Cruise News: Bucket List Cruise Experiences

Aug 19, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado

Crystal Serenity departed from Alaska on Tuesday to sail the Arctic's Northwest Passage.

Crystal Serenity's projected path through the Northwest Passage

With warmer temperature thawing out the Arctic, cruise ships now have the opportunity to go where no other larger floating vessel has gone before. And Crystal Serenity was first in line to conquer the challenge.

Calling it "the ultimate expedition for the true explorer", the 32-day trip departed from Anchorage, Alaska this week and will travel through the Bering Strait, across the Canadian Arctic and stop in Greenland and northeastern U.S. before arriving in New York City.

While the Arctic may be facing some melting concerns, its waters aren't exactly equipped for the safest sailing conditions. For this reason, every guest required a minimum of $50,000 in insurance coverage in case of emergency evacuation.

(Follow Crystal Serenity's cruise through the Passage in real time! Check out this Northwest Passage Tracker for a live view)

We were were able to sail on Crystal Serenity about a week before she was set to trek through the Arctic. And while the idea of braving unpredictable territory might seem daunting to some, our Managing Editor's pre-cruise travel story gives even the most challenging journey a run for its money.

Alaska Family Cruise: The Rough Journey to Smooth Sailing

Child waiting at the airport, en route to Vancouver for an Alaska cruise.

Alaska is a bucket-list destination, but would small children agree? From connecting flight meltdowns to suitcase malfunctions, our Editor gives us a look at some of the challanges she faced while traveling to Alaska  with small kids—and how Crystal Cruises saved the day.

Passengers on board Crystal Serenity may not be jamming out under multicolored strobelights, but anyone cruising on Shipsomnia sure will be.

Shipsomnia's "Tale of the Kraken" is taking music lovers on a party cruise for the ages.

Music meets art for a cruising experience festival lovers will likely never forget. From June 14th-18th 2017, Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas will be transformed into a music lover's paradise. "Tale of the Kraken" is Shipsomnia's newest edition of culturally-inspired cruises, where guests embark on a journey that delivers artistic flair, beachside dance parties and secret villa hangouts galore. Sailing roundtrip to Barcelona, Ibiza and Sete, guests can revel in the beats of Europe's ever-popular music hub. And whether you're parasailing to the beats of the biggest names in the underground music scene or partying it up at the ship's aquatic-themed carnival, there is truly never a moment of boredom on this journey.

Watch the official "Tale of the Kraken" trailer below:




Spots are filling fast, so sign up ASAP if you want to be a part of this memorable (and seriously epic) experience.

Carnival Vista is granted the "ECO Notation" for exceptional environmental standards.

Lloyd's Register, a business and maritime classification society, has recognized Carnival's newest ship for exceeding maritime statutory environmental regulations. The ship was engineered to reduce emissions by using low-sulfur fuel, exhaust-cleaning systems and function with a steam-turbine generator that recovers excess steam while sailing. 

Simply put, they're environmental rockstars.



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