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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1979 Age Restrictions: At least one person in
Year Refurbished: 1996 each room must be 18 years of age or older.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Open
Guest Occupancy: 78 Assigned Dining Hours: 7:00 pm
Crew: 21 Internet Access: No
Tonnage: 98 tons Bars/Lounges: 1
Length: 143 feet Spa: No
Beam: 28 feet Fitness Center : No
Cruising Speed: 9 knots Swimming Pools: No
Decks: 4 Hot Tubs: No
Ship Registry: United States Bowling Alley: No
Casino: No Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: No Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: No 24-Hour Room Service: No
Library: No Hair Dryer in Room: No

Dick West, owner of Cruise West, announced in September of 2010 that Cruise West is no longer in business (due to financial troubles). Attempts at selling the company have failed, so they have decided to cease operations. We will update this fleet's details should any other news come about.

Cruise West Overview
The 78-guest Spirit of Columbia is a nice choice for a small-ship Alaska cruise. This intimate ship has an American crew that is quite friendly. In fact, during your cruise you'll probably end up being on a first name basis with many of the staff members (which creates a nice sense of community while onboard).

A benefit of taking a small-ship Alaska cruise on Cruise West's Spirit of Columbia is that the ship will be able to navigate through smaller channels that larger ships cannot fit through. This gives guests the chance to get really close views of the Alaskan nature and wildlife. A cruise on this ship is perfect for someone that's looking for a destination-rich itinerary featuring great onshore excursions and onboard lectures, and who doesn't care about the bells and whistles that some of the other (larger) ships offer.

Destinations & Itineraries
Spirit of Columbia will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2010: 5- and 11-night Alaska

Being a small ship, there is a limited number of accommodations onboard Spirit of Columbia. All staterooms onboard Spirit of Columbia have a private bathroom and air conditioning.

The most premium accommodations onboard this vessel are her seven Deluxe staterooms. A notch down from those are her four category AAA staterooms.

Cruise West has an open seating format, meaning that you're not assigned to a specific table. You just have to make sure that you're aware of the hours that each meal is being served between. The cuisine served onboard Cruise West's Spirit of Columbia is quite American.

The dining times onboard Spirit of Columbia vary depending on each particular day's schedule. Typically, there is an "early riser" continental breakfast that starts at 6:00 am. There will usually also be a full breakfast starting around 7:30 am to 8:00 am. Lunch is usually served around noon, while dinner usually starts between 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. There will be appetizers served during the ship's Social Hour, which takes place each evening before dinner.

Onboard Features

Being a smaller ship (there are only four passenger level decks onboard), Spirit of Columbia doesn't have a ton of onboard features (relative to what's typical in the mainstream cruising world).

The Lower deck is the first passenger deck onboard Spirit of Columbia. On this deck you'll find some staterooms. One deck up from that level is the Main deck, where the Columbia Dining Room and Riverview Lounge (the main social gathering area of the ship, which features a bar) are located. The next deck up is the Upper deck, where there are additional staterooms.

The highest passenger deck onboard Spirit of Columbia is the Bridge deck, where you'll find the sun deck, as well as the pilot house (bridge) and six of the ship's Deluxe staterooms. A nice thing about cruising onboard this ship is that you'll have the opportunity to walk right up to the captain and have a chat, if you so desire.

Nightly entertainment onboard Spirit of Columbia will feature local music performances, such as guitar playing of folk songs. This ship isn't the place to be if you're looking for much nightlife or a bar scene, as many passengers tend to go to bed earlier in the evening (preparing to rise early for the next day's activities).

Dress Code and Attire
Cruise West's dress code is extremely casual, as they say that they "believe in traveling in comfort." They state that you should feel like you're at home while onboard their vessels. Onboard a Cruise West ship you can wear jeans and sweaters during the day, and during the evening as well! Unlike the majority of the cruising world, they don't require jackets, ties, or formal dress during dinner.

Children Programs
There is not a children's program (or facilities) onboard the Spirit of Columbia, as the cruises offered on this ship aren't really thought of as being for families with children.

Tipping and Gratuities
Cruise West's pricing includes service charges for all of their staff members, so that's one less thing for you to worry about during your cruise. They go on to state that "tipping is neither expected nor required for Cruise West Staff, on land or at sea. Recognition for exceptional service is discretionary and you are welcome to tip individuals directly." Unlike many other cruise lines, Cruise West does not charge a gratuity automatically onto bar bills.

Alcohol Policy
Passengers must be at least 21 years of age in order to consume alcohol onboard a Cruise West ship. Cruise West does not allow their passengers to bring their own alcohol onboard for consumption.

Gambling Policy
There is not a casino onboard Spirit of Columbia.

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