Crystal Partners With Canada’s Arctic Kingdom On NW Passage
Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity will cruise the Nothwest Passage for a second time this August.
The cruise line has partnered with Canada-based Arctic Kingdom, whose members will share their knowledge and passion for the region’s culture, wildlife and geography with guests onboard, as well as lead discovery expeditions ashore.
The 32-day voyage departs Anchorage/Seward, Alaska for New York City on 15AUG, 2017, and sails through some of the most remote areas of the previously unpassable polar region.
Crystal Serenity’s Northwest Passage Explorer cruise will mark the final voyage for a classic Crystal ocean ship to sail through the Arctic region.
“The Arctic is like nowhere else on the planet,” says Graham Dickson, Arctic Kingdom president and CEO. “As the top land-based operator in the Arctic, we are excited to be providing exceptional opportunities for Crystal Serenity guests to authentically experience the Arctic – unlike ever before.”
Local Inuit guides, Northerners, marine biologists, archaeologists, divers, conservationists, photographers and wildlife experts round out Arctic Kingdom’s team of expedition leaders and speakers for the voyage. Besides the many environmental perspectives of the Arctic, there are several cultural nuances to be explored by Crystal guests during the passage, with visits to Ulukhaktok, North West Territories; and Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet, Nunavut.
“Partnering with Arctic Kingdom, the leading travel operator in this unique region, further raises the bar on the experience for our guests by offering them expertise from local adventurers,” says Crystal CEO Edie Rodriguez.
“Planning and collaboration with top experts and authorities is a must to ensure the safety of our guests and crew. We continue to work closely with the United States and Canadian Coast Guards, Transport Canada, and a myriad of federal, state, provincial, territorial and local government agencies.”
As it was last year, Crystal Serenity will be accompanied through the Canadian Arctic by an escort vessel, which will carry additional safety and environmental protection equipment, as well as personnel specifically trained in its use.
In addition, it will serve as a platform for two helicopters for ice reconnaissance and flight-seeing, and zodiacs for landings in areas without a port facility. Both vessels will be manned by crew members and Canadian ice-pilots experienced in all aspects of operating safely in the Canadian Arctic.