Russian Far East Expedition Cruise
August 9 - 22, 2020
Onboard the Silver Explorer
Long closed to Westerners, the Russian Far East is one of the planet’s least explored destinations -Silversea’s Russian Far East cruises will be with you for a lifetime. Take a cruise to the Russian Far East, where the winter ice isolates the Kuril Islands with their stunning volcanic landscapes and spectacular populations of seabirds and cetaceans thrive. The world’s largest bear roams the Kamchatka Peninsula, while the nutrient-rich waters of the Bering Sea support every form of Arctic life. The Russian Far East is a fantasyland for the intrepid explorer, where every landing here holds promise of something amazing.
Additional Noteworthy FeaturesWith all-inclusive dining, service and shore excursions, Silver Explorer is expedition cruising at its very best. Award-winning itineraries make this ship the perfect combination of adventure and comfort.Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.
THE GRILLOne of the healthiest cuisines to exist, The Grill features lava stone cooking at its finest. Sourced from volcanic rock and placed in an oven to reach an optimum temperature of 400˚C, The Grill invites guests to cook their food directly at their table. Place your meat, fish or vegetables on top of the grill stone or inside the soup bowl, and then simply cook to your very own taste. Every bite is cooked to perfection, time after time. With the stone cooking available in the evenings only, The Grill becomes a daytime rotisserie and gourmet salad and burger bar, offering build your own burgers from the best selections of meat.
THE RESTAURANTThe Restaurant serves contemporary, international cuisine with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service. Menus feature regional specialities unique to the voyage destination, for example, Roasted Chilean Sea Bass while cruising the Chilean fjords. During days at sea, choose something from La Collection du Monde, a series of signature dishes created exclusively for Silversea by the Grands Chefs of Relais & Châteaux. The Restaurant offers open-seating dining, which means there are no assigned times, no assigned tables. You are free to dine when, where and with whom you please on this luxury cruise.
FITNESS CENTREThe Fitness Centre is open daily and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and a weight machine.
CONNOISSEUR’S CORNERThe Connoisseur’s Corner offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase.
TOR’S OBSERVATION LIBRARYLocated on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Tor’s Observation Library offers panoramic views. Here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view throughout your cruise.
PANORAMA LOUNGEThe Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the cruise ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends.
EXPLORER LOUNGEGather in The Explorer Lounge to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Lectures and seminars are presented by knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields throughout the cruise.
BOUTIQUEAn exceptional shopping experience begins onboard Silver Explorer’s brand-new boutique. Silversea’s striking new and bigger shipboard boutique has been reimagined and redesigned to offer guests a carefully curated selection of products. Expect everything from cutting edge fashion, jewelry, accessories, fine perfumes and cosmetics to postcards, books and pictures from the Royal Geographical Society. Discover new brands renowned for blending tradition, innovation and exceptional quality while curious window shoppers can browse the stunning live vitrine from the corridor.
ZAGARA BEAUTY SPARelax your body and mind with a wide range of soothing spa therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Sauna and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after a long nature hike. Appointments for spa services may be made on board the ship.
ZAGARA BEAUTY SALONA full range of Zagara Beauty Salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship.
Nome, Alaska / Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. Unlike other towns which are named for explorers, heroes or politicians, Nome was named as a result of a 50 year-old spelling error. In the 1850's an officer on a British ship off the coast of Alaska noted on a manuscript map that a nearby prominent point was not identified. He wrote "? Name" next to the point.
Provideniya, Russian Federation / Provideniya is a former Soviet military port at the southern limit of the Arctic ice pack. With slightly less than 2000 inhabitants, many of whom are Yupik, it is the largest town and administrative center of the Providensky District. Started as a depot for the Northeast Passage traffic, it now is a port of entry to the Russian Far East and since the decline of the Soviet Union eco-tourism has boosted the local economy. The town has a Technical School and a fascinating museum with interesting and well-presented exhibits about the natural history and wildlife of the region.
Anastasiya Bay, Russian Federation / A U-shaped bay on the Bering Sea, Anastasia Bay appears to be carved out of the mountainous cliffs that make up the land that surrounds the tundra-like Koryak Mountains in Kamchatka Krai, Russia. The rare visitor comes to the bay hoping to walruses and seals, and birders search for Slaty-backed Gulls, Pelagic Cormorants, Horned Puffins, Tufted Puffins, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and White Wagtails, White-fronted Geese, Bean Geese and Whooper Swans.
Tymlat (Kamchatka), Russian Federation / Established as a trading post in the mid-19th century, Tymlat is a Koryak village in the Russian Far East. The village is located next to the Tymlat River, which in turn flows into the Bering Sea. Some 500 inhabitants, the majority of Koryak descent, make a living fishing for salmon, navaga (a member of the cod family), and herring. The village is home to the renowned State Koryak folk group “Mengo”.
Yuzhnaya Glubokaya, Russian Federation / In Yuzhnaya Glubokaya we can see the ruins of a long-abandoned herring plant and abandoned settlement at the head of the inlet. During a tundra walk through the meadows covered in wildflowers one can usually see bears in the distance. Wild mountain sheep, snow sheep, an extremely rare occurrence, have also been seen on top of a distant pinnacle at a dizzying height. Using semi worn paths during the hike, one might have to ford rushing rivers, skirt brushy thickets, and clamber over piles of rocks to enter a vast glacial valley to overlook a glorious lake.
Peter Bay, Russian Federation / Peter Bay is a small inlet at the foot of the Koryak Mountain range well north of the Kamchatka Peninsula. At the entrance of the bay is a Largha seal haul-out site and a small hidden lagoon flanked by the ocean and the bay. The southern end of the bay has several small lakes that are dammed behind a moraine ridge; the remnant of an ancient glacier. The lakes feed a spectacular waterfall. The western and eastern sides of the bay have steep cliffs that seabirds favor for nesting sites. Their busy comings and goings from nest to ocean feeding grounds punctuate this Far Eastern Russian location.
Bogoslav Island, Russian Federation / Six nautical miles south of the entrance to Natalii Bay are the spectacular sea cliffs of Bogoslav Island. The small island rises to 424 meters (1,391 feet) above sea level and is a perfect place to spot Pigeon, Brünnich’s, and Common Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Harlequin Ducks, Horned Puffins, White Wagtails, Pelagic Cormorants and Slaty-backed Gulls. Walrus can also be seen at a nearby haul-out.
Yttygran Island, Russian Federation / Yttygran offers a unique natural history experience on this voyage. An array of bowhead whale bones and rock arrangements is stunning – it is a place of great archaeological importance combined with natural beauty. An early morning landing will add to the magic and mystery of the place due to the soft hues and the muffled light conditions. For the more energetic passengers a hike up the steep nearby hill provides an excellent leg stretch.
Proliv Senyavina (Hot Springs), Russian Federation / To the Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs. We will go ashore by Zodiac, will enter a small lagoon and hike across tundra and some rolling hills to reach a stream with some hot springs. You can choose to either enter a small pool prepared by the local fishermen, or to go into the stream.