We were disembarking last year and for some reason came out to the area on the wrong side from were the line was formed. I was standing there with card in hand trying to figure out which way to go to get in line. A crew member saw us and took us to the front. Another thing, it is easy to find your luggage. It will be in the (1) section with someone there to help you and page a porter for you.
It was on the Legend as well that this happened with me. Since I was driving I wasn't in a hurry to get off the ship that morning. It was probably after 9:30, and they had long since called number 1. I didn't even ask to be taken to the front, they just saw me and took me there. Maybe they were in a hurry to get me off the ship.
I saw the VIP check-in on this last cruise out of Canaveral. Sure they got in before we did but we were done & one the ship before they were. There was only one person in the VIP room running things & about 10 people waiting to check-in. I felt sorry for the woman working because no one in that room looked to happy.
I have to say I enjoyed it the most when we sailed on the Holiday in December.
Boarding was delayed by 5 hours because fog kept the ship from docking.
So everyone was trying to get on at the same time.
It took us about 10 minutes!!
There was one couple ahead of us and then the VIP lady checked us in....walked us to the photo line and said "please excuse me, I need to stop your line....these folks are VIP" our picture was next...then walked us to the line where you get your picture emprinted on your Sail and Sign and again said "excuse me I need to stop your line, these folks are VIP!" Our emprints were next...LOVED IT!!
Last year in Tampa the VIP check-in was a little slow when they first opened it. Our friends actually got checked in before us. We were one of the first ones in line though, and I guess everyone got there the same time. It didn't bother me, at least I was sitting down and enjoying good conversation with the other people waiting. We were then escorted to board before they opened the regular line for boarding. Our friends who had completed check-in before us, didn't board until about 25 minutes later. I have no complaints.
The smart thing to do is book a bunch of back to back 1, 2, or 3 day cruises and get there real fast.
I am a dummy. All the cruises that I have been on were 7 days or longer. One was 15 days but I only get credit for one cruise. I am now up to 8 on Carnival but have 68 sea days. I could have taken a bunch of those 2, and 3 days back to back and would have got to platinum without spending the money. Am thinking of taking 2 one day cruises to nowhere to get to that magic number of 10.
Princess uses sea days and I feel that is the right way.