Arctic Alaska

15 days / 14 nights
    Expedition
    Arctic Alaska

    Cruise Alaska

    from 28 July 2016 to 11 August 2016
    15 days / 14 nights

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

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

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    Come aboard Le Soléal for a 16 days, intercontinental expedition from Anadyr to Seward ! Alaska & Russia invite you to discover the origins of the world : a unique and sumptuous natural environment.

    Discover Alaskan towns rich with historical vestiges from the time of the remarkable “Gold Rush”, interspersing ports of calls with periods of navigation aboard L’Austral and excursions in Zodiac® dinghies to the heart of the fjords and landscapes that are out of this world.

    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.

    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! Situated between the East Siberian Sea and the Chukchi Sea, the island is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island is a rare, precious and very ancient ecosystem with unique vegetation that cannot be found elsewhere, as well as an exceptional fauna.

    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. Not far from there, Le Soléal will sail along the jagged coastline of the Peninsula to introduce you to islands with strange and mysterious names.

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    Highlights

    • Crossing of the Polar Circle and the Bering Strait during the cruise.

    • Sailing in the Aleutian Island and the Pribilof.
    • Outings and landings in Zodiac®.

    • A team of experienced Naturalist-Guides.

    • Natural delights: steep cliffs, jagged shores, volcanic archipelagos, tundra, rivers and waterfalls, basalt columns.

    • Wildlife: Walruses, Sea Lions, Whales, many endemic bird species, possibility of viewing Polar Bears on Wrangel Island.

    • Encounters: Aleut, Inuit and Yupik peoples.

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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

      28 July 2016 – Katmai

      Seward, Alaska

      Embarkation 28/07/2016 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 28/07/2016 at 20H00 .

      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…). 

      29 July 2016 – Katmai

      29 July 2016 – Katmai

      Arrival 29/07/2016. Departure 29/07/2016.

      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.

      30 July 2016 – Unga Island

      30 July 2016 – Unga Island

      Arrival 30/07/2016. Departure 30/07/2016.

      After a short Zodiac® journey between the rocks in the company of your naturalist-guides, you will land in a former village of which many vestiges remain: run-down wooden houses scattered around a flowery meadow, a church with crumbling walls but a roof that still stands, a cemetery… 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.

      31 July 2016 – Dutch Harbour

      31 July 2016 – Dutch Harbour

      Arrival 31/07/2016. Departure 31/07/2016.

      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.

      1 August 2016 – St Paul Island (Pribilof )

      1 August 2016 – St Paul Island (Pribilof )

      Arrival 01/08/2016. Departure 01/08/2016.

      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. 

      2 August 2016 – At sea

      2 August 2016 – At sea

      Arrival 02/08/2016. Departure 02/08/2016.

      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.

      3 August 2016 – Little Diomede (Alaska)

      3 August 2016 – Little Diomede (Alaska)

      Arrival 03/08/2016. Departure 03/08/2016.

      You’ve now arrived in the heart of the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Russia. Your ship sets sail for Little Diomede, an American island inhabited by an Inuit community numbering fewer than a hundred people. You will disembark at Inalik, a village gripping the steep slopes of this lost piece of rock. Here, around twenty dwellings are curled up against each other, mounted on stilts and accessible by small staircases. You will be warmly welcomed by the Inupiak, who will be keen to introduce you to their culture, traditions and day-to-day life. Only 3 kilometres away, on the other side of the International Date Line, is the island of Big Diomede, belonging to Russia.

      3 August 2016 – Crossing The Bering Strait

      3 August 2016 – Crossing The Bering Strait

      Arrival 03/08/2016. Departure 03/08/2016.

      3 August 2016 – Crossing Polar Circle Line

      3 August 2016 – Crossing Polar Circle Line

      Arrival 03/08/2016. Departure 03/08/2016.

      Weather permitting, we'll cross the mythic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle, located along 66°33’ south of the Equator. This iconic area demarcates the point from which it is possible to view the midnight sun during the December solstice. Within this circle, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 consecutive hours at least once a year. Crossing this line, an experience known to few people, is sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise through the polar regions.

      4 August 2016 – Cape Lisburne

      4 August 2016 – Cape Lisburne

      Arrival 04/08/2016. Departure 04/08/2016.

      5 August 2016 – At sea

      5 August 2016 – At sea

      Arrival 05/08/2016. Departure 05/08/2016.

      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.

      6 August 2016 – Bridgewater

      6 August 2016 – Bridgewater

      Arrival 06/08/2016. Departure 06/08/2016.

      6 August 2016 – Drew Point

      6 August 2016 – Drew Point

      Arrival 06/08/2016. Departure 06/08/2016.

      7 August 2016 – Wainwright

      7 August 2016 – Wainwright

      Arrival 07/08/2016. Departure 07/08/2016.

      At the end of a Zodiac® outing, you will disembark on Wainwright Lagoon, located on the Chukchi Sea. You will be struck by the immensity and the silence of this landscape, typical of Arctic Alaska. During this port of call, your expedition leader and the naturalists will guide you on a walk across the wet tundra, where you will have the chance to observe a great number of nesting birds, but also diverse plant and flower species, including willow shoots, cranberry-laden bushes, lichen and grass.

      8 August 2016 – Point Hope

      8 August 2016 – Point Hope

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

      You ship will call in at Point Hope, a small town of around 800 inhabitants located on the Chukchi Sea. Inhabited by the Inupiat, this village was relocated in the 1970s because of a storm that destroyed the majority of dwellings. During your port of call, you will visit the remains of the old village: a few houses of rudimentary comfort, constructed right on the ground and covered with walrus hides, with the bone framework coming from the lower jaw of the bowhead whale. This cetacean, which attracted the Inupiat here several millennia ago, still proves part of their livelihood today, in both physical and cultural terms.

      9 August 2016 – King Island

      9 August 2016 – King Island

      Arrival 09/08/2016. Departure 09/08/2016.

      Located in the Bering Sea, King Island was discovered in 1778. This island takes its name from James King, a crew member of the expedition led by James Cook. King Island was inhabited by a group of Inupiat until the middle of the 20th century and the village, now abandoned, was called Ukivok. During your port of call, a Zodiac® outing along the island’s southern coasts will enable you to observe a majestic bird cliff (tufted and horned puffins, Tridactyl gulls, thick-billed murres).

      10 August 2016 – Crossing The Date Line Change

      10 August 2016 – Crossing The Date Line Change

      Arrival 10/08/2016. Departure 10/08/2016.

      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.

      11 August 2016 – Provideniya

      11 August 2016 – Provideniya

      Arrival 11/08/2016. Departure 11/08/2016.

      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.

      11 August 2016 – Crossing The Date Line Change

      11 August 2016 – Crossing The Date Line Change

      Arrival 11/08/2016. Departure 11/08/2016.

      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.

      11 August 2016 – Nome (Alaska)

      Nome, Alaska

      Disembarkation 11/08/2016 at 09H00 .

      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.

      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…

      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)

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        27/07/2016 – Overnight in Seattle (2 days/1 night)

        372.00 $ **

        More information

      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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