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Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
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Enjoy two exhilarating weeks in the wild swaths of northern Alaska from aboard luxurious Le Boreal. Starting in the town of Nome, you'll cruise into the heart of the Bering Sea, where you will have the opportunity to explore this region via zodiac excursions and hikes on the remote spits of land. The Pribilof Archipelago, with its stunning volcanic landscapes, awaits! End your cruise in Seward, Alaska, but not before visiting the vertical slopes of Holagate Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Keep your eyes open for the northern wildlife that abounds: bears, seals, and all manner of sea birds that call this home.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nome, Alaska | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Provideniya, Bukhta | King Island
Day 4 : Point Hope
Day 5 : Wainwright | Sailing towards the Ice Floes
Day 6 : Point Barrow
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Inalik, Little Diomede
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Saint Paul Island, Pribilof
Day 11 : Dutch Harbor, Unalaska
Day 12 : Delarof Harbor
Day 13 : Hidden Harbor, Kinak Bay
Day 14 : Holagate Glacier | Aialik Glacier
Day 15 : Seward | Disembark | Transfer to Anchorage

Highlights

  • Cruise through the stunning Arctic and volcanic landscapes of Alaska
  • Sail across the Bering Sea, surrounded by the planet’s most remote islands
  • Discover the Beaufort Sea, the last icy barrier before the North Pole
  • Observe brown bears at Hidden Harbor, in Katmai National Park
  • Meet the locals: the Inupiat, Aleut, Inuit, Yupik, and Chukchi people

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Bear sighting in Alaska Explore the magnificent blue hues of an Alaskan glacier Alaska native clan house and totems Glacier streams wind across the Alaskan landscape Sea otter spotting on an Alaska wildlife tour

Day 1 Nome, Alaska | Embark

Board the Le Boreal at Nome, 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, sledge-racing - people here live from their manual labor. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 Provideniya, Bukhta | King Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 2000 m, Provideniya is the gateway to the Chukotka Peninsula, a polar region as yet unknown to the general public, with striking landscapes and a primitive beauty like no other.

Day 4 Point Hope

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Wainwright | Sailing towards the Ice Floes

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your captain sails right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, you can go out in a Zodiac dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 2 meters thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals, and polar bears.

Day 6 Point Barrow

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Inalik, Little Diomede

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10 Saint Paul Island, Pribilof

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Part of the Earth’s History was written between Alaska and Russia. 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, 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 11 Dutch Harbor, Unalaska

  • 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 deep water 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, 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 12 Delarof Harbor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a short Zodiac journey between the rocks in the company of your naturalist-guides, land in this former village of which many vestiges remain. Originally called Ougnagok by the Aleuts, this small hamlet, which was home to some 100 inhabitants in the 19th century, was renamed Delarof, after Evstratii Ivanovich Delarov. While working for the Shelikhov-Golikov Company, he was the first Greek mariner to discover the Aleutian Islands. These days, this small ghost-village now overrun by willowherb is called Unga. When your cruise calls here, you have the opportunity to visit the Aleutian Islands’ forest and perhaps explore the former gold mine.

Day 13 Hidden Harbor, Kinak Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the heart of the stunning Katmai nature reserve, renowned for its bewitching landscapes of rivers and lakes, discover Kinak Bay. This bay is more sheltered than Geographic Harbor. At the end of a narrow passage where strong currents flow, it leads to a few small beaches that are each more charming than the next. You have arrived at Hidden Harbor. Stay alert: a large colony of brown bears reigns here. They love to wander along the coast and dip their paws in the clear currents in the hope of catching a salmon. As for the bear cubs, they prefer to catch seabirds on the beach. Look up and you might spot two or three bald eagles, proudly perched on the cliffs.

Day 14 Holagate Glacier | Aialik Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Exceptional scenery surrounds you. You are in Aialik Bay, in the heart of a gigantic fjord located in Kenai Fjords National Park. Your ship is heading towards the vertiginous slopes of Holgate Glacier, which is still very active. Regularly, blocks of ice break free from its snout and crash into the water. This phenomenon, called calving, is magnificent to witness. During your Zodiac outing, you get closer to this ever-fascinating world of ice. In this mineral setting, sea otters and spotted seals observe you as they bask in the golden rays of sunshine, while gulls and seagulls feast on fish trapped by the ebbing tide.

Day 15 Seward | Disembark | Transfer to Anchorage

  • 1 Breakfast
Seward is located on the Kenai peninsula, south of Anchorage. This bustling port, built for the fishing and shipbuilding industries, will show you just how vibrant it is, with its shops and galleries. Say farewell to your fellow passengers and L'Austral crew and start your journey back home. 

Le Boreal (CDP)

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$12,750
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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

Children Welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

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.

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
  • 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
  • Disembarkation in Seward and transfer to Anchorage airport by coach
* 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
  • 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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