International Cruises, Cruise West


        Family-operated Cruise West was one of the best cruise lines in small-ship expeditions. Its cruises were casual and the itineraries were destination-focused that visited many fascinating ports where big ships cannot arrive. The major businesses of Cruise West were Alaska cruises and cruise tours. Besides, its ships also sailed to Mexico, the Panama Canal, Central America, as well as Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, South Pacific and the Far East. World cruise was organized once in 2010 onboard Spirit of Oceanus.

        In 2010, the fleet of Cruise West consisted of a number of ships, but only the flagship Spirit of Oceanus was used for ocean-going. Other ships included Spirit of Yorktown, Spirit of Endeavour, Spirit of Discovery, Spirit of Columbia, Spirit of '98 and Pacific Explorer.

        Due to financial difficulties, Cruise West ceased operation in September 2010.

Former Ship(s)



Spirit of Oceanus

Entered Service

1991 March


Nuovi Cantieri Apuania Shipyards, Carrara (Italy)

Original Cost

US$25 million


Nassau, The Bahamas

Gross Tonnage

4200 tons

Length x Beam x Draft

90.6 x 15.3 x 3.9 (m), 297.2 x 50.2 x 12.8 (ft)


15 knots

Passenger Decks


Number of Cabins (Inside/Oceanview/Balcony)

60 (0, 45, 15)

(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)

120 / 120

Passenger Space Ratio
(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)

35.00 / 35.00

Total Crew

60, International

Crew to Passenger Ratio
(Standard Occupancy / Full Occupancy)

2.00 / 2.00

Navigation Officers


IMO Number, Call Sign

8802868, C6PJ8

Sister Ships

Corinthian II (Travel Dynamics International)
Caledonian Sky, Island Sky (Noble Caledonia)


1991-1991: Renaissance Five (Renaissance Cruises)
1991-1992: Hanseatic Renaissance (Hanseatic Tours)
1992-1997: Renaissance Five (Renaissance Cruises)
1997-2000: Sun Viva (Sun Cruises)
2000-2001: MegaStar Sagittarius (Star Cruises)
2001-2010: Spirit of Oceanus (Cruise West)
2010-2011: Sea Spirit (megayacht for private charter)
2011- : Sea Spirit (Quark Expeditions)

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