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The Icebreaker Amundsen is shown in the ice of the Northwest Passage in 2006.

First cruise ship navigating the Northwest Passage

'The climate is warming up. There is no question.'

As you are reading this, a cruise ship is navigating the Northwest Passage. If the significance of that has not sunk in yet, this is one more part of the proof that global warming is real.

The cruise liner Crystal Serenity is currently about a quarter of the way through a month-long voyage from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York City, traversing the famed Northwest Passage.

While icebreakers have often made the trip through the icy channel, this is the first time a large commercial cruise ship has made the voyage.

The cruise ship has several ports of call in the Canadian North.

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