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Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky, Russia

Roundtrip Cruise from Otaru

Example 19 Day Cruise aboard Silver Explorer
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Join Silver Explorer on a 19-day cruise around the Sea of Okhotsk, one of the least visited areas in the rarely visited Russian Far East. This voyage will offer dramatic scenery and marvelous opportunities for wildlife observation. Visit a small town linked to Vitus Bering, with Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy you will visit the cultural and political center of Kamchatka, before heading south through the Kuril Islands, a geothermal wonderland of volcanoes and hot springs. Look out for whales, seals and huge populations of migratory seabirds. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Otaru, Japan | Embark
Day 2 : Korsakov
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Piltun Lagoon
Day 5 : Iona Island
Day 6 : Okhotsk
Day 7 : Yegrineyskaya Bay | Ushki Bay
Days 8-9 : Talan Island | Zavyalov Island | Kony Peninsula
Day 10 : At Sea
Days 11-12 : Utashud Island | Kekurnyy Point
Day 13 : Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky
Day 14 : Atlasova Island
Day 15 : Yankicha Island
Day 16 : Chirpoy Island
Day 17 : Tyuleniy Island
Day 18 : At Sea
Day 19 : Otaru | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit sites important to Vitus Bering’s exploration of the Russian Far East
  • Look out for several marine species in both Iony and Shantar Islands
  • Tour Utkholok Peninsula and discover their salmon riches
  • Launch the Zodiac to visit Yankicha Island and see a number of auklets breeding here

Ship

Silver Explorer

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • Russian Far East
  • Atlasova Island
  • Chirpoy
  • Iony Island
  • Japan
  • Kamchatka
  • Koni Peninsula
  • Korsakov
  • Kuril Islands
  • Okhotski Town
  • Otaru
  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
  • Piltun Bay
  • Russian Arctic
  • Talan Island
  • Tyuleniy Island
  • Utashud Island
  • Yankicha
  • Zavyalov Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky, Russia Evening lights over the Otaru canals Explore rocky beaches of the Russian Far East Arctic fox peeking out from the greenery Exploring volcanic Chirpoy island by zodiac Evening light over the sea of Okhotsk Twilight over Otaru

Day 1 Otaru, Japan | Embark

Otaru is a small harbor city west of Sapporo. Famous for its many hills and a nearby ski resort, the town has been an important trade and herring fishing center. A wide canal that led from the port to the old town’s warehouses has been maintained for touristic purposes and the old stone or brick-built warehouses have been beautifully converted to restaurants and boutiques.

Day 2 Korsakov

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Korsakov is used as a technical stop for ships clearing in and out of Russia. In addition to being a port of call for these formalities, the city was once home to an Ainu fishing village frequented by regional traders and early Russian expeditions. History also suggests that there may have been a significant Japanese population here at one time with reports of a Japanese religious temple on record.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 4 Piltun Lagoon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Piltun Lagoon is tucked into the remote northeastern shores of the immense Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Okhotsk. The shallow waters at the mouth of Piltun Lagoon are known to harbor a rare gray whale population. It is believed that the relatively warm waters are favored calving grounds for the whales. In the distance, across the slate-colored lagoon sits a tall lighthouse that acts as an excellent landmark on explorations ashore to find Steller Sea Eagles, Aleutian Terns, Pine Grosbeaks, Siberian Rubythroats and Dusky Warblers.

Day 5 Iona Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Iony (or Jonas) Island is a small and isolated point of land in the expansive Sea of Okhotsk. It is home to a Steller sea lion colony, but great numbers of Northern Fulmars and Brünnich’s Guillemots will be the first sign that the island is close at hand. On closer inspection, it becomes obvious that the sea lions take up almost every available spot for resting close to the water. Overhead, guillemots and kittiwakes circle the cliffs by the thousands. Whiskered, Least and Parakeet Auklets fill the air and float in communal rafts on the water.

Day 6 Okhotsk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The city of Okhotsk is located on the banks of the Okhota River that gives its name to both the town and the surrounding sea. For many years Okhotsk was the most important port in the Russian Far East. It was from here that Vitus Bering left for his two expeditions in the early 18th century, but the town had lost its importance in the 19th century and today counts only about 4,000 inhabitants. The puddled, unpaved streets give visitors the feeling of having stepped back in time.

