Small expedition ship with gray hull & white upper decks cruises through calm bay among blue icebergs & dark rocky mountains.
Tandem kayakers in red boat paddle through calm water beside snowcapped peaks on a sunny day of a Northwest Passage cruise.
View from bow of white ship at sunrise over calm water & tan hills, seen on a luxury Northwest Passage cruise.
Musk oxen with shaggy brown fur & curled horns stands amid green & gold tundra & driftwood, seen on a Northwest Passage cruise.
A male guest stands on a rocky hill side overlooking a massive glacier wedged between jagged mountain range that opens to the sea
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

The Northwest Passage: In the Wake of Roald Amundsen

Step aboard 264-guest luxury ship Le Boreal to experience the Northwest Passage in a level of comfort that early explorers would never have imagined. Explore the boundaries of the Far North during an exceptional trip in the wake of the legendary explorer Roald Amundsen. Sail the mythical Northwest Passage, a historic and famous shipping route, which winds its way among the labyrinthine channels of the northernmost world. Spend close to a full month marveling at the beauty of these remote regions where Inuit villages appear amidst the landscapes of the Arctic. 

Aboard Le Boreal, sail along western Greenland with its colorful homes and monumental icebergs, then cross the Labrador Sea to Northern Canada and the entrance of the Northwest Passage. In Gjoa Haven, discover the wintering site of the expedition Amundsen undertook between 1903 and 1906. Like him, get to know the Inuit people who perpetuate their ancestral traditions in the heart of grandiose nature. On Beechey Island, retrace the steps of the Franklin expedition, before marveling at the sublime canyon at Fury Beach. Throughout the trip, enter majestic fjords and sail at the edge of the ice floes, in the hope of glimpsing the polar bear, bowhead whales and grey whales.

Read on for details about this luxury cruise in the Northwest Passage, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s cruises to Greenland, Arctic cruises, Canada adventure travel and Alaska small ship cruises.



Itinerary

The Northwest Passage, in The Wake of Roald Amundsen Itinerary

The Northwest Passage, in The Wake of Roald Amundsen voyage cruises from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Nome, Alaska. Charter flights bookend this voyage, starting with a flight from Paris, France to meet the ship in Greenland, and ending with a flight from Nome, Alaska to Seattle, Washington.

Route map of Northwest Passage, in The Wake of Roald Amundsen voyage from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Nome, Alaska. Charter flights bookend this voyage, starting with a flight from Paris, France to meet the ship in Greenland, and ending with a flight from Nome, Alaska to end in Seattle, Washington.
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Day 1
Fly Paris, France, to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland & Embark

From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowadays, thanks to its international airport, it has become a transit point for travelers seeking adventure in the Far North. Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature. Indeed, just a few dozen kilometers from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colors, where arctic hares, musk oxen, arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles live.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
At Sea & Sisimiut

Make the most of the plethora of services and activities on board during this day at sea. Enjoy a workout class in the fitness center, or a treatment in the spa. Take in lectures or shows, do some shopping in the boutique or meet the ship’s photographers. Visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Discover Sisimiut, founded in 1756 and the second largest town in Greenland. This small town is typical of Greenland, boasting bewitching panoramas: here and there, colorful stilt houses dot the undulating landscape, and the small fishing port stands as the gateway to an icy realm. As for the town center, it is home to a number of historic buildings, a small church and a museum which retraces the history of the Inuit people, as well as many craft shops. When the ship drops anchor here, set out to meet the locals in a typically arctic atmosphere.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Disko Bay

To the east of Baffin Bay, discover Disko Bay, scattered with countless icebergs produced by the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the ship, admire the majestic ballet of these ice giants as they slowly drift across the dark waters. This site is a natural marvel of Greenland, and is also renowned as an observation point for the region’s many humpback whales. The encounters with wild fauna and stunning landscapes in the heart of this spectacular and fragile nature will be pure moments of wonder.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Paul-Émile Victor Base Camp, Eqi Glacier

