Holland America Line is one of the leaders when it comes to west coast cruises because it combines generally smaller ships with more focus on education and connecting guests with the destinations that they are visiting. We're big fans of the line for their ongoing support for cruises departing from San Diego and we're thrilled to share what they have planned for Alaska cruises next year!

I'll admit that this is a surprise since typically every ship that can find docking space in Alaska heads there in the summer but these are different times and I'm thrilled for more west coast cruise options from Southern California. A few months ago, I was thinking that cruises in 2021 from the west coast might have to take the back burner but with this news, it is clear that Princess Cruises recognizes how important the Los Angeles cruise market is. These new itineraries include not only Pacific Coastal and Mexican Riviera but also an amazing 14-day round trip Alaska cruise!

I write this not to be sensational but to share my thoughts and comments publicly about the CDC's request for information campaign that expires next week. We have one week remaining to share our comments and I encourage you to do so - both publicly as well as privately if that's what you would prefer. The cruise industry is an important part of the United States economy as well as an important opportunity for Americans who might choose not to travel to Europe or Asia, to engage in conversations with people from all over the world. Here are my thoughts on why cruising in the United States should be able to resume again.

Cruise ships are not designed to go fast. Unlike ocean liners that once sailed regularly between the UK and United States across the Atlantic, most cruise ships are designed to go relatively slow at a steady pace with passenger comfort and environmental efficiency the primary consideration. This is a key difference since it is rare that you will see a cruise ship travel at maximum speed and so there is the practical speed that you might experience as a cruise passenger and the maximum theoretical speed that you might see listed alongside other statistics about an individual cruise ship.

We see a lot of discussion around how much cruise crew get paid - or realistically, how little. However, one of the other major questions we get asked is, "How much do cruise ship captains make?" The simple answer here is that it can vary based on a number of factors including the length of service, cruise line, education, and size of the ship. Let's take a look at what goes into a cruise ship captain salary ...