ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard is gearing up for the inaugural voyage of a luxury cruise ship through the Northwest Passage and said Thursday the Crystal Serenity easily passed an inspection.

“Everything was in fairly good working order,” said Lt. Comm. Nicholas Neely.

The 820-foot ship will depart Aug. 16 from Seward for the 32-day trip to New York City, traveling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic by way of the Arctic Ocean. It will carry more than 1,700 passengers and crew

It will reach Nome on Aug. 21. The luxury cruise ship will continue through the Bering Strait into the Chukchi and Beaufort seas before crossing into Canadian waters. It will stop in Greenland before reaching New York on Sept. 17.

The voyage is of high interest to Coast Guard officials in Alaska, who until a few years ago were not overly concerned with Arctic waters because they were mostly frozen.

“I’m pretty sure that since this is an inaugural trip, there’s going to be a lot of people checking its progress daily to make sure it doesn’t run into any problems,” Neely said.