It's never too early to start planning for an Alaska cruise and Royal Caribbean International is gearing up for its most adventure-packed Alaska season in summer 2022. The cruise line will be introducing new itineraries that tout four ports of call and others that showcase twice the glaciers. With a variety of destinations and four unforgettable cruise ships to choose from, including two of the most innovative in the region – Ovation, Quantum, Radiance and Serenade of the Seas – thrill-seekers can experience the breadth of Alaskan nature and culture. The diverse beauty of America’s last frontier will come to life in the culturally rich towns of Haines and Sitka, Seward’s wild natural beauty, and the majestic vistas of the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier.

Icy Strait Point is one of the most exciting recent additions to the list of Alaska cruise destinations and I suspect it is the beginning of a new phase of planned and privately owned cruise ports that will ultimately allow the destination to continue expanding without overcrowding the existing ports. However, it isn't just me saying this. In fact, Icy Strait Point claimed the 2020 Port of the Year award at the 14th annual Seatrade Cruise Awards earlier this month.

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.