BREAKING: Cruise West to Cease Operations? Greg Dragonetti All Cruise Lines September 8, 2010 37According to their Chairman, Dick West, apparently not. Rumors broke out during the weekend that the troubled small-ship line was sold and all cruises cancelled. Then it was rumored by uber-cruise-site CruiseCritic, that only the Spirit of Oceanus was impacted as she apparently was sold. The 100 guest expedition ship is currently on the longest cruise ever. The Oceanus will arrive in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. It will be interesting to follow this situation ad see what happens with the guests on the cruise.Dick West stated: [The rumors are]vastly exaggerated…a formal statement would be released later today or tomorrow.”Cruise New Daily reports:Also, according to the grapevine, Dietmar Wertanzl has left his position as president and CEO of Cruise West.