P&O and Viking River Cruises are building new ships and that means more choice for passengers.
After the drama, the investigaton of what disabled a ship in the Gulf of Mexico begins.
To the uninitiated, cruising may appear a one-dimensional kind of holiday, floating on the seas somewhere exotic with many people, eating too much and sunbathing with a cocktail in hand.
Aboard a luxury small ship, Louise Goldsbury encounters native Alaskans, teeming wildlife and nascent icebergs.
It was a very exclusive excursion. Only 40 people out of the thousands of cruise passengers in port that day got to do it.
It was a wonderful trip down through Dead Horse Gulch, with views of waterfalls, rivers and gullies.
Candy sands, disappearing waves, transformed trolls - if life's a beach, these are its strangest days.
The ritual occurs every time I plan a holiday: I sit at a desk, opposite a travel agent, who tries hard to persuade me that this or that destination is my best possible choice.
The USA's biggest state is also big on sights and price. But nowhere else in the world can you traverse such a dramatic coastline and witness orcas frolic in wild seas, boulders of glacial ice crash into the ocean below or breaching humpback whales in a single trip. Inland, its national parks have hungry brown bears catching salmon in river rapids. Alaska may be hard work, but it's rewarding.