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Originally posted by kywildcatfanone
We just got off the Regal, my first cruise in over a year. There was no priority line outside the terminal when we got there at 9:45 am, just one line of people waiting........
Let's see. 20 Princess cruises, probably 13 or 14 from FLL, we have NEVER seen priority boarding before the security checkpoint. It ALWAYS starts at the actual check-in stations, after you clear security. Same at Dover, and several others. Before security, it is one line for everyone.
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#42
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
Let's see. 20 Princess cruises, probably 13 or 14 from FLL, we have NEVER seen priority boarding before the security checkpoint. It ALWAYS starts at the actual check-in stations, after you clear security. Same at Dover, and several others. Before security, it is one line for everyone.
Well let's see....this was our first cruise out of 7 or 8 on Princess (I know not as impressive) that didn't have a designated Priority line before security. I think because we got there later than usual and the doors were already opened.

There was ALWAYS a Priority line, before security, in our previous cruises when we arrived before they opened the doors to the terminal at Fort Lauderdale.

They also pull the Bon Voyage groups to the front of the marked Priority line. (We've done it 3 times)

Maybe that wasn't your experience but it was certainly ours.
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
Let's see. 20 Princess cruises, probably 13 or 14 from FLL, we have NEVER seen priority boarding before the security checkpoint. It ALWAYS starts at the actual check-in stations, after you clear security. Same at Dover, and several others. Before security, it is one line for everyone.
This was our 18th cruise, 17tho out of FLL and the first cruise that didn't have separate lines outside the doors for priority vs general boarding.
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Originally posted by Host CJSKIDS
That's how it was for us at Terminal 2 in december . We arrived at 10:05 and the doors were already open and in we went. Given the Elite A and sent upstairs. We were on board before 11.



It used to be that they wouldn't open the door until around 11 so we had no choice but to stand outside.


Thanks for this. This is what I was getting ready to inquire about.
We arrived last year at 12:30 to Terminal 2 and the doors still hadn’t opened as there had been previous delays due to bad wind. People were still disembarking.
Usually we arrive around 11-11:30, so now I can plan accordingly.
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Originally posted by kywildcatfanone
This was our 18th cruise, 17tho out of FLL and the first cruise that didn't have separate lines outside the doors for priority vs general boarding.
Same here, two months ago.
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
Let's see. 20 Princess cruises, probably 13 or 14 from FLL, we have NEVER seen priority boarding before the security checkpoint. It ALWAYS starts at the actual check-in stations, after you clear security. Same at Dover, and several others. Before security, it is one line for everyone.
I politely have to disagree with you, but up until December 2017, we ALWAYS had a priority line outside the terminal. Out of all of my Princess cruises, 14 of them have been out of FLL and we have always have gotten there around the 10 am mark and there has always been 2 separate lines. Sometimes there was a separation, sometimes it was just kept separate by a port employee. The general boarding line was always closest to the building/wall and the preferred/priority line was on the outside. I've seen almost fights break out when when with priority boarding would attempt to break into the front of the priority line outside when everyone else has been waiting for about an hour outside in line!
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#47
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
Let's see. 20 Princess cruises, probably 13 or 14 from FLL, we have NEVER seen priority boarding before the security checkpoint. It ALWAYS starts at the actual check-in stations, after you clear security. Same at Dover, and several others. Before security, it is one line for everyone.


We’ve gone out of Terminal 2 8 times and there has always been a priority line alongside the regular line outside leading to the security check point.
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#48
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we've seen both

got there way early once - no traffic at all... - single line at first, but then closer to going thru door - they moved the elites. priority etc into a separate line.

like someone posted before - the 'non-priority' boarders were against the wall...
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Originally posted by pablo222
They can purchase faster to the fun.

If I were princess, I would start enforcing the staggared boarding, as it would
make faster to the fun more profitable.
If they did enforce staggered boarding it would only create more congestion then every at the terminal. You do realize that most people don't pay attention to the instructions.

Originally posted by pshaze
Well let's see....this was our first cruise out of 7 or 8 on Princess (I know not as impressive) that didn't have a designated Priority line before security. I think because we got there later than usual and the doors were already opened.

There was ALWAYS a Priority line, before security, in our previous cruises when we arrived before they opened the doors to the terminal at Fort Lauderdale.

