Cruise West Ceases Operations After Attempts to Sell Fail
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Once again, all that comes up when trying to open these message board items is Cruise Ship Reviews. Something is still wrong with the "News and Features" site.
I think it's just a bad link. Try this one instead: Cruise West closesThank you Capt Bill. I appreciate the good link to the Cruise West story.
Unfortunately, and sadly, after Dick West Senior passed it seemed that the family-run company had lost focus. Rather than concentrating on Alaska, the area in which Dick West had built the company and his reputation, as well as Napa, Baja and the Columbia and Snake, the new management kept adding more and more itineraries, stretching their resources further and further around the globe...The younger Dick West and his minions spread themselves way too thin ... and now, due to their poor judgement and business sense, there are 65 people in Seattle unemployed and a host of others in their itinerary cities suffering financially.You must be thinking of CHUCK West, the indefatigable founder of the company. I still have a copy of his book, "Mr. Alaska," that he personally autographed during a Sea of Cortez voyage on the Spirit of Endeavour. It is still a great book.
Dick West Senior surely is spinning in his grave because his kids sent his company into the toilet. Yes, the economy has been dreadful ... that serves as a handy rationale for the company's failure, but it is far from the real reasons for Cruise West's cessation of operation.