From the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago – Exploration in your Back Yard

From the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago – Exploration in your Back Yard

Great Lakes ExplorationWhile it’s thrilling to travel to and explore foreign, exotic lands, sometimes we forget about the adventures in our own back yard. The Great Lakes make up the largest inland sea in the world. These five interconnected lakes hold 21 percent of the world’s fresh water and cover an area larger than the entire United Kingdom. The lakes are home to an astonishing variety of fish and water birds. The scenery—including the lakes’ 35,000 islands—is among the most spectacular in North America. And the grand entry of the lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, is one of the engineering marvels of the world.

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Former Cruise West Ships – Where are they now?

Cruise WestBack in the 90’s and into most of the 2000’s, Cruise West was a major player in the small ship cruising niche industry. Many of our clients fell in love with their Alaska experience and the ships. With the one-year anniversary of the Cruise West’s demise approaching, we like to check in on the former Cruise West ships to see where they are now.

Spirit of Oceanus

Spirit of Oceanus / Sea SpiritThe one time 120-passenger flagship of the line was the most luxurious ship in the fleet, and sailed grand Alaska and Asia itineraries. The Spirit of Oceanus was in the midst of sailing a world cruise when Cruise West halted operations. The ship terminated its sailing in Newfoundland, Canada and was immediately sold to TN Cruise K/S, who now charters the ship to other cruise lines.

Today, the ship, renamed Sea Spirit, is now chartered to several expedition lines, including Quark Expeditions and Zegrahm Expeditions, sailing the Antarctic.

Sea Spirit Itineraries

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Yorktown to Sail Great Lakes / Atlantic Coast for Travel Dynamics

The Yorktown

Travel Dynamics International, a leading operator of high-caliber educational programs aboard small cruise ships, recently announced that they have acquired the Spirit of Yorktown from the now defunct Cruise West cruise line. The ship, renamed “Yorktown,” will sail the Atlantic Coast, Canandian Maritimes and Great Lakes during the summer of 2012.

The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and will be staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. Continue reading “Yorktown to Sail Great Lakes / Atlantic Coast for Travel Dynamics”