Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 17, 2008
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood in 2009 with Cruise West, (http://www.cruisewest.com/), the leader in small-ship voyages and one of the most experienced tour operators in Alaska -- 63 years in all. New value pricing, an extended season, early booking savings and the debut of the newly refurbished Spirit of Glacier Bay will kick off Alaska's 50th. Guests celebrating their 50th birthday or 50th wedding anniversary will receive a $50 shipboard credit.
A total of 162 Alaska departures ranging from four to 25 days highlight the 2009 season. In continuation of Cruise West's ship renewal program, upgrades to the Spirit of Glacier Bay will include redecoration and renovation of public corridors, lobby areas, and the panoramic Observation Lounge. All cabins will receive new carpeting and window treatments.
All of Cruise West's small ships, ranging from 78-138 guests, allow for more compelling views of wildlife and cruising into smaller inlets that larger lines just can't reach. Alaska cruises operate late April through early September.
Coastal Alaska & the Russian Far East
Three Coastal Alaska & the Russian Far East itineraries cruise aboard the five-star flagship, 120-guest all suite Spirit of Oceanus from Vancouver, B.C., to the Bering Sea, crossing the Arctic Circle and traveling into the remote Russian Far North, home of subsistence cultures. Guests who book a Grand Voyage prior to December 12, 2008 will save $400 to $1,100 per person, and those who book before February 27, 2009 will save $200 to $550.
Covering 1,600 miles from Vancouver to Anchorage or reverse, the 12-day Coastal Odyssey cruises through the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia and Alaska Inside Passage, the Gulf of Alaska and iceberg-studded fjords of Prince William Sound. Port calls include a remote Wilderness Community, Petersburg, Skagway, Sitka and Whittier. Rates begin at $8,049 per person, double occupancy.
The 14-day Voyage to the Bering Sea travels from Anchorage to Nome or reverse passing over the Arctic Circle to the farthest reaches of the Bering Sea. Visit remote ports where subsistence living still exists in the Shumagin and Pribilof Islands and Russia's Chukotka Peninsula. Rates begin at $10,599 per person, double occupancy.
The ultimate 25-day Alaska voyage, In Harriman's Wake combines the Coastal Odyssey and the Voyage to the Bering Sea, following the path of 20th century railroad magnate Edward Henry Harriman. Rates begin at $18,499 per person, double occupancy.
Alaska's Inside Passage
Three routes travel through Alaska's Inside Passage, including itineraries from Seattle to Juneau, with stops at picturesque ports and scenic waterways. This nature lover's paradise is renowned for temperate rainforests, snowcapped mountains, calving glaciers, breaching whales and gatherings of bald eagles. Guests who book a prior to December 12, 2008 will save $200 to $700 per person, and those who book before February 27, 2009 will save $100 to $350.
The classic nine-day Alaska's Inside Passage itinerary travels from Juneau to Ketchikan or reverse, combining the popular ports of Skagway, Sitka and Haines, and rarely visited ports including the charming fishing village of Petersburg and the sole Tsimshian community, Metlakatla. Abundant sea and wildlife can be seen at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Frederick Sound and magical Misty Fiords. This itinerary is offered on the Spirit of '98, the Spirit of Endeavour, and the Spirit of Yorktown, starting at $3,999 per person, double occupancy.
The nine-day Alaska's Whales & Wilderness itinerary, round trip Juneau, centers on sea and wildlife viewing, including Icy Strait and Glacier Bay National Park. Port calls include authentic Sitka, the "Jewel of the Inside Passage," and a Wilderness Community. Cruise West offers a whale guarantee on this itinerary or guests receive a $250 refund. This itinerary is offered onboard the Spirit of Alaska, Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Endeavour, and starts at $3,849 per person, double occupancy.
The Gold Rush Inside Passage 11-day itinerary retraces the historic path of the original Gold Rush stampede between Seattle and Juneau or reverse. Visit the towns of Sitka, Haines, Skagway, Ketchikan and charming Petersburg. Cruise the pristine waters of the San Juan Islands, the Strait of Georgia, Glacier Bay National Park, Frederick Sound and Tracy Arm. Offered in late April, May, late August and September on six vessels, starting at $3,899 per person, double occupancy.
Alaska's Glacier Wonderlands Cruise/Land Tours
Alaska's Glacier Wonderlands Cruise/Land Tours are popular with guests who want to maximize their time and see the best of Alaska's National Parks including Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park. Guests who book prior to December 12, 2008 will save $100 to $300 per person, and those who book before February 27, 2009 will save $50 to $150.
The Glacier Bay Highlights and Denali Land Tour visits two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in nine or 10 days. Commencing in Fairbanks and ending in Juneau, the fully guided five-night land tour features a full day of sightseeing in Fairbanks, one and one half days exploring breathtaking Denali and one night in Anchorage. Join the ship in Juneau for a three- or four-night cruise to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.