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Aaauuuugggghhhh.  Please forgive my ineptitude. I’m going to just post them and will try to figure out how to turn them later.  Hoping they will help someone today.  I’m cringing to have to post them like this.  
 

The first photo I took where we joined the line last Saturday.   Picture a mass of people filling the entire space.  No way to see the doors.  But you can see where you are placing yourself if you run into a mass of people.  Note the lack of signage....nothing there when we arrived last week.
 

Second photo is the doors for general entry.

 

third photo is the Suites door, to the right of the Visitors door.  
 

last two photos show the general layout.

 

apologies again for the upside down photos.

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It has been a problem for the last few weeks. 
I've reported it, but so far not had any feed back.

This should be a picture of the Ultimate platter at the Elite breakfast.

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The quick solution would be to edit your shots in whatever photo software you use and rotate them 180°. When you upload them, CC will flip them again and they'll be right way up.

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Two suggestions:  on the boards page beneath the roll calls is a photo and technology forum.  You might ask there what you might do.  Also, on the main boards page, first thing under the blue 25 years banner, is the Forum Assistance board.  You might start a thread there…Why are my pics posting upside down?  Or something like that.  With a couple upside down pics, of course.  EM

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1 hour ago, GeorgiaPeach51 said:

The first photo I took where we joined the line last Saturday.

 

Here's your photo, right side up.  Not sure what mechanism you are using to post photos.  This is a copy and paste image from Shutterfly.  I agree with the advice above to report the issue over in the Need Help forum.

 

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/859-need-help-using-the-forums-check-here/

 

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3 minutes ago, Ken the cruiser said:

@GeorgiaPeach51 were these stanchions in place when you arrived at your check-in last week or were there so many folks in "line" you wouldn't have been able to see them anyway? Also, if I might ask which picture shows the suite class entrance?

Hi, Ken,  picture 3 shows the suite class door.  It’s to the right of the Visitors door.  
 

I believe the stanchions were in place further ahead of us, but I’m not sure how far they extended.  They were not in place where we were.

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5 minutes ago, GeorgiaPeach51 said:

Bless you one and all!  Thanks for fixing them!  I’m working from my iPad trying to load from the photo gallery.  
 

Joanie

Thanks Joanie! Now we know what doors we'll be looking for as there doesn't seem to be any sign identifying them.

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3 minutes ago, GeorgiaPeach51 said:

Ken, not a sign in sight.  I was hoping they might have labeled them since last week but apparently not.  It would make life easier! 

Whelp, there in lies part of the issue. It will be interesting to see when we show up on Aug 7th if one has been put in place. Of course, if there has never been a Suite sign by the door in prior years, there probably won't be one anytime soon. So, worst case, we now know which door it is. Thank you for posting these pictures and have a safe trip home! 😎

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We disembarked the Edge today and I noticed there is a "priority boarding" sign on one of the round concrete columns designating that area for suites boarding. I didn't take a photo unfortunately. 

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They had one of those tall poles which looked mobile that had the entrance to the priority/suite boarding marked when I was there.  Looks like it's not a permanent sign and they can move it wherever/whenever they choose.  In the pics, it looks like it's not there at all.

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36 minutes ago, Ken the cruiser said:

@GeorgiaPeach51 I rotated your pictures, saved them and posted them below to see if I have the same issue. I used my tower computer FWIW.

 

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so from those pics, which entrance do suites/casino vip use?

(b4 pandemic, casino vip checks in with suites. hopefully thats still the case?)

 

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3 minutes ago, fstuff1 said:

 

so which entrance do suites/casino vip use?

(b4 pandemic, casino vip checks in with suites. hopefully thats still the case?)

If you look close at the first picture, I believe it's the glass doors to the left of the columns. The third picture is what it looks like up close.

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Fstuff, refer to photo 3.  The one with the Visitors door.  Your door is the white one to the right of that door.  Just stay left and don’t get caught in that winding mess for general boarding and you will be good.  
 

