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.

If you are looking for a fantastic shoe for your next cruise then the Florsheim Lakeside should be on your list. We tested it out on a recent voyage with Princess Cruises to the Mexican Riviera and found it was the perfect shoe to navigate Mexican streets and slick surfaces around the pool, while still looking good enough to wear to dinner at night. It is also easy to slip on and off so that means you can take it off easily when returning to your room as well.

Without a doubt, the Sea of Cortez / Gulf of California is one of the world's most incredibly pristine and environmentally sensitive regions. It was called the "Aquarium of the World" by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and has been a relatively hidden secret for most Americans, except folks from Southern California and Arizona. With the rapid growth of cruising around the world and especially out of west coast cruise ports like San Diego and Los Angeles though, more and more cruisers are wanting to explore beyond just the "Mexican Riviera" ports like Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Lucky for the cruise industry there is a fantastic port waiting to join that all-star list, La Paz - along with others, including Loreto, Topolobampo, and Guaymas. Unfortunately this is a challenge since there is no way to avoid having a negative environmental impact when you bring 10's of thousands of visitors into a pristine area on a weekly basis.

 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.

Most mass-market cruise ships are designed for the North American market, and specifically the Caribbean, even when the sail in other parts of the world. Over the past few years though we’ve been privileged to sail on two vessels that were custom designed for the Chinese market but then transferred to the West Coast instead. Norwegian Joy was the first and in that conversion, most of the “Chinese features” were eliminated but on Majestic Princess many of them were retained to potentially create a fantastic experience for folks sailing from Los Angeles.