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RRS Ernest Shackleton To Escort Crystal Serenity On Her Northwest Passage Voyage

Crystal Cruises has announced a charter party agreement with Tactical Marine Solutions of Victoria, Canada and British Antarctic Survey headquartered in Cambridge, UK to have the RRS Ernest Shackleton escort Crystal Serenity on its 32-day expedition voyage through the Northwest Passage this August.

The RRS Ernest Shackleton, operated by BAS, is an ICE 05 classed icebreaker (exceeding the more common 1A Super class) that will provide operational support to Crystal Serenity, including ice breaking assistance should the need arise, and carry additional safety and adventure equipment.

The RRS Ernest Shackleton will carry two helicopters for real-time ice reconnaissance, emergency support and flightseeing activities. In addition to its robust ice navigation and communications equipment, the RRS Ernest Shackleton will have onboard supplemental damage control equipment, oil pollution containment equipment and survival rations for emergency use. The expedition crew comprises of expert guides with many years’ experience transiting the Northwest Passage and also a diver and support team trained in the use of the emergency equipment carried on board. The RRS Ernest Shackleton will support Crystal’s adventures ashore, carrying newly acquired zodiacs for “wet landings”, while the vessel’s crew will provide expert assistance during flightseeing adventures and the line’s recently unveiled “Unexpected Adventures”, which offer more spontaneous ways of exploring the region.

Prior to making the voyage Crystal Serenity will be outfitted with state of the art forward looking sonar, ice detection radar, ice searchlights and thermal imaging, as well as an ice navigation system that will display near real time satellite ice imagery and ice forecasts. In addition, the Master and bridge team will attend ice navigation training at a simulator in St John’s, Newfoundland, and two veteran Canadian ice pilots will be on board to assist the bridge team in managing the information provided by additional equipment which is not typically found on cruise ships. The RRS Ernest Shackleton will also carry her own very experienced ice pilot.

Crystal Serenity sails on this voyage from Anchorage on August 16, 2016.

Itinerary: Anchorage, Alaska | Kodiak, Alaska | At Sea | Dutch Harbour | At Sea | Nome, Alaska | At Sea x4 | Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada | Cruising the Dolphin and Union Strait |Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada | At Sea x5 | Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada | At Sea x2 | Illulissat, Greenland | At Sea | Sisimiut, Greenland | Nuuk, Greenland | At Sea x2 | Bar Harbor, Maine | Boston, Massachusetts | New York City (overnight before disembarkation)

This 32-night voyage can be viewed in full on our website by clicking here.

For more information on this truly incredible voyage, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.