Cruise West in 2010 will operate 38 itineraries, 29 that are new. The new cruises include the line's first river cruise and trips to the Galapagos and Antarctica.

The small-ship line will visit 75 countries and more than 300 ports around the world on 175 departures.

Next year will feature the line’s 335-day circumnavigation of the globe on the 120-passenger Spirit of Oceanus, which retraces routes taken by some of world’s famous ocean explorers.

Also new are six-day Cocos Islands cruises on the 100-passenger Pacific Explorer, which will visit this Costa Rican destination known for its large population of hammerhead sharks.

Cruise West will also make its first visit to Antarctica and the Galapagos next year. An 18-day cruise that includes the Orkney Islands on the 114-passenger Corinthian II (sister ship to the Spirit of Oceanus) will visit the White Continent. Another sister, the 100-guest Galapagos Explorer II, will go to the Galapagos.

The line's river cruises will traverse the Danube and Rhine rivers in fall 2010 on 10-day trips, one from Vienna to Cologne and the other from Cologne to Basel on the 148-passenger Amadeus Diamond, a ship Cruise West is chartering.

In Alaska, where Cruise West reduced capacity next year, the line will offer 25 seven-day departures out of Juneau on the 138-passenger Spirit of Yorktown and the 102-passenger Spirit of Endeavour.

Cruise West will no longer visit Ketchikan but will call in Sitka, Wrangell and Petersburg.

The line also said that its four-day glacier itineraries in Alaska that include one port call will become the standard as the line drops its three-day cruises.


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