Princess Cruises is testing out a new advance boarding program on one of its cruise ships for a limited time. The program called Princess Advance Boarding allows guests to get ahead early not just when boarding but for other things onboard too. Let’s take a look at the new Princess program being tested.

Princess Advance Boarding Program

The cruise line is testing the new faster boarding program onboard Ruby Princess for just three cruises. The pilot test will begin on the March 17 sailing from Long Beach, California and then again on the next two cruises departing March 22 and 26.

So for a fee guests on these sailings can benefit from early access onboard on embarkation day. Once onboard things like shore excursions, dining reservations and anything else needed to set up the voyage. Princess Cruises posted some details on social media and there was a good reaction from followers.

Princess Cruises posted:

We’re currently running a pilot test on Ruby Princess for 3 voyages only. Guests with Princess Advance Boarding will be among the first to enjoy amenities onboard and access to book activities like Shore Excursions, Speciality Dining, and Sanctuary reservations.

For Princess Elite, Platinum, Suite, and Club Class Mini-Suite guests there is no worry as they will still be given priority check-in before those in the Advance Boarding Process. The cruise line noted this too, take a look below:

Guests with Advance Boarding will use the Priority check-in lane and will board after Elite, Platinum, Suite, and Club Class Mini-Suite guests. Space is extremely limited and subject to availability. Available online up to 3 days before cruise.

If the test is successful we could see Princess Cruises roll out Advance Boarding across the fleet and there might even be some tweaks. The program will help speeds things up especially on that busy first day onboard.

Cruise Hive will keep an eye out for any updates on this new program and will keep you all informed. Until then why not take a look at our guide to embarking a cruise ship.