For many folks, a cruise to Alaska is a bucket list experience that they will only end up doing once ... or maybe twice in their lives. As a result, it is important that they take the opportunity to plan things well and maximize their investment. An Alaska cruise isn't like a Caribbean cruise where you can just get on the boat and drink fruity drinks as you float around from island to island. It is a much more intense experience that requires the perfect ship, right choice of itinerary, and proper planning or you will miss those million-dollar-moments that you and your family will take abuot for months and years after you get home. Don't worry though, we've come together with our blogger friends to prepare some tips to help!

One of the most popular cruises to take from Southern California is a 3-5 day Baja Mexico Cruise. These cruises depart from San Diego and Los Angeles and because they are shorter than other itineraries, they are perfect for first-time cruisers and those who don't have a lot of time off from work. They are also perfectly priced and affordable so they are easy to budget for too. Ensenada is often looked at as a secondary port used primarily for ships to use so they can satisfy the requirements stipulating they must visit a foreign port before coming hope. However, we think Ensenada has a lot to offer ... you just need to know what to look for or you might miss out on this wonderful taste of Baja!

For most folks seeking a cruise with awesome opportunities to snorkel, they look at the Caribbean or down under to explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef. While cruises from west coast ports aren't known for being choice opportunities for snorkeling, that really isn't true. Sure, some destinations like California and Alaska are much colder than the Caribbean, they offer some incredibly unique opportunities. Plus, Mexico and Hawaii shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to warm water snorkeling destinations. Let's take a look at eight awesome places to explore if you are looking to go snorkeling on a west coast cruise.

When you cruise from San Diego, or cruise to California in general, you are getting the best of both worlds: a beautiful cruise and everything that California has to offer. When planning your cruise vacation, it is important not only to know where you will be cruising from, but also what is there for you when the boat docks.

Cruising from San Diego is continuing to move forward step by step. We were on hand to help celebrate another milestone with Holland America Line's Koningsdam and couldn't be more excited. In addition to the Koningsdam crew receving their second dosage of the Pfizer vaccine, we learned of Holland America Line's Fall 2021 San Diego cruise schedule, and the exciting news that the Port of San Diego now offers shore power support for Koningsdam while in port as well as plans to shortly enable this for a second vessel as well. In total, between Zuiderdam and Koningsdam, Holland America Line will offer 40 cruises from San Diego between September 2021 through April 2022!