“The most beautiful place in the Arctic” is how Paul-Émile Victor described Greenland, a land of great icebergs and of towering ice formations calved by the giant glaciers of the polar ice cap. The Eqi Glacier is one of the region’s most impressive sights. Here, the silence is broken only by the roaring and cracking of the ice. It is impossible to know if one is shivering from cold or from the sheer thrill of being here… Imagine the vast outline of a glacier, its translucent crystals glowing with an ice-blue fire in the sunlight. Paul-Émile Victor’s shelter cannot be overlooked; it was from here that the French Polar Expeditions’ anthropological and geographic explorations set off in the 1950s.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Akulleq

In the curve of Uummannaq Bay, opposite a narrow passage between two islands, discover the moonscape of the small desert island of Akulleq. The ochre yellow and orange of this mineral site look ablaze under the sunshine of the polar summer. From the island’s summit you will be able to contemplate a panoramic view of the bay’s magical landscape and its huge icebergs with surprising shapes.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Kullorsuaq

Well beyond the Arctic Circle, in the majestic landscapes of Greenland’s Northwest, find the village of Kullorsuaq, the last bastion of Greenland’s traditional hunters. Here find Greenland’s true character… Vast mineral expanses, sumptuous mountains, impressive glaciers and, above all, the local population which still lives off fishing and seal or bear hunting. Hospitality and respect for nature are essential elements in the daily lives of these men and women, who live an austere life. Drop anchor in this remote part of the world and set off to discover these friendly people who are also talented craftsmen, deftly sewing the furs and skins of marine mammals. This will be a unique and authentic experience.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Savissivik

Some places in this world are so magical that their beauty cannot be described in words… Savissivik, a small Inuit village with less than a hundred inhabitants, is one such place. Rightly considered to be the biggest iceberg graveyard in Greenland, it is a stunning sight to behold. During a Zodiac outing, sail between these icy giants. Once on land, hike to a viewpoint from which to enjoy breathtaking views over these icebergs, which come in an incredibly diverse range of shapes and colors. Photographers will love it. Savissivik Bay attracts many bears and is also known for having been the home of one of the world’s biggest meteorites, but the latter has now been moved to a museum in New York.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

On Baffin Island, located in northern Canada at the mouth of the famous Northwest Passage, there is a small Inuit settlement at the very bounds of infinity. To get there, cross the Arctic Circle, the imaginary line that separates man and woman from lands of mystery and wonder. It’s not so much the way of life that sets Pond Inlet’s inhabitants apart, so much as the setting. Snow-capped mountains, fjords and glaciers combine in a dazzling natural environment that fills space and expands time. Some discoveries change one forever; this is one of them.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Beechey Island, Nunavut

Beechey Island, at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, will call to mind some of the most important moments of Franklin’s expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical Northwest Passage and was forced to take shelter in Erebus Harbor for two long years, while he waited for the ice floes to recede and allow him a way through. It is a spectacular location; seeing the three wooden grave markers, bleached by the sun (indicating the burial places of at least three of Captain Franklin’s men), and visiting the memorial that has been erected in memory of Franklin and his men can only reinforce the hushed sense of reverence. The surrounding wilderness impresses while the ochre and yellows of the rocky desert soften the landscape.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Fury Beach, Nunavut

The ice floe gradually appears as the ship approaches Somerset Island, in the heart of the Northwest Passage. In a Zodiac dinghy, land on Fury Beach, a place with a rich history where the English explorer William Edward Parry ran aground in 1825. He left materials and supplies here in order to help the next expeditions that would pass by this site. During a hike around the majestic canyon of Fury Beach, be dazzled by the surprising landscape: the turquoise green water and sheer cliffs are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon or the High Atlas in Morocco. With luck, come across a family of polar bears roaming the enormous ice floes. A sublime hike; a sense of wonder is guaranteed.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Fort Ross, Nunavut, Bellot Strait & Corningham Bay, Nunavut

Discover Fort Ross, the last trading post established by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Constructed in 1937, it was used as a fur and whaling trading post at the same time. Fort Ross, located on a small island at the entrance to the Bellot Strait, is still home to this former store as well as the house for the manager and staff. The interior of these two buildings has been damaged over time and by the presence of polar bears. After a short walk towards the summits of the island, enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over the Bellot Strait and surrounding area.

