The Sea of Okhotsk - with National Geographic

15 days / 14 nights
    Expedition
    Roundtrip flight included
    The Sea of Okhotsk - with National Geographic
    Roundtrip flights from/to Paris + pre & post 1 night in Osaka and Seoul + transfers

    Cruise Asia, Russia

    from 26 June 2020 to 10 July 2020
    15 days / 14 nights

    Departure Port : Otaru, Hokkaido
    Arrival Port : Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

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    In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.  

    PONANT invites to you to enjoy a unique experience in the Russian Far East, discovering the highlights of the Sea of Okhotsk. Set sail for a 15-day expedition cruise aboard Le Soléal, and fall under the spell of this unique unspoiled and little-visited region, home to rich wildlife on land as well as in the sea.

    You will board your ship in Otaru, Japan, before charting a northern course. A few kilometres off the coast of Sakhalin Island, you will call at Tulenyi, a small strip of land where Steller sea lions enjoy to bask.

    You will then sail the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk. Covered with ice for a large part of the year, if luck is on your side it is possible to see ribbon seals, a rare species that is found only here.

    After discovering Iony Island, a refuge for many sea birds, do not miss the visit to Okhotsk and Magadan, two fishing towns at the heart of a region where the sea is teeming with fish.

    Le Soléal will then reach the coast of Kamtchatka, a peninsula of spectacular volcanic landscapes, where you may have the chance to observe the Kamtchatka brown bear.

    We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. 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. 

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    Highlights

    • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard.
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • A cruise to the heart of the pristine lands of the Russian Far East, discovering a breathtakingly beautiful natural region and the wildlife that lives there.
    • Magadan, a gulag during the time of Stalin, is a prime site for observing cetaceans.
    • Abundant and varied wildlife: many marine birds, Steller sea lions, fur seals, whales, ribbon seals, Arctic ground squirrel, the Kamchatka brown bear.
    • Landscapes: uninhabited islands, mountains, forests, volcanoes, ice floe.
    • Encounters with local populations.

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    Superior Stateroom

    • Area : 21 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
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    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
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    • Satellite direct line telephone
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    • 24hr room service
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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
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    • Area : 18 m²
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    • Area : 18 m²
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    • Desk with stationery
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
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    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
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    LE SOLEAL

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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

    26 June 2020 – Korsakov

    Otaru, Hokkaido

    Embarkation 26/06/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 26/06/2020 at 18H00 .

    Boasting an outstanding setting of natural beauty, bordered by the Sea of Japan on one side and Mt Tengu on the other, Otaru is a lively harbour town. This old industrial capital has kept from its past glory buildings in 19th-century brick as well as its canals, formerly the main means of transportation. They give this Japanese town a striking appearance, especially when covered in snow. Magnificent vistas abound - itメs up to you to put them in order of preference. Shukutsu Observatory, overlooking out over the vast Bay of Ishikari, is just one of them.

    27 June 2020 – Korsakov

    27 June 2020 – Korsakov

    Arrival 27/06/2020. Departure 27/06/2020.

    Korsakov is a fishing port town located in the southern part of Sakhalin Island. Sakhalin is the largest island in Russia, just north of Japan, covered with dense forests, mostly coniferous. Wildlife on the island consists of Kamchatka brown bears, arctic foxes, sea otters, and sables as well as reindeer in the north and several species of whales. This city offers a mix of Russian and Japanese structures. During your visit, you can go up the hill for a great view over the harbour or take a trip to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to learn about the local history and folklore as well as discover some of the island’s diverse flora and fauna. The visit to this lively town is a sign that this region is currently booming. 

    28 June 2020 – Tulenyi

    28 June 2020 – Tulenyi

    Arrival 28/06/2020. Departure 28/06/2020.

    Tulenyi (sea lion in Russian) is a small uninhabited island that is barely two kilometres long, 19 metres large, and full of wildlife, particularly auklets, northern fur seals and Steller sea lions. This island serves as a rookery to one of Russia’s largest sea lion colonies. Approaching the island by Zodiac® can be a spectacular sight, as the highly sociable animals rush to the water to welcome visitors.

