Crystal Cruises is introducing a new expedition-style voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean via the legendary Northwest Passage – one so mysterious and remote (500 miles north of the Arctic Circle) that explorers spent centuries seeking the passage, until it was first completed successfully by Roald Amundsen just over 100 years ago.
Crystal will be the first ultra-luxury cruise line to ever navigate the route, manoeuvring through 900 miles of majestic waterways lined with spectacular glaciers, towering fjords and vast unspoiled landscapes away from mainstream civilisation and tourism, north of mainland Canada. Beginning 16th August 2016 in Anchorage/Seward, Alaska, the award-winning Crystal Serenity will sail for 32 nights from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean/New York City.
`Crystal`s inaugural Northwest Passage offers guests the opportunity to begin a new story of thrilling adventure, all the while indulging in the world`s very best luxury holiday experience,` said Crystal President Edie Rodriguez. `The voyage combines intrepid adventure, the great outdoors and immersive cultural experiences with six-star service as only Crystal can deliver.`
Crystal`s Executive Vice President Thomas Mazloum spearheaded the strategic planning of the itinerary, with the help of Expedition Voyage Consulting by EYOS Expeditions, providers of bespoke expeditions to the most remote regions on Earth in safety and luxury.
`From reviewing operations with Canadian officials to meeting with Inuit elders of the Arctic who have provided their backing, our team has spent almost two years diligently gathering the field experts, information, resources, and support to ensure an epic experience that is exceptionally rewarding and safe for guests and crew, and respectful of local lands and cultures,` says Mazloum. `During this voyage, speakers will enlighten guests on information regarding climate change and how it has impacted this passage. With the recent retreat of polar ice, the time is right for us to lead the way within the travel industry, as Crystal has done throughout our 25-year history.`
Following in the footsteps of intrepid explorers, the once-in-a-lifetime journey through once-impassable waterways marks Crystal`s maiden expedition-style itinerary and a break from many cruising traditions. If you are looking for a cruise with class and difference, click here
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