Alaska season is heating up and in fact ... it's already underway with the first ships starting to arive in Vancouver and Seattle! After a crazy past two years it is no surprise that everyone in the industry is focused on delivering maximum capacity to the region and that's ultiamtely going to be great for consumers. With more options across the entire spectrum of pricing, destinations, and guest experiences, this summer will be a banner year for cruising to Alaska. As part of this, Carnival has now anounced reduced rates and additional savings on Alaska cruises on Carnival Miracle, Carnival Spirit, and Carnival Splendor.

The folks at Huna Totem Corporation continue to make waves developing new and exciting tourism opportunities in Alaska for cruisers. Today they annoucned a partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdigns to develop a new berthing facilities in Whittier, Alaska and offer additional options for cruisers looking to extend their Alaska cruise into a land and sea experience. The privately funded project does not yet have an opening date but we're excited to both see more projects lead by the folks behing Icy Straight Point as well as a further spreading out of Alaska cruise traffic so the environment doesn't become saturated with cruise ship traffic.

 Princess Cruises boasts the longest history sailing out of the Port of Los Angeles and so it was exciting to see them bring a brand new ship to the west coast. Discovery Princess set sail this weekend, celebrating her maiden voyage to the Mexican Riviera and we can't wait to check her out in person in the near future.

After two years of hearbreak and disapointment, we're thrilled to see exciting news from cruiselines big and small that are all anticipating a fantastic Alaska cruise season this year. Cunard is the most recent to blow their horn with news updates regarding their 2022 Alaska cruise season onboard the Queen Elizabeth.

One of the great things about the "Pandemic Pause" was that cruise lines had time to accelerate the check-in process and reduce the time we spend in lines waiting to board. Ironically, on cruises since the re-start, the longest and most complicated process now is verifying vaccine status but Carnival has now made this even easier by rolling out VeriFLY to all of their home ports.