Exploring the world…up close, casual, and personal.
A Message from Dick West
With a lifetime of experience providing memorable adventure travel to amazing destinations, I am very excited about Explor Cruises. At Cruise West, which I co-founded with my father, Chuck West, I was able to fine tune our programs with the help and feedback from hundreds of loyal and dedicated guests and associates. We found a formula that resonated with our guests – the heart of which was our theme “Up-close, Casual and Personal”. We focused on the destination, with life enriching experiences and “edu-tainment”, with our Exploration Leaders and select special guest speakers. Each itinerary was choreographed to be at the right place at the right time, with a focus on the art of seamless service and precise logistics.
During the last few years at Cruise West we took our unique travel concept to new destinations working with other small ship operators who offered a similar experience. We added the elements our guests appreciated, such as comprehensive land tour programs and all inclusive pricing. We focused on providing unique “insider” experiences that other travelers would likely miss. These new programs were very popular and well received by our customers. Explor Cruises is based on continuing this concept.
Today, the small ship expedition cruise sector is booming! New, modern ships offering all-inclusive luxury explorations to amazing destinations are being added each year. I have found and partnered with a number of high quality, destination-focused small ship operators, to offer programs of interest to our curious travelers.
We understand that our guests want most things included – they do not want to be “nickeled and dimed” – so we try to include most of the necessary “extra” costs travelers face, such as pre-cruise hotels, transfers, gratuities, shore excursions, port fees and taxes – even open bars – things that are common in the all-inclusive segment. Depending on the program, we may also include meals on land tours, especially for group departures.
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