Day 1: Seward, Anchorage
Surrounded on all sides by Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, and Resurrection Bay, Seward offers all the quaint realities of a small railroad town with the bonus of jaw-dropping scenery. This is the departure point of your exciting cruise and departure is normally late in the afternoon after your safety briefing. Enjoy the first of the many amazing views to come and your first dinner on-board your luxury explorer ship.
Day 2: Holgate Glacier and Chiswell Islands
The views start early at the Kenai Fjords National Park’s famous Holgate Glacier. Your ship will sail towards the glacier for time to view its dramatic face and listen as it moves and creeks. A perfect photo spot and place to enjoy a glass of Irish Coffee to keep you warm.
This afternoon the ship will move on to the Chiswell Islands, whcih are blessed with towering cliffs and sea caves offering up spectacular scenery and a Steller sea lion rookery. You can also find innumerable seabirds including Black-legged Kittiwakes, Pelagic Cormorants, Horned and Tufted Puffins, as wells as guillemots, auklets and murrelets.
Day 3: Kodiak Island (Larsen Bay)
Today is one of two days your ship will spend on Kodiak Island. Larsen Bay is one of the hotspots of commercial and sports fishing on Kodiak Island’s western side. The village of Larsen Bay is home to one of the oldest standing canneries on Kodiak Island.
Day 4: Aghiyuk Island and Chignik
The dramatic rock formations of Aghiyuk Island jut out of the water as one of the dramatic Semedi Islands, it’s a great destination for spotting the beautiful black and white Horned Puffins. Afterwards your ship will sail towards Chignik aiming to arrive early evening.
Chignik is a remote outpost at the doorstep of the Aleutian Island chain and offers up a true taste of Alaskan outback life. It has a population of around 100 people year round but the summer months brings a number of fisherman to the region.
Day 5: Unga Village
The Aleutian island of Unga holds an ancient petrified wood forest and a deserted ghost town that stands on the site of a small gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The village has a somewhat sombre and atmospheric appearance, with many of the buildings now overgrown or collapsed.
Day 6: Dutch Harbour
The dramatic peaks surrounding Dutch Harbour belies its history as one of the few places on American soil to have been directly attacked by the Japanese, during the Second World War. Located on a string of islands, which loops down into the Pacific from Alaska, your visit offers fascinating military history and extraordinary ocean scenery. There might be the oppourtunity to hike the surrounding landscapes and look out for wonderful wildlife.
Day 7: St Paul Island
St Paul Islands is located in the middle of the Bering Sea between the United States and Russia. The city of St. Paul is the only residential area on the island and you will spend the afternoon exploring the town with a chance to meet some of the residents that only see a handful of visitors each year.
Day 8: Hall Island
Hall Island is one of the most remote islands in Alaska. Every summer this small rock island, in the middle of the Bering Sea, comes alive as about a million seabirds gather to breed and nest. They cling shoulder to shoulder on every available rock ledge. The most common seabirds include blacklegged kittiwakes, common and thick-billed murres, auklets, cormorants and northern fulmars.
Day 9 – 10: Days at Sea
Today is a day at sea crossing to the Russian Federation. It’s a chance to enjoy the facilities of the ship but something unusual will happen en-route. Your ship will cross the international date line which means you will effectively lose a day.
Day 11: Anadyr
Welcome to the Russian Federation and the start the Russian Far-East part of your cruise. Anadyr is the administrative center of Chukotka Autonomous Region and home to approximately 13,000 people. The town is painted in all colours of the rainbow to lift the spirits of its inhabitants in winter. Under Governor Roman Abramovich, the well-known oligarch, big money had been invested to develop and revive local infrastructure and industries that had collapsed with the break-up of the Soviet era.
Day 12: Gabriela Bay & Cape Navarin
The morning is spent visiting Gabriela Bay which has a series of wetlands that dot the coastline. In warmer seasons are lush with wildflowers including dwarf azaleas and forget-me-nots. While animal sightings are not guaranteed, occurrences of walruses, brown bears and beluga whales have been known. The afternoon will be spent at Cape Navarin which is know for its dramatic scenery, bracing winds and noisy bird breeding grounds.
Day 13: Anastasiya Bay
Anastasiya Bay is a U-Shaped bay which looks like its carved out of the surrounding mountains, It’s a great spot to see walruses and seals, and a huge array of birds including Slaty-backed Gulls, Pelagic Cormorants, Horned Puffins, Tufted Puffins, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and White Wagtails, White-fronted Geese, Bean Geese and Whooper Swans.
Day 14: Peter Bay, Bogoslav Island and Pavel Bay
Peter Bay is a small inlet at the foot of the Koryak Mountain range well north of the Kamchatka Peninsula. At the entrance of the bay is a Largha seal haul-out site and a small hidden lagoon flanked by the ocean and the bay. The southern end of the bay has several small lakes that are dammed behind a moraine ridge; the remnant of an ancient glacier.
The small island has dramatic sea cliffs that rise to over 400 meters above sea level. Its dramatic coastline is a perfect place to spot Pigeon, Brünnich’s, and Common Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Harlequin Ducks, Horned Puffins, White Wagtails, Pelagic Cormorants and Slaty-backed Gulls.
This afternoon your ship will move on to Pavel Bay which is well known for Brown Bear sightings This bay and others close by are used by nomadic reindeer herders who follow the cycles of life in Kamchatka.
Day 15: Day at Sea
Today is spent at sea and a good chance to catch up on your photos or relax and enjoy the facilities of the ship.
Day 16: Cape Kuyveveem
Today is your last stop before the end of your cruise and the sheer granite rocks, distinct basalt caves and arches of the cape are sure not to disappoint. The Cape is home to thousands of Tufted Puffins that nest in rocky crevasses as well as several other species of birds in the surrounding landscapes.
Day 17: Time to relax, with no time passing at all!
Today is a day at sea crossing to North America. It’s a chance to enjoy the facilities of the ship but something unusual will happen en-route. Your ship will cross the international date line which means a day will pass but tomorrow will be the same date! Enjoy your last dinner on-board.
Day 18: Nome
Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. Disembarkation will be after breakfast with a chance to explore before your onward flight.
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