A member of the Stratton’s crew signals to the pilot of a Coast Guard helicopter during a training exercise held earlier this month off Alaska’s northern coast. The agency has stationed two MH-60 helicopters in Kotzebue to help it respond more quickly to emergencies around the remote Arctic expanse. (Photo by Gina Caylor, U.S. Coast Guard)

Cruise-ship evacuation exercise begins as luxury liner prepares for Arctic trek

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The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.
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The luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity arrived off the coast of Nome on Sunday. (Photo by Lauren Frost/KNOM)

Nome greets massive Serenity with drums, dance, festivity

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Despite rainy weather, the luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity arrived in Nome on schedule, Sunday morning. About a thousand people poured out of the floating hotel and emptied into the town of Nome for a full day of scheduled activities and events, including the formal commemoration held at the Nome Mini Convention Center.
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