Just to clarify: People who are staying in your cabin with you can check in through the VIP area with you? Do they have to be minor children?
I am curious because I usually cruise with a group of girlfriends. I will be platinum soon but the others won't be. We stay in the same stateroom, but we always separate our sail and sign accounts. I would rather hang out in the main area with them than sit by myself in the VIP room.