    29 June 2020 – Nabilskiy Bay

    29 June 2020 – Nabilskiy Bay

    Arrival 29/06/2020. Departure 29/06/2020.

    Nabilskiy Bay is located on the northeastern coast of Sakhalin Island. In this area, fishing is one of the most typical activities, although the exuberant nature offers you some very nice hikes and you can also visit some archaeological sites.

    30 June 2020 – Piltun Bay

    30 June 2020 – Piltun Bay

    Arrival 30/06/2020. Departure 30/06/2020.

    Piltun Bay, in the north-east of Sakhalin, is an important site for the highly endangered Western Grey Whale. It also attracts a wide variety of seabirds. While ashore, try to spot some Aleutian terns and Steller’s sea eagles, which spend the summer on Sakhalin Island after having wintered in Japan in the Shiretoko Peninsula.

    1 July 2020 – Iony Island

    1 July 2020 – Iony Island

    Arrival 01/07/2020. Departure 01/07/2020.

    Another spot of this biologically rich area is Iony Island, which lies in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk. Although very small in size, it’s a paradise for wildlife. Bird species such as guillemot, kittiwakes, or aukllets, and a huge amount of Steller’s Sea Lions occupy the few rocky beaches.

    2 July 2020 – Okhotsk

    2 July 2020 – Okhotsk

    Arrival 02/07/2020. Departure 02/07/2020.

    Okhotsk is a little bustling town located where the Okhota River meets the Sea of Okhotsk. This town is the centre of commercial fishing in the region. During your cruise, while at sea or your ports of call, don’t miss the chance to discover the richness of its fauna: ribbon seals, numerous bird species, grey whales, Steller’s sea eagles, brown bears, sea lions, seals have wonderful surprises in store for you in this remote and unspoiled part of the Russian Far East.

    3 July 2020 – Magadan

    3 July 2020 – Magadan

    Arrival 03/07/2020. Departure 03/07/2020.

    The coastal town of Magadan is surrounded by wild landscapes with endless pine trees and vast rushing rivers. During Stalin’s reign, a lot of people were sent to the area of Kolyma to work in labor camps under extreme conditions. The monument of the “Mask of Sorrow” symbolizes eternal grief for the losses during the Soviet era. Magadan has now become one of the major ports of Eastern Siberia and is sometimes called “the Saint Petersburg of the Far East” due to its architectural unity and its sumptuous orthodox cathedral with golden domes.

    3 July 2020 – Zavyalov Island

    3 July 2020 – Zavyalov Island

    Arrival 03/07/2020. Departure 03/07/2020.

    Zavyalov Island is a relatively large mountainous island located in northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, close to Magadan. Visiting this uninhabited island might give you the chance to get up close with some of the area's wildlife, including seabirds and sea lions. 

    4 July 2020 – Sailing along Krutogorova River

    4 July 2020 – Sailing along Krutogorova River

    Arrival 04/07/2020. Departure 04/07/2020.

    During your expedition, sail along the peaceful Krutogorova River. The Krutogorova River displays an extremely complex interconnection with a floodplain throughout boasting a freshwater way or a whole host of marine wildlife.

    5 July 2020 – Atlasovo

    5 July 2020 – Atlasovo

    Arrival 05/07/2020. Departure 05/07/2020.

    Head south to the Kuril islands, a vast chain of volcanic islands separating the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean. These islands offer a fascinating primitive ad authentic beauty. Atlasovo Island is named after the Russian explorer Vladimir Atlasov, and it was the first of the Kuril Islands to be discovered. It offers many black sand beaches, rocky and lush coastlines, and a volcano that has inspired many legends.

    6 July 2020 – Antsiferov Island

    6 July 2020 – Antsiferov Island

    Arrival 06/07/2020. Departure 06/07/2020.

    Antsiferov Island is a remote, uninhabited island in the northern Kuril Islands chain. 
    The volcanic island is home to a wealth of rich wildlife including Steller sea lions, northern fulmars and tufted puffins.

    6 July 2020 – Ostrova Ptich'i, Sakhalin Oblast

    6 July 2020 – Ostrova Ptich'i, Sakhalin Oblast

    Arrival 06/07/2020. Departure 06/07/2020.

    7 July 2020 – Kambalnaya Bay

    7 July 2020 – Kambalnaya Bay

    Arrival 07/07/2020. Departure 07/07/2020.

    Kambalnaya Bay possesses luscious green landscapes alongside fresh water making it an ideal spot for Kamchatka brown bears. You may be lucky enough to catch adult bears and their cubs during your expedition cruise to the Sea of Okhotsk.

    8 July 2020 – Vestnik Bay

    8 July 2020 – Vestnik Bay

    Arrival 08/07/2020. Departure 08/07/2020.

    Vestnik Bay is the perfect stopover to witness local wildlife. From tufted puffins to guillemots, arctic foxes and Kamchatka brown bears, there is a wealth of wildlife in the forested areas that surround the bay and the rivers are brimming with salmon.  Part of the protected South Kamchatka Nature Park, one of the six protected areas that make up the Volcanoes of Kamchatka nature park listed as UNESCO World Heritage. This nature park also serves to protect the traditional way of life of the Evenks, the local indigenous population. Head to shore aboard a Zodiac inflatable and, from land, enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Kamchatka landscapes and the Bering Sea.

    9 July 2020 – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

    9 July 2020 – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

    Arrival 09/07/2020 early morning. Departure 09/07/2020.

    Petropavlovsk, the oldest town in the Russian Far East, was established in October 1740, when the ships Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, captained by Vitus Jonassen Bering, the Danish explorer working for the Russian Navy, first entered the bay. The Military Glory Museum, found in the town centre, is the most important in all of northern Russia. Keep your camera at the ready, though, as nearby is the picturesque Petrovskaya Hill, which also has some surprises in store for you - don’t forget to admire the sumptuous views across the Bay of Avacha from its summit. The bay’s circular shape creates a natural protection against the impetuous wind, all the while providing ships with easy access into port. 

    10 July 2020▸9 July 2020 – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

    Disembarkation 10/07/2020 at 07H00 .

    Petropavlovsk, the oldest town in the Russian Far East, was established in October 1740, when the ships Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, captained by Vitus Jonassen Bering, the Danish explorer working for the Russian Navy, first entered the bay. The Military Glory Museum, found in the town centre, is the most important in all of northern Russia. Keep your camera at the ready, though, as nearby is the picturesque Petrovskaya Hill, which also has some surprises in store for you - don’t forget to admire the sumptuous views across the Bay of Avacha from its summit. The bay’s circular shape creates a natural protection against the impetuous wind, all the while providing ships with easy access into port. 

    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.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Russia: an individual Russian visa (single-entry tourist visa type) must be obtained prior to your cruise.
      A copy of your passport (photo page) must be sent to PONANT at time of booking of your cruise, this in order to prepare the « letter of invitation » necessary to obtain your visa.
      A copy of your visa must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 70 days prior to your cruise date.
      Please note: in case PONANT does not receive a copy of your Russian visa 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…

    National Geographic

    National Geographic

    See the world through National Geographic’s eyes and make a difference.
     
    For 130 years, the National Geographic Society has funded groundbreaking scientists and explorers, sharing their findings with the world. National Geographic’s deep belief is that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and take responsibility for it. A portion of the proceeds from your purchase of any cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions will go towards the National Geographic Society’s non-for-profit mission to explore and protect the planet. (Indeed, National Geographic Society receives funds from National Geographic Partners LLC, funded in part by your purchase. To learn more, visit www.natgeo.com/info.)

    A National Geographic expert and photographer join each voyage to share their knowledge and insights. They will enrich the expedition experience through fascinating presentations, informal discussions and see the world through the lens of a National Geographic photographer, learning new techniques along the way.

    Roundtrip flights from/to Paris + pre & post 1 night in Osaka and Seoul + transfers

    For your serenity, PONANT selects flights for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

    Two days before embarkation – Paris/Osaka

    Flight Paris/Osaka selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration: 11 hours

    The day before embarkation – Osaka

    Meet at Kansai International airport – Arrival Hall (look for PONANT sign).

    You will be greeted by our local representative off the flight selected by PONANT.

