Crystal Cruises implement e-check in to follow the steps of Seabourn!

For those who find waiting to get on a ship akin to watching paint dry, Crystal Cruises has introduced a bar code check-in that officials say "eliminates 100%" of wait times in embarkation terminals for all passengers.

Those boarding the 922-passenger Crystal Symphony and 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity still have to go through security and show their passport, says Crystal spokeswoman Susan Wichmann. But after that they will have their bar-coded cruise tickets scanned and be "whisked through" the terminal and into a shipboard lounge to complete registration and get their room keys/boarding cards.

The cruise line is calling its new offering "Crystal Fast-Track Check-In."

"Before, you had to go to stations in the terminal to manually fill in a bunch of information. You no longer have to do that," Wichmann says.

"In the terminal we relied on locals for processing, but now it's in the hands of Crystal crew so there are always the same people doing the check-in, which makes it go smoother," she adds.

Competitor Seabourn has an e-pass option where guests can download a pass with a bar code and go right on the ship, a spokeswoman says. Even without that, check-in takes place onboard in select ports, she adds.