Regent Seven Seas Cancels Northwest Passage Voyage

By ,   August 19, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Regent Seven Seas Cruises canceled a Northwest Passage cruise that was scheduled to depart Alaska next summer.

According to Northwest Passage navigational experts (based on this year’s weather pattern), too much sea ice was likely on the route during July.

The voyage was scheduled to depart on July 19, 2017 out of Seward, Alaska, and terminate in Montreal, with visits to Alaska, Arctic Canada and Greenland.

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.

Instead, the Seven Seas Navigator will do three cruises, from Vancouver to San Francisco, San Francisco to Miami and then Miami to Montreal.

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.