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:mad::mad: Can someone verify that ?:mad::mad:

 

So, it's now just show up and get in line with everyone else??

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:mad::mad: Can someone verify that ?:mad::mad:

 

So, it's now just show up and get in line with everyone else??

 

What makes you believe this?

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from a below thread about fastest to board on Regal...

 

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Posted Today, 08:42 AM

 

The Royal was the same recently but having to carry around your luggage until the room was ready isn't consoling. People were't being let off on certain decks although we managed to get to our room prior to it being cleaned to at least drop off our luggage.

Also the priority boarding line has been eliminated in Florida.

:(Not good.

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:mad::mad: Can someone verify that ?:mad::mad:

 

So, it's now just show up and get in line with everyone else??

There were quite a few priority lines at pier 2 on January 13th and February 8th when we were there. On both embarkations, Caribbean and Royal, there were over 2,000 priority check in passengers. However, check in went so quickly all the lines, including non priority, were fairly empty. Believe Princess' goal with the medallion is to make check in basically a walk through process.

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We had the same experience on our cruise in November. So, yes, apparently it has been happening for some cruises from here. The Regal arrived in port a few hours late and all pax weren't even off by noon. There was a SINGLE long line to get into the terminal for everyone ~ no exceptions. Trust me, I walked to the front several times to confirm. I'll never understand the hostility of other cruisers who doubt someone's experience. It is what it is. While work continues on this port it has also been a challenge to get to some terminals and to park. Just an fyi based on recent experience. (Two November cruises).

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Priority boarding at Terminal 2 if FLL for the Caribbean Princess in January.

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We're just happy to arrive at the port and we get on when we get on no big deal no big hurry time for relaxing, plain and simple.

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:mad::mad: Can someone verify that ?:mad::mad:

 

So, it's now just show up and get in line with everyone else??

My sister was on the Crown in January....on her cruise, the dedicated lines started after you got inside the terminal.

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My sister was on the Crown in January....on her cruise, the dedicated lines started after you got inside the terminal.

That's typical of all ports and all cruise lines that I've used. Priority status doesn't start until you have cleared security.

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There was priority boarding at pier 2 for the Royal Princess in February but frankly the regular boarding line had a shorter wait since so many of the passengers on the sailing qualified for priority boarding.

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They had a priority line outside at Terminal 4 for our Feb. Crown sailing and they didn't need one for our December Regal sailing at Terminal 2 sailing as they have so streamlined the boarding experience that we literally walked right in.

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There was NO priority boarding line to get on the Crown this past January. The terminal has been totally renovated....more cramped! Once you fill out the health survey, THEN you can get on the "priority" line. Otherwise you are shuffled along with everyone else to get through security.

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That's typical of all ports and all cruise lines that I've used. Priority status doesn't start until you have cleared security.

 

At Port Everglades, there was always a pre-security priority boarding line.

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So the issue is that if you arrive before the doors to the terminal open, everyone has to queue up together. (Elites and newbies standing side-by-side. The horror!) Once they are ready to begin check in, the separate entrance for those with priority boarding is still there.

 

Nothing new at all.

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thanks - exactly the way we remember it as we most always get there early - 9:30 or so

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So the issue is that if you arrive before the doors to the terminal open, everyone has to queue up together. (Elites and newbies standing side-by-side. The horror!) Once they are ready to begin check in, the separate entrance for those with priority boarding is still there.

 

Nothing new at all.

 

Yes, it is new.

 

The way it used to be - A dedicated priority boarding line and a regular boarding line at terminal 2.

Now - Everyone in one line until you go through security, then a Priority line. In dec the priority line was way longer than the regular line. In Jan we were ***** so it was a short line that took 3 times as long to check in.

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There was no designated priority line when we arrived at Term 21 on Feb 18 when we arrived. The woman at the door didn't have any idea where to tell people to stand. I'm not sure she understood English very well.

