I'm really not at all sure that there is anything that can speed up the process due to the bureaucracy restraints imposed for security purposes by the Office of Homeland Security. The cruiselines have very little leeway, if any, to depart from federal guidelines. Even if they could, I doubt they would want to take the responsibility for a possible security breach due to insurance and legal considerations. If anything, it's more likely to get worse, especially if there is a hint of the cruiselines becoming a possible target. Oh well, I've become accustomed to the travel inconveniences everywhere, so I guess it's not the end of the world.