As climate change makes new parts of the world accessible to cruises, some indigenous communities in Canada are weight the benefits and costs of Arctic tourism. The Crystal Serenity recently completed a 32-day cruise through waters that were previously not on the menu for large cruise ships. The Guardian takes a look at the impact ships like this can have on local communities,

From the Guardian –

Arctic cruise boom poses conundrum for Canada’s indigenous communities

The sold-out voyage left authorities in Canada’s north bracing for a boom in tourism. “Now that marine tourism is a significant and steadily growing presence in the territory,” said Bernie MacIsaac of Nunavut’s department of economic development, “it is important that new legislation be created that will effectively regulate the sector.”

As the Serenity made its way through largely uncharted waters, the cruise’s more than 1,000 passengers – each of whom paid between $22,000 (C$29,000) and $120,000 (C$157,000) – stopped in at several Inuit villages for a glimpse of Arctic life.

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