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Cruise West guests would rather watch for whales than spend the
afternoon in a casino. They linger outside on deck as the Captain
noses under a waterfall, rather than watch a video. On a small ship,
the focus is outside where Nature provides the entertainment, rather
than on artificial amusements conjured up to occupy your attention
during long hours of open water.
You're a participant, not just a visitor when you cruise with
Cruise West. Whether you're kayaking off a wilderness island in
Mexico, hiking in a rainforest in Alaska, or enjoying a spectacular
spring garden in British Columbia, each small-ship cruises is an
engaging experience for all your senses.
Cruise West was founded more than 60 years ago, on the philosophy
to provide up-close travel that focuses on the destination - its
scenery, wildlife, natural history and culture - all in the company
of limited numbers of like-minded travelers.
While magnificent sweeping views are certainly abundant in every
destination, it's the glory of the details, viewed close up, that
bring you the most rewarding memories - cruising so close to a
waterfall you can feel the mist, or seeing the barnacles on a
The casual style onboard all Cruise West vessels encourages
relaxation and congenial interaction between guests and crew alike.
And the experience is personally enriching, through onboard
narratives and lectures, special local guests from a wide variety of
backgrounds, and the library provided on each vessel.
Cruise West small ships are the only way to explore remote areas.
All of the ships carry inflatable excursion craft to take you to
where the action is. Cruises on small ships are not filled with
elaborate distractions, sleek resorts, and packaged tours. Rather,
Cruise West small ships are perfect for intimate exploration of
off-the-beaten track waterways, narrow channels and tiny ports that
passengers on large ships will never see.
When Cruise West guests visit a small port in Alaska's Inside
Passage or along Baja Mexico's Sea of Cortés, they don't overwhelm
the local communities or crowd nature trails. In fact, the largest
vessel hosts just 138 guests. And in the small ports they visit,
they've nourished excellent relationships with the local innkeepers,
port directors, and storytellers. That means everywhere you travel,
you have entrée to the very best experiences that each community
can offer. And in every Cruise West destination, at least one shore
excursion or highlight is included in each port of call, to further
encourage your active involvement.