An historic voyage concluded last Friday in New York.  When  Crystal Cruises’ luxury ocean ship, Crystal Serenity, arrived in NYC late last week after its 32 day voyage through the Northwest Passage, it became the first large luxury cruise ship to traverse this Arctic route that connects the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CRYSTAL CRUISES - Crystal Serenity arrives in New York after completing its historic 32-day voyage through the legendary Northwest Passage, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Crystal Serenity becomes the first large luxury cruise ship to traverse the Arctic route that connects the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Crystal Cruises)

More than 1,000 guests and 600 crew members were on board — the largest number of travelers to traverse the once impassable route — as Crystal Serenity left Seward, Alaska on August 16 for its 32-day journey. The luxury expedition itinerary included port calls in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories; Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet, Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, and featured rare wildlife encounters, rugged treks on icy waters, insightful visits to remote communities and immersive onboard enrichment from some of the world’s top expedition experts.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CRYSTAL CRUISES - Crystal Serenity arrives in New York after completing its historic 32-day voyage through the legendary Northwest Passage, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Crystal Serenity becomes the first large luxury cruise ship to traverse the Arctic route that connects the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Crystal Cruises)

The historic trip involved more than three years of planning and careful collaboration with the local communities of the Arctic.

*Images credit Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Crystal Cruises