Towering over Seward, yet still dwarfed by the mountains, sat the Crystal Serenity, a luxury unmatched at sea. The ship was packed with food, supplies and the luggage for its roughly 1,700 passengers, ready to begin their historic adventure through the Arctic on Tuesday.


The all-inclusive cruise will take 32 days to sail from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean via the Northwest Passage, a first for any large cruise ship.


The first stop will be in Kodiak, followed by Dutch Harbor. The ship will then sail through the Bering Sea, landing in Nome by Sunday, Aug. 21. From there, the Serenity will make its way from the Bering Sea to the Chukchi Sea, over to the Beaufort Sea and on to Canada.


It’ll take the ship about 10 days to cross the Northwest Passage and Canada with several planned stops before reaching Greenland around Sept. 7. The final destination is New York City on Sept. 17.


Tickets started at about $20,000 and continued up to more than $100,000.


Meteorologist Melissa Frey takes us onboard the highest-rated cruise ship in the world, showing us what gives it those high ratings and how the captain plans to keep the nearly 1,000 passengers safe in icy waters.


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