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Will Arctic Bay's ship come in?
Clyde River said no to cruise ship, Arctic Bay said yes, ship's engine said no

by Casey Lessard
Northern News Services
Published Monday, August 4, 2014

After Clyde River told Adventure Canada it is not accepting cruise ship visits this season, the firm looked for an alternative and found Arctic Bay, which told Nunavut News/North in June that its doors are open.

Adventure Canada was good to go, but the ship's engine had other plans.

"Sea Adventurer is in Nuuk (Greenland) right now and she's getting some repairs to her engine," said Adventure Canada vice-president Cedar Swan.

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The Sea Adventurer ran into engine problems before setting sail from Nuuk, Greenland, meaning Arctic Bay's only cruise ship visit was cancelled. Adventure Canada is hoping to reschedule a visit. - photo courtesy of Danny Catt/Adventure Canada

"The status is unknown. We'll wait to see how those repairs go. We expect they'll be fixed within 14 days, but we can't guarantee that. We'll wait for an update from the engineering crew on board."

The repairs mean the company is modifying its original plans, is bringing in a second ship to accommodate the passengers and is delaying the trip by two weeks.

Scheduled to start in Resolute and head to Kangerlussuaq, the route is now reversed to end in Resolute. Due to Canada Customs considerations, the ship will now visit Qikiqtarjuaq and skip Arctic Bay.

"It won't be visited on this particular itinerary," Swan said.

"We've been working with (economic development officer) Clare (Kines) up there. We originally had Clyde River, and they reached out to us and said they'd prefer if this summer we chose to go someplace else because they're concerned about whale behaviour and they want to monitor how ship traffic is affecting that.

"We made that request and a couple of weeks ago reached out to Arctic Bay. They responded very positively."

With that positive response, the company is working to reroute another of its trips to include Arctic Bay.

"What can you do about a ship that develops mechanical problems and can't make it when planned? It's not something you can control," Kines said.

"We're happy that Adventure Canada has us back on their radar. We're working with them on the future."

No passengers had boarded the ship, and about 80 per cent will be able to join the trip when it leaves on Aug. 16. A few, including a French family, will join a trip next year instead, Swan said.

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