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What is the baggage allowance on my flight?

The baggage allowance varies by airline, destination, class of travel and ticket type (in some instances your baggage allowance may differ from the airline’s standard amount due to agreements we may have with the airline). 

Please be aware that your baggage allowance may not always be the same for all flights in your itinerary and that allowances on UK domestic routes may be less than on international routes.

Your baggage allowance can be found on My P&O Cruises.   


In most cases, any person (including infants and children) who occupies a seat on a flight is entitled to a baggage allowance. Below we’ve listed the most frequently used airlines and their baggage allowances (please note that this information is subject to change without notice, and we have no control over the changes that airlines may make).

Baggage allowance

Virgin Atlantic Charter (VA)

Economy: 23 kg per person 

Premium: 2x23 kg per person

Business: 2x32 kg per person

Hand baggage for Economy and Premium classes: Guests can take a hand luggage bag into the plane cabin with them, as well as things they might normally have like a coat or small handbag. This bag must be no larger than 23cm x 36cm x 56cm (that’s 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches), and can weigh up to 10kg.


British Airways (BA)

Economy hold baggage: 23kg per person

Hand baggage: 1 item per person only with a maximum weight of 23kg, plus 1 additional handbag/laptop bag. The maximum weight per bag is 23kg and you must be able to lift your bag unaided into the overhead locker. Please refer to the British Airways website for dimension guidelines or if you are travelling with infants.


Air Malta (KM)

Economy Hold Baggage – 23kg per person

Hand Baggage - 10kg per person, 1 item only. Maximum dimensions are 40cm x 55cm x 25cm


EasyJet (U2)

Economy hold baggage: 23kg per person

Hand baggage:  No weight restriction, 1 item per person only. Please refer to the easyJet website for the latest dimension guidelines. You must be able to lift your bag unaided into the overhead locker.


Jet2 (LS)

Economy hold baggage: 22kg per person

Hand baggage: 10kg per person, 1 item only. For the latest dimensions please visit the Jet2 website.


TUI Airways (short-haul flights to Malta)

Economy hold baggage: 23kg per person

Economy hand baggage: 10kg per person, 1 item only. Maximum dimensions are 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.


TUI Airways (long-haul flights to the Caribbean)

Economy hold baggage: 23kg per person. TUI Airways will accept multiple bags, but the combined weight must not exceed 23kgs per person.

Economy hand baggage: 10kg per person, 1 item only. Maximum dimensions are 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. 

Premium economy hold baggage: 28kgs per person. Please note that individual bags should not weigh more than 23kgs for safety and handling purposes. TUI Airways will accept multiple bags, but the combined weight must not exceed 28kgs per person.

Luggage allowance may be spread over a number of bags as long as combined weight does not exceed allowance.


Premium economy hand baggage: 10kg per person, 1 item only. Maximum dimensions are 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. 


TUI Airways – Sports Equipment

Golf Clubs: please arrange with the airline at least 7 days prior to departure

Scuba equipment: you may be able to carry 5kg of scuba equipment in your hold luggage, providing you have a valid scuba qualification or PADI certificate. Please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 03453 555 111 (local call charges apply).


TUI Airways –  Weddings

If you are getting married on board one of our ships and are travelling on one of our TUI Airways, then you are entitled to an additional hold luggage allowance of 5kg per person. This allowance applies to the wedding couple only and wedding dresses cannot be carried as hand luggage. Please call our Customer Contact Centre on 0345 355 5111 so we are able to notify the airline of this request.

Travel Agents please call 0344 338 8005.

If you are travelling on a flight other than TUI Airways, an additional wedding baggage allowance cannot be guaranteed by P&O Cruises. Please check with the airline directly for their policy on taking wedding items on a flight.

Excess baggage

If your baggage exceeds the maximum allowance, you may be liable for an excess baggage fee.

Excess baggage rules vary considerably, therefore we recommend you call our Customer Contact Centre on 03453 555 111 (local call charges apply) for clarification on your individual booking.


TUI Airways – Excess Baggage

To arrange excess baggage, contact TUI Airways directly on 0203 636 1309, 3-5 days prior to departure. You will need to provide your flight details and your P&O Cruises booking reference. Please be aware that any additional charges are set by the airline and are subject to change.


Virgin Atlantic (Charter for Heathrow and Manchester) – Excess Baggage

Guests can pay for their excess baggage at the airport at £65 per bag. The baggage limit is 23kg.


Hand baggage advice

Please visit the Gov.UK website: for the most up to date information and advice, to ensure that you don’t carry any restricted items through airport security.

Below is a summary of hand baggage restrictions, please note that all information is subject to change and P&O Cruises has no control over such restrictions:

Liquids - Wherever possible you should pack liquids in your hold luggage as containers taken in hand luggage must not hold more than 100ml. Liquids include (and are not limited to) all drinks, some foods, pastes, make-up, medicines and a variety of other solutions.  

Baby Food - You are permitted to take enough baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand luggage required for your trip. Specific allowances vary by airline and we recommend you check with them before you travel.

Insulin, Pen Injection Device or Needles and Medication - If you need to carry insulin, needles or a pen injection device on board the aircraft, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 03453 555 111 (local call charges apply).

Please note:

  • Insulin should be carried as hand luggage and not in the aircraft hold where it may become frozen
  • Insulin and all other medicines should be identifiable, preferably in its original packing

You should carry a prescription or a supporting written statement from your doctor to avoid problems with security or customs.

Most airlines are able to provide a sharps box on board for disposal of needles, lancets, syringes or empty insulin cartridges. Should you require a sharps box, please ask the cabin crew and they will provide one for you. 

There are no conventional fridges on board the aircraft. Should you need to take medication which needs to be stored in a cool place, we would recommend you bring a cool bag with you. Airlines may be able to provide additional ice on board. 

You may also find the following question helpful, Can I take medications on board or into foreign countries?


Electronic devices - The UK government has advised that guests must ensure that any electronic devices taken on board a flight in hand luggage are fully charged before embarking the aircraft. If you are unable to demonstrate that your phone or other electronic device can be switched on, you risk having the device confiscated at the airport which could also result in you missing your flight. You are also advised to switch on your electronic devices before you reach the security check areas to cut down on potential delays.

Pushchairs - You are permitted to take a pushchair on your flight. They are classed as "free baggage" and can be taken in addition to your baggage allowance. The pushchair will be taken from you at the gate and stored in the aircraft hold. After you land, the pushchair will be either be returned with your luggage or taken out of the hold and returned to you on the tarmac. If you are travelling on one of our charter flights where your baggage is taken directly from the aircraft to the ship (bonded baggage), then you will either be able to collect the pushchair from the tarmac, or it will be taken to the ship with your hold luggage. For clarification we recommend you discuss this with check-in staff when you check-in for your flight. 

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