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#1
Up North
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Does Princess have shorter lines at pier when checking in if you are in Elite or Platinum status?


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#2
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Separate line yes, but not always shorter


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#3
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Yes but it's not always shorter. Usually it is, but if it isn't, just hop in another line.
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#4
Chico, California
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It depends on how many Platinum and Elite there are on the cruise. For an Alaska cruise the line will likely be much shorter. For a looooooooooong cruise there will likely be a lot more Elite cruisers.
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#5
Up North
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I guess i will just wait and see. Any suggestions on where to hang out between airport and pier?


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#6
Brooksville FL
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Originally posted by Lucy Jane
I guess i will just wait and see. Any suggestions on where to hang out between airport and pier?


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What airport ?
What pier ?


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#7
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Sorry - Fort Lauderdale - Princess ship - plane arrives at one and can't board until 3 or 4


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#9
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Originally posted by Lucy Jane
Sorry - Fort Lauderdale - Princess ship - plane arrives at one and can't board until 3 or 4
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You can board as soon as boarding begins. Check in usually begins around 10:30am. After check in you will be shown upstairs to a waiting area. Boarding usually begins around 11:30/Noon. The first to board are the BVE's, then Full Suites, Elites, Platinum and all others. Whatever it says on your Princess documentation is just a suggestion. If your plane lands around 9:30am or later go directly to the pier.
#10
San Francisco
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Originally posted by Lucy Jane
Sorry - Fort Lauderdale - Princess ship - plane arrives at one and can't board until 3 or 4


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Curious as to what time your cruise departs? Your boarding pass may show boarding times but those times are only suggestions. From my experience boarding starts around 12 noon. First to board are wedding parties, in-transit people, (people doing a B2B cruise) & people doing a BVE if it's offored.

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#11
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Originally posted by sknight
You can board as soon as boarding begins. Check in usually begins around 10:30am. After check in you will be shown upstairs to a waiting area. Boarding usually begins around 11:30/Noon.
Whatever it says on your Princess documentation is just a suggestion. If your plane lands around 9:30am or later go directly to the pier.
Almost always correct, but it look likes the OP is on the Caribbean Princess right after its transatlantic sailing. A ship arriving in the US for the first time in months usually has additional inspections and delayed boarding.
#12
Oregon
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Originally posted by idahospud
Almost always correct, but it look likes the OP is on the Caribbean Princess right after its transatlantic sailing. A ship arriving in the US for the first time in months usually has additional inspections and delayed boarding.
Good point, but I think with the OP's plane due to arrive at 1 p.m., heading to Port Everglades right away makes sense. My experience there (only two boardings) is that it's possible to get stuck way in the back of a huge, long line without being aware that there is a Platinum/Elite line up there. This is the only port where we've seen these lines with 500 or more people in them.

The first time we had preferred boarding there, I just happened to walk way up there to check it out and found we could walk right in if we had "preferred" boarding. No one among the contracted (not Princess) boarding agents made any attempt to tell Platinum and Elite passengers that there was another line for them. We had to go investigate.

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#13
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Piggy-backing on this thread:

Can we use the Elite check in, if only one of us (in the room) is Elite?

And, pretty sure I know this answer, but I'll ask anyway, 2 rooms, one with an Elite passenger, one not. Can both rooms check in together in the Elite line?
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#14
Central Texas
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Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by Lucy Jane
Sorry - Fort Lauderdale - Princess ship - plane arrives at one and can't board until 3 or 4
Just go straight to the port. We've never had any problems with doing that. Make sure you follow the suggestion below:

Originally posted by jasbo49
Good point, but I think with the OP's plane due to arrive at 1 p.m., heading to Port Everglades right away makes sense. My experience there (only two boardings) is that it's possible to get stuck way in the back of a huge, long line without being aware that there is a Platinum/Elite line up there. This is the only port where we've seen these lines with 500 or more people in them.

The first time we had preferred boarding there, I just happened to walk way up there to check it out and found we could walk right in if we had "preferred" boarding. No one among the contracted (not Princess) boarding agents made any attempt to tell Platinum and Elite passengers that there was another line for them. We had to go investigate.Jim
We always have a boarding pass with our Preferred boarding visible (green ink if color printed) - then we ask the first Princess rep we see where the line is for preferred. Invariably they will direct us to a shorter line.
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#15
Oregon
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Originally posted by Shmoo here
Piggy-backing on this thread:

Can we use the Elite check in, if only one of us (in the room) is Elite?

And, pretty sure I know this answer, but I'll ask anyway, 2 rooms, one with an Elite passenger, one not. Can both rooms check in together in the Elite line?
Question 1: Yes. And remember it's not Elite check-in. It's for Platinums and Elites.

Question 2: I'm not sure (so I probably shouldn't answer) but I think you can all check in together, but only Elites can board with Elites.

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#16
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Originally posted by jasbo49
The first time we had preferred boarding there, I just happened to walk way up there to check it out and found we could walk right in if we had "preferred" boarding. No one among the contracted (not Princess) boarding agents made any attempt to tell Platinum and Elite passengers that there was another line for them. We had to go investigate.
It is worse when you arrive, and find there are 1200 people in the elite line ahead of you.
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#17
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Joined Apr 2012
Elites can board with cabin mates.. even if they are on their first cruise .. If No traffic .. From airport to ship you can be at the port FAST .. in FLL .. 15 minute cab ride .. SO FAST AND EASY


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#18
Chico, California
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Originally posted by Shmoo here
Piggy-backing on this thread:

Can we use the Elite check in, if only one of us (in the room) is Elite?

And, pretty sure I know this answer, but I'll ask anyway, 2 rooms, one with an Elite passenger, one not. Can both rooms check in together in the Elite line?
If you were both in the same cabin then yes. In separate cabins then no. Of course you are free to board with your friend at their boarding time.
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#19
South Carolina
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Joined Dec 2001
Originally posted by letscruiseagain&again
Go straight to the port. You'll be able to board.
Ditto .... You'll be able to board!
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#20
Batehaven, Australia
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Originally posted by pablo222
It is worse when you arrive, and find there are 1200 people in the elite line ahead of you.
Like on Island Princess last year - Panama Canal - LA to LA.
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