Day 7 Yegrineyskaya Bay | Ushki Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8-9 Talan Island | Zavyalov Island | Kony Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Researchers occasionally visit Talan to monitor the seabirds here including Steller’s Sea Eagles, Parakeet Auklets, Ancient Murrelets and Spectacled Guillemots. The breeding seabirds on the island have been counted for nearly 30 consecutive years. The counts have revealed that the number of Tufted Puffins has increased. At last tally 120,000 were breeding on Talan. In addition, Horned Puffin populations are stable at 80,000 individuals. However, the results are not always encouraging. Originally 1.5 million Crested Auklets were found breeding on Talan, and lately that number has been halved.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 11-12 Utashud Island | Kekurnyy Point

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Three small islands form Utashud and seem to be the remnants of a former volcano raising 80 meters (262 feet) out of Vestinik Bay. Although the island is deprived of forest, fragments of giant petrified trees have been found on its shores. Utashud is one of the richest islands on the southeastern side of Kamchatka in terms of wildlife. The island is notable for its population of sea otters (up to 300 individuals). In fact, native people from Kamchatka used to visit this island to hunt for sea otters, valuing the thick fur of their pelts.

Day 13 Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Kamchatka Peninsula is part of the Eastern frontier of Russia. Due to its close proximity to the United States, the region has played a strategic role in the defense of Russian territory throughout modern history. As a result, the territory was closed for many years to foreigners and Russians alike. Fortunately, the region's isolated position played a significant role in preserving and protecting its unique wilderness and rich biodiversity. With few roads, most regional transportation is by plane, boat, or helicopter.

Day 14 Atlasova Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The near-perfect cone of Alaid volcano dominates Atlasova Island with its 2000-meter (6,500-foot) peak. It is the highest volcano in the Kuril Islands and over time generated the black lava beaches and the eroding Taketomi tufa limestone cone near the landing site. At one time a women’s prison, or gulag, was located on Atlasova. The women, many of them political prisoners during the Soviet rule, were sent here to raise foxes for fur. Peregrine Falcons can sometimes be spotted flying above the beach, while buzzards, Eurasian Wigeons, and Tufted Ducks have all been observed on the island.

Day 15 Yankicha Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Any articles published about the Kuril Islands are likely to linger over the impressive Yankicha Island. It is the southernmost of two islets forming Ushishir Island. Yankicha is distinct in having at its center a caldera that is accessible by small boat only during high tide. Inside this extraordinary lagoon are fumaroles and hot springs, both traces of the tremendous forces that created the island long ago. Fortunate visitors may encounter an Arctic fox or the rare Whiskered Auklet. Ashore it is also possible to see Arctic Warblers and Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warblers.

Day 16 Chirpoy Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The oftentimes fog-shrouded coasts of Chirpoy Island teem with a profusion of wildlife including Steller sea lions, Northern Fulmars, kittiwakes, puffins and auklets. Whales, and specifically orcas, have also been seen around Chirpoy. The dramatic volcanic nature of the island is apparent in the subtly shaded layers of sediment flanking the sides of the active Snou volcano.

Day 17 Tyuleniy Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Thousands of Northern fur seals and Steller sea lions call Tyuleniy Island their home. The island is appropriately named, as the word tyuleniy means “seal” in Russian. During the summer months, tens of thousands of seals and sea lions haul ashore here during the breeding season. The cacophony of their barks, belches, grunts and groans is difficult to imagine. Bulls, their harems, and many thousands of young black pups all jostle for space on the crowded beaches that flank the small rocky island.

Day 18 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 19 Otaru | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Otaru is a small harbor city west of Sapporo. Famous for its many hills and a nearby ski resort, the town has been an important trade and herring fishing center. A wide canal that led from the port to the old town’s warehouses has been maintained for touristic purposes and the old stone or brick-built warehouses have been beautifully converted to restaurants and boutiques.

Silver Explorer

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6 cabins on Deck 3, 180 sq. feet, Twin or Queen beds, 2 portholes.
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4 cabins on Deck 4, Twin or Queen beds, 180 sq. feet with view window.
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12 suites on Deck 3, 230 sq. feet with view window, Twin or Queen beds.
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16 suites on Deck 4, 194 - 230 sq. feet with large window, Twin or Queen beds.
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8 suites on Deck 5, 215 sq. feet with French balcony, Twin or Queen beds.
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Medallion Suite
2 suites on Deck 7, 358 sq. feet with private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
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Silver Suite
6 suites on Deck 5, 430 sq. feet with 2 French balconies, Twin or Queen beds.
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Grand Suite
2 suites on Deck 7, 650 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
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2 suites on Deck 7, 540 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.

Notes

Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

- The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and sea conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Included in the cruise fare:
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities
Not included in your cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Optional hotel accommodation,
  • Transfers and luggage handling,
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Optional shore excursions 
  • Meals ashore
  • Accommodation while ashore
  • Security surcharges 
  • Any item or service of a personal nature such as casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques, childcare services aboard ship, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures.
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.
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