Hugh McLennan - Voice of the Spirit of the West

Join Hugh and Billie McLennan on the annual Spirit of the West Cruise!

2018 Spirit of the West Cruise!

To see Photos & Diary of our past cruises since 2008 click on the appropriate link:
2008,   2009,   2010,   2011,   2012,   2013,   2014,   2015,   2016,   2017

Our 2017 diary and photo page is now on-line. Click on the 2017 link above.

Read some testimonials from past cruises here.

Please Note:

Royal Caribbean is saying that this cruise is sold out which means the only cabins available are the ones we have set aside, and Royal Caribbean is pulling them back. This means the price, if anything is even available, could be much higher!! If you are even thinking about joining us you should probably book soon, or at least contact Karen and Jim at Cruise Vacations: 1-800-530-0131.


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This cruise will be in September 2018

The 2018 Spirit of the West Cruise
Join in on the 17th Annual Cruise
Book now - Call Toll Free 1-800-530-0131

The 2018 cruise destination....

Canada - New England ... Quebec City to New York!!

An 11 day adventure (with an optional 2 night New York post package) with Billie and Hugh and other passengers that have said that this cruise is on the top of their bucket list. This time on Royal Caribbean's
"Adventure of the Sea"! An all new cruise for us where we'll see all new ports of call.

This 11 day cruise includes:

  • 11 day Fall Foliage Cruise plus:
  • Deluxe Pre Cruise Hotel & Tour
  • Return airfare from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton
  • Ground transfers in Quebec City and New Jersey
  • Private group gatherings
  • All port and Government taxes
  • All onboard meals, entertainment, and room service
  • Includes on board gratuities
  • Special group receptions & networking opportunities
  • An annual Spirit of the West Cruise tee-shirt
  • Entry to a draw with some great prizes
  • Special Spirit of the West private group tours

This will be the 17th Annual SPIRIT OF THE WEST CRUISE!

    Here's the places you'll see:

  • Quebec City
  • Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
  • Charlottetown, PEI
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Saint John, NB (Bay of Fundy)
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Portland, Maine
  • Cape Liberty, New Jersey

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September 2018. The following is tentative - it should be very close though!





Day 1

Sept 16th

Quebec City over night in Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Arrive and spend the night in the most photographed hotel in the world !!

Day 2

Sept 17th

Quebec City

Board the "Adventure of the Seas" but spend the day touring around Quebec City.

Day 3

Sept 18th
5:00 pm

Quebec City

Spend another day in Quebec City until we set sail at 5:00 pm.

Day 4

Sept 19th


spend the day relaxing on the ship as we sail down the Saint Lawrence from Quebec City to Charlottetown.

Day 5

Sept 20th
8:00 am till 6:00 pm

Charlottetown, PEI

The Capital of Prince Edward Island is Charolettetown. We'll spend the day here.

Day 6

Sept 21st
7:00 am till 3:30 pm

Sydney, Nova Scotia

A day in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the gateway to Cape Breton Island.

Day 7

Sept 22nd
7:00 am till 4:00 pm

Halifax, Nova Scotia

In Halifax the 18th-century Citadel still stands guard but today overlooks a thriving city.

Day 8

Sept 23rd
10:00 am till 7:00 pm

Saint John, Nova Scotia

In the Bay of Fundy, known for its reversing rapids and splendid Victorian architecture.

Day 9

Sept 24th
7:00 am till 7:00 pm

Bar Habor, Maine

Today we're in the USA, visiting Bar Harbor in Maine with its rugged beauty, serene parkland and historic architecture.

Day 10

Sept 254th
8:00 am till 7:00 pm

Boston, Massachusetts

Immerse yourself in history in the United States' old city.

Day 11

Sept 26th
8:00 am til 7:00 pm

Portland, Maine

Here in this working waterfront city, with its cobblestone and restored brick warehouses, you'll see the local fishermen.

Day 12

Sept 27th


Enjoy your home on the Adventure of the Seas as we cruise form Portland, Maine to Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Day 13

Sept 27th
7:00 am

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Cape Liberty, New Jersey, and the Statue of Liberty, is just 7 miles from New York City.

