Luxury cruise to conquer Northwest Passage – #climatechange win for pointless tourism – an annotated infographic

The first large-scale passenger cruise ship – the disingenuously named Crystal Serenity – is scheduled to sail through the Northwest Passage, the Arctic sea route made navigable by steadily shrinking ice cover. The route has never before been attempted by a ship of this size.

Whether this is a marvelous new opportunity for regular Joes to traverse the Arctic region in relative comfort or a sad and damning indictment of climate change irrevocably erasing a pristine natural wilderness, we’ll leave that for you to decide.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Crystal Serenity: nippy
Crystal Serenity: nippy

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