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New Home, New Name for Cruise West’s Spirit of Nantucket

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Name to Reflect Repositioning in Alaska for 2008 Season

SEATTLE, WA, July 11, 2007 – Following the announcement that the Spirit of Nantucket will be repositioned to Alaska in 2008, the small-ship cruise line Cruise West has renamed it to befit its new home. Next year, the 102-guest ship will ply the waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and, given this itinerary, the name will be officially changed to Spirit of Glacier Bay. A rechristening will occur in Seattle spring 2008 before the ship sails to Alaska. The ship is currently sailing East Coast itineraries through 2007.

“The name Spirit of Glacier Bay not only reflects the itinerary this ship will be sailing, but also celebrates the history of Cruise West and Glacier Bay. Cruise West was one of the pioneers to take guests by ship into this magnificent park, “said Dick West, chairman and managing director. “In 1990, we introduced the 52-guest Spirit of Glacier Bay that sailed a similar itinerary, and this ship was retired in 2001. It just makes sense to reintroduce this name and get back to our roots.”

For the 2008 Alaska season, the Spirit of Glacier Bay will sail three-and four-night Glacier Bay Highlights cruises that will feature two days in Glacier Bay, cruising roundtrip from Juneau. The 4-night cruise also makes a port call at Haines or Skagway.  This cruise was previously offered on the 78-guest Spirit of Alaska that will sail the Alaska’s Whales & Wilderness cruise in 2008. Given the high demand for the Glacier Bay Highlights cruises, the additional guest capacity onboard the newly named Spirit of Glacier Bay offers more guests the opportunity to take advantage of this natural wonder.

Cruise West Alaska cruises are offered May through late August, with three Grand Voyages aboard the flagship, Spirit of Oceanus, four itineraries in Alaska’s Inside Passage, and a cruise in Prince William Sound. The company has more permits than any other line to enter the 3.3-million-acre Glacier Bay National Park. For more information, call 1-800-296-8307 or visit

~ Up-Close, Casual and Personal Cruising ~

Cruise West offers the opportunity to explore remote and distinctive destinations throughout North and Central America, Asia and the South Pacific. Small-ship cruising allows for personalized experiences not offered by larger cruise lines. Guest capacities aboard Cruise West’s nine ships range from 78-138. Guests may expect personal enrichment through onboard narrative and presentations by local experts. The ships’ forward lounges and ample outdoor deck space provide outstanding viewing opportunities, and inflatable boats allow for up-close exploration and shore landings.    

Andrew Wilson/Terence Gallagher
Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: (212) 308-8880; Fax: (212) 891-0200
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Jerrol Golden
Cruise West
Tel: (206) 733-5692
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