I choose the right hand door, which in the past was always the preferred side at that terminal. Other people were told to go elsewhere towards the front of the building ?

As the doors opened it was total chaos. Every body rushed in & once again it was a mad rush to reach the next bottleneck.

Inside the terminal we were finally separated for the priority lounge.

 

On Feb 28 we were docked at term 2 & as I arrived again with my suitcase they wasn't much of a line at around 11:30 and no indication where in-transit people should enter. I can't remember any priority sign either although there might have been.

In-transit people were allowed to board immediately but again there was no in-transit sign at the front of the building as there used to be a year or so ago.

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We've seen it both ways. In December, there was a separate priority line at Terminal 21 for our Royal Princess cruise, but the regular line to get through security was moving faster. We jumped out of the priority one and into the regular line. I wish we had known sooner about how much faster the regular line was going, but we did not see it until we rounded a corner.

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:mad::mad: Can someone verify that ?:mad::mad:

 

So, it's now just show up and get in line with everyone else??

 

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. I asked to be sure and was told yes, so we got to the back of the line.

 

About 10 or so they opened the doors and everyone went inside to a line, no change. about 10:10 or so, they let you go on in, and go to the Check In area. We were given a card for "Elite A" and pointed to go upstairs to the waiting area.

About 11am they came and got us and we boarded the ship. There were already quite a few people onboard, but I assum that was B2B customers.

 

No issues for us.

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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. I asked to be sure and was told yes, so we got to the back of the line.

 

About 10 or so they opened the doors and everyone went inside to a line, no change. about 10:10 or so, they let you go on in, and go to the Check In area. We were given a card for "Elite A" and pointed to go upstairs to the waiting area.

About 11am they came and got us and we boarded the ship. There were already quite a few people onboard, but I assum that was B2B customers.

 

No issues for us.

 

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.

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There was NO priority boarding line to get on the Crown this past January. The terminal has been totally renovated....more cramped! Once you fill out the health survey, THEN you can get on the "priority" line. Otherwise you are shuffled along with everyone else to get through security.

 

Might it depend on which terminal you are at? When we were on the Crown in February, embarkation was at Terminal 2 -- there were separate entrances and lines for Priority and non.

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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.

 

Hank

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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.

 

Hank

That's becoming more noticeable each year.

It's time for a new upper category that actually means something. :cool:

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When we arrived around 11am at Terminal 2 in Feb there wasn't any waiting to go through security. As stated above there were lines for Priority Boarding once you were inside to get your cruise cards. We were also given the following paper. The doors to the corridor where our stateroom was located were closed. You could store your carry-on luggage in the Crown Grill. Since we were doing the BonVoyage we were one of the first on.

 

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This is all so confusing!!!!

Some people saying general boarding was faster... Some people finally ushered to Priority???

 

I will be following all of this...

Might show up early at the port, get in line with all other early-arrivals, and just push to get onboard as soon as possible???

In light of BVE, Elite, Platinum, and early general boarding at a cost...

This is just sounding crazy.

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When we arrived around 11am at Terminal 2 in Feb there wasn't any waiting to go through security. As stated above there were lines for Priority Boarding once you were inside to get your cruise cards. We were also given the following paper. The doors to the corridor where our stateroom was located were closed. You could store your carry-on luggage in the Crown Grill. Since we were doing the BonVoyage we were one of the first on.

 

FLL.jpg

 

Wow, sure hoping this doesn't go fleetwide! It's one of the things we've loved about Princess in the past - that you can get to your cabin before 1pm.

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Wow, sure hoping this doesn't go fleetwide! It's one of the things we've loved about Princess in the past - that you can get to your cabin before 1pm.

 

 

Got the same notice on our Feb 2018 Crown sailing.

 

They had the priority line outside which was short, no signage above and priority line inside,we were one of the first on but the cabins were not ready until 12:50. The CD announced when they were ready for you to go to.

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and another perk bites the dust...and another...and another...

