In response to yesterday’s post about new embarkation procedures that have been introduced by P&O, Damian Gaughan sent the comment below. I think it adds a useful clarification so I’ve repeated part of it here:-
I think that it is worth mentioning that for Peninsular Club Caribbean and Baltic Tier customers a 1pm embarkation time should be automatically allocated (12:30pm for Ligurian) with priority check-in still applying.
(Thanks to Damian for that clarification.) So high-tier passengers get some priority. I also believe that passengers booked into suites also get an early boarding time (or possibly a boarding time of their choosing) regardless of their loyalty tier. Finally, I understand that some disabled or mobility-impaired passengers will also get early boarding or boarding at a time of their choosing. I don’t know how that’s assessed, however – I wonder if it’s restricted to those passengers who have booked Accessible cabins? If anyone could clarify that with regard to the new arrangements, I’d be grateful.
Finally, a question – does anyone know if Cunard will be following suit? At the moment, of course, all of their ships are off on world cruises. In fact, it looks as if they all return on the same day – 10th May – and therefore start their first regular season cruises the same day. It may therefore be too soon for embarkation instructions to have been sent out to Cunard passengers on these and subsequent cruises, but it will be interesting to find out if the same arrangements will apply.