing of daytime clothes as an obvious -its having to pack a tux, shoes etc in the first place as EXTRA. Makes you wonder if they're doing it on purpose so you spend more money with them by hiring the stuff in the first place. Us girls can wear same pair of trousers with different tops or even a lovely cocktail dress - the issue is if P&O are going to determine the 'out-of-date' so called POSH nights then they should allow the baggage allowance to reflect this. I too will never either cruise with P&O again or fly with whichever airline it is we end up with. Never had this problem with Princess or RCI or NCL had a 30kg no bother.

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#33
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Originally posted by 1stgarry
O yes IT IS about time, so stuffy and pompous! Wouldn't it be enough for the men to wear a jacket, shirt and tie instead of the old tuxedo thing. With regards to Sunseeker's post, I get the washing of daytime clothes as an obvious -its having to pack a tux, shoes etc in the first place as EXTRA. Makes you wonder if they're doing it on purpose so you spend more money with them by hiring the stuff in the first place. Us girls can wear same pair of trousers with different tops or even a lovely cocktail dress - the issue is if P&O are going to determine the 'out-of-date' so called POSH nights then they should allow the baggage allowance to reflect this. I too will never either cruise with P&O again or fly with whichever airline it is we end up with. Never had this problem with Princess or RCI or NCL had a 30kg no bother.
I just knew Denarius's post was going to bring out, yet again, the "Get rid of formal nights" brigade.
#34
north bucks, UK
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Personally, i find the formal nights, the easiest ones to cope with,
and generally most of my long dresses are the lightest of my packing.
Soory guys, i know your suits are heavier

even i cope with 23kg, and i am a shoe addict, who always has to pack at least 5 pairs of shoes ,...just before the kitchen sink
Thank goodness bath and beach towels are supplied.

not sure about 20kg though for next year ?? is that still with just 5kg hand luggage ??
even when we go to lanzarote for a week, i use all my allowance of 20kg + 10kg hand luggage, so i know i will struggle with just 20kg.
That'll be less shoes then
#35
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Originally posted by 1stgarry
O yes IT IS about time, so stuffy and pompous! Wouldn't it be enough for the men to wear a jacket, shirt and tie instead of the old tuxedo thing. With regards to Sunseeker's post, I get the washing of daytime clothes as an obvious -its having to pack a tux, shoes etc in the first place as EXTRA. Makes you wonder if they're doing it on purpose so you spend more money with them by hiring the stuff in the first place. Us girls can wear same pair of trousers with different tops or even a lovely cocktail dress - the issue is if P&O are going to determine the 'out-of-date' so called POSH nights then they should allow the baggage allowance to reflect this. I too will never either cruise with P&O again or fly with whichever airline it is we end up with. Never had this problem with Princess or RCI or NCL had a 30kg no bother.
Hi, It was never about getting rid of 'formal nights', it's about P&O chartering the flight and restricting cruisers luggage so they can use more of the aircraft for freight. On previous Caribbean cruises we've been on, there wasn't a problem as the luggage allowance was more reasonable, (30kgs), but I can assure you all, I don't intend to let it spoil our trip! Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment, much appreciated. Happy cruising to you all!
#36
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Originally posted by sammydo
Personally, i find the formal nights, the easiest ones to cope with,
and generally most of my long dresses are the lightest of my packing.
Soory guys, i know your suits are heavier

even i cope with 23kg, and i am a shoe addict, who always has to pack at least 5 pairs of shoes ,...just before the kitchen sink
Thank goodness bath and beach towels are supplied.

not sure about 20kg though for next year ?? is that still with just 5kg hand luggage ??
even when we go to lanzarote for a week, i use all my allowance of 20kg + 10kg hand luggage, so i know i will struggle with just 20kg.
That'll be less shoes then
Only 5 pairs!!
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#37
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Originally posted by virginvirgo
Only 5 pairs!!
indeed! I usually take 13-15 pairs!
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#38
north bucks, UK
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Originally posted by cruiseluvva
indeed! I usually take 13-15 pairs!
oh very tempting, but you havent seen the size (or weight) of my shoes.
platforms, wedges and heavy trainers.
when we went from southampton, we took a case, just for my (our)
shoes, (8pairs of which were mine), so bit of a culture shock having to cut down when flying . Crazy i know...but i loooooove my shoes.
#39
England
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Joined Apr 2012
Well you have to have a pair to go with each outfit LOL

I shall be taking at least 13 dresses one for each night thankfully I'm not flying (I hate flying anyway).

PS totally unrelated but are there any more smilies anywhere? They seem to be a bit limited?
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#40
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Originally posted by 1stgarry
I too will never either cruise with P&O again or fly with whichever airline it is we end up with. Never had this problem with Princess or RCI or NCL had a 30kg no bother.

I would have thought that packing restrictions were far less of a problem than having to fly via the USA and go through their customs. But each to their own.
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