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Crystal teams with Arctic Kingdom for 2017 Northwest Passage expedition

Polar bears are often sighted in the Northwest Passage Polar bears are often sighted in the Northwest Passage (Photo: © Arctic Kingdom)

Following the success of its first Northwest Passage expedition in 2016, Crystal Cruises tapped Canadian travel operator Arctic Kingdom for expert support for Crystal Serenity's 2017 voyage.

Arctic Kingdom will share their knowledge of the region’s culture, wildlife and geography with passengers on board and lead discovery expeditions ashore.

Last year Crystal teamed with Expedition Voyage Consultants for what was one of its most successful journeys ever.

This year's 32-day voyage departs Seward, Alaska, on Aug. 15, bound for New York City.

'As the top land-based operator in the Arctic, we are excited to be providing exceptional opportunities for Crystal Serenity guests to authentically experience the Arctic, unlike ever before,' said Graham Dickson, president and ceo, Arctic Kingdom.

Local Inuit guides, Northerners, marine biologists, archaeologists, expert divers, conservationists, photographers and wildlife experts round out Arctic Kingdom’s team of expedition leaders and speakers for the voyage. Besides the many environmental perspectives of the Arctic, there are cultural aspects to be explored by Crystal travelers during visits to Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, and Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

'Planning and collaboration with top experts and authorities is a must to ensure the safety of our guests and crew. We continue to work closely with the United States and Canadian coast guards, Transport Canada and a myriad of federal, state, provincial, territorial and local government agencies,' said Edie Rodriguez, Crystal chairman, ceo and president.

As with last year's expedition, Crystal Serenity will be accompanied through the Canadian Arctic by an escort vessel. Both ships will use low sulfur MGO, exceeding regulations. The escort vessel will carry additional safety and environmental protection equipment, and specifically trained personnel. In addition, it will serve as a platform for two helicopters for ice reconnaissance and flight seeing, and Zodiacs for landings.

Crystal said this will mark the final voyage for one of its classic ocean ships to sail through the Arctic region. (The company is building polar-class vessels.)

All-inclusive cruise fares start at $21,855 per person. The 'Crystal Clear Choices' promotional savings offers additional value for bookings made by March 31.

Posted 01 February 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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