Not to belittle being a Platinum member but the logjam you describe only happens occasionally and the "special" boarding is becoming less valuable as the years go on since more & more people are now included in the group. In the future years I have got to believe they limit it to only Elite members as it gets more crowded. On our last trip the disembarkation lounge was so crowded if you didn't arrive before 8 AM there was hardly a seat until they began calling luggage tag colors.I wanted to make a quick comment on being a Platinum Member. When we got to the cruise terminal the check in line was very long! Princess rep took us to the check in that is for Platinum members and we were on the ship in maybe 5 to 10 minutes! Others were still sitting around waiting to board. That alone was well worth being a Platinum member! We also enjoyed the daily "happy hour" for Platinum members. Special price on selected drinks and appetizers. Lounge for disembarkation was nice. Coffee , juice, and snacks served. We were very pleased with the benefits!