Wait One Minute - What Is It We Actually Do Again?

09 October 2013

Shipping Your Stuff Worldwide

Good question. A lot of people don't know what we actually do, except for those who think we're the cod liver oil people. Let's get one thing straight - we're not the cod liver oil people. They're called 'Seven Seas'. We're called 'Seven Seas'. Okay? We hope that's cleared things up.

So what do we do exactly? We talk about travel and worldwide shipping and the like but when all is said and done, what is the task we get out of bed to perform each day?

Well, look at this way (although there are other ways of looking at it, but we'll look at those other ways later), you're packing for a holiday and find you're not going to manage everything. Perhaps you've packed one suitcase too many or there's something you absolutely have to take because the holiday requires it, such as a set of golf clubs or a surfboard. That's where we come in as one of the leading excess baggage companies in the world.

We'll send one of our drivers to your door to drop off free boxes and packing materials, you pack your belongings to your specifications, then our driver turns up again to collect the boxes and take them to your chosen destination. We can do this for every piece of luggage you have, of course. Imagine breezing through the airport with just hand luggage, safe in the knowledge every suitcase will be waiting for you at the other end. Sounds sweet, doesn't it?

Well, that's what we do.

Of course, there's more to it than that. Shipping people's stuff around the world is a complex business but we don't want to bore you with the details. We want to dazzle you with the exciting stuff. That's what this blog is for. If you want to get in touch with our international shipping team to see how they can help, give them a call today or get an instant online quote which is even simpler.

Posted in: SSW, Shipping

Interminable 5 - Baggage Problems Mean Planes Leave Heathrow Without Passengers

26 September 2013

Baggage Problems At Heathrow

Oh dear. It seems there are problems at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 today. Travellers have been unable to check in their baggage due to a computer problem.

The problem has been sorted (thank you, IT department) but now the backlog has to be dealt with, with thousands of passengers unable to catch their flights and trying to rebook. It seems the planes left on time with far more empty seats than normal. Since the unfortunate start in 2008, T5 has had an impeccable record up till now. However, this is what happens when an enormous machine experiences a computer error.

Luckily Seven Seas Worldwide provides the solution. Why check in baggage in the first place? Why not have someone send it abroad for you? Seven Seas Worldwide can collect your items at your front door and transport them to virtually anywhere else in the world. No more baggage checks, no more queues, no more potential computing disasters.

See what our excess baggage service can do for you today.

Posted in: Travel, Holidays

Excess Bother - Why Don't British Airways Want to Check Your Bags?

20 September 2013

British Airways and Excess Baggage

Are you a seasoned traveller? Oh good. Hello. In which case, you may have heard the news that British Airways is abandoning free baggage allowances on certain European routes. If you check in a bag, you’re going to have to cough up.

This is part of British Airways’ stealth campaign to convince us that travelling light is better for everyone. It’s better for us because it’s cheaper and it’s better for them because it means shorter queues and less time spent in the loading bay. From September 24th, if you only have hand luggage for a number of key domestic and European destinations, you will be rewarded with a £10 discount. The destinations are Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

Of course, it’s not only BA who have introduced little caveats to encourage light travel. EasyJet and Ryanair have long had extra baggage charges in place leading some travel critics to accuse BA of transforming itself into just another low-cost carrier.

There’s no denying a trend is growing among airlines to deter passengers with excess baggage because to them, excess baggage means excess bother. This is where Seven Seas Worldwide comes in.

We’ve been shipping internationally for nearly twenty years and know a thing or two about sending excess baggage all over the world. If the airlines don’t want it; we’ll take it. We can send your personal belongings door-to-door virtually anywhere in the world, so you don’t have to pay the extra charges at the airport.

Bit of a no brainer, really, if you want to travel with more than one bag. Give us a call, or grab an instant online quote. Go on. You know you want to.

Posted in: Travel, Packing, Holidays

Catch a Flight to Düsseldorf

16 September 2013

Fly to Düsseldorf

Last week, British Airways announced that it will be launching a three-times-daily service to Düsseldorf from London City Airport. The addition of flights to Dusseldorf is good news for business professionals moving to and from two of the busiest financial cities in the world.

But if you're one of the potential customers taking advantage of these new flights to Düsseldorf, you should also be aware of BA's extra baggage allowances. If you find yourself with too many pieces of extra luggage, British Airways will hit you with a baggage fee which fluctuates depending on your situation (i.e. it will cost less if you pay in advance online). Well, we say they'll 'hit' you with a fee. We don't really mean 'hit', for they do prepare you for these fees on their website. But that doesn't make it any less annoying.

So how can you avoid these unnecessary costs? We're glad you asked. The team at Seven Seas Worldwide are experts in shipping excess baggage and personal belongings all over the world. Imagine leaving your luggage with us to send ahead of you while you breeze through the airport on your flight to Düsseldorf with just your laptop bag. Yes, we know. It sounds sweet.

It works like this: We'll deliver as many empty boxes as you need. Once you're done packing the boxes with your items, we'll turn up to collect them again for forwarding to your chosen destination, door-to-door. We'll do the return leg too. It's as simple as that. Find out more about our international shipping and excess baggage services now, or just grab a quick online shipping quote. Easy.

Posted in: Holidays, Travel

Leave Teddy Behind - Packing for University

27 August 2013

Packing for University

Now the envelopes have been opened, the grades digested and placements accepted, it’s time to think about putting your belongings in a box and packing for university. As experts in international shipping, we know a thing or two about how to pack.

Remember the most important things to take are the items that show how fascinating you are: Framed film posters with iconic designs, ukuleles, backpacking mementos and thick essays by intellectuals (you don’t have to read them).

Alternatively, you can just leave all that baggage behind (except the ukulele which you should smash to bits), and concentrate on essentials. One box should be labelled a ‘lifesaver box’ and filled with items you need straight away such as tea and coffee-making facilities, cutlery, toiletries and a corkscrew (optional).

Pack another box with admin because the first week is going to be rather dull and entail a fair bit of queuing before you get your half-smiling, half-blinking image printed onto an ID card. Make sure you have your passport, academic certificates, bank details, NHS medical card, job references, accommodation documents and anything else relevant to your move/degree.

Don’t weigh your boxes down with study books. In fact, don’t weigh your boxes down with anything you can purchase at the other end. Upon arrival, give yourself plenty of time to bed in and do a little shopping, both for your new home and for your studies. And despite the fact we’ve had a very good summer, remember to pack warm and woolly items of clothing for the first few semesters.

If you’re taking laptops and other digital equipment, you might need extension leads, adaptors and memory sticks. Oh and it doesn't hurt (all puns intended) to take some first aid with you such as plasters and paracetamol.

Now you have your boxes packed and ready to go, all you need to think about is moving them. That’s where we come in. If you’re moving to a university within the same country, Seven Seas Worldwide has a specific student removals service to help transport your belongings and baggage from A to B, door-to-door, no fuss. If you have a lot of boxes, you can arrange for collection using one of our MoveCubes – a rather splendid trailer/vehicle thing that can hold the contents of an entire flat. We can handle all kinds of student shipping, in fact, and we can even pick up, store and then drop off your stuff for you with our student storage service. Awesome.

Seven Seas Worldwide also has a global network of depots which makes us a top choice among international students. Grab a free online quote to see what we can do to make your move to university a bit easier.

And actually, if he offers familiarity and reassurance, you can take Teddy if you want.

Posted in: Students, Packing