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.

Fifty years is a big milestone for any organization and Carnival Cruise Line is no exception, so that's why they're throwing an epic 50th Birthday Bash "Carnival Sailabration" this month on both coasts across multiple voyages starting March 5th out of Long Beach with Carnival Radiance and Carnival Miracle.

You know we love Alaska and I know you folks do as well so I'm very excited to participate in this contest and encourage to as well. Alaska is one of those destinations that goes beyond simply a "cruise" vacation and is both a spiritual experience to see natural wonders that are still pure, giant animals, and an incredible hospitality from both the indigineous people as well as the hearty folks that made the journey north and now call Alaska their home. If you share this passion as I do then you have until March 15 to let Holland America Line know and if they like it then you could find yourself on one of their Alaska cruises this summer!

We're almost at the starting point for the 2022 Alaska cruise season and it's looking great but Holland America Line is charting a course to Alaska in 2023 too and they've just released their plans. The 2023 Holland America Line Alaska cruise season will feature expertly crafted journeys on six ships that offer preferred access to the top destinations, exclusive overland transportation, culturally focused onboard experiences and more visits to Glacier Bay than any other major cruise line!

We are so excited to hear word of another west coast cruise line anouncing restart plans and this one in particular is special since it is Mexico's first luxury cruise line. Vidanta Cruises announced today that it has officially opened its reservation system with an exclusive preview cruise from Puerto Vallarta. This inaugural itinerary on Vidanta Elegant features a three-day, two-night voyage from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatl├ín and back, starting on April 14.