Crystal Cruises will sail its "Crystal Serenity" all around the coast of Alaska and southbound through the Northwest Passage in August and September. Photo: Crystal Cruises

Both Northeast and Northwest passages open for cruise vessels this summer

Do you want to sail through spectacular Arctic icy waters with landings at some of the most remote places on this planet? Prices start at $21,000 per person.
March 04, 2016

Cruise vessel ”Hanseatic” sails from Tromsø in northern Norway on August 16th for a 25 days voyage all along the the north coast of Siberia to Alaska across the Bering Strait.

Passengers are tempted with visits to all five major Russia archipelagos in the Arctic, Novaya Zemlya, Franz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya, New Siberian Island and the Wrangel Island. After some landings on the Chukotka Peninsula, “Hanseatic” makes port call to Nome in Alaska from where the tourists will fly home.

Landings to the islands and mainland spots will be carried out with zodiacs, the organizers of the voyage, Hapag Lloyd says on its portal.

Hanseatic” is a 170 passenger small size cruise vessel well known for its former cruise voyages along the north coast of Norway and into Russian waters, including the White Sea area.

If you prefer a larger cruise vessel, the “Crystal Serenity” sailing the Northwest Passage in September could have been the option. Wasn’t it for the tour already being sold-out. There’s now a waiting list of more than 400 people.

With 1,070 passengers and a crew of 655, the “Crystal Serenity” will be the largest cruise vessel that ever has sailed in the waters of the Northwest Passage.

The voyage starts in Anchorage, Alaska on August 16th and final port call will be made to New York a month later, on September 17th.

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Prices for the Northwest Passage tour start at $21,855 and goes all the way up to the $120,095 Crystal Penthouse cabins, according to the portal of Crystal Cruises.

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