You've planned your cruise to the West Coast for a long time. It's all you've thought about for months. The plans to see Catalina Island and all the other destinations there have you obsessing so much that people are starting to think you met someone new. Now it's the big day. You begin your cruise and then one of these things happens. Then you find yourself heading back home. Here are the ten things that can get you kicked off a cruise ship.

If gluten is your kryptonite, chances are you either have a sensitivity to gluten or celiac disease. Taking a cruise vacation sounds fun but when you think about what you are going to eat, it becomes quite stressful. Gluten allergies, sensitivities, and celiac disease have become a common ailment that restricts diets and the cruise industry has taken notice. The good news is they have also taken action. Cruise lines such as NCL, HAL, Crystal, and Princess have altered some of their menus to include gluten-free options. Here’s how you can have an awesome gluten-free cruise vacation!

There is a lot of anxiety about the requirement to have a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before a cruise and frankly what seems like a simple task can be quite complicated. At this point, most of us have had at least one covid test since the pandemic began and so fundimentally this one shouldn't be much different. Unfortuantely that just isn't true since you have false positives and false negatives that could result in you having to forfeit your vacation plans at the last minute. Here are some ways that you can prepare so that this process is less stressful and less likely to prevent you from embarking on your cruise.

Let's take a look at cruise ship butlers and look at how the offerings on various cruise lines differs from one to another. Just like every other aspect of cruising, the butler service from one line to the next can be completely different. While west coast cruises have fewer options than what you might find in the Caribbean for instance, the good news is that in recent years we've gotten some of the newest and most luxurious ships at sea visiting our waters. Let's take a look at cruise butlers and if selecting a suite with butler service for your next cruise might be the perfect choice.

With the inevitable return to cruising, the major cruise lines have rolled out a series of protocol to make cruising safer and more enjoyable for everyone. In addition to implementing new Covid-19 safety measures, many of the cruise lines have introduced innovative new features that make cruising more convenient overall. If you are planning a Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coastal or Alaskan cruise in the upcoming year, here's how each cruise line is working to keep you safe.