The legendary Northwest Passage, incidentally, was sought by seafarers for more than 400 years, but the first to conquer the Northwest Passage was the explorer Amundsen, who did so in the early 1900s. His remains are located in Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island, where guests also disembark. The wreck of the Maud, in which he conquered the Northwest Passage, lies in the bay. Another highlight of the cruise is a visit to Sisimiut, a town in western Greenland with more than 5,000 inhabitants. There, passengers will see typical sled dogs and have the opportunity to sled themselves. Other adventurous options include a helicopter flight near Ilulisat in Greenland, and viewing bizarre-shaped icebergs in Disko Bay and the imposing glacier cliff faces of Prins Christian Sund.
In August of this year, the company will offer the Northwest Passage itinerary on both the five-star Hanseatic and the Bremen; both ships are scheduled to meet in the Northwest Passage traveling in opposite directions. “[We] try to offer the best in exploration cruising and this particular itinerary is as unique and legendary as an expedition adventure can get,” says Ahrens. “From the unbelievable wildlife to the fascinating icebergs and glaciers, guests will be completely taken by the beauty of what they see. They will likely see caribou, polar bears, musk oxen, bald eagles, and white whales….” Rates start at $19,380 pp dbl for an outside cabin on the Hanseatic. The company, incidentally, offers comfortable parkas and rubber boots for passengers.