Cruise West And Pentax Partner For Exclusive Photography Offerings On Six 2008 Cruises

SEATTLE, WA, August 25, 2007 – Cruise West, the leading small ship cruise line, and PENTAX, a leader in digital photography, have created a partnership that will bring PENTAX photography experts and equipment onboard six Cruise West itineraries in 2008. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in onboard presentations and special field events with PENTAX sponsored professional photographer and cruise co-host, Kerrick James. Whether novice or seasoned photographers, and regardless of the camera brand used, guests will receive valuable, hands-on instruction on everything from equipment use and digital image management and composition to tips on how to the get the right shot. Guests onboard these cruises also will enjoy access to a variety of the newest PENTAX products.

“We decided to partner with PENTAX because they really fit in with our philosophy of getting up close and personal with the destinations we cruise to,” said Cruise West President & CEO Jeff Krida. “Now, it will be easier for our guests to capture the many ‘Aha!’ moments they experience with the help of PENTAX professionals and equipment.”

Guests who book passage on the Whales & Wildlifeitinerary through Mexico’s Sea of Cortés departing January 19, 2008 will be the first to benefit from the new partnership and the workshops with Kerrick James. Guests will keep their cameras focused for shots of common and bottle-nosed dolphins and numerous species of whales. The Whales & Wildlifeitinerary is round trip from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and a Copper Canyon land extension may be added post-cruise. Pack a camera (any brand) and see Alaska thru a lens on two departures of Alaska Whales & Wildernesscruises on May 23 and July 4, 2008. These itineraries are roundtrip from Juneau and include Glacier Bay National Park, Sitka, a port call at a small Alaskan village, and Frederick Sound, where guests will be on watch for the gentle and majestic Humpback Whale. Guests may add-on a fully guided land tour to Denali.

The Pacific Northwest Coastal Escapeitinerary round trip from Seattle on April 27, 2008 gives guests the opportunity to hone their photography skills while cruising the majestic waters of Puget Sound and British Columbia’s Strait of Georgia. Stops in the beautiful cities of Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. and in the picturesque San Juan Islands will be ideal for trying out PENTAX gear.

The landmark sights of the Panama Canal and exotic Costa Rica will round out the partnership with PENTAX, with departures on the Between Two Seas itinerary on March 26 and December 2, 2008. The March 26 cruise departs from Panama City, Panama and ends in Los Sueños, Costa Rica where guests transfer to San José to return home. The December 2 cruise originates in Los Sueños and ends in Panama City. A five night Costa Rica land tour may be added pre- or post- cruise. To round out the partnership, PENTAX is sponsoring a photography contest to win a free 2008 Cruise West Photography cruise. To learn more about the contest and enter a favorite travel photo, visit: between October 15, 2007 and January 31, 2008. Second and third place entrants will receive free PENTAX photo equipment. The contest is open to non-professional photographers and the winners will be announced in March 2008.

For additional information or to book a Cruise West cruise, call 1-800-296-8307 or visit For more information on PENTAX products, visit: and for additional information on photographer Kerrick James go to:

Cruise West – a second-generation, family-owned business based in Seattle – offers the opportunity to explore remote, worldwide locales by providing distinctive, one-of-a-kind, personalized itineraries not offered by the traditional larger cruise lines. Cruise West’s smaller ships – ten in all – hold between 70-138 people 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 guests 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.

Destinations served include: Alaska and the Bering Sea, British Columbia, Columbia & Snake Rivers, California Wine Country, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Costa Rica & Panama, The U.S. eastern seaboard, the Caribbean, Japan, the South Pacific, the Kuril Islands, and the Great Lakes