1st cruise ship set for Northwest Passage passes inspection

    Juneau Coast Guard inspectors spent five hours Wednesday reviewing the 820-foot Crystal Serenity.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first luxury cruise ship scheduled to sail through the Northwest Passage has passed a Coast Guard inspection.

    Inspectors in Juneau spent five hours Wednesday reviewing the 820-foot Crystal Serenity, which will travel the sea route connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans by way of the Arctic Ocean.

    Lt. Comm. Nicholas Neely says crew members suited up in firefighting gear for a drill simulating a fire.

    Crew members also went through an "abandon ship" drill.

    The Crystal Serenity will depart Aug. 16 from Seward, Alaska.

    The Coast Guard will monitor the vessel as it crosses the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea and the northern coast of Alaska into Canada.

    The ship will carry more than 1,700 passengers and crew is scheduled to arrive Sept. 17 in New York City.

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