Crystal Serenity arrived in Bar Harbor after voyaging through the once-unpassable Northwest Passage. ISLANDER PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Heading northwest to get Down East

BAR HARBOR — The cruise ship Crystal Serenity dropped anchor off Bar Harbor Tuesday after completing a month-long transit of the Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean above Canada.

The ship, with 900 passengers and a crew of 600, left Seward, Alaska, on Aug. 16 and stopped at several Inuit villages and a town in Greenland before making its first landfall back in the U.S. in Maine.

Warming temperatures allowed the excursion through waters usually blocked by sea ice.

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