Maine Salutes Historic Cruise Ship

By ,   September 14, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

A cruise ship sailed through the Northwest Passage for the first time in history. Before reaching her final destination, yesterday Crystal Serenity stopped in Bar Harbor.

The Northwest Passage is a series of straights and channels that pass between Canada’s 19,000 Arctic Islands and connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Passengers, Dottie and Gary Johanson signed up for the cruise two years in advance. The couple said they would not have missed it for anything.

Although the couple have made many friends on the ship during their 32-day cruise, they said meeting the indigenous people throughout the voyage was the most memorable experience.

Although the cruise has been an incredible experience for passengers, Todd worries that major cruise lines could harm the ecosystem.

Crystal Serenity arrived just 2 weeks before Maine welcomes over 250 people from across the globe for meetings of the Arctic Circle.

The Arctic Circle is the leading forum that promotes cooperation among Arctic states. Maine was chosen to host these meetings because of the state’s significant engagement in the Arctic.