SEATTLE, WA, October 30, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ In a move designed to help meet demand for its 85 optional Alaska shore excursions, Cruise West is making all these excursions available for booking on its Website, www.cruisewest.com .
These excursions are in addition to those included shore excursions that are offered in every port on every Cruise West itinerary. Previously guests had to call to book at least 21 days before departure or wait until they began their cruise to book the optional excursions. The new online booking option is designed to provide a better opportunity for guests to ensure they receive their first choices.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re trying to make it easier for guests to further personalize their Alaska experience by choosing additional activities that are suited to individual interests,Ã¢â‚¬Â stated Jeff Krida, president and CEO. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Now on our Website they will be able to book in advance everything from historical tours to world-class fishing, heli-hiking and kayaking, with a wide range of activity levels from easy to moderate to strenuous.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Optional excursions operated by Cruise West are specially designed and operated to match the up-close, personal, and casual style found onboard the vessels. Cruise West Land Guides are trained by instructors from the National Association of Interpretation, so guests know they have the best experience available when they book a Cruise West operated tour.
Among the excursions recommended by Cruise West staff include scenic options such as the LeConte Glacier Flight with Kupreanof Air in Petersburg and the peaceful Chilkat River Float in Haines. For a more thrill-oriented excursion, Cruise West offers a Canopy Adventures & Wildlife Expedition in Ketchikan, complete with seven zip lines and 4,500 feet of high-tension cables and three aerial bridges. Another popular option is a Glacier Landing by ski-plane in Denali National Park and Preserve, where guests land in the Sheldon Amphitheater and actually hear seven echoes.
To book, go to www.cruisewest.com/excursions and follow the online prompts. All a guest needs to pre-book is the specific cruise itinerary name, departure date and a credit card. All bookings must be made at least 21 days in advance of departure date.
Cruise West offers eight Alaska itineraries, eight ships and 167 departures in 2008, and has more permits than any other line to enter Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve . Tours to Denali National Park and Preserve may be added onto all cruise itineraries Ã¢â‚¬â€œ guests also have the option to stay at a rustic Wilderness Lodge in the heart of the Denali. For additional information or to book a Cruise West cruise, call 1-800-296-8307 or visit www.cruisewest.com .
~ 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 WestÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nine ships range from 78-138. Guests may expect personal enrichment through onboard narrative and presentations by local experts. The shipsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ comfortable lounges and ample outdoor deck space provide outstanding viewing opportunities, and inflatable boats allow for up-close exploration and shore landings.
Cruise West Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a second-generation, family-owned business based in Seattle Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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 WestÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s smaller ships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ ten in all Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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 CortÃƒÂ©s, Costa Rica & Panama, The U.S. eastern seaboard, the Caribbean, Japan, the South Pacific, the Kuril Islands, and the Great Lakes