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Crystal Serenity heads out of Seward for NW Passage

The luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity with up to 1700 passengers and crew set sail from Seward last night shortly before 11 pm. The trip through the Arctic’s fabled Northwest Passage is expected to take 32 days and end in New York City. It is the largest cruise ship to date to attempt this voyage, made possible by diminished sea ice as the region warms.

Ice is expected and so the ship will be escorted by the RRS Ernest Shackleton, a research vessel with ice-breaking capability. Coincidentally, the nation’s largest icebreaker, the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, shared the same berth at the Alaska Railroad Dock.

Bon Voyage!

Carol Griswold

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