Lynn, your response doesn't surprise me, and is one reason I asked. HAL's web site promotes priority boarding for Mariners. However, I recall when we boarded the RVI at Civitecchia (Rome) there was no evidence of priority arrangements, only a mad cap scramble at the tables set up dock side. It may be that they are better organized at more permanent locations such as Ft. Lauderdale. The RVI was our first Hal cruise and we're booked for the Volendam in November. It's certainly not important - just trivial curiosity. Thanks to you both for your replies.