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Black Book – Crystal’s Northwest Passage

By: Tully Luxury Travel
Bucket List • Northwest Passage • Cruise


The Northwest Passage ranks on many adventure travelers’ bucket lists, but now it will be done in a way like never before. With Crystal Cruises’ new Northwest Passage itinerary, visitors no longer have to rough it on an expedition ship but can explore the destination on a luxury cruise instead. Embarking on its maiden voyage in August, the Crystal cruise allows those of us who can’t live without our creature comforts to experience this amazing journey with all the frills of luxury travel.

From fascinating speakers to top-rate entertainment and five-star dining, Crystal Serenity offers guests the incredible service and amenities Crystal guests have come to expect, this time on a 32-day cruise to experience the Northwest Passage first-hand. Beginning in Anchorage and ending in New York City, the cruise takes guests on the historical sea route, made up of a series of waterways north of the Arctic Circle that link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. From Greenland through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and onwards into the Beaufort Sea, explored as a shorter trade route between Europe and Asia, guests will have the chance to navigate around Alaska and beyond, witnessing majestic landscapes, spectacular glaciers and towering fjords in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

For the journey, Crystal has hired a 14-member expedition team of naturalists, explorers, scientists, historians and photographers to offer guidance onshore and enrichment onboard, such as lectures, seminars and workshops. Days at sea will be balanced with scheduled ports of call and shore excursions, and there will also be surprise expedition days guests can sign up for, from rare wildlife sightings (think whales, polar bears and Caribou) to exciting arctic adventures, such as Zodiac cruises, kayaking in scenic coves and trekking with a professional guide.

As Tully cruise specialist Gerri Grant points out, this kind of itinerary is not normally done with a passenger vessel of this size and caliber, making it a one-of-a-kind experience. “It’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this. While expedition ships do it every year, no one has ever done it on a luxury liner before. Crystal wanted to offer their guests something unique, so they’ve chartered the RRS Ernest Shackleton which will escort the Crystal Serenity through the Northwest Passage. The RRS Ernest Shackleton will provide operational support, including ice breaking assistance should the need arise, and carry additional safety and adventure equipment. “This is something different and cruisers can still have their luxury and feel comfortable in their environment,” says Grant, who shares that there are a few spots left for the August 2016 departure, and is now currently booking customers for the 2017 voyage.

Extreme adventure in the lap of luxury? Sounds like the ultimate journey to us. For more information on the Northwest Passage, contact Tully Luxury Travel today!

– The Tully Travel

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Circumnavigate the globe from Miami or Los Angeles on an odyssey exploring New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Sri Lanka and India. Journey on to discover the sheikdom of Oman, the treasures of Istanbul and historic ports in the Black Sea. Navigate the Mediterranean and choose to disembark in Monte Carlo or enjoy an Atlantic crossing until you arrive full circle, enriched and enlightened. With Crystal, discover a world Where Luxury Is Personal™.


  • Welcome Celebration Receptions Aboard Crystal Serenity on the eve of departure (January 17) for Full World Cruisers joining in Miami, and for Full World Cruisers joining in Los Angeles (February 2)
  • Shoreside Gala Dinner Extravaganza for all Full World Cruisers in Sydney, Australia (February 28)
  • Shoreside Event for all Full World Cruisers (location to be announced at a later date) 


  • Two Complimentary private town car transfers between port city airport and the ship on day of embarkation/disembarkation in port city*
  • Exclusive Themed Onboard Events
  • Specially-Curated Gifts
  • Robust Enrichment Program; culinary experiences, celebrity entertainment and special festivities
  • Excess Luggage Reimbursement if applicable for Full World Cruise guests (up to $500 per guest)
  • NEWFree 2-Day Laundry*
  • NEW! Free Doctor Visits Onboard*