Climate change and global warming have their good parts and their bad parts. The negative effects are familiar to everyone (higher risk of diseases due to heat waves, sea levels rising, destroyed ecosystems and so on). The good sides, however, although they are hard to imagine, are still there. How about a cruise on a route previously covered with ice?
Crystal Serenity is a luxurious cruise ship what will make its way through the Northwest Passage – a sea route that crosses the Arctic Ocean, sailing along the North American coast. The route includes the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Crystal Serenity is a splendid cruise ship, which can carry up to 1, 7000 passengers. They can entertain themselves at the casinos and restaurants on the ship, and enjoy the comfort of luxurious suites at a cost starting from $ 22.000, which can go up to $120.000. The journey across the Arctic Ocean lasts for a month (32 days), and it started last Tuesday.
The ship is not alone in this dangerous mission. It is dangerous as Crystal Serenity is the largest vessel attempting to get through the Northwest Passage. Although raising temperatures caused ice to melt, enabling ships to pass, it is not a risk-free journey. This is why an ice-breaking boat will carefully follow the ship. It will also be escorted by two helicopters, in order to make sure nothing happens to the ship and the passengers.
Birger J. Vorland is the captain of Crystal Serenity, and before embarking on the journey, he posted a message on Facebook and Twitter, on the preparations:
“We have looked at every possible eventuality when it comes to safety, environment and the enjoyment of the guests. We have crossed all the Ts and dotted all the Is.”
Although rich people can rejoice over such an excellent trip, scientists and researchers keep in mind the reason that made it all happen, which is global warming. They fear that the sailing of the large cruise ship will damage even more the wildlife.
“The unique wildlife is already stressed by a warming climate and the loss of sea-ice, and the arrival of mega-cruise ships in this part of the world could push it further towards the edge. It’s because the Arctic is in meltdown that this cruise can take place.” (Rod Downie, World Wildlife Fund)
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