Cruise West was a company that specialized in smaller ship excursions. It was a family-owned company that focused on the destination, as opposed to the amenities available on the ship. Getting up close to see the scenery and wildlife was an integral part of their small ship cruising experience.
At the most, a Cruise West ship accommodated 138 guests, which created a more intimate atmosphere than on a large cruise ship. Guests were encouraged to interact with each other and the crew as they share their experiences. Wildlife detours are not only common, but were to be expected when booking a cruise with this now defunct company.
The company welcomes guests on the following ships:
People interested in booking a cruise with Cruise West could choose from one of the following destinations:
The small ships visited ports that the larger cruise ships can't access. Cruise West took the time to develop relationships with local people. Each stop included an excursion on shore or a highlight of some kind. The captain of the ship had enough flexibility in the schedule to take the time to stop to look at interesting sights along the way. It could be observing a group of whales, some interesting scenery or a beautiful rainbow. This type of cruise is a good choice for travelers who want a more personalized experience where the journey is just as important as the destination.
What's the difference between seeing Alaska on a mammoth luxury cruise liner versus seeing Alaska with the former Cruise West? This video tells it all:
Cruise West was on the lookout for people interested in a challenging, but rewarding, employment experience. The following are some examples of jobs the company used to actively looking to fill:
This company hired for many seasonal positions in Alaska and the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and for corporate, shore-based jobs too.