Just returned from a wonderful China cruisetour with Viking. The 44-pound weight limit was not enforced, but you never know what will happen on any given trip. Did you know that the 44-pound limit applies only to checked luggage? You may carry a couple of roll-ons onto the plane with you. I wouldn't overdo it if I were you, but don't fret if you just can't get below 50 pounds of checked luggage!