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Le Commandant Charcot Northwest Passage Cruises

Step aboard a luxury expedition ship to experience the Northwest Passage in a level of comfort that early explorers would never have imagined. Aboard 245-guest Le Commandant Charcot, discover the most emblematic but also the remotest sites of the mythical Northwest Passage. Relive the polar adventures of previous generations of explorers at the heart of this vast labyrinth of icy channels, exploring the three main routes that allow the Northwest Passage to be crossed.

On this luxury cruise in the Northwest Passage, operated by hybrid electric icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot, sail from Reykjavik along the south coast of Greenland, before reaching the Hudson Strait, named after the English sailor Henry Hudson, who mapped it for the first time in the early 17th Century. Then chart a course towards the Fury and Hecla Strait, named after the ships of the explorer William Parry. Constantly covered in ice, this seawater channel, not much wider than one mile at its narrowest point, represents an impassable obstacle for most ships.

Enter the passage for the privilege of visiting Igloolik, an Inuit village that was only discovered in 1822. A little further on, the Bellot Strait offers a unique sailing experience, in the midst of countless icebergs. Then sail along Banks Island, famous for the wreck of HMS Investigator lying off shore—the ship was tasked to search for Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition, but also for its national park, which is home to extremely rich fauna.

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