My TA forwarded a copy of an email that was sent to them from Princess. It gives a boarding schedule (order) for our cruise beginning February 5 on the Crown Princess.
In the past, my DW and I have been able to arrive at about 10:30AM and take advantage of the Priority Boarding Pass that our TA provided us. This gave us on opportunity to get on board and have a leisurely lunch in the Horizon Buffet before going to our cabin.
Now we are told they will be boarding much like the airlines do, and that those with Priority Boarding can only board at the assigned boarding time, albeit at the head of the line for that boarding time. That means, in our case that we will not be checked in until 1PM at the earliest, making lunch in the Horizon a bit on the late side.
By the way, I can see pluses and minuses to this boarding process.
Is this new? Is it being done on other ships now?
Here's the order we were given...
To help facilitate a smooth start to your voyage we have implemented a progressive cruise check-in schedule. Please arrive at the check-in time listed below. If you have purchased a Princess Cruise Plus Package/Transfer, your check-in time will be provided at your hotel or the airport. Guests travelling on shared transport or arriving as a group will be checked in together. Priority check-in will be available to guests with Priority Boarding within the allocated check-in times. Boarding will commence shortly after check-in. Please do not arrive prior to the start of cruise check-in as your cabin will not be ready.
12:30 PM - Aloha and Lido Decks - Cabins on these decks begin with A & L
1:00 PM - Dolphin and Emerald Decks - Cabins on these decks begin with D & E
1:30 PM - Caribe Deck - Cabins on this deck begin with C
2:00 PM - Plaza and Riviera Decks - Cabins on these decks begin with P & R
2:30 PM - Baja Deck - Cabins on this decks begin with B