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The Melting Arctic Makes Way for $20,000 Luxury Cruises

The Melting Arctic Makes Way for $20,000 Luxury Cruises
Photograph by Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP Photo

If you long to see, up close, an actual polar bear clinging to an actual shrinking ice floe, here’s your chance.

Because of climate change and the melting of the Arctic, the cruise line Crystal Cruises plans to send passengers on what it bills as the first luxury ship to “traverse the Northwest Passage.” The ship, Crystal Serenity, will set sail beginning in August 2016 on ”a mystical Pacific-Atlantic sea route far beyond the Arctic Circle that for centuries captured the imaginations of kings, explorers and adventurers.” The cruise will last 32 days and fares start at $20,000.