Cruising the Bering Sea and Bering Strait takes travelers to the legendary waters between Alaska and Russia. The itineraries are diverse, so if you're hoping to experience both sides of the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific, then let us know which destinations catch your attention and we can recommend the perfect cruise for you. Trips through the Northwest Passage and those that focus on North America sail the Bering Sea only briefly and might offer just one or two days of exploration here. On the other hand, several of our cruises originate on the eastern coast of Asia, such as our Across the Bering Strait cruise starting in Japan then sailing Russia's Pacific coast visiting Kamchatka before sailing to Alaska, and disembarking in Nome. You'll also likely visit the Pribilof Islands, isolated in the middle of the Bering Sea.
The French cruise line Ponant's fleet is ultra-modern and stylish with French-style cuisine and service and has unique itineraries to off-the-beaten-path areas of Alaska. Here are some of our favorite cruises:
Arctic Alaska on Le Boreal - is a 15-day expedition cruise starting in Nome, crossing the Bering Strait into Russia, and finally disembarking in Seward. Highlights of this luxury cruise are viewing brown bears at Hidden Harbor in Katmai National Park and meeting the local Inupiat, Aleut, Inuit, Yupik, and Chukchi people.
In the Wake of Pioneers on Le Soleal- is a luxurious 15-day cruise embarking in Nome sail to the remote Pribilof Archipelago in the middle of the Bering Sea, then explore the Aleutian Islands Archipelago before visiting Sitka, Prince Rupert, and the western coast of British Columbia, culminating in Vancouver.