Ruby Princess

(11:55 a.m. EDT) -- Princess Cruises is piloting a new program that enables cruisers willing to pay a little extra to be among the first group of passengers to board their ship.

Called Princess Advance Boarding, the program is running on three Ruby Princess cruises between March 1 and March 25. The test price is $49 per cabin, with all occupants in the room receiving the benefits. Additionally, those who purchase the option can choose an early or late disembarkation time.

As with all trial programs, Princess may or may not choose to roll out the program to the rest of the fleet; the price could change as well.

Princess Advance Boarding "is being offered as an option for those who want the added convenience of boarding a little earlier," a spokesperson for Princess Cruises told Cruise Critic. "There is no impact to our loyalty members and those who already have the priority boarding benefits. These guests will still board first; the Princess Advance guests will board after them."

Specifically, cruisers with Elite and Platinum status, or those sailing in suites or Club Class mini-suites, will board first.

  • Get onboard faster with our five tips for speeding up the embarkation process.

--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor