27 Aug 2018 • 23 Day Northwest Passage • Currently 5% Off

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    Per person twin share

    DELUXE STATEROOM – Contact us

    PRESTIGE DECK 4 – Contact us

    PRESTIGE DECK 5 – $30,030 

    PRESTIGE DECK 6 – $31,400

    Area : 18 m² | Capacity : up to 2 passengers per cabin

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    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen Satellite TV/Video on demand/ Ipod players
    • Desk with stationery
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer/Bath robes/French bath products
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi


    PRESTIGE SUITE – $42,930

    Area : 36 m² | Capacity : up to 4 passengers per cabin

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    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
    Hairdryer
    Bath robes
    Satellite direct line telephone
    110/220 volts outlet
    French bath products
    24hr room service | Internet access wifi

    Inclusions

    • Economy flight from Paris to Kangerlussuaq
    • Return airport transfers
    • 22 night cruise onboard Le Soléal
    • All meals onboard served with fine wines presented by expert sommeliers
    • Open bar
    • 24 hour room service
    • Economy class flight from Nome to Seattle
    • An expedition parka and boot rental

    – International flights NOT included

    Voyage Highlights
    • Outings and landings in Zodiac® dinghies among icebergs and glaciers
    • Natural delights: fjords, glaciers and icebergs, wild tundra, lakes, alpine peaks
    • Wildlife: Musk Oxens, Arctic Foxes, Humpback Whales, Orcas, Seals, Narwhals, possibility of viewing Polar Bears
    • Encounters: Inuit people, discover their traditions and visit of villages
    • Disko Bay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • ItineraryThe Northwest Passage

    27 Aug 2018 – Day 1 – Kangerlussuaq, Greenland – Departure 10:30pm
    Kangerlussuaq is a small town in western Greenland. It’s at the eastern end of a deep fjord. The town is known for its airport, which is Greenland’s major international transport hub. The airport’s Kangerlussuaq Museum illustrates the town’s past as a U.S. airbase during WWII. A road runs northeast from town to the vast Greenland Ice Sheet. Here, Russell Glacier is a vantage point for ice-calving events.

    28 Aug 2018 – Day 2 – Sisimiut, Greenland 
    Sisimiut, formerly Holsteinsborg, is the capital and largest city of the Qeqqata municipality, and the second-largest city in Greenland.
    It is located in central-western Greenland, on the coast of Davis Strait, approximately 320 km north of Nuuk. Although now a place-name, Sisimiut literally means “the people at the fox burrows”.[4] The site has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years, first by the Inuit peoples of the Saqqaq culture, Dorset culture, and then the Thule people, whose descendants form the majority of the current population. Artifacts from the early settlement era can be found throughout the region, favored in the past for its plentiful fauna, particularly the marine mammals providing subsistence for the early hunting societies. The population of modern Greenlanders in Sisimiut is a mix of the Inuit and Danish peoples, who first settled in the area in the 1720s, under the leadership of the Danish missionary, Hans Egede.

    29 Aug 2018 – Day 3 – Ilulissat, Greenland 
    Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven,is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland, located approximately 350 km north of the Arctic Circle. With the population of 4,541 as of 2013, it is the third-largest city in Greenland, after Nuuk and Sisimiut. The city is home to almost as many sled-dogs.
    In direct translation, Ilulissat is the Kalaallisut word for “Icebergs”.The nearby Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has made Ilulissat the most popular tourist destination in Greenland. Tourism is now the town’s principal industry. The city neighbours the Ilulissat Icefjord, where there are enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. These white giants are a source of astonishment for both residents and visitors, when the gaze drifts to the wide Disco Bay and when you walk close to the fjord.

     30 Aug 2018 – Day 4 – Tugtutoq, Greenland 

    31 Aug 2018 – Day 5 – Kullorsuaq, Greenland program-5104642
    Kullorsuaq is a settlement in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northwestern Greenland. It is the northernmost settlement in the Upernavik Archipelago, located on Kullorsuaq Island at the southern end of Melville Bay, itself part of the larger Baffin Bay. The settlement was founded in 1928 and became a trading station, growing in size after World War II when hunters from several small villages around Inussulik Bay, Sugar Loaf Bay, and Tasiusaq Bay moved into the larger settlements such as Nuussuaq and Kullorsuaq. Today, Kullorsuaq remains one of the most traditional hunting and fishing villages in Greenland, but maintains a stable population. The name of the settlement means “Big Thumb” in Kalaallisut, after the Devil’s Thumb, a prominent pinnacle-shaped mountain in the center of the island about 3 km north of the settlement.

    01 Sep 2018 – Day 6 – Savissivik, Greenland 
    Savissivik is a settlement in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northern Greenland. Located on Meteorite Island, off the northern shores of Melville Bay, the settlement had 66 inhabitants in 2010.In the Greenlandic language, the name Savissivik means “Place of Meteoric Iron” or “Knives”,[2] alluding to the numerous meteorite fragments that have been found in the area dating to about 10,000 years ago.The Cape York meteorite is estimated to have weighed 100 tonnes before it exploded.The iron from the meteorite is believed to have attracted migrating Inuit from Arctic Canada.

    2 Sep 2018 – Day 7 – Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Canada program-5104643
    On Baffin Island, located in northern Canada at the mouth of the famous NorthWest Passage, there is a small Inuit settlement at the very bounds of infinity. To get there, cross the Arctic Circle, the imaginary line that separates man from lands of mystery and wonder. It’s not so much the way of life that sets Pond Inlet’s inhabitants apart, so much as the setting. Snow-capped mountains, fjords and glaciers combine in a dazzling natural environment that fills space and expands time. Some discoveries change you forever: this is one of them.

    03 Sep 2018 – Day 8 – Beechey, Canada 
    Beechey Island is an island located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, Canada, in Wellington Channel. It is separated from the southwest corner of Devon Island by Barrow Strait. Other features include Wellington Channel, Erebus Harbour, and Terror Bay. The first European to visit the island was in 1819 by Captain William Edward Parry and was named after the artist William Beechey (1753–1839) by his son Frederick William Beechey (1796–1856) who was then serving as Parry’s lieutenant. It is the site of several very significant events in the history of Arctic exploration. In 1845, the British explorer Sir John Franklin, commanding a new but ill-fated search for the Northwest Passage aboard HMSs Erebus and Terror, chose the protected harbor of Beechey Island for his first winter encampment. The site was not discovered until 1851 when British and American search vessels anchored nearby.

    04 Sep 2018 – Day 9  – Fury Beach, Canada 

    05 Sep 2018 – Day 10 – Qariaraqyuk, Canada 

    05 Sep 2018 – Day 10 – Fort Ross, Nunavut, Canada program-355746
    Fort Ross is an uninhabited former trading post in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. Founded in 1937 it was the last trading post to be established by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Situated on the Bellot Strait at the southeastern end of Somerset Island, it was operational for only eleven years as the severe ice conditions rendered it uneconomical and difficult to access. This left the island uninhabited. The former store was recently refurbished and strengthened, and is still used as a shelter by Inuit caribou hunters from Taloyoak, and as a refuge for researchers and small boat travellers passing through.

    05 Sep 2018 – Day 10 – Sailing Bellot Strait 
    Bellot Strait is a passage of water in Nunavut separating Somerset Island on the north from the Boothia Peninsula on the south. At its eastern end is the Murchison Promontory, the northernmost part of mainland North America. The 2 km (1.2 mi) wide 25 km long strait connects the Gulf of Boothia and Prince Regent Inlet on the east with Peel Sound and Franklin Strait on the west.

    06 Sep 2018 – Day 11 – Gjoa Haven, Canada
    Gjoa Haven is a hamlet in Nunavut, above the Arctic Circle, located in the Kitikmeot Region, 1,056 km northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. It is the only settlement on King William Island.

    07 Sep 2018 – Day 12 – At sea

    08 Sep 2018 – Day 13 – Johanssen Peninsula 

    08 Sep 2018 – Day 13 – Edinburgh Island, Canadaprogram-5104645
    Edimburgh Island is located within Coronation Gulf, south of Victoria Island, in the Kitikmeot Region, Nunavut, Canada. It is approximately 103 m  above sea level.

    09 Sep 2018 – Day 14 – Holman, Victoria Island, Canada
    Ulukhaktok (known until 1 April 2006 as Holman) is a small hamlet on the west coast of Victoria Island, in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada.
    Like other small traditional communities in the territories, hunting, trapping, and fishing are major sources of income, but printmaking has taken over as the primary source of income in recent years.

    10 Sep 2018 – Day 15 – Minto, Canada

    11 Sep 2018 – Day 16 – Franklin Bay, Canada
    Franklin Bay is a large inlet in the Northwest Territories, Canada. It is a southern arm of the Amundsen Gulf, southeastern Beaufort Sea. The bay measures 48 kilometres long, and 40 kilometres (25 mi) wide at its mouth. The Parry Peninsula is to the east, and its southern area is called Langton Bay.

    12 Sep 2018 – Day 17 – At sea

    13 Sep 2018 – Day 18 – Herschel Island, Yukon, Canadaprogram-5104647
    Herschel Island is an island in the Beaufort Sea (part of the Arctic Ocean), which lies 5 km off the coast of Yukon in Canada. The earliest evidence of human occupation unearthed so far by archaeological investigations is that of the Thule culture, dating to approximately 1000 years ago. These people are the ancestors of the present-day Inuvialuit. The Inuvialuktun word for Herschel Island is “Qikiqtaruk”, which simply means “island”. 

    14 Sep 2018 – Day 19 – Point Barrow, Canada
    Point Barrow or Nuvuk is a headland on the Arctic coast in the U.S. state of Alaska, 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Barrow. It is the northernmost point of all the territory of the United States. The distance to the North Pole is 1,122 nautical miles. Point Barrow is also an important geographical landmark, marking the limit between two marginal seas of the Arctic, the Chukchi Sea on its western side and the Beaufort Sea on the eastern, both delimited to the North by the edge of the map as seen here. Archaeological evidence indicates that Point Barrow was occupied by the ancestors of the Inupiat almost 1,000 years prior to the arrival of the first Europeans. The headland is an important archaeological site, yielding burials and artifacts associated with the Thule culture, including uluit and bola. The waters off Point Barrow are on the bowhead whale migration route.

    15 Sep 2018 – Day 20 – At sea

    16 Sep 2018 – Day 20 – Inalik, Little Diomede
    The isolated and austere Diomede islands are situated in the middle of the Bering Strait, between Russia and Alaska, and between Asia and the Americas. In 1867, when Russia sold Alaska to the United States, the two islands were separated by a geographical border. They now also find themselves in different time zones, since the International Date Line runs between Little and Big Diomede, which are separated by barely 3 km of waves, fog and crosscurrents. 5th day of the cruise… As your ship crosses the Bering Strait, she will reach the International Date Line, the imaginary line that roughly follows the 170th meridian, hustling the calendar. Like sailing through a breach in the passage of time…

    16 Sep 2018 – Day 20 – Fairway Rock, Bering Straiprogram-355655
    Fairway Rock  is a small islet in the Bering Strait, located southeast of the Diomede Islands and west of Alaska’s Cape Prince of Wales. Known to Eskimo natives of the Bering Strait region in prehistory, Fairway was documented by James Cook in 1778 and named by Frederick Beechey in 1826. Although uninhabited, the island is a nesting site for seabirds — most notably the least and crested auklet — which prompt egg-collecting visits from local indigenous peoples. The United States Navy placed radioisotope thermoelectric generator-powered environmental monitoring equipment on the island from the 1960s through the 1990s.

    17 Sep 2018 – Day 21 -Savoonga, Alaska
    Savoonga is a city in Nome Census Area, Alaska, one of two on St Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. As of the 2010 census, Savoonga’s population was 671.
    The local economy consists largely of subsistence hunting for walrus, seals, fish, and bowhead whales; the city calls itself the “Walrus Capital of the World”. A dogsled mail service operated here until 1963.

    18 Sep 2018 – Day 22 -Nome, Alaska Disembarkation 6am
    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.

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