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Fire & Ice in the Arctic

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
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Cruise between Russia and the United States from Nome to Seward. Listed with UNESCO, the nature reserve on Wrangel Island is a unique ecosystem where the greatest biodiversity in the Arctic can be found. It is home to a large population of walruses, countless sea birds, and of course the lord of the Arctic: the polar bear. Make your way up the Alaska Peninsula, an emerged part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Here, each island is a volcano crowned with ice. The Aleutian Islands form a barrier between the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean, so the marine wildlife here is particularly abundant. Sailing off Kodiak Island and along the Katmai Peninsula, search for the great grizzly bear and delight in photographing them. The cruise ends in the small city of Seward for a return flight to Seattle.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Depart Seattle | Nome, Alaska | Embark
Day 2 : Crossing the International Date Line
Day 3 : Provideniya, Russia
Day 4 : Big Diomede
Days 5-8 : Wrangel Island
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : St. Matthew Island
Day 11 : St. Paul Island, USA
Day 12 : Unalaska | Dutch Harbor
Day 13 : Chankliut Island
Day 14 : Geographic Harbor | Hidden Harbor | Kinak Bay
Day 15 : Seward | Disembark | Fly to Seattle

Highlights

  • Explore the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions of Nome
  • Discover the Wrangel Island Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Observe an abundance of wildlife: polar bears, grizzlies, walruses, seals, and more
  • Sail in the heart of the Bering Sea, surrounded by the most remote islands

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Depart Seattle | Nome, Alaska | Embark

Located along the Bering Strait at the westernmost point of Alaska, Nome offers the rustic charm of a former gold-mining town, set in the middle of magnificent wilderness. As you weave in and out of the brightly colored houses, discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer rearing, sled-racing -  people here live doing manual labor. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

Day 2 Crossing the International Date Line

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today the ship crosses the International Date Line, losing a day, and arrives in Russian waters. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds such as short-tailed shearwaters, northern fulmars, Laysan albatross, and fork-tailed storm petrels. Or take time to attend a lecture or two, or simply relax in the spa aboard the ship.

Day 3 Provideniya, Russia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once across the Date line and in Russian waters, go ashore in Provideniya at the southern edge of the Arctic ice pack and tour the regional museum. Across the Bering Strait from Alaska, which it almost touches and can be glimpsed when the weather is fine, the town of Provideniya seems to keep a watchful eye over ships heading for the East Siberian Sea. Nestled against mountains with peaks of up to 2,000 m, Provideniya is the gateway to the Chukotka Peninsula, a polar frontier town unfamiliar to the general public, with striking landscapes and a primitive beauty like no other.

Day 4 Big Diomede

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From your Zodiac®, discover Big Diomede, between Siberia and Alaska. This island, measuring approximately 30 km2 and located in the middle of the Bering Strait, is Russia’s most easterly point. Although it was once inhabited by the Inuit, it is now home to just a handful of Russian soldiers on a military base. Just a few kilometers further east, on the other side of the International Date Line, lies Little Diomede, an American island which Russia sold to the United States in 1867.

Day 5-8 Wrangel Island

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Imagine a natural island that is mostly mountainous and, for the rest of its landscapes, alternates between vast tundra plains and areas of great lakes, lagoons and cliffs. Welcome to Wrangel, the most important hotspot of Arctic biodiversity. Situated between the East Siberian Sea and the Chukchi Sea, the island was named after the Russian explorer Ferdinand von Wrangel. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island is a rare, precious and very ancient ecosystem with unique vegetation, as well as an exceptional fauna: it is home to the majestic polar bear and the vast majority of the Russian Arctic’s walrus population. The island also holds traces of the last mammoths and is home to several endemic species.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 10 St. Matthew Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Saint Matthew island is right in the middle of the Bering Sea, between Siberia and Alaska. Classified as a National Wildlife Refuge by the United States, this island covered in wet tundra corresponds to the northern boundary of the polar bear’s range during winter. It is home to many birds, including the McKay's bunting, an endemic species whose population is estimated at 6,000 individuals. We can also find Arctic foxes there. Although populated by the Aleut during prehistoric times Saint Matthew Island is uninhabited today.

Day 11 St. Paul Island, USA

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Part of the Earth’s History was written between Alaska and Russia. We invite you to discover a unique environment that seems to stretch out to infinity. Lost in the middle of the Bering Sea, the Pribilof archipelago is made up of four volcanic islands where nature has crafted exquisitely beautiful landscapes. Here, on the islands of Saint Paul and Saint George, you will find majestic volcanoes, lava deserts and crater lakes, offering travelers a magnificent vantage point from which to observe a fauna composed almost exclusively of fur seals. The archipelago is also renowned as a paradise for birds, especially on Saint Paul, as more than 240 different species of seabirds take flight from the top of its majestic cliff. 

Day 12 Unalaska | Dutch Harbor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your cruise, discover an exceptional site: Unalaska Island and its port, Dutch Harbor. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, on the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor is the only deepwater port in the archipelago. As for the island itself, it offers you unique landscapes: volcanic summits swept by the wind and surrounded by the sea, lush green valleys, sometimes covered with bright summer flowers, sometimes with deep winter snow… Unalaska is not only an island with astonishing nature and very varied wildlife, but it is also rich in history, where ancient indigenous cultures and remains from World War II can be seen and their tales be told.

Day 13 Chankliut Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off Alaska, Peninsula hides a small gem: Chankliut. From mountainous terrain to flowery moors and valleys covered in sea Lyme grass, this island, which is part of the Aleutian archipelago, offers landscapes with a unique charm. During your walk around a lake, you will cross a sumptuous meadow where beautiful aconite and willowherb vie for attention. The more courageous will venture onward to the neighboring valley and its ancient calderas to admire the splendor of the scenery. This totally uninhabited island bears no trace of any past settlement. Small, curious heads will catch your attention, however: crested puffins and horned puffins bask on the water near spotted seals.

Day 14 Geographic Harbor | Hidden Harbor | Kinak Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Here you are in the heart of Katmai National Park and Preserve. Here, the rocky cliffs are punctuated with white marks. These are the remains of ash deposits that accumulated following a volcanic eruption in the past. A little further south, you will explore every part of Geographic Harbor and its tall cliffs covered in vegetation and plunging into the sea.

Day 15 Seward | Disembark | Fly to Seattle

  • 1 Breakfast
Seward is located on the Kenai peninsula, south of Anchorage. This bustling port, built for the fishing and shipbuilding industries, shows you just how vibrant it is, with its shops and galleries. Disembark after breakfast and catch your flight back to Seattle.

Le Boreal (CDP)

Per person starting at
$14,350
Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
Deck 4, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
Deck 5, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
Deck 6, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suites
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
1 suite, 484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone.

Notes

Please Note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Please note: an individual Russian visa (single-entry tourist visa type) must be obtained prior to your cruise.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Water-resistant parka offered on board
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
 
Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flights Seattle/Nome + Anchorage/Seattle in economy class, on European airlines
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfers to and from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise
 
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
  • Port and safety taxes
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations, and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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