Fire and Ice in the Arctic

17 days / 16 nights
    Expedition
    Domestic flights included
    Fire and Ice in the Arctic
    Flight Seattle/Nome + Transfer + Flight Anchorage/Seattle

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 10 September 2018 to 26 September 2018
    17 days / 16 nights

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

    Ship : LE BOREAL

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    Embark with Ponant aboard Le Boréal for an unforgettable expedition cruise to discover the wonders of Arctic Alaska.

    Over 17 days, 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.

    As you sail off Kodiak Island and along the Katmai Peninsula, feast your eyes on the grizzly families and delight in photographing them.

    At the end of your cruise, you will disembark in the small city of Seward for your return flight to Seattle.

    Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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

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    Highlights

    • An expedition cruise amid the stunning Arctic and volcanic landscapes of Alaska and Russia to discover the jewels of Beringia;
    • Sail in the heart of the Bering Sea, surrounded by the planet’s most remote islands;
    • Discover the Wrangel Island Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
    • Discover the Aleutian Islands, an emerged part of the Pacific Ring of Fire;
    • Discover the Pribilof Islands;
    • Observe an abundance of wildlife: polar bears, grizzlies on Kodiak Island and in the Katmai Peninsula, walruses, fur seals, grey whales, Arctic foxes, and many species of migratory birds.

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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 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
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 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
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
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    Deluxe Suite

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 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
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 10%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   

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    Like her sisterships, Le Boréal 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
    Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

    Port of call & excursions

    10 September 2018 – Crossing the International Date Line

    Nome, Alaska

    Embarkation 10/09/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 10/09/2018 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.

    11 September 2018 – Crossing the International Date Line

    11 September 2018 – Crossing the International Date Line

    Arrival 11/09/2018. Departure 11/09/2018.

    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.

    12 September 2018 – Provideniya

    12 September 2018 – Provideniya

    Arrival 12/09/2018. Departure 12/09/2018.

    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 September 2018 – Big Diomede

    13 September 2018 – Big Diomede

    Arrival 13/09/2018. Departure 13/09/2018.

    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.

    13 September 2018 – Cape Dezhnev, Chukotka

    13 September 2018 – Cape Dezhnev, Chukotka

    Arrival 13/09/2018. Departure 13/09/2018.

    Cape Dezhnev is a highly symbolic place that forms the easternmost point of Eurasia. It owes its name to the Cossack Semyon Dezhnev, the first Westerner to have rounded the eastern tip of Asia via the Bering Strait, in 1648. If the weather is nice, you may be lucky enough to glimpse the American coastline off in the distance, as Alaska is only 90 kilometres further east. Upon landing here, you will discover the vestiges of a Chukchi village, as well as an old lighthouse that stands as a reminder of Soviet military activity here in the past. Nearby, do not miss the opportunity to visit the small village of Uelen. Its museum will reveal the secrets of local crafts through, in particular, walrus ivory sculptures and engravings. 

    14 September 2018 – Kolyuchin Island

    14 September 2018 – Kolyuchin Island

    Arrival 14/09/2018. Departure 14/09/2018.

    The northern coast of Chukotka shelters a small inhabited island going by the name of Kolyuchin. During your visit to these parts, you will be able to observe, on the western edge, a former Russian scientific research station, now abandoned. Not far from these buildings rise one of the most spectacular bird cliffs in the Arctic: puffins, gulls, guillemots, cormorants, geese, sandpipers, loons and sandhill cranes all rub feathers here. Walruses, grey whales and polar bears are also part of the décor, as if they wanted to fully complete this typically Arctic tableau in which the tundra, which covers the entire island, welcomes a vast plain dotted with shallow lakes.

    15 September 2018 – Krasina Bay

    15 September 2018 – Krasina Bay

    Arrival 15/09/2018. Departure 15/09/2018.

    Krasina Bay is one of the gateways to Wrangel Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also one of your possible disembarkation sites. In addition to the possibility of a magnificent hike in this paradise of polar biodiversity, home to muskoxen, Arctic foxes and polar bears, you will be able to discover the remains of a Paleo-Eskimo camp that is more than 3,400 years old.

    15 September 2018▸17 September 2018 – Wrangel Island Reserve

    15 September 2018▸17 September 2018 – Wrangel Island Reserve

    Arrival 15/09/2018. Departure 17/09/2018.

    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.

    17 September 2018 – Krasina Bay

    17 September 2018 – Krasina Bay

    Arrival 17/09/2018. Departure 17/09/2018.

    Krasina Bay is one of the gateways to Wrangel Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also one of your possible disembarkation sites. In addition to the possibility of a magnificent hike in this paradise of polar biodiversity, home to muskoxen, Arctic foxes and polar bears, you will be able to discover the remains of a Paleo-Eskimo camp that is more than 3,400 years old.

    18 September 2018 – Cape Vankarem, Chukotka

    18 September 2018 – Cape Vankarem, Chukotka

    Arrival 18/09/2018. Departure 18/09/2018.

    Cape Vankarem is to be found well beyond the Bering Strait, in Eastern Siberia. It is home to one of the main gathering (’haul-out”) sites for walruses in the north-east of Russia. From the outdoor decks of your boat, you will perhaps be lucky enough to observe grey whales and bowhead whales, which often frequent these parts. During your shore visit, don’t miss out on setting off to encounter the Chukchi. This is an opportunity to share a unique moment with these captivating and strikingly modest people, who live in fantastical landscapes that are home to exceptional wildlife. This will be an extraordinary journey beyond the confines of time and space, guaranteed to leave you with indelible memories.

