Cruise West keeps changing it up. The line, known in cruise circles for its Alaska itineraries, is making a concerted effort to seek out new destinations. Add Antarctica to the list. The destination-driven will operate a 19-night maiden voyage to Antarctica, departing February 7, 2010, with rates starting at $13,899 per person. In anticipation, Cruise West is encouraging travel agents to participate in the line's live online training programs at www.cruisewestagents.com/training. The first will be held on March 5 at 9 p.m. EST.
The Antarctica voyage will be aboard the 114-guest Corinthian II and will explore the Falkland, South Georgia and Orkney Islands as well as the Antarctic Peninsula.
"Cruise West is making a conscientious effort to keep itinerary offerings fresh and intriguing," said president and CEO Dietmar R. Wertanzl. "We are seeking out destinations that complement our core products, create excitement for repeat guests and appeal to new guests—so introducing Antarctica was a natural progression. The Corinthian II is a sister ship to our Spirit of Oceanus, so we know our repeat guests will feel right at home."