Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Cruise West
Ship: Spirit of Discovery
Sailing Date: May 16th, 2005
The Spirit of Discovery is fairly typical for Cruise West vessels. It is small and intimate but comfortable. The ship is well arranged for nature observation. The cabins are small but adequate for comfort and essential needs on the voyage. Because the ship is so small, when open water was reached coming south from Ketchikan into British Columbia and in the Queen Charlotte passage, the pitching and rolling were quite marked. On our cruise one of the passengers was severely injured one of the rough nights. The open water passage was done while passengers would presumably be safely on their beds, but this unfortunate event did happen.
The daily activities on the trip were nature oriented and most interesting. The 'Exploration Leader and Guide' were very helpful. The entire crew was extremely friendly and anxious to help the passengers. Side trips in the various small town port calls were very smoothly handled. The food on the ship began as excellent but as the ten day cruise progressed moved down to the OK level. We prefer this way of seeing Alaska and the Inside Passage. The big ships are too far from the 'real Alaska' for our tastes. The Cruise West shipboard attitude and relationships are very pleasant. We did have a complaint which was referred to upper level management and which weeks later has still not been addressed. This is somewhat surprising given the shipboard solicitous attitude expected of the employees. We would certainly consider another Cruise West trip though we still are wondering what the delay in response from management means.