Crystal Serenity Embarks On Historic Northwest Passage

Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity has embarked on a historic 32-day journey through the Northwest Passage.

 

Following more than three years of planning and preparation, the award-winning luxury ship pulled out of Seward, Alaska bound for New York via the Canadian arctic. At 68,870-GT, she will be the largest passenger vessel to sail the Northwest Passage, promising guests expedition travel into one of the world’s remotest regions in the style and comfort Crystal Cruises has come to be renowned for. The Arctic itinerary will include port calls in Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Nome, Ulukhaktok, Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet, Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk, Bar Harbor, Boston and Newport, transiting waterways including the Bering Sea and Bering Strait, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Amundsen Gulf, Dolphin and Union Strait, Coronation Gulf, Dease Strait, Queen Maud Gulf, Victoria Strait, Larsen Sound, Franklin and Bellot Straits, Peel Sound, Parry Channel, Barrow Strait, Prince Regent Inlet, Lancaster Sound, Croker Bay, Navy Board Inlet, Eclipse Sound, Baffin Bay, Davis Strait and Labrador Sea.

 

In consideration of the unique operating conditions, the ship will sail with additional crew, training and equipment. Her Master, Captain Birger J. Vorland and his bridge team will be advised by 2 veteran Canadian ice pilots throughout the voyage. The ship will also be receiving constant ice condition updates from the Canadian Ice Services to augment its electronic navigation systems that have been upgraded with 2 new ice searchlights, forward-looking sonar, a thermal imaging camera and software. The vessel will also be escorted by the RRS Ernest Shackleton, an ICE 05 classed icebreaker with 2 helicopters, supplemental equipment and a crew experienced in polar conditions that will act as a first responder to any emergency situation.

 

Crystal Serenity is scheduled to arrive in New York on 16 September 2016 to conclude the voyage.

 

For more information, visit www.crystalcruises.com.

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