Priority boarding

I have difficulty with anxiety and crowds! Have been able to take 2 cruise on Princess using their priority boarding program by booking a Club Class Mini suite! Are there other cruise lines that have a similar program available, based on the type cabin booked? Thanks for your input and suggestions!

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I know Carnival does with multiple options. You can purchase a certain room type like a suite and get priority boarding. You can also try to get a promotion called Faster to the Fun which allows you to get priority boarding. There are a limited number of these for each cruise. Finally you can take a ton of cruises with them and get either platinum or diamond status and get priority boarding.

NCL has the Haven with priority boarding and basically a cruise within a cruise. The haven is a private area with its own private dining and private pool. Yes you have to share but with a lot less people than the rest of the ship.

We've done both. Look at the CCL website for their options...however if you don't get FTTF as soon as it becomes available, you won't get it. They only open it to the public AFTER their regular cruisers are offered it. It may magically "appear" on their website, and then disappear within hours...thats how popular it is. We've gotten used to it......even if you have to pay for it, I think its up to about $90 per cabin, but its worth it for sure. I don't know how well it will work in our "new normal"... As far as NCL priority boarding goes, the Haven is nice, and yes, its a cruise within a cruise, but we've found its also a "haven" for big families with lots of kids, and a rather expensive way to get priority boarding...Once upon a time there was some snafu with not enough Customs agents on the day we came home....thats all it can throw priority anything out the window. Especially I opined elsewhere, those cruise terminals are zoos under the best of circumstances..who knows what'll happen now?

My .02, stick with what you've done before...being "familiar" with a given cruise lines procedures and perks goes a long way to reduce anxiety, especially nowadays...

Royal. Celebrity, and Carnival all offer priority boarding, but I don't think it has anything to do with the cabin. It's more or less based on your loyalty status from my understanding.

The price IS per covers everyone in the cabin for one flat rate, IF there are any left over AFTER those with automatic priority get theirs. Its entirely possible that FTTF wouldn't be offered if the ship sells out...Nobody, not your TA, or even folks you can call at the cruiseline know when it will open, or how many may be available on any given want it, log on DAILY...if its available, its considered a "tour", so book it immediately..

We had Priority Boarding when we had a Junior Suite on Majesty of the Seas. Unfortunately, we got to the port too late to enjoy the food in the Priority Boarding Lounge. I set my bag down on a couch, and they announced boarding :Facepalm:

RCI Has priority boarding on all Suites, and Diamond level and higher Loyalty Status

I got a good deal on a Junior on Grandeur in April 2023, so hopefully that works out better in our favor!

Aint it great to be discussing actual cruising issues...instead of...well....other stuff?????

It feels rather invigorating....Big Smile

unfortunately carnival is not offing the faster to the fun program right now...I purchased it for my august cruise and they cancelled it and refunded my money....Sad then they changed the itinerary to an eastern cruise...

Regent Seven Seas offers Priority boarding and portage for those in suites Consierge and above.

Or may be based off number of sailing, poo! I forgot...


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