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Roll Over John Franklin; And Tell Wiley Post The News
By Ernest Stewart

"Glug, glug, glug, glug!" ~~~ Captain John Franklin

The cruise ship Crystal Serenity made her historic voyage around the top of the world through the Northwest Passage. To give you some idea of her size. the Crystal Serenity is 820 feet long, weighing 68,870 tons. Consider she is just 3 feet shorter, but weighs 28,000 tons more than the German Battleship Bismarck! Of course, Russian icebreakers have been cruising through the Northwest Passage for decades; but it's only since Global Warming began to really take hold that regular ships could make the voyage. The Nordic Orion is a cargo ship of some 73,500 tones; 5,000 tons heavier than the Crystal Serenity, first making that voyage in September 2013.

The cruise ship Crystal Serenity was anchored just off Nome, too big to use the community's docks on its inaugural visit. Instead, its more than 900 passengers piled into small transport boats and motored to shore, where they snapped photos of wild musk oxen, lifted glasses in the town's colorful bars and nibbled blueberry pie, while admiring Alaska Native dancers at Nome's summer celebration.

Some remote villages along the way are seeing dollar signs, while environmentalists are seeing doom. They say the voyage represents global warming and man's destruction of the Earth.

Michael Byers, a professor in the political science department at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver said:
"The terrible irony with the Crystal Serenity's voyage is that it's taking place only because of climate change and the melting Arctic. The Northwest Passage, which connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, has long been choked off by ice. But melting brought on by climate change is allowing passengers to cruise up the Bering Strait and then head east toward Greenland over the Arctic Ocean before docking next week in New York City.

"And yet, by actually taking advantage of climate change, it's contributing to the problem because the ship has a very large carbon footprint of its own."
The cruise ship left Seward -- on the Kenai Peninsula -- Aug. 16 with about 900 guests and 600 crew members on board. During its month long journey to New York, it'll visit towns and villages in western and northern Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the Eastern Seaboard.

For the last few years smaller cruise ships, those holding about 200 people, routinely make a port call in Nome, and continue through the passage; but this ship is different.

Nome's Mayor Richard Beneville said while licking his lips and fondling his wallet, "This is the game changer. This is the one that's on everyone's lips." The cost for the voyage is between $20,000 and $120,000 per person; so the passengers have money to burn. The local BBB will make a killing no doubt while the giant ship destroys the environment.

The cruise company is planning another Alaska-to-New York City voyage next August.

As ship's passenger Bob Lentz said: "We're going off on a wildlife adventure right now, and that, to me, is what it's all about in our twilight years - kind of experiencing things before crazy humans destroy it." Crazy humans like Bob Lentz!


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(c) 2016 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 14 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.

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