Bering Sea & Kodiak Peninsula

12 days / 11 nights
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    Bering Sea & Kodiak Peninsula

    Cruise Alaska

    from 11 August 2016 to 22 August 2016
    12 days / 11 nights

    Departure Port : Nome, Alaska
    Arrival Port : Seward, Alaska

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

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    A cruise through three worlds. Discover three ecosystems during a single itinerary, from the polar landscapes of the Russian Far East to the primary forests and sinuous fjords of the Inside Passage, via the volcanic islands of the Bering Sea. During your trip, discover the unique wildlife at some of the sites that have marked the history of Alaska.

    Come aboard LE SOLÉAL for a 12 days, 5-star intercontinental expedition from Nome to Seward.

    Seward As the only Alaskan town to be located on the East coast of the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is a small picturesque city renowned for its exceptional natural beauty. Also known as the gateway to the magical Kenai Fjords National Park.

    Remote territory still unknown and wild, landscape from wide spaces to gigantic glaciers, steep mountains, infinite tundra and glittering lacs ; Alaska invites you to follow the steps of trappers and gold miners.-During your trip, discover the unique wildlife at some of the sites that have marked the history of Alaska.

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    CONSECUTIVE CRUISES  

    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers *

    -When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    -When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    * Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.

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      LE SOLEAL

      Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships 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

      With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

      Port of call & excursions

      11 August 2016 – Crossing The Date Line Change

      Nome, Alaska

      Embarkation 11/08/2016 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 11/08/2016 at 20H00 .

      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 coloured houses, you will discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer rearing, sledge-racing ヨ people here live from their manual labour. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

      12 August 2016 – Crossing The Date Line Change

      12 August 2016 – Crossing The Date Line Change

      Arrival 12/08/2016. Departure 12/08/2016.

      Your itinerary enables you to cross the International Date Line. This imaginary line across the Earth’s surface approximately follows the 180th meridian in the Pacific Ocean. Because of the roundness of the Earth and the necessity of having reference time meridians, we have to change dates when we cross this line. So if your ship is travelling west, you will need to add a day to the expected date; conversely, if travelling east, you will take away a day. This paradox, already noted by Magellan’s crews during his circumnavigation, serves as dramatic motivation in several novels, including Jules Verne’s famous Around the World in Eighty Days.

      13 August 2016 – Provideniya

      13 August 2016 – Provideniya

      Arrival 13/08/2016. Departure 13/08/2016.

      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 2,000 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.

      13 August 2016 – Crossing The Date Line Change

      13 August 2016 – Crossing The Date Line Change

      Arrival 13/08/2016. Departure 13/08/2016.

      Your itinerary enables you to cross the International Date Line. This imaginary line across the Earth’s surface approximately follows the 180th meridian in the Pacific Ocean. Because of the roundness of the Earth and the necessity of having reference time meridians, we have to change dates when we cross this line. So if your ship is travelling west, you will need to add a day to the expected date; conversely, if travelling east, you will take away a day. This paradox, already noted by Magellan’s crews during his circumnavigation, serves as dramatic motivation in several novels, including Jules Verne’s famous Around the World in Eighty Days.

      13 August 2016 – Savoonga

      13 August 2016 – Savoonga

      Arrival 13/08/2016. Departure 13/08/2016.

      During one of your Zodiac® outings, we invite you to discover the village of Savoonga. Located on St. Lawrence Island, at the southern entrance of the Bering Strait, it provides a great glimpse into the lifestyle and traditions of the Yupik people. You will probably be greeted by a number of smiling villagers, happy to spend a few hours with you. Savoonga’s 800 inhabitants mainly subsist on walrus and bowhead whale hunting. Traditional singing and dancing are also part of daily life for the villagers, who are masters at the art of walrus tusk sculpture.

      14 August 2016 – At sea

      14 August 2016 – At sea

      Arrival 14/08/2016. Departure 14/08/2016.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      15 August 2016 – St George Island (Pribilofs)

      15 August 2016 – St George Island (Pribilofs)

      Arrival 15/08/2016. Departure 15/08/2016.

      Located in the middle of the Bering sea, Saint-George Island is the second biggest island of the Pribilof archipelago. A special atmosphere emanates from this landscape of volcanic craters and tundra: wild lands surrounded by a sumptuous coastline of majestic cliffs. You may very well spot some migratory birds that come and settle here all year round, making this a perfect place for observing many different species. Fur seals, also called Pribilof seals, have made this haven of peace their home with its rich biodiversity.

      16 August 2016 – Dutch Harbour

      16 August 2016 – Dutch Harbour

      Arrival 16/08/2016. Departure 16/08/2016.

      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.

      16 August 2016 – Akutan

      16 August 2016 – Akutan

      Arrival 16/08/2016. Departure 16/08/2016.

      16 August 2016 – Sarana Bay

      16 August 2016 – Sarana Bay

      Arrival 16/08/2016. Departure 16/08/2016.

      17 August 2016 – Otter Cove

      17 August 2016 – Otter Cove

      Arrival 17/08/2016. Departure 17/08/2016.

      17 August 2016 – Ittikan Island

      17 August 2016 – Ittikan Island

      Arrival 17/08/2016. Departure 17/08/2016.

