(p. B1) Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen took three years in the early 1900s to complete the first successful navigation of the Northwest Passage, the ice-choked arctic sea route connecting the Pacific and Atlantic. Only in 1944, did a ship make it through in a single year.
This summer, the Crystal Serenity–a 820-foot-long, 13-deck cruise ship with a casino, a movie theater, six restaurants and a driving range–is planning to steam through in less than a month.
Operated by Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises LLC, the trip sold out in three weeks, with some 1,000 would-be passengers paying about $22,000 each.
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About 200 ships have traversed the 900-mile route since Amundsen’s voyage between 1903 and 1906. But most of those have gone through just in the last decade as ocean warming diminishes ice cover further, and for longer, during the summer months.
For the full story, see:
Costas Paris. “Luxury Cruise to Conquer Northwest Passage.” The Wall Street Journal (Weds., May 11, 2016): B1-B2.
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(Note: the online version of the story has the date May 10, 2016, and has the title “Luxury Cruise to Conquer Northwest Passage.”)