    You will board the coach for a full day tour of Osaka, the second largest city in Japan and the biggest merchant city on the West coast of the Land of the Rising Sun.

    After a 1-hour drive, you will make a first stop at Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine. The entire Sumiyoshi Taisha classified “National Treasure”, dating from the third century and rebuilt from the nineteenth century, is dedicated to the four kami gods, of the sea and sea voyage, agriculture, diplomacy and waka poetry. The Empress Jingu (169-269), known for her conquest of Korea, is also worshiped. In the past, sea merchants would stop in Osaka to pray to Sumiyoshi Taisha, before returning to their ships.

    A Japanese style lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

    After lunch, continue your exploration with an outside visit of the Osaka Castle. Osaka Castle was a monumental fortification constructed, upon the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, to be the strongest and enclosed by stone walls 7, 5 miles in length. The castle took three and a half years to complete and required 30,000 to 40, 000 men. It played a major role in the unification of Japan. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The entire Osaka Castle Park covers about two square kilometers.

    You will then reach the Umeda Sky Building, one of the higher buildings in Osaka. Two towers connected at the top by a platform, over 150 meters above the heart of Osaka. This platform, at the thirty fifth floor is the "floating garden"; a 360-degree view of the urban landscape and a walk in the open-air.

    After this visit, you will be transferred to the hotel Imperial Osaka. Check-in.

    Buffet dinner served at the hotel.

    Overnight in Osaka.

    Embarkation Day – Osaka/Otaru

    Check out.

    You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shin Chitose airport selected by PONANT.

    Flight Osaka/Shin Chitose selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

    Meet and greet at the airport.

    Lunch in a local restaurant.

    You will then be transferred to the pier of Otaru for embarkation on board your ship.

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    Disembarkation Day – Petropavlovsk/Seoul

    Disembarkation.

    Meet and great at the port.

    Transfer to the airport in time for flight check in.

    Flight Petropavlovsk/Seoul selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

    Meet and greet at the airport arrival hall. Look for PONANT sign.

    You will be greeted by our local English-speaking representative and directly transferred to the Hotel Grand Hyatt Incheon.

    Check-in in your room.

    The day after your disembarkation – Seoul

    Breakfast at the hotel

    Transfer to Incheon International Airport in connection with your flight selected by PONANT

    Flight Seoul/Paris selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration: 11 hours

    Two days after your disembarkation – Paris

    Arrival in Paris

    Your hotel before your cruise:

    Located in Osaka (Kita), Imperial Osaka Hotel is located close to Kema Sakuranomiya Park and Osaka Castle. The guest rooms are comfortable and equipped with flat-screen TVs with cable channels and DVD players. The hotel features an indoor pool, a health club, and a sauna, as well as four restaurants.

    Upgraded rooms are also available depending on availability and on a supplement basis. Contact your travel professional for further detail.

    Your hotel after your cruise:

    Grand Hyatt Incheon is close to Incheon Airport and easily reach many local points of interest. Your rooms are located in the new building, recently opened, the West Tower. Enjoy your stay in a comfortable environment with contemporary décor and elegant granite bath. The hotel offers complimentary swimming pool, sauna and gym for the guests. All West Tower guest bedrooms and public areas are smoke-free zones.

    Your programme includes:

    In Osaka:

    • 1-night accommodation in Standard room at Imperial Osaka Hotel 4* Sup (or similar) including breakfast.
    • Meals as mentioned in the programme.
    • Beverage package during meals (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 glass of red or white wine + 1 Japanese tea ; 1 coffee with western-style lunch).
    • Domestic flight in regular local economy class

    In Petropavlovsk:

    • Flight Petropavlovsk/Seoul selected by PONANT in economy class.

    In Seoul:

    • 1-night accommodation at the Grand Hyatt Incheon hotel 5* (or similar) in Deluxe/Grand King room including breakfast.

    For both programmes :

    • Transfers and visits as mentioned in the programme.
    • Services of a local English-speaking guide or escort.

    Your programme does not include:

    • Tips for the driver, escort and local guide.
    • Personal expenses and other services not mentioned in the programme.
    • Supplement for alcoholic drink during dinner in Seoul.

