In the latest phase of its push to expand international offerings, Cruise West will sail to Antarctica in 2010.

The Seattle-based line will charter the 114-passenger Corinthian II and offer one 19-day sailing to Antarctica. The cruise will depart Feb. 7, 2010, from Ushuaia, Argentina.

The ship will call in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Orkney Islands as well as islands near the Antarctic Peninsula.

"Cruise West is making a conscientious effort to keep itinerary offerings fresh and intriguing, said CEO Dietmar Wertanzl in a statement.

Cruise West will bring aboard some of its own staff to provide elements of the Cruise West brand.

According to Wertanzl, the Corinthian II is a sister ship to the Spirit of Oceanus, a Cruise West ship that operates in Asia. "So we know our repeat guests will feel right at home," he said.

Cruise West has recently bolstered its international offerings with its first river cruises this summer in Europe, and with Galapagos sailings. The line is chartering ships for those itineraries, as well.


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