27 Apr '12, 4pm
British government warns over safety of arctic cruises
Just as the arctic cruise season gets underway, officials at the British Foreign Office this week warned travelers that they should consider the “limited” search and rescue options in the Arctic, prompting a furious reaction from cruise lines. In a statement posted on its website, the Foreign Office said that the “combined search and rescue ship capacity may well be less than would be needed to cope with even one of the small cruise ships that frequent parts of the Arctic area.” In addition, the body noted that search and rescue ships were not capable of advanced life support, that there are uncharted waters in some arctic fjords and water temperatures can be very low, even in summer. “If you are thinking of such a trip, please consider these factors and check the operational records and relevant experience of captains and crews operating vessels in Arctic waters,” conclud...