    Please note:

    In Osaka :

    • The local currency is the yen. We recommend that you bring the amount of money you will need for the trip, or you can use your credit card to withdraw yen from the cash machines (note that only Japan Post Bank & Seven Eleven machines accept foreign credit cards).
    • To visit temples, it is advisable to respect dress codes (covering the upper body and legs below the knees).
    • There will be long walk on unpaved and bumpy roads with some stairs. Many steep steps involved. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.
    • Please be aware that a double room with a king size bed is not common in Japan. Most of the hotels do offer double rooms with twin beds. The double room king size bed is not guaranteed at the hotel.

    In Petropavlovsk:

    • Tourist infrastructures are very limited in Petropavlovsk. We kindly ask you for your flexibility and understanding
    • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
    • Flights included in the programme are in economy class.
    • Programme and flight schedule are subject to change.

    Contacts of your hotel before your cruise:

    Imperial Osaka Hotel

    1-8-50, Temmabashi1-chome, Kita-ku,

    Osaka 530-0042,

    Japan

    Telephone : +81-6-6881-1111

    Contacts of your hotel after your cruise:

    Grand Hyatt Incheon Hotel

    208 Yeongjong haennam-ro, 321 Beon-gil

    Unseo-dong, Jung-gu

    Incheon, 22382

    South Korea

    Telephone number: +82 32 745 1234

    Duration of the visits are given as a guide only. The order of the visits may be reversed. For the times of your PONANT flight, please contact your travel agent ; they are also shown on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Andrew Evans

    Andrew Evans

    National Geographic Expert

    Author, travel writer, and TV host Andrew Evans has completed some 50 assignments for National Geographic, reporting live from all seven continents and more than 100 countries. For years a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine and its “Digital Nomad,” Andrew holds degrees in geography and Russian foreign policy and is fluent in Russian and French. He is the author of five books, including two bestselling guidebooks, and his award-winning memoir The Black Penguin, which the New York Times picked as one of “Summer’s Best Reads.” Andrew has received four Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers. He will share his knowledge of the geography, history, and culture of Cape Verde, the Bijagos, and the Kurils on upcoming National Geographic expeditions with PONANT.

    Spoken Languages: English, French (fluent), Russian (fluent), Spanish (conversational), Arabic (basic), Icelandic (basic), Swahili (basic)

     

    Photo credit: All rights reserved

    Jasper Doest

    Jasper Doest

    National Geographic Photographer: Jasper Doest

    Dutch photographer Jasper Doest specializes in conservation issues and wildlife photography, emphasizing the beauty and fragility of our planet. After an ecology major specializing in Arctic ecosystems, Jasper decided to become a photographer in order to bridge the gap between the human and the natural world. As a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, his photographs have received multiple awards and appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, GEO, and Smithsonian. Jasper's photographs of Japanese macaques, popularly known as "snow monkeys," received recognition in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and appeared in the October 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. Doest recently received a World Press Photo award for the continuation of his work in Japan.

    Spoken Languages: Dutch (Native), English (Fluent), French (Basic), German (Basic), Japanese (Basic)

     

    Photo credit: All rights reserved

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Important information

    Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

    Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

    Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

    Clothing tips:

    • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with the logo “Free Parka” (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
    • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the logo “Free Boot Rental” appears
    • Comfortable trousers: classic Winter trousers, warm cotton tracksuit, wool leggings
    • Waterproof and windproof over-trousers – MANDATORY
    • Winter trousers with waterproof over trousers are the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort of trousers are essential
    • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket
    • Woollen or thermolactyl Thermal underwear
    • A warm hat, woollen ear muffs or fleece ear muffs, fleece or woollen neck warmer (avoid scarves that do not stay in place)- MANDATORY
    • Wool or silk glove liners, water-resistant and supple gloves
    • Thick warm socks (ideally woollen)

    Accessories:

    • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water).
    • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing).
    • Highly protective sunglasses.
    • Walking poles (highly recommended).

    Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT store:

    • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
    • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
    • Two delivery options: delivery to your home or directly to your cabin on board the ship
    • Duty Free shopping for cabin delivered items

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