The luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity has arrived back into New York having successfully completed its 32 day Northwest Passage cruise, which covered 7,297 miles. According the Crystal Cruises, the voyage is the first of its kind to be made by a larger cruise ship.
“We are humbled and thrilled to have completed such a monumental journey,” said Edie Rodriguez, CEO & President, Crystal Cruises. “As Crystal is constantly seeking new ways to share the world with our guests, the Northwest Passage represents an especially massive undertaking that was made possible by the extreme dedication of our expert destination team and expedition partners. We now look forward to beginning the planning process in delivering another memorable experience for guests on our 2017 sailing.”
The 68,870 gross tonne Crystal Serenity was captained by Master Birger J. Vorland. During the most northerly portion of the cruise, Crystal Serenity was escorted by the RRS Ernest Shackleton, which provided ice breaking capabilities as well as two helicopters and additional expert expedition crew.
“From day one of planning the voyage, we were committed to ensuring the safety of our guests, crew and the ship,” said Captain Vorland. “In addition to carrying two veteran Canadian Ice Pilots, Crystal Serenity’s bridge team received ice navigation simulator training to prepare ourselves for the conditions, and prior to the voyage, the ship was outfitted with forward looking sonar, ice searchlights, ice radar, and a thermal imaging system was installed.”