      18 August 2016 – Chankliut Island

      18 August 2016 – Chankliut Island

      Arrival 18/08/2016. Departure 18/08/2016.

      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. The more courageous will venture onward to the neighbouring valley and its ancient calderas to admire the splendour of the scenery. This totally uninhabited island bears no trace of any past settlement. Small, curious heads will catch your attention, however: crested puffins and horned puffins bask on the water near spotted seals…

      18 August 2016 – Castle Cap - Navigation

      18 August 2016 – Castle Cap - Navigation

      Arrival 18/08/2016. Departure 18/08/2016.

      19 August 2016 – Katmai

      19 August 2016 – Katmai

      Arrival 19/08/2016. Departure 19/08/2016.

      To the south-west of Alaska, the peninsula breaks away from mainland and offers one of America’s  most spectacular national parks: the Katmai National Park and Preserve, sheltering 14 active volcanoes including the famous Novarupta, whose eruption in 1912 forever altered the face of the landscape. A caldera and its diaphanous lake, a dome of lava and the lunar vision of the valley of Ten Thousand Smokes are just some of the natural treasures you will behold. Don’t forget Geographic Bay Harbor, an excellent lookout point for kodiaks, majestic Alaskan brown bears that can grow up to 3 metres high and weigh half a ton. Nature of titanic proportions abounds.

      19 August 2016 – Kukak Bay

      19 August 2016 – Kukak Bay

      Arrival 19/08/2016. Departure 19/08/2016.

      20 August 2016 – Kodiak Island

      20 August 2016 – Kodiak Island

      Arrival 20/08/2016. Departure 20/08/2016.

      21 August 2016 – Katmai

      21 August 2016 – Katmai

      Arrival 21/08/2016. Departure 21/08/2016.

      To the south-west of Alaska, the peninsula breaks away from mainland and offers one of America’s  most spectacular national parks: the Katmai National Park and Preserve, sheltering 14 active volcanoes including the famous Novarupta, whose eruption in 1912 forever altered the face of the landscape. A caldera and its diaphanous lake, a dome of lava and the lunar vision of the valley of Ten Thousand Smokes are just some of the natural treasures you will behold. Don’t forget Geographic Bay Harbor, an excellent lookout point for kodiaks, majestic Alaskan brown bears that can grow up to 3 metres high and weigh half a ton. Nature of titanic proportions abounds.

      21 August 2016 – Holgate Glacier

      21 August 2016 – Holgate Glacier

      Arrival 21/08/2016. Departure 21/08/2016.

      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 will get closer to this ever-fascinating world of ice. In this mineral setting, sea otters and spotted seals will observe you as they bask in the golden rays of sunshine, while gulls and seagulls feast on fish trapped by the ebbing tide.

      21 August 2016 – Seward (Anchorage)

      21 August 2016 – Seward (Anchorage)

      Arrival 21/08/2016. Departure 21/08/2016.

      22 August 2016▸21 August 2016 – Seward (Anchorage)

      Seward, Alaska

      Disembarkation 22/08/2016 at 07H00 .

      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. The entrance gate for the sublime Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward nestles in the heart of very beautiful scenery, between glaciers, mountains and very rich marine life (whales, sea otters, orcas, seals…). 

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • USA : Visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.

      • Russia: A copy of your passport (photo page) must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 70 days prior to your cruise, in order for PONANT to arrange for the "letter of invitation" necessary to obtain the entry permit required for Provideniya in Russia.
        Please note : in case PONANT does not receive a copy of your passport by the deadline, the immigration procedures specific to the areas visited won’t be obtained for your embarkation.

      Theme

      POLAR EXPEDITION

      POLAR EXPEDITION

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, polar specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Laurence de la Ferriere

      Laurence de la Ferriere

      Laurence de la Ferrière was born in Casablanca.  She discovered mountaineering in her twenties and gave up studying medicine and playing the flute, instead setting off to conquer the highest peaks in the world, first in the Alps then the Himalayas.

      On 23 November 1999, Laurence de la Ferrière left the South Pole. Her only means of transport was a pair of skies and some sails; her only contact with civilisation was a satellite telephone and an Argos beacon. Attached to her waist, a 140 kilo sledge contained what she needed to sustain her in total autonomy. Ahead of her lay an endless white expanse of land where no animal or plant life is possible, and nearly 3,000 km to cover, some 1,664 km of which that had never previously been explored, in temperatures that could reach lows of minus 50°C.

      Nobody had ever dared to imagine a feat like this. On 6 February 2000, she reached the Dumont d’Urville station on the edge of the ocean.

      Photo credit: Franck Paubel

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid for with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive. 

       

      Dressing tips: 

      • Water-resistant parka offered on board (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Parka gift” appears
      • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to land in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. You can also bring water-resistant hiking boots. A boots rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Boots offered” appears
      • Comfortable pants: classic Winter pants, warm cotton tracksuit
      • Water-resistant windbreaker over pants - COMPULSORY
      • Winter pants with water-resistant over pants is the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort suitability of pants are essential
      • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket
      • Fleece muffler and fleece cap or thermal beanie covering ears (avoid scarfs which do not stand still)
      • Water-resistant and supple gloves
      • Polarized sunglasses with high UV filter
      • Mosquito repellent
      • Walking sticks (highly recommended)
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