Its’s being called “The Ultimate Expedition for the True Explorer”
After more than three years of planning and preparation, Crystal Serenity has embarked on an extraordinarily rare and historic expedition through the Northwest Passage – a route that was nearly unnavigable 100 years ago. Crystal Cruises is the first luxury cruise line to make the Northwest Passage journey. While smaller ships have sailed to the Arctic, 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity is by far the largest and most luxurious cruise ship to travel to one of the most elusive regions of the world.
Journey to the Top of the World
Crystal Serenity departed from Anchorage August 15 and will travel north through the Bering Strait and across the Canadian Arctic, then make stops in Greenland and the northeastern United States before arriving in New York City on September 16.
The ship’s Captain underwent special training to navigate the icy waters, and a host of accomplished expedition crew and officers are onboard. Crystal Serenity has been outfitted with specialized equipment and technology not typically found on cruise ships – just for this historic journey. The ultra-luxury ship is also being accompanied by the RRS Ernest Shackleton, a powerful and high ice classed vessel with a crew that has years of experience operating in polar conditions.
Crystal has seen to every detail to ensure travelers are comfortable and prepared for the unprecedented trip. Specially designed parkas, boots, and other outdoor gear have been provided, while added technological perks are evident throughout the ship.
Four premium telescopic binocular sets stand at the ready near the floor-to-ceiling windows in Palm Court, as well as large flat-screen TVs for streaming updates from crew and expedition team members, safety precautions and fascinating facts about the voyage. An in-depth photographic journey into the history of the passage and its previous explorers is displayed near the posh Galaxy Lounge.
Crystal’s specially designed shore excursions range from adventurous to extreme in the remote conditions of the Arctic. Flight-seeing journeys over glaciers; navigating floating sea ice via kayaks; “wet landing” by zodiac; polar bear and other wildlife sightings – just to name a few! For cruise updates and destination highlights from Crystal’s first-ever Northwest Passage journey, follow the cruise line’s blog, the Crystal Insider.
Crystal Serenity will return to the Northwest Passage in 2017, so there’s still an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorers. The luxury ship departs Anchorage on Aug 15, 2017.