According to Northwest Passage navigational experts (based on this year’s weather pattern), too much sea ice was likely on the route during July.
Regent spokesman Jason Lasecki said that the July departure date became problematic when the climate variance this summer caused large Arctic ice packs to flow south in July, producing transit delays. Postponing the cruise until August, as experts recommended, would have had a cascading effect on subsequent itineraries, Regent said.
Guests booked on the Northwest Passage cruise will get a refund and a $1,000 credit that may apply to any other 2016 or 2017 Regent cruises. Travel partners who had guests booked on the trip will get $250 per booking.
All cruise ships on Northwest Passage itineraries are escorted by an icebreaking vessel.