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Global Warming and Its Effects on Cruising the Northwest Passage

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Janeen Christoff | July 07, 2016

Global Warming and Its Effects on Cruising the Northwest Passage

PHOTO: Cruising the Northwest Passage gives passengers a chance to view Arctic wildlife (Photo via

For years, navigating the Northwest Passage was nearly impossible – and for cruise ships, Arctic sea ice and glaciers made navigating the region with a ship full of tourists a fairly adventurous undertaking, leading few cruise lines to tackle to region. But the New York Times highlights the growing fervor of those who want to visit the region and the determination and enthusiasm cruise lines, such as Crystal, have for exploration of the region. One couple even canceled their Antarctica cruise to sail with Crystal to the Northwest Passage. 

“This to us was kind of a bucket list thing,” Sue Pendleton told the Times. “I’d love to see a walrus before I die.” 

Navigating the waters, despite global warming, remains treacherous and many precautions have been taken – ultimately driving up the price of the experience. To many, however, that doesn’t matter. This is a rare opportunity to see interact with some of the world’s most remote populations and to see endangered species in their natural habitat. 

For details on sailing the Northwest Passage, visit the New York Times


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