SEATTLE, WA, May 5, 2008 – Small-ship cruise line Cruise West held a renaming/rechristening ceremony for the 102-guest Spirit of Glacier Bay in Seattle on Friday, May 2, 2008. Chairman & Managing Director Dick West, President & CEO Dietmar Wertanzl and special guest President & CEO Don Welsh of Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau all presented. West appointed 12-year company veteran and celebrated employee Karen Clark as Godmother of the ship. Guests in attendance included Cruise West employee, friends, family and local media.
Formerly named the Spirit of Nantucket and based on the East Coast, the Spirit of Glacier Bay repositioned to Seattle to join the Cruise West Alaska fleet. This vessel will sail 3-and 4-night Glacier Bay Highlights cruises that will feature two days in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, cruising roundtrip from Juneau. The 4-night cruise also makes a port call at Haines with an optional excursion to Skagway. The ship repositions to Juneau for the Alaska cruise season on May 6 with its first cruise departing on May 20, 2008. The Spirit of Glacier will reside in Seattle pre- and post- Alaska cruise season.
With the addition of the Spirit of Glacier Bay, Cruise West will offer eight ships, eight itineraries and 160 departures in Alaska in 2008.