PACKAGE #227

Vancouver & AlaskaIn the Wake of Pioneers

From Nome to Vancouver, discover a remote territory still unknown and wild, landscape from wide spaces to gigantic glaciers, steep mountains, infinite tundra and glittering lacs.

During your trip, discover the unique wildlife at some of the sites that have marked the history of Alaska.

Your ship will first sail along the Bering Strait, before heading south to reach the lush lands of Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. During your Zodiac® outing in Geographic Harbor, you could get the chance to observe a few grizzlies on the prowl, roaming around the stunning landscapes of Katmai National Park.

Further east, succumb to the charms of the forests and beaches in Hoggatt Bay, where you’ll find a concentration of the beauty Alaska has to offer.

Then, set off to meet the whales and other marine mammals in Alert Bay, in British Columbia, before making your way to Vancouver, your disembarkation port.

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

Your 15 night cruise package departs 15 September 2019 and includes:

• Arrival transfer from airport to hotel (Seattle)

• 1 night accommodation in Seattle

• Transfer from hotel to airport

• Flight from Seattle to Nome

• Transfer from airport to port

• 14 night cruise on board Ponant Cruises’ L’Austral

• All meals on board

• Wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abelé BRUT champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) is served on request and at any time of the day. Certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar.

• Pre-paid port taxes

• Transfer from port to airport

• Chauffeur driven luxury car transfer from your home to your nearest international airport and return (with 35 km)


Last cabins available! Please contact us for best prices and availability!


 

Le Laperouse

This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L’Austral remains faithful to the Ponant philosophy – to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

 

Cruise Highlights

 

Nome

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.

Saint Matthew Island

Part of the earth’s history was written between Alaska and Russia. Aboard your ship, we invite you to discover the origins of the world, 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, you will find majestic volcanoes, lava deserts and crater lakes, offering travellers a magnificent vantage point from which to observe a fauna composed almost exclusively of fur seals.

Dutch Harbour

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.

Sitka

Formerly a Russian colony located on Baranof island, to the west of the Alexander archipelago, Sitka is brimming with history. The historical national park of Sitka shelters totems carved out of red cedar, a tree that is omnipresent in the region. These totems are testimonials of the former presence of Tlingit Indians. This place is full of natural wonders too. You just have to look up to admire the mountain range around the port. In the distance, the snow-peaked Edgecumbe volcano stands majestic. Numerous islands scattered around Sitka stretch out before you in a vision of preserved Alaska.

Prince Rupert

Wild and extraordinary, Prince Rupert is a dynamic town where the open spaces are “larger than nature”. Located on the remote Kaien Island, off the coast of British Columbia, this little town founded in 1910 witnessed the history of the North West Pacific with the birth of American Indian nations, such as the Haida and Gitksan. During this port of call, make a point of admiring its grandiose landscapes where more than 300 pairs of bald eagles have made a home here; its picturesque residential districts where the sea mist often lingers; and its famous Museum of Northern British Columbia, home to a large collection of ancient totems.

Vancouver

Verdant and cosmopolitan, Vancouver is one of Canadaメs most multi-cultural cities. Located in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast, it’s surrounded by mountains and outdoor activities are popular. In the city, you can immerse yourself in the Asian atmosphere of bustling Chinatown, shop for pashminas and silk saris at the Punjabi Market Indian district and explore the historic area of ᅠGastown. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses important First Nations collections. Granville Island Jetty is a fascinating revitalised industrial area that hosts galleries, restaurants and a huge produce market.

Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • Modern
  • Purpose Built
ONBOARD FEATURES
  • All meals
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Drinks All Day
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Ponant Exclusive Service
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
  • Solo Traveller Friendly
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Trip itinerary

Day
Port
1
Nome, Alaska

2
At Sea

3
Saint Matthew Island, Alaska

4
At Sea

5
Dutch Harbour, Unalaska, Alaska

6
At Sea

7
Geographic Harbor, Alaska

8
At Sea

9
At Sea

10
Sitka, Alaska

Technical Details

  • Built Date 2011
  • Crew 140
  • Capacity 264
  • Length 142M

Cruise Category

  • Boutique Style
  • Luxury Expeditions

L'Austral

 This mega-yacht is the result of an Italian shipyard and French sophistication.  Large arched windows open up to the sea and the light.  Precious materials and a discreet elegance combine for a perfect balance between chic and casual.

VESSEL FEATURES