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Nation IN BRIEF : ALASKA : Cruise Turned Back by Heavy Ice Pack

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The 360-foot cruise liner Frontier Spirit, carrying 193 passengers on what was to be a voyage through the Northwest Passage, turned around and headed back west after the captain determined that the Arctic ice was too thick to continue. Capt. Heinz Aye of Germany said in a message received at Prudhoe Bay that the ship would reach Point Barrow, 250 miles to the west, in two or three days, then go on to Vancouver, Canada. The passengers, who paid as much as $26,000 each for the trip, will not get refunds.


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