Princess Cruises eliminates scheduled arrival times on embarkation day

   July 17, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Princess Cruises will implement a new and improved ship boarding process starting on August 1st, 2023. It is aimed at making it easier for tourists to board their ships. As part of this new system, scheduled arrival times on embarkation day will be eliminated.

Princess is simplifying the Green, Blue, and Accessibility Lane designations for passengers who complete the necessary steps using the Princess App before their voyage.

Here are the main highlights of Princess Cruises' upcoming embarkation system, which will be implemented in a few weeks:

Green Lane - Guests who have completed all the steps on the Travel Checklist and have received their Medallion(s) by mail (available only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico) will qualify for the Green Lane. This lane provides the most streamlined embarkation process, allowing guests to board the ship faster.

Please note that guests who were eligible for the Green Lane but chose not to have their Medallion(s) shipped to them will now be classified as Blue Lane for cruises departing after August 1st, 2023.

Blue Lane - Guests who have completed some, none, or all of the Travel Checklist but have opted not to have their Medallion(s) shipped to them can still enjoy an expedited check-in process, but they will need to pick up their Medallion(s) at the cruise terminal.

Accessibility Lane - Guests with mobility or other accessibility needs will always have a dedicated lane available to them for a more streamlined check-in process, regardless of their OceanReady color designation.

No more scheduled arrival times - Guests are no longer required to select a specific arrival group time with these new enhancements. Instead, they can arrive within the designated check-in window at a time that suits them. However, the cruise line strongly encourages guests to provide their travel arrangement information via OceanReady. The check-in window details can be found in their travel summary.

Updated Digital Boarding Pass - Princess Cruises is also improving the boarding pass, which will be available in the Princess app 11 days before the sailing date. The updated boarding pass will now include important guest information such as the deck and stateroom number. The Arrival Group designation will no longer be included, as mentioned above.