AUGUST 2012
17 Provideniya, Russia
17 - 18 Nome, Alaska
19 - 31 Northwest Passage  Expedition

SEPTEMBER 2012
01 - 11 Northwest Passage  Expedition
12 - 15 Greenland
16 - 17 At Sea
18 St. Anthony, Canada [1]

The world is different aboard ‘The Word’. It is the largest privately owned residential yacht on earth. It might look like a cruise ship from the exterior, but that’s where the similarity ends. This exclusive community offers the ultimate combination of luxury travel with world-class dining, custom tours and enriching cultural events. It is the embodiment of a distinctive lifestyle experience.

Being among the 1% includes privileges. The list includes improving your handicap at the Lofoten Golf Links, handshakes with Putin in Provideniya and this year sailing in the Canadian Archipelago - mostly ice free.

The course advertised on the web site and shown above looks like an adventure - it includes breaking the thickest ice available and after that straight through Nares Strait direction Baffin Bay. But this will not happen - not this year. As an alternative M' Clure Strait is still packed with ice. Only Prince of Wales Strait is left as last resort. However, on this 'safe' route the tourists will hardly see any ice and finally depend on Captain’s Choice.

So the cruise plan reads: Ports are completely weather-dependent, but may include Herschel Island, the Tuktoyaktuk Region, Amundsen Gulf, Holman, Kugluktuk, exploration of Coronation Gulf and Dease Strait, Cambridge Bay, Simpson Strait, Bellot Strait, Peel Sound Region, Prince Leopold, Lancaster Sound, Radstock Bay, S. Devon Island, Dundas Harbor, Pond Inlet, the North Baffin Fjords and Clyde River Region.

Michael Byers is not ready to have The World in the Arctic. He anticipates implications regarding Canada's sovereignty. Some commenter fear an American SAR operation without any Canadian forces involved or asked in case of an incident.

Earlier today a sight seeing vessel hit a rock in Alaska's Glacier Park. According to AP the captain was angling a closer look at brown bears. Coast Guard rescued all 72 passengers.

Two questions remain: When will Cruise Ships regularly enter Nares Strait and what makes a tour following the vision of Captain Cook so interesting given nearly all risk removed by climate change?

The World: call sign: C6RW4, IMO: 9219331, MMSI: 311213000, length: 196.35 m, beam: 29.8 m, draft:6.7 m, management company: ROW Management Ltd., Miramar, Fla; Flag: Bahamas