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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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