Cruise ship completes voyage through Northwest Passage

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(NEW YORK) — Crystal Serenity has become the first large luxury cruise ship to transit the Arctic’s Northwest Passage after completing its journey Friday in New York City, Cruise & Ferry reported. The Crystal Cruises ship sailed 7,297 nautical miles in 32 days, enabling more than 1,000 guests and 600 crewmembers to explore remote Arctic waterways and terrain that was inaccessible just over 100 years ago. During the northernmost portion of the journey, Crystal Serenity was escorted by RRS Ernest Shackleton, which served as an emergency responses vessel and also provided icebreaking assistance. The vessel was also equipped with two helicopters for special adventures and additional expert expedition crew.

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By Professional Mariner Staff