Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

The Northwest Passage

The fabled sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Northwest Passage continues to hold our collective imagination. On this captivating 17-day voyage, explore this fascinating waterway with an incredible range of onboard comforts and off-ship adventures. Passing through the Canadian Arctic archipelago, journey back in time to the height of Arctic exploration, navigating the waters explored by sailors from different lands and visiting the sites that helped unlock the eventual discovery of this long-coveted route.

Remote and rich in history, the Canadian High Arctic is as awe inspiring as it is informative. The days spent exploring this mysterious region will have you traveling back in time to the Age of Exploration. While following in the footsteps of famous explorers like Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen, navigate the waters and visit the historic sites in the area around Lancaster Sound that were key to the discovery of the Northwest Passage. Also learn about the scientific, cultural, geopolitical and environmental aspects of the route from world-class experts, guides and the local communities. Reaching remote lands that have lured adventurers for centuries and few have ever set foot on will be an unforgettable experience.

Aboard the technologically-advanced, 200-guest Ultramarine, take advantage of two twin-engine helicopters and 20 quick-launching Zodiacs to create the quintessential Arctic experience. Marvel at highlights of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland’s stunning west coast, stopping at traditional Inuit and Greenlandic communities. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Ilulissat Iceford, whose Jakobshavn glacier calves off icebergs up to a kilometer high. And keep eyes peeled for the elusive and majestic creatures who make their home in this harsh, remote landscape, such as whales, walrus, muskoxen and polar bears. Venture to the fabled route that for centuries held explorers in its grip, and return home forever bonded to the spirit of Arctic adventure.

For travelers with limited time, select 9- and 12-day departures offer a shorter exploration of the heart of the Northwest Passage. These flexible itineraries, which both embark and disembark in Resolute, Canada, enable the ship to position nearby top visitor sites along the shores of this historic area of adventure.

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