Cruise West Announces Eight Pentax Photographers’ Cruises For 2009

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SEATTLE, August 25, 2008 – Cruise West (www.cruisewest.com), a leading innovator of small-ship voyages, has announced eight designated PENTAX Photographers’ Cruises for the 2009 season designed to help photography buffs capture the natural beauty of their worldwide voyages. The specialty sailings are in partnership with PENTAX Imaging Company, a leader in digital photography, and will feature field events and onboard workshops all co-hosted by professional PENTAX photographer Kerrick James. The PENTAX cruises are at no additional cost to guests and will allow both novice and seasoned cameramen and women to take advantage of personalized instruction on an array of related topics as well as access to a variety of the newest PENTAX products.

“We are so pleased with the glowing reports we’ve had from guests who participated on the 2008 PENTAX cruises, that we have increased the offerings for 2009,” said President & CEO Dietmar Wertanzl. “Each Photographers’ Cruise combines small-ship sailing with the world’s most photogenic destinations including Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, Panama & Costa Rica, British Columbia, Alaska, and new in 2009, Europe’s Danube River. Our ships provide an engaging classroom!”
Kerrick James has photographed the American West, Mexico and the Pacific Rim for over 25 years, and his work has appeared on more than 80 book covers, 85 magazine covers and in numerous feature stories in travel and in-flight magazines. James will give hands-on instruction and constructive workshops for guests seeking to capture on film the stunning vistas and once-in-a-lifetime moments inherent in every Cruise West experience.

Departure dates include: the nine-night Between Two Seas tour in Panama & Costa Rica on December 2, 2008 and March 2, 2009 (starting at $3,799; the seven-night Whales & Wildlife itinerary on Mexico’s Sea of Cortés on January 17, 2009 (starting at $2,599 per person); a seven-night Pacific Northwest Coastal Escape sailing on April 26, 2009 (starting at $2,999 per person); four Alaskan itineraries including the eight-night Alaska’s Whales & Wilderness (May 30 and July 4, 2009, starting at $4,449), the four-night Glacier Bay Highlights (June 30, 2009, starting at $2,599 per person), and the eight-night Alaska’s Inside Passage (August 22, 2009, starting at $4,449); and the new 10-night Danube River, Vienna to Bucharest (October 13, 2009, starting at $4,899).

In addition to Kerrick James’ expertise, all Photographers’ Cruise guests will benefit from Cruise West’s distinctive Exploration Leaders Program, in which onboard experts provide guests with a wealth of insider knowledge and a passion for the history of the region. Curious minds on Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Panama Canal & Costa Rica, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Danube River itineraries will gain insight from Exploration Leaders throughout their journey, broadening their experience with a deeper understanding of the indigenous culture, history, flora and fauna of the region they are cruising.

For additional information regarding Cruise West’s Photographers’ Cruises visit www.cruisewest.com/photocruise/default.aspx or call 1-800-296-8307. For more information on PENTAX products, visit: www.pentaxslr.com and for additional information on photographer Kerrick James go to: www.agpix.com/kerrickjames.

~ Up-Close, Casual and Personal Cruising ~

Cruise West offers the opportunity to explore remote and distinctive destinations throughout North and Central America, Asia, South Pacific and Europe. 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.

~PENTAX Imaging Company~

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, eyepieces and mobile printers and scanners. For more than 80 years, PENTAX technology has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

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 – nine in all – hold between 78-138 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, Japan, the South Pacific, and the Kuril Islands.