One Ocean Expeditions has announced an itinerary through Canada’s Northwest Passage, to mark the 70th anniversary of the first single-season transit of the route.
Travelling on board the ice-strengthened Akademik Ioffe between Cambridge Bay and Iqaluit, the 12-night voyage departs 25 August 2014.
It will retrace the route followed by the RCMP St Roch in 1944 under the command of Staff Sergeant Henry Larsen, and Larsen’s granddaughter, Doreen Larsen Riedel, will be on board for the celebratory cruise.
In 1942 the RCMP St Roch completed a west to east transit of the passage, for only the second time, and in 1944, Larsen undertook the first east to west transit in the same season. This means the St Roch was the first vessel to complete the route in both directions.
During the voyage, passengers will be able to see pods of beluga and bowhead whales, rafts of ringed, harp and bearded seals, and herds of walrus. The itinerary includes excursions to local Inuit communities, such as at Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet.
All One Ocean Expeditions’ voyages include use of onboard expedition rubber boots, wet weather gear, shore excursions with guides and educational presentations. Prices start from £5599 per person sharing a twin cabin on a full-board basis.