Day 14 and 15

Sept 28th
& Sept 29th

New York City

Available ... a post cruise option of a two night New York City stay.

Sing alongs, Western Music and Cowboy Poetry under the stars,
valuable networking, and private group excursions.

For more information including prices and booking info:

Download the 2018 Spirit of the West Cruise Flyer

Call Toll Free 1-800-530-0131.

Here's what some folks on past cruises had to say!

The 2009 Spirit of the West was our second, and probably, hopefully anyway, not our last. Both crusies were what we considered trips of a lifetime. We had a super time! It's hard to put such an enjoyable experience into words. The fact that there were so many like-minded people in our group made the Spirit of the West cruise very special, something that no other cruise could offer.

Thank you for another Spirit of the West Cruise (this is their sixth cruise) - what a great group! It was nice to catch up on everyone's news and meet still more industry related folks. Coming home with a bit of tan is not bad either.

Thank you both so much for giving us yet another (once in a lifetime) experience. A holiday that we could not even have dreamed of. Thanks so much!

We basicaly came on the trip because Dad wanted to see the Panama Canal - he heard it on the radio show. He said "we should go" ... Well I wasn't about to argue with that so I grabbed the phone. It was a wonderful time. Andrew and Kathy were great.

I found the presenters to be informative and well presented.

Enjoyed the cruise and enjoyed the people. Appreciated all the events set up to enjoy - appreciate Jim & Karen and their time to set everything up, thank you! Enjoyed the sing-a-longs and Hugh's poems. Enjoyed Anrew's harmonica, lyrics, and humour! Thank you both.

Great tour in Costa Rica thanks!

Speakers topics were good - very informative.

Conference speakers informative - topics OK. I am personally interested in the cattle and ranching tours.

We thought about booking on our own but didn't, and we're glad we didn't as it was like we thought ... we would never have had such a good time. We would have missed the network of fellow ranchers and Spirit of the West listeners. We would have missed the presentations that were not only educational but were a lot of fun. No one could have ever had a coffee tour like we got in Costa Rica. It was super as was the trip to get there - what a great way to see the country! The cattle ranch tour was good too, very interesting. Wish we'd had more time there but guess we can't win 'em all. For our next cruise we'll definitely be with the Spirit of the West and will definitely book with Jim and Karen again! Thanks for making this cruise an annual event.

Presenters very good.

Conference was very much appreciated and interesting.

Speakers were good.

We tried to book on our own thinking that we would save some money. It didn't work - it was so involved and complicated we gave up and booked through Jim and Karen ... and sooo glad we did. What a super time!

The Panama cruise was excellent. What an incredible place! The Caribbean, too, - we've never been there before and the sun shone every day! Sure beats January at home all to heck! Thanks for making this cruise possible to your radio show listeners! Oh ya - we love the show, too!

Enjoy warm days with the company of friends, ranchers, and Spirit of the West listeners.

To see photos of the 2008 Cruise have a look at the: 2008 Diary Page!

To see photos of the 2009 Cruise have a look at the: 2009 Diary Page!

To see photos of the 2010 Cruise have a look at the: 2010 Diary Page!

To see photos of the 2011 Cruise have a look at the: 2011 Diary Page!

To see photos of the 2012 Cruise have a look at the: 2012 Diary Page!

To see photos of the 2013 Cruise have a look at the: 2013 Diary Page!

To see photos of the 2014 Cruise have a look at the: 2014 Diary Page!

To see photos of the 2015 Cruise have a look at the: 2015 Diary Page!

To see photos of the 2016 Cruise have a look at the: 2016 Diary Page!

To see photos of the 2017 Cruise have a look at the: 2017 Diary Page!

The Spirit of the West has developed a dedicated following on the radio
and now on the World Wide Web. The Spirit of the West

Hugh McLennan, 2520 Hyas Lake Rd, Pinantan, BC, Canada, V0E 3E1   Phone or Fax: 250-573-5731

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