A key stage in the Northwest Passage, the Bellot Strait, crossed by strong currents, promises an unforgettable sailing experience. The entrance to the strait is dominated by the Ross Cairn. The buildings of Fort Ross also stand not far from here. Separating Somerset Island from the Boothia Peninsula, this roughly one-mile-wide strait was discovered in 1852 by Captain William Kennedy of the Royal Navy, and the Frenchman Joseph-René Bellot, during an expedition in search of Sir John Franklin. Discover a magnificent décor covered in snow, fragmented by large ice floes; sail between them and perhaps be accompanied by a few polar bears.

At the heart of the legendary Northwest Passage, discover the sheltered Coningham Bay in the south-east of Prince of Wales Island. The surrounding waters, rich in nutrients brought in by the tides and currents, are home to cetaceans including beluga whales. The polar bear, lord of the Arctic, has also established its realm on this hunting ground where food tends to be abundant. When conditions are favorable, extraordinary encounters with the wildlife are possible in these isolated lands.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

Discovered by the Scottish explorer John Ross in 1830, King William Island was named in honor of the reigning British King. In September 1903, Captain Roald Amundsen was the first to drop anchor at Gjoa Haven, the only inhabited part of the island, where a few Inuit were the only sign of human life. The Norwegian sailor decided to overwinter here for two years, to attempt to find the location of the mysterious Magnetic North Pole. Roald Amundsen interacted with the local Inuit to learn how to survive in these extreme conditions and freezing temperatures. Discover this small hamlet in the Nunavut region, located just above the Arctic Circle. Do not miss this unique opportunity to discover these forgotten lands.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
At Sea

Make the most of the plethora of services and activities on board during this day at sea. Enjoy a workout class in the fitness center, or a treatment in the spa. Take in lectures or shows, do some shopping in the boutique or meet the ship’s photographers. Visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Edinburgh Island, Nunavut

Fall under the charm of small and uninhabited Edinburgh Island, in Nunavut. Blueberries, crowberries, arctic willow, cranberries: vegetation rules the roost here, with no fewer than 19 types of dwarf shrubs, berries and flowers identified. In autumn, these species are adorned with shimmering colors that produce a magnificent picture. The tundra, dotted with red and yellow touches, competes in its beauty with the superb ochres of the sandy beaches and the dark tones of the surrounding cliffs. At the end of a walk towards the heights of the island, enjoy a superb panorama with a view over lakes, sea and basalt mountains. An enchanting place, frequented by caribous, peregrine falcons, reindeer, arctic foxes and hares.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Holman (Ulukhaktok)

Set off to meet the inhabitants of Holman for an unforgettable moment in the midst of a welcoming community. With some 500 inhabitants, this hamlet located on the west of Victoria Island has learned how best to adapt to an at times harsh environment and a difficult climate. While visiting this village in the Canadian Far North, admire the prints and other objects created by the very rich local craftsmanship. Traditional singing and dancing are also part of the daily life of this commune, to the great delight of fans of Inuit culture. The village of Holman, also called Ulukhaktok, is one of those places in which one can share an authentic experience in a remote land.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Jesse Harbor

In the glacial waters of the Beaufort Sea, on the eastern shores of Banks Island, Jesse Harbor is thought of as the end of the world, beyond the 72nd parallel north. The island is known for its large population of musk oxen, these behemoths covered in thick fur, perfectly adapted to the harsh Arctic climate. In these distant polar lands, the changing weather imposes its will. Conditions permitting, an outing and various hikes will provide an opportunity to get as close as possible to the abundant fauna that inhabits the ice floe and this far-flung world.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Smoking Hills

