Q. How do I know if I am travelling on a charter or scheduled flight?

We use a range of airlines to operate our fly-cruise holidays.


Mediterranean fly-cruise holidays:

We use a combination of chartered and scheduled flights from around the UK to join Oceana in Malta. Those customers travelling on one of our scheduled flights will need to collect their luggage from the carousel in arrivals before joining the coach transfer to the ship.

Caribbean fly-cruise holidays:

The majority of our flights are on chartered aircraft. For this reason the services offered may differ slightly from the airline’s standard service or from your own experience if you’ve previously flown with them.

We supplement our chartered flights with seats on existing scheduled flights as and when required.

We are pleased to be able to offer upgrades to premium economy which is available when you book your cruise.

Exotic fly-cruise holidays:

All of our flights are booked with scheduled carriers, which vary depending on the route, date of departure and availability. Should you wish to travel with your preferred airline, upgrade your flight or amend your flight dates, we will be able to provide a tailored quote from 11 months prior to departure.

For more information you may find the following question useful: Which airlines do you use?

If you have a specific flight requirement, please ask at time of booking.

TUI Airways – all flights are operated on a chartered aircraft

  • 2017 Mediterranean fly-cruise
  • 2017/18 Caribbean fly-cruise

Thomas Cook Airlines – we charter aircraft or purchase seats on existing scheduled flights, depending on the season:

  • 2017 Mediterranean fly-cruise – we have chartered seats on existing scheduled flights, so while the aircraft will be shared with other Thomas Cook customers, you will still be able to pre-purchase your seats via Cruise Personaliser. Please note that you will need to collect your luggage from the carousel on arrival in Malta.
  • 2017/18 Caribbean fly-cruise – all aircraft are chartered

Jet2 – we purchase seats on existing scheduled flights:

  • 2017 Mediterranean fly-cruise – scheduled flights

easyJet – we purchase seats on existing scheduled flights:

  • 2017 Mediterranean fly-cruise – scheduled flights

For our Mediterranean fly-cruises, we also book scheduled seats on a range of airlines, including, but not limited to:

  • British Airways
  • Air Malta
  • KLM, Lufthansa and Air France (regional, indirect flights from around the UK)

Additional Information

You might find that some services you are looking for are dependent on the flight type. For example if you are travelling on a charter flight you can pre-purchase your flight seat via Cruise Personaliser, but this may not be possible on a scheduled service. 

Please note that all charter flights operate on the day of embarkation/disembarkation only.

If you have decided to extend your holiday or have booked one of our Exotic fly-cruise holidays you will be travelling on a scheduled flight.


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