They also pull the Bon Voyage groups to the front of the marked Priority line. (We've done it 3 times)

Maybe that wasn't your experience but it was certainly ours.
I agree. Until this last cruise I've always seen the priority line outside the terminal. If in the future they let people in the terminal as soon as they arrive & then separate them according to class it could work providing they have the personal to open the doors early enough before a large crowd forms.
It would have been nice if had they explained it to the Princess workers so they could let everyone know what was going on.
Oh, one more thing. They didn't pass out the health forms to people standing on line. They waited until you entered the terminal.
One more reason to have the health forms filled out in advance before hand.
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Originally posted by Host CJSKIDS
I politely have to disagree with you, but up until December 2017, we ALWAYS had a priority line outside the terminal. Out of all of my Princess cruises, 14 of them have been out of FLL and we have always have gotten there around the 10 am mark and there has always been 2 separate lines. Sometimes there was a separation, sometimes it was just kept separate by a port employee. The general boarding line was always closest to the building/wall and the preferred/priority line was on the outside. I've seen almost fights break out when when with priority boarding would attempt to break into the front of the priority line outside when everyone else has been waiting for about an hour outside in line!
You must get there way early. We usually arrive between 11:30 and 12:00. That might be the difference. We're Elite and line up with everyone else until through security. THEN they direct you to different check-in lines. (MSC had a different security line for Black Card, which was a surprise for us!)
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
Let's see. 20 Princess cruises, probably 13 or 14 from FLL, we have NEVER seen priority boarding before the security checkpoint. It ALWAYS starts at the actual check-in stations, after you clear security.
Wow.

Quite a few correspondents here seem to have seen a priority line in Ft. Lauderdale,
particularly at berth 2.
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
You must get there way early. We usually arrive between 11:30 and 12:00. That might be the difference. We're Elite and line up with everyone else until through security. THEN they direct you to different check-in lines. (MSC had a different security line for Black Card, which was a surprise for us!)


Nope. We always get there from 11:30-12:45 and have been directed to the elite line side outside the terminal. The entrance for elites, et al used to be tucked slightly around the bend, but the last few cruises it is adjacent to the other entrance.
Last year we purposely arrived late thinking we would avoid the crowd, yet the doors weren’t opened until 12:45, so we also used the priority entrance before the security check point. Once through security, we are once again directed to the appropriate elite or priority line to check in.
That is the procedure we have always followed at Terminal 2.

Now, in Miami it was as you say, everyone lined up, then went through security, THEN directed to appropriate check in lines.
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#53
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We cruised from Terminal 2 on March 3 on the Crown Princess - it was the fastest embarkation ever of our 25 cruises - there definitely was a priority line - we boarded right around noon.
It was a delight.
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I went on a cruise last month and the prior month out of terminal 2 and there was not a VIP line. I arrived at 9am on the first and then 11am on the second. They had everyone wait in the same line to enter the building and once inside and checked in they separated us into different waiting rooms. It ran very smooth, by far the best boarding experience. On the one that I arrived at 9am, I only waited outside for like 10 minutes before they let us inside the terminal. I remember last year when they had us line up outside and it was awful, it took forever. I am glad they are perfecting the boarding process. The new terminal is nice and has comfy couches.
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Originally posted by Hlitner
Not even sure of the issue . But consider that an awful lot of Princess cruises qualify for "priority boarding" which include all the Elites, Suites, and apparently even others who are willing to pay extra for priority. On several cruises (with multiple cruise lines including Princess) we have actually avoided priority lines (although we qualify) because the regular lines were shorter . But our experience at Port Everglades is that we almost always got priority boarding (we are Elite) along with a thousand plus others who also qualified. Perhaps the question should be "when is priority not really priority?" And the obvious answer is when most folks are priority.

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9:30?.....arrive early enough to stand in line to enter the terminal ...WHY? I know sometimes it's the only way....but I would hang out at the airport before lining up outside the terminal...But then again we seldom arrive earlier that 11:30 or noon.
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Originally posted by voljeep
Can someone verify that ?

So, it's now just show up and get in line with everyone else??
Not true.
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Originally posted by pablo222
They can purchase faster to the fun.
That will not get them into the terminal any faster. They will still have to wait in the long line outside the terminal.


If I were princess, I would start enforcing the staggared boarding, as it would
make faster to the fun more profitable.
Staggered boarding by deck is really not practical.
a) When you arrive at the airport at 9 AM, having to wait to board until 3 PM sucks.
b) When families are on different decks, they may arrive together but be hours apart for boarding
c) What does Princess do with those that have Princess transportation from the airport to the pier terminal? Keep passengers at the airport until close to boarding time? Bring them to the terminal and let them stand outside for hours?
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Originally posted by caribill
That will not get them into the terminal any faster. They will still have to wait in the long line outside the terminal.
Most correspondents have reported that there is no longer any line outside.

At least at terminal 2 in Ft. Lauderdale.
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This correspondent has seen priorities having a separate line to enter the building. They did not usually have to wait outside.

Health Forms had been passed out while the line was outside the building.



I will be happy to report my experience in 18 days
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