Cruise West Announces 2007 Itineraries in Alaska

Nine distinct journeys travel through the Great Land and beyond.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) September 7, 2006 — Cruise West, the most experienced cruise line traveling Alaska, will offer nine exceptional itineraries in utilizing its up-close, casual and personal style in the Great Land, British Columbia and Russian Far East for the 2007 season. From the Inside Passage to the Bering Sea, Cruise West will explore remote islands, native cultures and awe-inspiring wildlife on seven of the line’s distinctive small ships.

Exploring the Inside Passage
Cruise West offers four distinct itineraries to explore Alaska’s Inside Passage, traveling close enough to see the barnacles on a whale’s tail and feel the chill of the glaciers.

All itineraries sail through Glacier Bay National Park, a 3.3 million acre wonderland. Cruise West has become the leading cruise line to travel in Glacier Bay, and, in 2005, was awarded a permit from the National Park Service allowing the most entries into the Park of any line for the next 10 years. While in Glacier Bay, guests are joined by a National Park Service Ranger and Hoonah Tlingit Cultural Interpreters to get a deeper understanding of culture and wildlife in the region.

Glacier Bay Highlights provides a shorter getaway in the remote wilderness of the Inside Passage. During these four- and five-day round trip voyages from Juneau, guests will visit the Gold Rush capital of Skagway and the artistic community of Haines, and search for brown and black bears, coyote, seals and wolverine while traveling through Glacier Bay. The Glacier Bay Highlights itinerary sails May through August 2007 on the Spirit of Alaska starting at $1,149 per person, double occupancy.

Alaska’s Inside Passage travels between Ketchikan and Juneau for nine days and has become the traditional trip for first-time Alaska guests. This journey provides the one-of-a-kind opportunity to visit with the Tsimshian elders of the Metlakatla community, cruise through the mystical Misty Fjords, and enjoy a performance by the Norwegian Leikarring Dancers in Petersburg. The itinerary sails May through August 2007 on the Spirit of Yorktown and the Spirit of ’98 starting at $4,299 per person, double occupancy.

Wilderness Inside Passage is perfect for nature and wilderness enthusiasts, as Cruise West offers a Whale Sighting guarantee. Should whales not be spotted on a sailing, the line will refund $250 to each guest. Deep in the Inside Passage, guests will explore narrow inlets, beautiful fjords, and peaceful coves. This nine-day itinerary sails round trip from Juneau in May through early September on the Spirit of Discovery and the Spirit of Endeavour starting at $3,799 per person, double occupancy.

Gold Rush Inside Passage travels the route of the original Klondike Gold Rush stampeders. While sailing between Seattle and Juneau, guests will see the charming ports and scenic waterways much as they were back during the gold rush period of the late 1800s. This 11-day itinerary sails in May and late-August through September on six different Cruise West ships starting at $3,449 per person, double occupancy.

Grand Voyages
Cruise West’s flagship, the Spirit of Oceanus, travels along the paths of the world’s great explorers on three distinct voyages from Vancouver through the Bering Sea and Russian Far East.
On the 25-day In Harriman’s Wake voyage, following the path of Edward Henry Harriman’s history-making voyage of 1899, guests sail between Vancouver and Nome, Alaska. Along the way, they will visit native villages in the Bering Sea, cruise in the Arctic Circle, view the 76-mile Hubbard Glacier and visit Siberian Eskimo villages. This itinerary is available on June 22 and July 14, 2007, starting at $15,549 per person, double occupancy.

Coastal Odyssey, sailing between Vancouver and Whittier, Alaska, provides the opportunity to visit both the entire Inside Passage and Prince William Sound, bringing guests up-close to Alaska’s greatest wonders. The 13-day trip sails eight times between May and August 2007, starting at $7,199 per person, double occupancy.

Voyage to the Bering Sea sails to the Aleutians and remote islands of the Far North and the distant Russian Far East. This 14-day journey travels round trip from Anchorage on July 2 and July 14, 2007, starting at $8,999 per person, double occupancy.

Glacier Wonderland
Cruise West offers one of the few overnight itineraries to Prince William Sound, a 3,500-mile shoreline filled with hidden islands and enfolded fjords, which is only accessible by small ships. These four- and five-day trips sail round trip from Whittier and float up-close to glaciers while searching for sea otters, seals and mountain goats. Glacier Wonderland offers trips in May through August 2007 aboard the Spirit of Columbia starting at $1,099 per person, double occupancy.
Cruise West’s best seller, the Best of Both Worlds is a 9- or 10-day adventure of cruising flying, traveling by motorcoach and rail into the highlights of Alaska. See Denali National Park, Glacier Bay, Icy Strait and much more between Juneau and Ketchikan. This itinerary is offered from May through August starting at $3,299 per person double occupancy on the Spirit of Alaska.

For further details on these itineraries, excursions and land tour extensions, visit At Cruise West, taxes, port charges, fees, fuel surcharges and onboard services are all included in itinerary prices. Guests are neither expected nor required to tip for onboard service.

Up-Close, Casual and Personal Cruising
Cruise West – a second-generation, family-owned business and the largest American-owned cruising company – offers the opportunity to explore remote, worldwide locales by providing distinctive, one-of-a-kind, personalized itineraries not offered by the traditional large ship cruise lines. Cruise West’s smaller ships – 9 in all – hold between 78-138 guests each, and the casual style onboard encourages relaxation and congenial interaction between guests and crew alike. The experience is personally enriching through expert Exploration Leaders providing onboard narrative and lectures, special local guest speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds, and the library provided on each vessel. All have forward lounges and ample outdoor deck space for viewing and photographing wildlife and scenery. All vessels are also equipped with inflatable landing boats for close-up exploration of remote areas and shore landings.

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