Published on : Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The tiny Inuit town of Cambridge Bay is now surged with the tourists in this summer.
The Crystal Serenity, a 13-deck cruise ship is carrying more than 1,700 passengers and crew, which stopped at Cambridge Bay for the second time during a repeat of its historic 2016 voyage through the Northwest Passage.
The Crystal Serenity is the largest passenger ship ever to ply the waters of the Northwest Passage, from Alaska through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and on toward Greenland.
The sea route previously was completely chocked with ice. But now with the climate change the ice are now melting forming the path to pass the ships.
Previously, more impassable is now the new route. Melting of ice has opened it up to some ship traffic, but until last year only smaller, expedition-style cruise ships had made the journey.
The arrival of Crystal Serenity in Cambridge Bay last year was preceded by months of planning by residents of the small town, where the gravel roads dead-end at the edge of town and supplies have to be shipped in by boat.
The Crystal Serenity dropped the anchor outside the town last month and the people saw the passengers were shuttled from the beach to town in taxis, buses, and pickup trucks driven by volunteers.
There are several cruise ships now stop here each summer, but the Crystal Serenity was by far the largest, and a frequent topic of conversation.
The increased ship traffic brings concerns about water quality, but tourists also bring cash to this remote town that sits above the Arctic Circle.
Now, this arrival of the tourists brings a slight upheaval in economy of Canada, bringing the tourists’ expenditure and rising of economy in tourism sector.
Cambridge Bay hosted the art fairs each of the last two years for international visitors getting off the cruise ship and streaming into town.