In the far north of the Northwest Territories, nestled at the junction of the Amundsen Gulf, the Smoking Hills astonish, intrigue and captivate. Considered one of the most fascinating and mysterious phenomena on the planet, this geological paradise, where dozens of kilometers of smoke columns emanate from impressive cliffs colored in ochre and crimson, take visitors on a timeless journey. Spotted for the first time by the British navigator John Franklin during an exploration of the region in 1826, these smoking strata of hydrocarbons result from the chemical reaction between the oil shales and the lignite deposits, a mix of clay shale and pyrite that spontaneously ignites on contact with air, causing this unique natural phenomenon.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 18
At Sea (Beaufort Sea)

Delimited by the entrance to the Northwest Passage and the Amundsen Gulf to the east and by Canada’s Yukon and Northwest Territories to the west, the Beaufort Sea makes up part of the–almost–inaccessible Arctic Ocean. Due to its extreme weather conditions, it was not explored until 1914, by the Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson. However, it was named after Francis Beaufort, a British admiral and hydrographer. Sail on these remote waters strewn with a mosaic of ice resulting from sea-ice breakup. Surrounded by this stunning scenery, hope to spot a few belugas and bowhead whales, established in colonies in the region.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 19
King Point, Yukon, Alaska

On the edge of the Beaufort Sea, on the northeastern side of the Yukon (one of the three territories in the far north of Canada), sail near King Point. It was off its rocky coast edged with tundra that Roald Amundsen anchored with other whalers after crossing the legendary Northwest Passage aboard the Gjöa, and wintered from August 1905 to March 1906. One of his crewmen, Gustav Juel Wiik, a young engineer who died of respiratory problems, is buried inside the King Point magnetic observatory. If conditions are favorable, enjoy exceptional encounters with an abundance of wildlife common in the area, including polar bears.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 20 - 21
At Sea (Beaufort Sea)

Delimited by the entrance to the Northwest Passage and the Amundsen Gulf to the east and by Canada’s Yukon and Northwest Territories to the west, the Beaufort Sea makes up part of the–almost–inaccessible Arctic Ocean. Due to its extreme weather conditions, it was not explored until 1914, by the Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson. However, it was named after Francis Beaufort, a British admiral and hydrographer. Sail on these remote waters strewn with a mosaic of ice resulting from sea-ice breakup. Surrounded by this stunning scenery, hope to spot a few belugas and bowhead whales, established in colonies in the region.

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 22
King Island, Alaska

Situated in the Bering Sea, King Island was discovered in 1778. It is named after James King, a crew member of the expedition led by James Cook. King Island was inhabited by a group of Inupiat until the mid-20th century; their now-abandoned village was called Ukivok. This island with steep cliffs which still bears traces of human passage, such as the hunting camps established centuries ago by the Inupiat, is home to several bird species (tufted and horned puffins, black-legged kittiwakes and thick-billed murres).

Accommodations

Le Boreal

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 23
Disembark Nome, Alaska, Fly to Seattle, Washington & Depart

Located along the Bering Strait, Nome offers the rustic charm of a former gold-mining town, set in the middle of magnificent wilderness. Weave in and out of the brightly colored houses to discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer rearing, sledge-racing… People here live from their manual labor. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing arctic fauna.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One-way charter flights from Paris, France to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and from Nome, Alaska to Seattle, Washington; all meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities; activities indicated in cruise documents.

Exclusions

Other meals and services not mentioned in the program; optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities for the local guide; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $250
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Northwest Passage, in The Wake of Roald Amundsen voyage begins in Paris, France (CDG), and ends in Seattle, Washington (SEA). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

An Economy class group charter flight between Paris, France and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; and between Nome, Alaska and Seattle, Washington is included with this trip’s itinerary. The charter flight is unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage for Economy class. Additional Economy class baggage allotment can be requested and purchased and is based on availability. Business Class seating is available upon request and may incur an additional charge. The luggage limit for business class is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage.

Activities

Various optional, included activities may be available on your Northwest Passage, in The Wake of Roald Amundsen voyage: practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and shore-based excursions. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining availability per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. A child sharing a cabin with a single adult is considered to be a paying adult. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

Aug 28 - Sep 19, 2024
Le Boreal • 23 days
From $31700USD
Per Person
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