Cruise Shipping The Once-Impenetrable Northwest Passage

By Katie Orlinsky (Bloomberg) On Aug. 16, the Crystal Serenity set out from Seward, Alaska, carrying 1,700 passengers and crew, and escorted by a comparatively minuscule, 1,800-ton icebreaker. She circled west and north around the Alaska Peninsula and through the Bering Strait before heading east into the maze of straits and sounds that constitute the Northwest … [Read more...]

Age-Old Dream of Arctic Shipping Still Just a Dream

By Adam Minter (Bloomberg View) -- For centuries, a harsh climate and ice-choked seas dashed the dreams of sailors attempting to cross the Canadian Northwest Passage between Asia and Europe. Now, thanks to climate change and reduced ice cover, the trip isn't nearly so daunting. Last weekend, the Crystal Serenity, a luxury cruise ship, carried a record thousand-plus … [Read more...]

World’s most dangerous cruise? 1,070-Passenger Ship To Enter Northwest Passage

by Ethan Lou (Reuters) The first commercial cruise ship to sail through Canada's Northwest Passage was set to depart on Tuesday, part of a growing Arctic tourism industry spurred by rising temperatures and receding ice. The ship Crystal Serenity was to depart from Anchorage, Alaska, and cut through frigid northern waters before reaching New York in one month, according to a … [Read more...]

First Arctic Cargo Shipped Through Northwest Passage -Fednav

Canadian arctic shipping firm Fednav's new vessel MV Nunavik is in the midst of a historic journey as it becomes the first commercial vessel carrying a cargo of Arctic origins to make a full, unescorted transit of the Northwest Passage. Follow the Nunavik on its journey HERE.  Designated with Polar Class 4, the 2014-built MV Nunavik is the most powerful conventional … [Read more...]