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Crystal to reprise Northwest Passage voyage in 2017

Crystal Serenity will operate a second 32-day expedition-style voyage through the Northwest Passage (Photo: Crystal Cruises)
Crystal Cruises will return to the Northwest Passage in August 2017, following the 'tremendous response' to its inaugural Northwest Passage sailing this year.

Beginning Aug. 15, 2017, Crystal Serenity will sail a 32-day expedition-style voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean from Seward, Alaska, to New York City via the legendary route 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, first completed successfully by Roald Amundsen more than 100 years ago.

The news follows plans to reposition Crystal Serenity’s 2017 voyages during the spring and summer to Alaska and other destinations in the Americas, instead of going to Europe, as in most recent years.

Sales open March 7 with all-inclusive 'Book Now' fares starting at $21,855 per person, double occupancy, if booked by April 29, 2016.

'We are thrilled to offer intrepid luxury travelers a second opportunity to explore this historical sea passage,' Crystal ceo and president Edie Rodriguez said. 'Given the tremendous response to our inaugural Northwest Passage sailing in 2016, it’s clear that discerning travelers continue to value rare and memorable experiences as much as they prize unmatched luxury.'

This August Crystal will become the largest luxury cruise line to ever navigate the route, maneuvering through 900 miles of waterways lined with glaciers, towering fjords and vast, unspoiled landscapes north of mainland Canada.

In 2017, Crystal will again partner with Expedition Voyage Consulting by EYOS Expeditions, providers of bespoke expeditions to remote regions, for the planning of the itinerary’s shoreside adventures. Additionally, the line has gathered information and resources from field experts, including meeting with the Inuit elders of the Arctic, to create an expedition voyage that respects the local lands and cultures.

The first call in the Canadian Arctic is planned for the hamlet of Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, a settlement of a few hundred people on the shores of the Amundsen Gulf, 1,400 miles from the North Pole.

Other ports include Kodiak, Dutch Harbor and Nome, Alaska; Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet, Nunavut; Ilulissat, Sisimiut and Nuuk, Greenland; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston; Newport, Rhode Island, and New York City.

Waterways transited on the voyage include the North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea and Bering Strait, Chukchi and Beaufort seas, Amundsen Gulf, Dolphin and Union Strait, Coronation Gulf, Dease Strait, Queen Maud Gulf, Victoria Strait, Larsen Sound, Franklin and Bellot straits, Peel Sound, Parry Channel, Barrow Strait, Prince Regent Inlet, Lancaster Sound, Croker Bay, Navy Board Inlet, Eclipse Sound, Baffin Bay, Davis Strait, Labrador Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.