Cruise West Waives Fuel Surcharge for 2009 Alaska Cruises

Cruise West (, the global leader in small-ship exploration voyages and the largest American-owned cruise line, is waiving the fuel surcharge on all 2009 Alaska cruise itineraries for guests who book and pay in full by December 12, 2008.  The waiver is applicable for all new and current bookings.   Guests can save from $105 per person on a seven-night cruise to $360 for a 24-night cruise with the fuel surcharge promotion.  Cruise West guests can also combine this value with early booking incentives to save additional dollars.

“In this challenging economy, Cruise West wants to offer incentives to guests who book their Alaska vacation with us and have the comfort of knowing the exact price of their cruise,” remarked President and Chief Executive Officer Dietmar R. Wertanzl.  “Combine the fuel surcharge savings with the early booking discounts offered and guests will save hundreds of dollars by booking and paying in advance.”

Guests can save $455 to $655, for example, on a 2009 eight-night/nine-day Alaska’s Inside Passage cruise, including one-night hotel accommodations in Juneau, by booking and paying in full by December 12, 2008.  This savings represents both the early booking discount and waived fuel surcharge promotion.  The Alaska Inside Passage itinerary starts at $3,999 per person, based on double occupancy.

All Cruise West voyages include an excursion at every port, transportation to/from the airport, all gratuities and tips as well as the line’s signature Exploration Leaders who share insightful information on the flora, fauna, culture and history of the region.

“We offer our guests what we feel is the best value of all,” said Wertanzl, “and that is the small-ship cruise experience.  Today’s travelers are looking for authentic, memorable journeys. It’s those transforming moments that we provide on our cruises that are truly priceless.”

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