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Fire and Ice in the Arctic – Bering and Chukchi Seas – Nome to Seward

from $12,360

DATE: 2021 – SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 05

DURATION: 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS

EMBARK: NOME, ALASKA, USA

DISEMBARK: SEWARD, ALASKA

SHIP: LE BOREAL

FROM: $12,360 

(Including Air Seattle to Nome, and return from Anchorage)

 

All about the Fire and Ice in the Arctic – Bering and Chukchi Seas – Nome to Seward.

Embark with Ponant aboard Le Boréal for an unforgettable expedition cruise to discover the wonders of Arctic Alaska.

Over 15 days, cruising between Russia and the United States from Nome to Seward, you will have the chance to sail in the Bering Strait and discover extraordinary landscapes combining ice, volcanoes, and tundra dotted with the ephemeral flowers that bloom during the Arctic summer.

This is also a wonderful region for wildlife observation. 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.

Le Boréal will then make its way along 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.

You’ll then reach Geographic Harbor, situated in the heart of the stunning Katmai National Park and Preserve. There is a strong chance you’ll be able to observe grizzlies, as they reign supreme here.

At the end of your cruise, you will disembark in the small city of Seward for your return flight to Seattle.

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. The itinerary, landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the AECO. 

Visits to Wrangel Island are subject to permission being granted by the Russian authorities. This port of calls can only be confirmed once this authorization has been received, six months before the cruise departure date.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A cruise amid the stunning Arctic and volcanic landscapes of Alaska and Russia.
  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides.
  • Discover the Wrangel Island Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Sail in the heart of the Bering Sea, surrounded by the planet’s most remote islands.
  • Sail in the Chukchi Sea.
  • Possibility of observing brown bears at Geographic Harbor, in Katmai National Park.
  • The wildlife: polar bears, grizzlies, walruses, grey whales, sea otters, spotted seals, and seagulls.
  • Meet the locals: the Aleut, Inuit, and Chukchi people.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
  • Gratuities to crew, guides and drivers on included excursions
  • Comprehensive cruise aboard the deluxe Le Boreal, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  • 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
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Park entry fees into protected areas

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Air fare, unless included
  • Items of personal nature
  • Premium alcohol
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Pre- or Post-cruise arrangements

  1. Day 1 NOME (ALASKA)

    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, you will discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer herding, sled dog-racing and gold mining are still practiced here. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

    (NOTE: Consider adding a day or two to explore Nome, or other highlights of Alaska. We can arrange it all for you.)

    Emabarkation from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (16H00 to 17H00). Departure at 6:00 PM (18H00).

  2. Day 2 Cross the International Date Line (Lose a Day) – PROVIDENIYA, RUSSIA

    Across the Bering Strait from Alaska, which it almost touches, 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 region practically unknown to the general public, with striking landscapes and a primitive beauty like no other.

  3. Day 3 BIG DIOMEDE – CAPE DEZHNEV, CHUKOTKA, RUSSIA

    Located in the middle of the narrow Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia, the Diomede Islands are in a unique position to observe migrating gray whales, birds and other marine life.

     

  4. Day 4-7 WRANGEL ISLAND NATIONAL RESERVE

    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 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 12: Oct 02 – DUTCH HARBOR, UNALASKA

    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.

  5. Day 8-9 AT SEA - Cross International Dateline
  6. Day 10 ST MATTHEW ISLAND, ALASKA

    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.

     

  7. Day 11 ST PAUL ISLAND, PRIBILOFS

    Located in the middle of the Bering Sea, Saint-Paul Island is the largest island of the Pribilof archipelago. Fur seas, also called Pribilof seals, have made this haven of peace their home with its rich biodiversity.

  8. Day 12 DUTCH HARBOR & UNALASKA BAY

    Clinging to the southwestern tip of Alaska, between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, the port of Dutch Harbor offers a delightfully different stopover at the heart of the Aleutian Islands archipelago.

    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.

     

  9. Day 13 CHANKLIUT ISLAND

    Off the 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.

     

  10. Day 14 GEOGRAPHIC HARBOR- HIDDEN HARBOR/ KINAK BAY

    Part of Katmai National Park and Monument, Geographic Harbor is home to many Brown Bear who feed on the plentiful salmon, vegetation, and shell fish along tidal areas.

  11. Day 15 SEWARD (ANCHORAGE)

    Disembark. Transfer to Anchorage Airport, or stay a while to explore more of Alaska.

LE BOREAL

Like her sisterships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

INTERIOR DESIGN
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor Reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing Neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our Signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create Personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

 

Fast Facts:

  • Length: 466 ft
  • Beam: 59 ft
  • Draft: 15.3 ft
  • Cruising speed: 14 knots
  • Guest decks:  6
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy): Up to 264 PAX
  • Normal crew size: 140
  • Gross tonnage: 10 992 UMS

 

RESTAURANTS

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompanied by fine wine.

At the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

 

PUBLIC AREAS

Main Lounge

Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance floor and cocktail bar

Access to the outside terrace

 Panoramic Lounge

Library, internet desk, cocktail bar, live entertainment on selected evenings. Direct access to the panoramic terrace.

Open-air Bar (Pool deck)

Overlooking the pool deck

 

ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD LE BOREAL

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, adjoining cabins available (children welcome)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • IPod™ players
  • Desk with stationery
  • Electronic safe
  • French bath products
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • 24hr room service
  • WiFi

DELUXE STATEROOM

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE

  • Area : 27 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 4

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

OWNER’S SUITE

  • Area : 54 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

SUPERIOR STATEROOM

  • Area : 21 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin