Crystal Serenity made her official arrival in the Northwest Passage. The luxury cruise ship anchored in Ulukhaktok and Cambridge Bay a few days ago and now sails through the rest of the Northwest Territories before concluding her 32-night voyage in New York City on September 16.

The arrival to Ulukhaktok was a special occasion as it was the first time that a luxury cruise ship had docked in this particular village. The occasion was marked with some traditional dancing that is a key part of their local culture and a showcase of handcrafted goods at the area’s art center. Guests on board Crystal Serenity were able to come ashore on a variety of zodiacs which were operated by the experienced expedition team.

The Crystal Serenity Master, Captain Birger J. Vorland, commented:

“The arrival to Ulukhaktok, the first call in the actual Northwest Passage, was truly a memorable affair. Crystal Serenity was met by our escort ship, the RRS Ernest Shackleton, as well as a fleet of Zodiacs and our two helicopters. Everybody on board was outside to marvel at this truly magnificent and sunny day as we sailed in together to the anchorage.

“From the get-go of this epic cruise through the fabled Northwest Passage, Crystal Serenity has been filled with great excitement. Everyone here, whether crew or guest, is clearly aware of the significance of this voyage. As we have ventured north and east on our passage this excitement has only grown.”

Crystal Cruises will be repeating this historic voyage to the Northwest Passage on August 15, 2017.