Luxury cruise to set sail through the dangerous waters of the Northwest Passage – TomoNews

SEWARD, ALASKA — On August 16, a luxury cruise ship will begin a 32-day journey through the Northwest Passage — a melting but still treacherous waterway that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Crystal Serenity, measuring 820 feet long and weighing nearly 69,000 tons, is set to cross through the Northwest Passage in less than a month. The ship will carry some 1,000 passengers on board, each of whom paid anywhere between $22,000 to $121,000 for the trip, reported the Washington Post.

The cruise ship plans to set sail from Seward, Alaska and finish its journey in New York, with a UK-operated research ship called the RRS Ernest Shackleton traveling alongside during the long stretch over Canadian waters. Equipped with two helicopters, the smaller ship will also provide ice-breaking assistance if necessary, reported the Guardian.

The Crystal Serenity will be set up with ice-detecting radar, two ice searchlights and thermal imaging equipment to scope out ice in the ship’s path during the day and night.

Global warming has caused ice cover in the Arctic to significantly shrink over the last century. In light of this change, an increasing number of small cargo ships are now navigating the Northwest Passage. According to the Washington Post, in 2013, 13 ships made the journey across the waterway. In the summer of 2015, 20 ships passed through. Although it’s getting more traffic, the Northwest Passage is still a loosely defined passage, and boats can choose several routes. The Crystal Serenity will be the largest and most luxurious ship yet make this journey.

Both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard have expressed concern about the trip because of the inevitably slow emergency response times in the Arctic. According to the Guardian, both conducted emergency exercises in April in preparation for emergencies involving the Serenity or other vessels that plan to pass through the icy waters this summer.

The trip has been described as a “once-in-a-lifetime trip” for guests to visit areas that have largely off limits to anyone other than scientists or members of the military.


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chub scout says:

Next titanic

Concepcion Ledezma says:

Global warming propaganda.

Anything With Andy says:

And Donald trump doesn’t believe in global warming….

victor 2012 says:

121,000 for a fucking boat trip I’ll rather buy a house.

Tommy Lon says:

either way its bad if they make it or not . If they do then more ships will go that way faster melting of the ice you know the rest and if not 1000 people can die . So i dont see anything good about this .

Diego Nava says:

if you going in this u just paying to die its not gna end up good going threw the icey shit

Faraz Turk says:

RIP in advance

boneless pizza says:

People never learn smh did they not watch the titanic

Charlie Day says:

Titanic 2

dmares700 says:

why does do u get an other eerie feeling for titanic 2

schedar2012 says:

Areas off limits, other than scientists, members of the military, and winter soldiers. Yeah.

Hassan paul says:

I had to watch this for homework

SirN000b says:


Chris Thomas says:

i see disaster coming this way

dmares700 says:

why does do u get an other eerie feeling for titanic 2

hawkermustang says:

Global warming is a great thing.

Angie Marquez says:

just like titanic

Darr Nazarene says:

modern titanic confirmed……

Ventroid says:

Oh boy what could go wrong?

MGawd OG says:

Oh jeez, Titan 2…

secret says:

unsinkable ship like Titanic

Allixar says:

Titanic V2? That stinks

Dangerous Lady says:

Wat the fucc is this…Titanic part two!? fuccn dum ads white ppl. I hope they all die THIS time. smh

W says:

I alway wanted to know what it will be like if I was on the titanic.

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bondt3 says:

There are ships out there called ice breakers people… wow… we have the technology to convert ships into cruise ship.

gonçalo Festas says:

I guess they didn’t learn anything from Titanic

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