CBCNews reports that a cruise ship with a crew of 600 and an expected 1000 passengers is planning to make a cruise from Anchorage to New York City via the North West Passage, August 16 to September 17, 2016, and it is raising the specter of a mass casualty event far from any rescue assets.
I think the Russians require an escort for passage through the Northern Sea Route, for which they charge a fee.
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“Adventures make one late for dinner.”–Bilbo Baggins.
Thanks to Ken for bringing this to my attention.