Cruise Line Out of Business

Posted Sep 20th 2010 09:37 AMUpdated Sep 20th 2010 11:09 AM

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Seattle-based small ship line Cruise West says it has ceased operations.

In a statement on the line's website, officials say they "aggressively pursued" a number of options to stay in business including selling assets and selling the company, but were unable to find a way for the cruise line to survive in the current economic climate.

The line was founded more than 60 years ago by the West family and was most known for its Alaska cruises that included out-of-the-way ports.

"I am absolutely heartbroken that this family legacy has come to an end," says Dick West, Cruise West's Chairman and Managing Director.

The cruise line also offered sailings in Costa Rica, Baja, the Pacific Northwest and Europe, and canceled an in-progress world cruise earlier this month. The line's biggest ship held only 138 passengers.

Cruise West says it will still operate one cruise on the Danube on Sept. 22.

Passengers on all future cruises were being notified of the company's demise. They were advised to apply for refunds from their travel insurance companies, credit card companies or under surety bonds the company was required to post to do business at U.S. ports.

Meanwhile, there were reports of travel agents and local Alaska companies being owed tens of thousands of dollars by Cruise West and concerns the closure may have a ripple effect.

"In our small community, there are tour operators... and fuel providers who have been left high and dry," Marie Shipley of Rainwalker Expeditions in Wrangell, Alaska, tells The Seattle Sun Times. "After providing services for Cruise West since 1998, with Cruise West owing for this season I will likely fold completely."



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Barbara Bonertz

We paid for a cruise and insurance through Cruise West. The trip was cancelled two days before our departure. We have heard nothing and lost the money we paid in cash and our insurance we bought through Cruise West. It was a great way to travel. We are so disappointed. Is there a way to contact others who were booked on the Spirit of 98, Columbia and Snake River Cruise---Sept. 18th. thru Sept. 25th ?

September 26 2010 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

What a chame Cruise West was a great company that really took you to the heart of Alaska. We had taken a few cruises with them but this year with finances not being great we where holding on booking. Just as well really. Although having recently seen the cruise prices at http://www.cruise.co.uk it seems most cruise lines are struggling as they have drastically reduced the cruise price.

September 24 2010 at 6:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Marion

Are you nuts? I am so tired of religious fanatics. What face of Jesus are you talking about? Some artists version of how he emagined Jesus to look?

September 21 2010 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dana

And Obama says the recession ended this past June? Wake up.. you have seen nothing yet!!

September 21 2010 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ALAN

STEVE....YOU ARE A JERK. THEY WENT OUT CAUSE THEY GAVE GREAT CRUISES AT COSTS THAT DID NOT COVER THEIR EXPENSES. I AM HAPPY THAT WE WERE ON 2 CRUISES AND WILL MISS CRUISEWEST VERY MUCH. PUT THAT IN YOUR RELIGIOUS PIPE. PERHAPS YOUR BOY WANTED THEM TO GO KAPUT.....

September 21 2010 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
duane luft

I am interested in the aquisition of all of the companies assets and liabilities. I am only intrested in the whole, not in parts. If someone can contact me with bottom line figures, I am willing to spend time to evaluate and possibly make an offer. thank you. Duane Luft

September 20 2010 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bb

What a tragedy. After a trip on a big cruise ship and then one on Alaska Cruise West in Alaska, we vowed to never again go on a large ship. We had hoped to take more cruises on this wonderful line. It was so special!

September 20 2010 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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