    19 September 2018 – Penkigney

    19 September 2018 – Penkigney

    Arrival 19/09/2018. Departure 19/09/2018.

    On the approach to Penkigney Bay, along the coastlines of Eastern Siberia, pay close attention. Orcas, grey whales and humpback whales, piqued by curiosity, will perhaps come and blow near your ship, providing photographers with an opportunity to immortalise an unforgettable moment. Once on land, discover the superb tundra of Penkigney Bay. Accompanied by your naturalist-guides, set off on a hike looking for traces of large wild mammals such as brown bears, reindeer and wolves. Many birds and gophers also live in these parts. At the end of your walk up to a summit, the bravest among you will enjoy a stunning view over the bay.

    19 September 2018 – Yttygran Island

    19 September 2018 – Yttygran Island

    Arrival 19/09/2018. Departure 19/09/2018.

    YttygranFrom your ship’s exterior decks, if you are lucky, you could be greeted by a merry band of orcas, humpback whales, grey whales and fin whales. You will slowly approach Yttygran Island for a highly promising shore visit. Indeed, the north coast of this small island located in the Bering Strait is a real treasure trove for archaeology buffs. Myriad bowhead whale bones, jaws and skulls are arranged on the ground here and their alignment remains unexplained to this day. This unique, emotionally-charged site steeped in mystery was discovered in the 1970s and dubbed “Whale Bone Alley”.

    19 September 2018 – Provideniya

    19 September 2018 – Provideniya

    Arrival 19/09/2018. Departure 19/09/2018.

    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.

    19 September 2018 – Crossing the International Date Line

    19 September 2018 – Crossing the International Date Line

    Arrival 19/09/2018. Departure 19/09/2018.

    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.

    19 September 2018 – Savoonga, Alaska

    19 September 2018 – Savoonga, Alaska

    Arrival 19/09/2018. Departure 19/09/2018.

    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.

    20 September 2018 – At sea

    20 September 2018 – At sea

    Arrival 20/09/2018. Departure 20/09/2018.

    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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    21 September 2018 – Saint Paul Island, Pribilof Islands

    21 September 2018 – Saint Paul Island, Pribilof Islands

    Arrival 21/09/2018. Departure 21/09/2018.

    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. 

    22 September 2018 – Dutch Harbor, Unalaska

    22 September 2018 – Dutch Harbor, Unalaska

    Arrival 22/09/2018. Departure 22/09/2018.

    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.

    23 September 2018 – Chankliut Island, Alaska

    23 September 2018 – Chankliut Island, Alaska

    Arrival 23/09/2018. Departure 23/09/2018.

    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…

    24 September 2018 – Geographic Harbor, Alaska

    24 September 2018 – Geographic Harbor, Alaska

    Arrival 24/09/2018. Departure 24/09/2018.

    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.

    24 September 2018 – Hidden Harbor, Kinak Bay, Alaska

    24 September 2018 – Hidden Harbor, Kinak Bay, Alaska

    Arrival 24/09/2018. Departure 24/09/2018.

    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.

    25 September 2018 – Holgate Glacier, Alaska

    25 September 2018 – Holgate Glacier, Alaska

    Arrival 25/09/2018. Departure 25/09/2018.

    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.

    26 September 2018▸25 September 2018 – Seward, Alaska

    Seward, Alaska

    Disembarkation 26/09/2018 at 00H00 .

    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.

    • 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.

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

    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…

    Flight Seattle/Nome + Transfer + Flight Anchorage/Seattle

    For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight and organizes the transfers between the airport and the port. This package is included in your cruise fare.

     

    Embarkation Day - Seattle/Nome

    Meet at Seattle Tacoma airport for your flight to Nome selected by PONANT.

    Meet and greet at the Nome airport by our local English-speaking representative.

    Transfer to the pier by school bus to board your ship.

     

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    Disembarkation Day - Anchorage/Seattle

    Meet and greet on the pier for your direct group transfer from Seward pier to Anchorage airport (duration of the transfer may take between 2 ½ hours to 3 hours).

    Flight Anchorage/Seattle selected by PONANT.

     

    Please note: 

    • All flights: Seattle/Nome and Anchorage/Seattle are in economy class.
    • Detailed programme and flight details will be communicated in your travel documentation.
    • We recommend you spend one night in Seattle the day prior to embarkation day and the day after debarkation.
    • English-speaking guides will be used in these destinations.
    • Package is subject to availability.

     In Nome:

    • Nome tourist infrastructures are very limited and basic.
    • Local transportation means are locally limited in Nome and may result in waiting time. Please note that buses provide basic comfort and we recommend due to lack of storage to minimize your carry on and rather use a backpack for Nome. We thank you for your understanding.
    • Nome airport capacity is extremely limited and delays should be expected upon arrival or departure (there is no such equipment as screening machines and search could take up some time from local airport staff and authorities).

     

    To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel advisor; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

    Passengers must check in at least two hours before flight departure time.

    Important information

    Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

    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 from 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.

    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/or the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

    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
    • Thermal sweater
    • 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
    • Walking sticks (highly recommended)

    Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT shop:

    • expert advice to gear up
    • a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
    • Duty Free prices
    • delivery directly on board

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      09/09/2018 – Overnight in Seattle (1 night)

      490.00 € **

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    2. Your packages

      09/09/2018 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Overnight in Seattle 1N (Pre) + Overnight in Seattle 1N (Post)

      1960.00 € **
    3. After your cruise

      26/09/2018 – Overnight in Seattle (1 night)

      480.00 € **

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    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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