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#22
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Originally posted by NSWP
Like on Island Princess last year - Panama Canal - LA to LA.
Royal Princess last November.

We left, and went to Starbucks.

Came back just in time for lunch in the dining room.
(despite not being club class)
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#23
South Carolina
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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. 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.
What's a "BVE"? Never heard that term (but then only been on 27 cruises).
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#24
Oakville, ON
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
What's a "BVE"? Never heard that term (but then only been on 27 cruises).
Interesting - after over 1000 posts and who knows how many read, you had not seen this. It's the Princess Bon Voyage Experience. The way it was intended to work is for booked cruisers to invite non-cruising family and friends, who may live in the area or brought the cruisers to the port, on the ship for lunch and a tour on embarkation day. The get a feel for the experience and Princess hopes to woo them into becoming future cruisers.

Cost is $39 and includes lunch and some fizzy drink. BVE folks are welcome to wander the ship with their hosts or take a guided tour. They can buy FCD. If they book a cruise within so much time after the BVE, they get the $39 refunded as a credit against the booking.

Others will chime in with the exact date and perhaps other info, but you can read about it on Princess.com. Various cruises out of Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), plus west coast LA, SF, some SEA and Vancouver I think? Anyway, I am not a west-coaster, but Princess publishes a list of them each year and you can search these threads for "BVE" and you will find posting with the list.

BTW, one can book a BVE and not know a soul on the cruise.
Princess sends you ashore at least an hour before sailing (I'd say about 3pm in FL/PE).
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#25
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
What's a "BVE"? Never heard that term (but then only been on 27 cruises).
Bon Voyage Experience. Some ships will have a limited number of BVE available for $$$ where they are allowed aboard to check out the ship and have lunch usually. Before the ship sails however they leave the ship. Not all ports or ships however.

Originally posted by pablo222
Royal Princess last November.

We left, and went to Starbucks.

Came back just in time for lunch in the dining room.
(despite not being club class)
Lunch in the MDR on sail away day is not limited to club class pax. Club class pax however have a special section of the MDR for them and you will not be allowed to enter that area. So if you are on the ship between noon and 1:30 pm feel free to go to the MDR for lunch.
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#26
southern calif
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Joined May 2016
Every time we fly to the ship's port, we fly in the night before. Why? You ever had an airline be 6 hours late arrival?

cu on the Oct 8 28 day out of LA
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#27
South Carolina
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Joined Feb 2011
(Cruise Critic is misbehaving - rejecting my post as too short before I even posted anything - so I can't quote the post I'm replying to above, but.....) Thanks for the reply. Yes, I have heard of Bon Voyage Experience - years ago, didn't know they still did it - but never heard that particular "BVE" abbreviation. That is a pretty rare item. Sorry if I offended anyone with my abbreviational ignorance.
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10 days Caribbean - January 29, 2016
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7 Days Caribbean - October 31, 2015
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#28
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Joined Feb 2006
Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
(Cruise Critic is misbehaving - rejecting my post as too short before I even posted anything - so I can't quote the post I'm replying to above, but.....) Thanks for the reply. Yes, I have heard of Bon Voyage Experience - years ago, didn't know they still did it - but never heard that particular "BVE" abbreviation. That is a pretty rare item. Sorry if I offended anyone with my abbreviational ignorance.
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#29
32 Posts
Joined Dec 2012
Originally posted by Thrak
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.
On our recent Alaska cruise we were second in line on the priority line. Took about two minutes to check in.
#30
I come from a land down under
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Sometimes there are so many platinum and elite, the priority line is longer than the "normal"
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#31
COLORADO
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Joined Jan 2004
Just head to the port when your flight arrives and get on the shortest line.
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#32
sw, Fl - Fort Myers Area
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Joined Nov 2015
Originally posted by trbarton
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.

Tom😎
Just a comment on the B2B cruisers. As of last season the port people were very confused about where to have them enter the terminal. (Term 2) No one really had an answer. Strange, since they've been doing it for years now. They used to have a separate entrance around the front with a sign but that was gone.
Hopefully this season they'll have things straightened out.
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#33
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Joined Feb 2002
Forgive me if you have read my posts before, but it seems at Ft Lauderdale the port "guides" seem not to be on the same page. We had a BVE and were told to stand in that LOOOOOOOOng line with the others, even though the boarding pass said to be boarded by 11;30. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE knew what they were doing. We just about had to go to the Pope to be able to board. Then, we never found the rest of the 48 people who were supposed to be BVE too. And, we traveled with our kids, we are elite and they were gold, we were not allowed to even sit together, we were pushed, literally, in one direction, them another, we texted each other to make a place to meet once onboard. A lot of people that day were calling the woman directing everyone to seats, the Warden. Sit there, not here, move down,
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#34
sw, Fl - Fort Myers Area
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Joined Nov 2015
Originally posted by myfuzzy
Forgive me if you have read my posts before, but it seems at Ft Lauderdale the port "guides" seem not to be on the same page. We had a BVE and were told to stand in that LOOOOOOOOng line with the others, even though the boarding pass said to be boarded by 11;30. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE knew what they were doing. We just about had to go to the Pope to be able to board. Then, we never found the rest of the 48 people who were supposed to be BVE too. And, we traveled with our kids, we are elite and they were gold, we were not allowed to even sit together, we were pushed, literally, in one direction, them another, we texted each other to make a place to meet once onboard. A lot of people that day were calling the woman directing everyone to seats, the Warden. Sit there, not here, move down,
Strange thing is that most of them are the same people that have been working in the Princess terminals for many years.
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#35
Kentucky
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Joined Feb 2004
Head straight to the port and board. On my very first cruise, our family hung out at the Fort Lauderdale airport for hours and hours because the cruise information said we could not check into until a certain time. Rookie mistake. Never did that again.