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Ponant Luxury Arctic Cruise – Fire and Ice save $6905

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Embark on an incredible 15 day Ponant voyage to discover the wonders of Arctic Alaska – save 30% now from $16099 per person

Come aboard Le Champlain for an exceptional 11-day circuit from Reykjavik to Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

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SALE – from $6905 per person off on this Arctic Cruise, plus a treat from us of a further €600 onboard credit per booking too!

Luxury multi award winning Ponant to the Arctic, look how much 30% off will save you on the below inclusions –

▶ Luxury Cabin
▶ Open bar covering most drinks
▶ All meals whilst on board including snacks
▶ All scheduled landings and excursions
▶ Expedition jacket provided (yours to keep)
▶ Pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage
▶ Guiding by experienced expedition leader and team
▶ All port fees
▶ All landing fees

Note: Return charter flights from Seattle are included

On board the Le Boreal, you will find the perfect blend of elegance and luxury to provide an intimate, and superior quality expedition experience. Cruising between Russia and the United States you will be exposed to a unique array of landscapes that combines tundra, ice and volcanoes. Cruise through the Alaska peninsula discovering volcanoes surrounded with ice, discover the incredible ecosystem of Wrangel Island and encounter an incredible array of Arctic Wildlife from polar bears to walrus. This is a truly unique journey.

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Highlights of this Arctic cruise

  • Undertake this incredible voyage on the Le Boreal, a state of the art luxury mega-yacht, which perfectly combines luxury and elegance to provide a surreal expedition cruising experience.
  • Encounter unique Arctic wildlife including walrus, sea otters, spotted seals, seagulls, girzzly bears and polar bears.
  • Meet incredible local communities who still live by some of the traditions that have been passed through generations, including Inuit, Chukchi & Aleut.
  • You will have the opportunity to sail through the Wrangel Island Reserve a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has the highest level of biodiversity in the High Arctic.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Embarkation in Nome
Flight from Seattle to Nome is included in your cruise package and it is highly recommended you arrive in Seattle the day before this flight. On arrival in Seattle you will be transferred to the pier. Embarkation time is between 4.00pm and 5.00pm, at which time cabins and suites will be ready to check in to. The vessel will depart at 6.00pm.

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… People here live from their manual labour. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

Embarkation in Nome
DAY 2: 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. 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.

At Sea
DAY 3: Provideniya
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.

Provideniya
DAY 4: Big Biomede
From your Zodiac, discover Big Diomede, between Siberia and Alaska. This island, measuring approximately 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 kilometres 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.

Big Biomede
DAY 5: Wrangel Island – Day 5-8
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 an 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.

Wrangel Island – Day 5-8
DAY 9: At Sea – Day 9-10
Take this time to reflect upon your journey so far and reflect on the incredible memories you have made with your crew and fellow passengers.

At Sea – Day 9-10
DAY 10: St 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.

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St Matthew Island
DAY 11: Saint Paul Island, Pribilof Islands
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.

Saint Paul Island, Pribilof Islands
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 be told.

Dutch Harbor, Unalaska
DAY 13: Chankliut Island, Alaska
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.

Chankliut Island, Alaska
DAY 14: Geographic Harbor, Alaska
Here you are in the heart of Katmai National Park and Preserve. Here, the rocky cliffs are punctuated with white marks. These are the remains of ash deposits that accumulated following a volcanic eruption in the past. Board your Zodiac® and, a little further south, explore every part of Geographic Harbor and its tall cliffs covered in vegetation and plunging into the sea. Along the sandy beach, grizzly bears improvise hunting sessions, in search of fish and clams. In the thickets, these omnivores eat berries, roots and grasses. Brown bears are at home here and the presence of humans doesn’t seem to disturb them. This makes for a fascinating and unforgettable show.

Geographic Harbor, Alaska
DAY 15: Disembarkation in Seward
Disembarkation is scheduled for 7AM. Upon disembarkation you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Seattle.

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…).

Ponant Fire and Ice Arctic Cruise with bonus discounts and on-board credits

21st September 2021
From $16099 per person

Exclusions

Visa fees (if applicable)
Travel insurance – please ask for a competitive quote
Personal expenses, such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, web and email service)
Gratuities for the crew
Pre or post cruise travel expenses
Optional activities

Note: This Ponant 30% discount is on sale until 31st of August only and is subject to cabin availability on a limited number of sailings. Based on twinshare. International airfare is additional, we will source the best possible according to your specific requirements. Based on cash transfer of funds, use of a credit card will incur their fee.

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