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Northwest Passage Cruises

An adventure into history is what unfolds during a Northwest Passage cruise. This rare expeditionary voyage takes explorers through the Land of the Midnight Sun with breathtaking glaciers, spectacular landscapes and a true wilderness experience unsurpassed by any other destination of interest. Imagine a first time encounter with the imperial polar bear, over 26 species of sea birds and rare wildlife sightings unique to this wonderland.
 
The Northwest Passage captures imaginations in mystical ways, making it one of the most sought-after, yet most inaccessible sea passages until recent times. The decrease in sea ice has revived hopes of voyage in fortune seekers and expeditioners alike. If hiking through the arctic tundra, kayaking in protected bays and discovering vast landscapes of towering fjords sound like the ultimate expedition adventure, cruising through the Northwest Passage will be your most unforgettable cruise experience!

 

Things to Do on a Cruise through the Northwest Passage

 

Encounter rare species, explore glaciers and visit remote cities that few ever have. When you sail through the Northwest Passage on a cruise vacation, you'll have the opportunity to experience the expansive beauty of the Arctic and pristine Northwest regions in a way that's never been possible until the last few years. The opportunity to cruise through the icy Northwest Passage might not last long, making each day's experiences that much more precious on this once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Featured below are a few of the most memorable ways to make the most of your cruise journey through the Northwest Passage:


 

Caribou in the Northwest
  • Prepare for the thrilling adventure on the waters of Victoria Strait which lies in the Nunavut, off the mainland in the Arctic Ocean. Sail through the entrance of the strait that trapped the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus during John Franklin's expedition in 1848. These were bomb vessels used by the Royal Navy.
     
  • Seek out musk ox near Cambridge Bay and look out for the fascinating herd of 500,000 caribou in Nunuvut in the Northwest Territories. You can also participate in art tours or take a dog sled trip across the frozen tundra.
     
Polar Bear in the Arctic
  • Keep an eye out for harp seals, bearded seals and polar bears as you cruise the Bellot Strait with chunks of ice floating in the calm channel.
     
  • Once you arrive at Pond Inlet, the beautifully-performed cultural dances of the locals will warm your heart, while the large pods of narwhals peak your interest. There will be no shortage of scenic fjords, glaciers and icebergs.
     

 

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Northwest Passage: Cruise Lines

Sailing through the Northwest Passage has only recently become available to travelers, and the opportunity may not last forever. The cruise lines listed below currently offer the incredible chance to explore passages once blocked with ice on a discovery cruise like no other! Continue below to view the cruise lines available for your Northwest Passage voyage, and then contact The Cruise Web today to start planning this amazing vacation.

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Northwest Passage: Departure Ports

Northwest Passage cruises are unique repositioning voyages that take you across the Northwest Territories and through the Arctic to cities and settlements few have ever heard of, let alone visited. Cruises to the Northwest Passage might depart from Anchorage, for example, if offering a clockwise journey around Alaska and Canada to Greenland and ultimately to New England. Northwest Passage voyages are rare – and they sell out quickly – so review the departure ports below and then contact one of our expert consultants for help planning your journey!

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