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WEEK 1 TO THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE, IN PHOTOS

By Katie Jackson

It’s been seven adventure-filled days since Crystal Serenity left Seward, en route for the Northwest Passage. Guests have kept busy exploring the communities of Kodiak, Dutch Harbor and Nome. Of course, they’ve also enjoyed the ship’s amenities and entertainment on sea-faring days. The following images are some of the week’s highlights, as seen through the lens.

Yellow Beach in Dutch Harbor (photo: Katie Jackson)
Yellow Beach in Dutch Harbor (photo: Katie Jackson)

It was an overcast day when Crystal Serenity docked in Dutch Harbor, but the colors of the rainbow were all around. Bold red cargo ships ferried brightly colored shipping containers out to sea. Mother Nature did not disappoint either. Although treeless, the Aleutians are covered in lush green grasses and spectacular wildflowers that are in full bloom by late August. 

The first polar bear "sighting" occurred on board, just in time for a black tie dinner. (photo: Katie Jackson)
The first polar bear “sighting” occurred on board, just in time for a black tie dinner. (photo: Katie Jackson)

Even expedition voyages need formal nights. This yet-to-be-Christened polar bear waits to pose with guests who are dressed to the nines and looking forward to a five-course dinner.

An aerial view of Nome, Alaska. (photo: Katie Jackson)
An aerial view of Nome, Alaska. (photo: Katie Jackson)

Bering Air normally has Sundays off, but when Crystal Serenity arrived in Nome, the company’s helicopter pilots were happy to show off their backyard, and beyond. Some guests hovered over Nome, scoping out abandoned dredges and spotting musk oxen, moose and even bears, on the tundra. A few lucky guests took a flight-seeing trip to nearby Providenya, Russia where they visited a reindeer herders’ camp.

A native of Nome, Alaska (photo: Katie Jackson)
A native of Nome, Alaska (photo: Katie Jackson)

Crystal Serenity’s arrival into Nome coincided with the community’s annual blueberry festival. In the Iditarod headquarters building housing the huge celebration, guests mingled with welcoming locals. This native woman was proud to talk about her traditional dress and walrus jewelry, hand-carved by her grandmother.

Sled dogs in Nome, Alaska (photo: Crystal guest Anna Marie Maagenberg)
Sled dogs in Nome, Alaska (photo: Crystal guest Anna Marie Maagenberg)

Nome is world famous as the last stop on the Iditarod. In addition to posing for pictures under the finish line archway in the heart of downtown, guests got to meet a local musher and his team of four-footed athletes. 

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4 Comments

  1. Betty Crovo
    2 years ago

    Absolutely loved the pictures; the dogs were wonderful and loved the bear getting ready for formal night! Can’t wait for more.

    Reply
  2. Roaming Boomers
    2 years ago

    We got off the Serenity in Seward and we’re enjoying the vicarious experience through your blog posts. Looking forward to more.

    Reply
  3. Fran
    2 years ago

    Thanks, Katie, We continue to enjoy your posts….and, the pictures!

    Reply
  4. Teresa Blackwell
    2 years ago

    Katie, The photos are great. We are truly enjoying them. This is a true dream of mine to go to Alaska. I do however want to go in the snow.

    Reply

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