Cruise West Acquires Clipper Ships

February 10, 2006
Cruise West, one of the industry's most distinctive soft- and eco-adventure operators, has expanded its fleet by acquiring Clipper Cruise Line's Yorktown Clipper and Nantucket Clipper.

The U.S.-flagged ships will continue to sail the 2006 itineraries already announced by Clipper, including trips along the U.S. East Coast, the Great Lakes, the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Central America. The ships, however, will be operated under Cruise West's management.

The acquisition expands Cruise West's fleet to 10 ships, eight of which are U.S.-flagged. The company, founded in 1973, is that rarity in the cruise industry -- family owned and operated (second generation).