Silversea's luxury expedition ship, 132-guest Silver Explorer has just successfully completed the company's first-ever journey through the Northwest Passage. The 23-day voyage commenced in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland on Aug. 9 and concluded in Nome, Alaska on Sept. 1. It covered a distance of nearly 3,500 nautical miles, following a route through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago similar to Roald Amundsen's east-to-west expedition of 1903 to 1906, the first successful navigation by boat through the passage. The Northwest Passage is famous for its shallow channels and floating ice. Although summer ice conditions have permitted a number of successful transits since Amundsen's expedition, the passage can still present challenges.
The Silver Explorer has a shallow draft, ice-strengthened hull, 1A ice class certification, and Captain Alexander Golubev at the helm. Silversea is also a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), dedicated to managing environmentally friendly and safe expedition cruising in the Arctic. For more information, go to silversea.com.