Princess Cruises To Allow Non-cruisers Onboard Ships Before Departure

Princess Cruises is reviving a nostalgic tradition from the early days of cruising. The line announced that it will debut an innovative program called the “Bon Voyage Experience” that gives passengers the opportunity to invite friends and family onboard on embarkation day.


Priced at USD 39 per person, guests can join passengers onboard their ship with priority embarkation to experience the vessel before departure. Included in the program is a 4-course dining room lunch with wine, a ship tour and souvenir photograph, spending approximately 4 hours onboard.


Each ship will admit 50 guests on any given embarkation day, with passengers informed through pre-cruise e-mails as their cruise date approaches. Bookings can then be made through a travel agent or Princess Cruises from 120 days to 6 days before sailing. Once registered, guests will be able to input the required security information through Princess Cruises’ Cruise Personalizer.


The program will be introduced on 6 March 2010 at the ports of Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles, with the Crown Princess and Sapphire Princess respectively, before being rolled out to New York, San Francisco and Seattle onboard Princess Cruises’ other ships. Once a routine practice for cruise lines, the tradition disappeared more than 20 years ago amidst tightening security measures.


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