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Here's a picture of the pillar with the Suites Priority Boarding sign. It is by the road so that if you have the priority boarding placard your driver can stop and take your luggage out for the waiting porter.  There is an employee with a clip board checking off your name and directing or having you escorted to the entrance.  Even if you are not in a higher level suite, look for this sign and ask the person there to direct you to the suites line.

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1 hour ago, janbear said:

We disembarked the Edge today and I noticed there is a "priority boarding" sign on one of the round concrete columns designating that area for suites boarding. I didn't take a photo unfortunately. 

I'm curious about timing exiting the ship in Ft Lauderdale.  I have an early FLL flight home @10am, and worried that it will be tough to make, even with TSA Precheck. Do you recall what time the first people exited the ship and whether customs was an issue? thanks

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2 hours ago, betsypv said:

I'm curious about timing exiting the ship in Ft Lauderdale.  I have an early FLL flight home @10am, and worried that it will be tough to make, even with TSA Precheck. Do you recall what time the first people exited the ship and whether customs was an issue? thanks

I would recommend you carry off your own luggage - we did and were off the ship in 5 mins from the time we left our cabin at 8 am. (We could have left earlier but chose to "sleep in") With the new facial recognition at the cruise port it was a 2 second process to go through customs. We are flying home tonight so I can't speak to the airport but I really don't think you would have any problem making a 10 am flight.  But we are comfortable with travelling and wouldn't stress out over it - you may be different 🙂

 

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2 hours ago, betsypv said:

I'm curious about timing exiting the ship in Ft Lauderdale.  I have an early FLL flight home @10am, and worried that it will be tough to make, even with TSA Precheck. Do you recall what time the first people exited the ship and whether customs was an issue? thanks

 

The back-up at the airport and delays getting a taxi will depend on how many ships are in port.  If there are 5 or 6 ships in port it will be a much different experience from what people getting off the Edge encountered today.

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5 hours ago, CHEZMARYLOU said:

Here's a picture of the pillar with the Suites Priority Boarding sign. It is by the road so that if you have the priority boarding placard your driver can stop and take your luggage out for the waiting porter.  There is an employee with a clip board checking off your name and directing or having you escorted to the entrance.  Even if you are not in a higher level suite, look for this sign and ask the person there to direct you to the suites line.

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Aha!  That explains some of our issue!  The transfer bus pulled well beyond the main entrance, and if that sign was there last Saturday, we never saw it.  When we got off the bus we were just told by the driver to go to the entrance and get in line.  Once there we were put in the line by some pretty insistent but uninformed “Celebrity employees”.  We never encountered anyone with a clipboard, no one who was checking scheduled boarding times, and no one who was even inquiring to see if we were in the right line.  It was only the port authority folks who told us we were in the right line when it was really the wrong one.

 

so I guess this brings up the issue of Celebrity transfers,  here is an FYI for how it worked for us.....We were checked off at the airport in the baggage area.  We sat and waited for about 35 minutes and then the bus driver arrived.  He led us out to the bus, our luggage was loaded, and away we went.  We arrived at the cruise terminal and were told to get in line, so we did....and you know the rest.  We did what he said to do and assumed it was correct; we questioned three different “Celebrity” employees and they all insisted we were in the right line.  So....

 

I know some people have said you should have done this, or done that, but the whole reason we took the transfer option was so we would have no issues about where we were supposed to go and when.  It was our first Celebrity transfer experience, and we didn’t know what to do except what they told us to do.  🧐🤔🙄

 

thanks for posting this!  It fills in a little puzzle piece for the perfect storm we encountered.  Once encountered, you don’t want a repeat, so I am really so glad our experience at least made other cruisers know they needed to not accept what they are told.  And Celebrity needs to step up training for their bus transfer drivers and for the Port Authority staff.

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1 hour ago, ipeeinthepool said:

 

The back-up at the airport and delays getting a taxi will depend on how many ships are in port.  If there are 5 or 6 ships in port it will be a much different experience from what people getting off the Edge encountered today.

Always  touchy..too stressful ..no way to predict.  Walk off can also be a  nightmare if not in a suite!

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