 

Princess well on it's way to Barnival cruise line...:(

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and another perk bites the dust...and another...and another...

 

Princess well on it's way to Barnival cruise line...:(

You can say that again.

 

Coffee cards expiring.

No gelato for a punch.

No more BOGO for $1.

Now it's rooms not ready.

No horderves at the Capt party.

No strawberries at all in the buffet.

No more drinks to be ordered at the Capt party.

 

I wonder if the early boarding fee includes having your cabin ready also?

Looks like we're all paying for the ***** one way or another.

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As far as the cabins not being ready, I first experience that THREE years ago on Regal. Then 2 years ago on Caribbean and then again last Dec. on Royal the cabins were available as normal. I think it's just a case by case matter...ship gets in late, delayed debarkcation, etc.

At least they now seem to have a drop place because when it happened to us 3 years ago, we were stuck in the Piazza with all of our carry-ons, which included many bottles of wine. Was impossible to go to the Buffet or even Alfredo's.

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Posted (edited)

Also the priority boarding line has been eliminated in Florida.

 

 

The topic is about priority for boarding, and that would not start until after check-in, so priority for security or for checking in is not the question.

Edited by caribill

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Wow, sure hoping this doesn't go fleetwide! It's one of the things we've loved about Princess in the past - that you can get to your cabin before 1pm.

 

I'm missing something here. We boarded the Regal last weekend at 11am, and dropped our bags in our room. The room steward was in the hallway and told us that the room was't ready yet, but we could drop our bags and do what we wanted, and it should be ready in less than an hour.

So we dropped our bags by the bed and left. We were going to go eat anyway, like most folks. No issue at all.

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When we arrived around 11am at Terminal 2 in Feb there wasn't any waiting to go through security. As stated above there were lines for Priority Boarding once you were inside to get your cruise cards. We were also given the following paper. The doors to the corridor where our stateroom was located were closed. You could store your carry-on luggage in the Crown Grill. Since we were doing the BonVoyage we were one of the first on.

 

FLL.jpg

 

 

We had the same notice on Royal in december.

 

You were invited to drop your carry-on luggage in club 6.

 

We went to our cabin, which was mostly ready, and left our carry on luggage there.

 

We then had to dawdle, as we were too early for lunch in the dining room.

 

Even if the cabin is not ready until a bit later, I think waiting on the ship

is better than waiting in the terminal.

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The topic is about priority for boarding, and that would not start until after check-in, so priority for security or for checking in is not the question.

Yes, but eliminating the priority line outside the terminal make the preferred people wait in line with hundreds of others sometimes.

I view this as a cutback for a perk that I've earned throughout the years by being loyal to Princess.

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We have not found a priority line at Fll the past two years. We have decided it is just easier to checkout later at the hotel. We want to have a good start to our vacation and standing in line outside for over a hour gets to be stressful. A nice lunch at the hotel is much more relaxing.

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We have not found a priority line at Fll the past two years. We have decided it is just easier to checkout later at the hotel. We want to have a good start to our vacation and standing in line outside for over a hour gets to be stressful. A nice lunch at the hotel is much more relaxing.

That's all well & good but what about the people arriving by bus & planes. The majority really don't have much choice in when they get to the terminal.

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That's all well & good but what about the people arriving by bus & planes. The majority really don't have much choice in when they get to the terminal.

 

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.

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We've seen it both ways. In December, there was a separate priority line at Terminal 21 for our Royal Princess cruise, but the regular line to get through security was moving faster. We jumped out of the priority one and into the regular line. I wish we had known sooner about how much faster the regular line was going, but we did not see it until we rounded a corner.

 

It was moving twice as fast

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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.

 

Hank

 

Platinum cruisers also qualify for priority boarding, so if you count platinum, elite, suite passengers, plus anyone who has paid extra for it in the new program just instituted, that can be on some sailings, more than 1/2 of the passengers.

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