Fire and Ice in the Arctic - 2019

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Le Boreal ✧ L'Austral ✧ Le Soleal
250 Passengers

Embark Le Boréal for an unforgettable 15-day expedition cruise to discover the wonders of Arctic Alaska. 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 up 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 Alaska for your return flight to Seattle.

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

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Nome / Crossing the Date Line
Day 2 Provideniya, Bukhta
Day 3 Big Diomede
Days 4 to 7 Wrangel Island
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Provideniya, Bukhta
Day 10 Crossing the Date Line / Saint Matthew Island
Day 11 Saint Paul Island, Pribilof
Day 12 Dutch Harbor, Unalaska
Day 13 Chankliut Island
Day 14 Geographic Harbor
Day 15 Seward - Disembarkation

Day 1 — Nome / Crossing the Date Line

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 rearing, sledge-racing, people here live from their manual labour. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

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 traveling west, you will need to add a day to the expected date; conversely, if traveling 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.

Day 2 — Provideniya, Bukhta

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 6,500 ft. (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.

Day 3 — Big Diomede

From your Zodiac, discover Big Diomede, between Siberia and Alaska. This island, measuring approximately 12 sq. mi. (30 km2) and located in the middle of the Bering Strait, is Russia’s most easterly point. Although it was once inhabited by the Inuit, it is now home to just a handful of Russian soldiers on a military base. Just a few miles further east, on the other side of the International Date Line, lies Little Diomede, an American island which Russia sold to the United States in 1867.

Days 4 to 7 — Wrangel Island

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 8 — At Sea

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. These days 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 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.

Day 9 — Provideniya, Bukhta

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 6,500 ft. (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.

Day 10 — Crossing the Date Line / Saint Matthew Island

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.

Day 11 — Saint Paul Island, Pribilof

Part of the Earth’s History was written between Alaska and Russia. We invite you to 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, you will 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 12 — 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. 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 told.

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. The more courageous will venture onward to the neighboring valley and its ancient calderas to admire the splendor 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.

Day 14 — Geographic Harbor

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 15 — Seward - Disembarkation

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.

Note: This itinerary is subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described herein illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Deck 5
Prestige Suite
Deck 6
Owner's Suite
Le Soleal
Flight included: Kangerlussuaq/Paris
$10,730Full$11,490Full$12,720Limited$13,300Full$13,910Full$19,000Full$25,420Full$26,630Full$30,430 
Le Soleal
Flights included: Paris/Kangerlussuaq/Paris
$18,760Full$20,060Full$22,160Full$23,140Full$24,180Full$32,830Full$43,750Full$45,800Full$52,290 
Le Boreal
Flight included: Kangerlussuaq/Paris
$9,430Full$10,070Full$11,100Full$11,580Full$12,090Full$16,320Full$21,670Full$22,680Full$25,860Full
Le Soleal
Flights included: Paris/Kangerlussuaq/Paris
$14,700Full$15,680Full$17,260Full$18,000Full$18,780Full$25,290Full$33,520Full$35,070Full$46,510 
Le Boreal
Flights included: Seattle/Nome & Anchorage/Seattle
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L'Austral
Flights included: Paris/Tromso & Longyearbyen/Paris
$8,970Full$9,570 $10,530 $10,990 $11,460 $15,460Limited$20,500 $21,450 $31,970 
L'Austral
Flights included: Paris/Longyearbyen/Paris
$9,050Full$9,650Full$10,610 $11,040 $11,520 $15,450Limited$20,420 $21,350Full$25,480Full
L'Austral
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$8,680Full$9,250Full$10,160Limited$10,570 $11,020 $14,750Limited$19,450 $20,340Limited$25,480Full
L'Austral
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$14,430Full$15,440Limited$17,080Limited$17,850 $18,640 $25,390Full$33,890 $35,510Limited$42,570Full
Le Boreal
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L'Austral
Flights included: Paris/Longyearbyen & Kangerlussuaq/Paris
$11,860Limited$12,630Limited$13,880 $14,480 $15,100 $20,270Limited$26,790 $28,030 $39,190Full
L'Austral
Flights included: Paris/Kangerlussuaq/Paris
$20,170Full$21,610 $23,950 $25,040 $26,180 $35,780Limited$47,900 $50,190 $57,390 
Le Boreal
Flight included: Kangerlussuaq/Paris
$8,120Full$8,680Full$9,570Limited$9,990 $10,420 $14,100Full$18,740 $19,610 $26,010 
L'Austral
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$13,300Limited$14,180 $15,610 $16,270 $16,970 $22,840 $30,240 $31,640 $47,100 
Le Boreal
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$13,300Limited$14,180 $15,610 $16,270 $16,970 $22,840Limited$30,240 $31,640 $47,100 
L'Austral
Flights included: Paris/Kangerlussuaq & Nome/Seattle
$24,870Full$26,670Full$29,570Full$30,930Full$32,350Full$44,310Full$59,400Full$62,250Full$71,210Full
Le Boreal
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   Owner's Suite — Deck 6
485 Sq. Ft. with 100 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
Includes Butler Service
   Prestige Suite — Deck 6
400 Sq. Ft. with 85 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed. Two toilets, two wardrobes.
Includes Butler Service
   Prestige Suite — Deck 5
400 Sq. Ft. with 85 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed. Two toilets, two wardrobes.
   Deluxe Suite — Deck 6
290 Sq. Ft. with 55 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed.
Includes Butler Service
   Prestige Stateroom — Deck 6
200 Sq. Ft. with 45. Sq. Ft Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Prestige Stateroom — Deck 5
200 Sq. Ft. with 45 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Prestige Stateroom — Deck 4
200 Sq. Ft. with 45 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Deluxe Stateroom — Deck 3
200 Sq. Ft. with 45 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Superior Stateroom — Deck 3
225 Sq. Ft.
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
Can accommodate 3 persons
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Deck 6: 609,610,614,615,618,619,622,623,626
Deck 5: 512,515,516,519,520,523,524,527,528,531,535

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