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Cruise West Announces New Taste of Pacific Northwest Cruise and Return of California Wine Country Cruises

Cruise West Announces New Taste of Pacific Northwest Cruise and Return of California Wine Country Cruises ( -Leading Small Ship Company Sets Standard with Culinary and Wine-Focused Itineraries

Cruise West, America's leading small-ship cruise line, has announced its inaugural Taste of the Pacific Northwest itinerary, which will highlight for the first time in the company's history the rich culinary traditions and distinctive wines of Oregon and Washington. The Taste of the Pacific Northwest, the third epicurean-inspired voyage for Cruise West, will join the popular Culture of the Vine and Vintner's Choice cruises in 2008, both featuring the California wine region.

The 2008 Taste of Pacific Northwest cruise, with departures on September 28, October 5, 12 and 19, will sail on the 84-guest Spirit of Discovery. The 8-day/7-night itinerary will explore the Columbia River through Washington's Wine Country round trip from Portland, OR. Ports of call will include: The Columbia River Gorge; Walla Walla, WA; Hanford Reach National Monument; Horse Heaven Hills&Red Mountain; Hood River; Astoria; and Portland, OR. Prices begin at $3,149 per person, round trip.

Each day offers guests varied adventures, from culinary to oenophilic to scenic: visits to family-owned wineries and vineyards set amidst stunning rivers and mountains; floating the route pioneers used for barges loaded with covered wagons; intimate tastings and meals with owners and growers; and strolls along cobbled walkways and tours through winery cave systems.

Contacts: Jerrol Golden, Cruise West, Phone: +1-206-733-5692 or +1-206-354-5202, Email:; Website: -or- Terence Gallagher, Lou Hammond & Associates, Phone: +1-212-308-8880 Email:, -or- Ella Kenney, Lou Hammond & Associates, Phone: +1-212-308-8880 Email:, Website:

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