While there's still hope that there may be some sort of "Alaska Season" for the big ship cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, Holland America, and Carnival, cruising as we know it is most likely postponed till 2022. That doesn't mean that you can't still visit Alaska this summer though. It doesn't even mean you can't see Alaska by boat! It also doesn't mean you can't experence the natural beauty and wonder with trusted brands like Princess and Holland America Line. Despite most Americans visiting the state by taking a cruise vacation, summer in Alaska is more than just big ship cruising. Let's take a look at why Alaska is a great option for a summer getaway this year.

We often get questions about watching sports events while on a cruise. The general answer to that is sure, most games are usually available in the sports bars found on many different ships and "Big Games" are often featured on the jumbo screen pool side. Now however, Princess Cruises has taken sports to the next level. Not only can you watch the games but you can bet on them too! 

When it comes to a luxury experience, simply having a smaller ship, better service, and exquisite food isn't always enough. Quite simply those things can all exist on many other ships sailing to Alaska. However, the opportunity to experience a voyage to ports that most other Alaska cruises wont, or simply can't is where the true luxury experience becomes evident. That's exactly what Seabourn Odyssey will be offering during her 2021 Alaska and British Columbia cruise season this year. 

Some say, "A life well-traveled is a life well-lived." It often parodies quotes by Socrates and Ugwu, but this particular quote has greater meaning for those who love to travel. People who seek adventure by traveling beyond the bonds and comforts of a home learn more, know more, and are happier for doing so.

Key West has been in the news a lot the past couple weeks because it effectively kicked the mainstream cruise industry out of town. This was a long time coming. However, due to the global pause in cruising this year, the ecological impact became even more acutely obvious. With less silt being stirred up by large ships passing through the channel cut through the reef that surrounds the island, the situation could no longer be excused or ignored. While this is a major news story and another blow to an industry that faces a long recovery period, the concerns faced by conchs aren't limited to just Key West. Scientists and locals in other communities from Alaska and Hawaii to Mexico are having similar conversations. While different groups of people will have different priorities, the question of how to manage the inevitable exponential future growth that this industry will experience once again in the coming years is something we must all consider.