Monday, 26 October 2009

CRUISE WEST UNVEILS THEME CRUISES FOR 2010

Photography, Alumni, Steinbeck, Chairman and President Cruises

 Cruise West (www.cruisewest.com), the world's leading provider of small-ship explorations to the most fascinating destinations on earth, announces 18 theme cruises from a choice of 11 itineraries in 2010.   Choose from breathtaking Alaska to the wild jungles of Costa Rica, marine rich waters of Sea of Cortés, exotic Southeast Asia, scenic Europe and more.  Early booking savings are still available. 

There is incredible value with every voyage.  In addition to the events associated with each 'theme' is an included excursion at every port designed to bring guests into direct personal contact with fascinating peoples, cultures and natural wonders.  Guest can anticipate engaging topical presentations by onboard guest lecturers, Exploration Leaders and local acclaimed authorities that will bring each region to life.  Ships range from 78-148 guests depending on the itinerary.

Six Photography Cruises

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in onboard presentations and special field events with a photographer who will conduct special field events and onboard workshops throughout the cruise. Whether novice or seasoned photographers, hands-on instruction on everything from image composition and digital image management to tips on how to be in the "right place at the right time" will be invaluable.  Each departure includes a full menu of activities as well as the expertise of our Exploration Leaders.

7-night Sea of Cortés Whales & Wildlife, roundtrip Cabo San Lucas departing January 23.  Priced from $2,999.
9-night Panama & Costa Rica Between Two Seas, one-way Panama City to San Jose departing March 7.  Priced from $4,299.
7-night Alaska's Inside Passage, roundtrip Juneau departing June 6 and August 18. Priced from $4,499.
4-night Glacier Bay Highlights, roundtrip Juneau departing June 29.  Priced from $1,799.
4-night Glaciers of Prince William Sound, roundtrip Whittier departing August 9.  Priced from $1,399.

Two Steinbeck Cruises
Sail in the company of a Steinbeck scholar and learn of the extraordinary journeys of famed author John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts, whose voyage of exploration and understanding sparked the creation of The Log from the Sea of Cortez. 

7-night Sea of Cortés Whales & Wildlife, roundtrip Cabo San Lucas departing January 2 and 9.  Priced from $2,599.

Four Chairman and President Voyages
Mingle with Chairman & Managing Director Dick West and wife Leslie or President & CEO Dietmar Wertanzl on four distinct voyages.  In addition to the extraordinary itineraries, guests will enjoy hosted dinners, special events and private tours escorted by West or Wertanzl. 
Chairman Voyages 

16-night Voyage 1: Singapore to Chennai (segment of Voyages of the Great Explorers) departing March 5, 2010.  Priced from $12,695 including air from five major US cities or an air credit of $750 per person by booking and paying in full by December 18, 2009. 
16-night Voyage 10:  Barcelona to Honfleur (segment of Voyages of the Great Explorers) departing July 4, 2010.  Priced from $14,195 including air from five major US cities or an air credit of $750 per person by booking and paying in full by December 18, 2009. 
Rhine & Mosel Rivers in Europe (NEW), one-way Vienna to Cologne departing October 12, 2010.  Priced from $4,999.

President's Voyage

13-night Voyage 16: Palm Beach to Panama  (segment of Voyages of the Great Explorers) departing October 3, 2010.  Priced from $7,995.

Six Alumni Sailings

Any alumni that previously sailed with Cruise West (Quyana Club members) receive an additional five percent savings, onboard gift (valued at $15), and a welcome aboard reception hosted by a Cruise West executive.  Commiserate and explore with fellow like-minded guests.

7-night Sea of Cortés Whales & Wildlife, roundtrip Cabo San Lucas departing January 30.  Priced from $2,999.
9-night Panama & Costa Rica Between Two Seas, one-way Panama City to San Jose departing March 25.  Priced from $4,199.
7-night River Voyage of Discovery on the Columbia & Snake Rivers, roundtrip Portland departing April 17, June 5 and Aug 28. Priced from $2,999.
7-night Pacific Northwest Coastal Escape that includes British Columbia, roundtrip Seattle departing Sept 25.  Priced from $3,399.

Early booking savings are still available for most voyage and all prices listed are before savings is applied.  Kid's 18 and younger pay 50 percent off the adult rate.  For more information or to book a cruise, please visit www.CruiseWest.com or call 800-296-8307 or a travel professional.

~Up-Close, Casual and Personal Exploration~

About Cruise West

Cruise West believes that small is beautiful.  Small-ship explorations allow up-close, casual and personal experiences unmatched by the traditional larger cruise lines. For more than 63 years Cruise West has provided authentic travel experiences where the destination is the focus.  Nine small ships with guest capacities ranging from 78-138 explore remote and distinctive destinations throughout the globe.   A robust onboard enrichment program further enhances the guest experience through topical guest lecturers, additional exploration by zodiac and included excursions at every port.