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Otaru To Petropavlovsk (Kamchatsky)

RUSSIAN FAR EAST expedition cruise Silver Explorer

Take advantage of the mid-summer sun and travel on nature’s terms. This is one of the world’s great journeys, an expedition that beckons nature lovers, history buffs and the intrepid explorer within. Marvel at spectacular natural landscapes, pristine tundra and massive volcanoes, spot a multitude of rare bird species without forgetting to enjoy some of the delicious fresh local caviar and vodka.
Voyage 7814

Book and pay in full by 28 February, 2018 and save 10% with Silversea Early Booking Bonus

Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka
Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Otaru is a small harbor city west of Sapporo. Famous for its many hills and a nearby ski resort, the town has been an important trade and herring fishing center. A wide canal that led from the port to the old town’s warehouses has been maintained for touristic purposes and the old stone or brick-built warehouses have been beautifully converted to restaurants and boutiques.
Korsakov is used as a technical stop for ships clearing in and out of Russia. In addition to being a port of call for these formalities, the city was once home to an Ainu fishing village frequented by regional traders and early Russian expeditions. History also suggests that there may have been a significant Japanese population here at one time with reports of a Japanese religious temple on record.
Thousands of Northern fur seals and Steller sea lions call Tyuleniy Island their home. The island is appropriately named, as the word tyuleniy means “seal” in Russian. During the summer months, tens of thousands of seals and sea lions haul ashore here during the breeding season. The cacophony of their barks, belches, grunts and groans is difficult to imagine. Bulls, their harems, and many thousands of young black pups all jostle for space on the crowded beaches that flank the small rocky island.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Any articles published about the Kuril Islands are likely to linger over the impressive Yankicha Island. It is the southernmost of two islets forming Ushishir Island. Yankicha is distinct in having at its center a caldera that is accessible by small boat only during high tide. Inside this extraordinary lagoon are fumaroles and hot springs, both traces of the tremendous forces that created the island long ago. Fortunate visitors may encounter an Arctic fox or the rare Whiskered Auklet. Ashore it is also possible to see Arctic Warblers and Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warblers.
Matua is home to one of the Kuril’s most active volcanoes, with more than 14 documented eruptions in the past 250 years. Singing Eurasian Bullfinches, Siberian Rubythroats, ravens, Eye-browed Thrushes and some very active Peregrine Falcons are among the birds that can be spotted from the upper plateau of Matua either along dirt roads, or in dense thickets of alders. Disappearing into the vegetation of Matua is a Japanese military base that was set up here during WWII. The Japanese inhabitants captured geothermal heat from the volcano to keep the runway open during winter.
Close to Matua are the Lovyshki Islands of the central Kuril Islands archipelago in far eastern Russia. The Lovyshki Islands are comprised of clusters of rocks grouped together, making them a natural home to huge populations of sea mammals and birds. At Skaly Lovyshky visitors may see Northern fur seals and Steller sea lions. Pigeon Guillemots, smaller dark grey water birds with white wings and bright red feet, may also be spotted as they swim around the rocky outcrops of the islands.
Makanrushi is another uninhabited volcanic island. North of the Evreinov Strait, It is a roughly rectangular island with almost 50 sq. kilometres. As there are no sandy beaches, but mostly steep cliffs, we will intend a ship or Zodiac cruise along the shore and hope to have good views of the island’s highest peak.
The near-perfect cone of Alaid volcano dominates Atlasova Island with its 2000-meter (6,500-foot) peak. It is the highest volcano in the Kuril Islands and over time generated the black lava beaches and the eroding Taketomi tufa limestone cone near the landing site. At one time a women’s prison, or gulag, was located on Atlasova. The women, many of them political prisoners during the Soviet rule, were sent here to raise foxes for fur. Peregrine Falcons can sometimes be spotted flying above the beach, while buzzards, Eurasian Wigeons, and Tufted Ducks have all been observed on the island.
Three small islands form Utashud and seem to be the remnants of a former volcano raising 80 meters (262 feet) out of Vestinik Bay. Although the island is deprived of forest, fragments of giant petrified trees have been found on its shores. Utashud is one of the richest islands on the southeastern side of Kamchatka in terms of wildlife. The island is notable for its population of sea otters (up to 300 individuals). In fact, native people from Kamchatka used to visit this island to hunt for sea otters, valuing the thick fur of their pelts.
South of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy is the 15 kilometre long Ruskaya Bay. The northeast to southwest direction and narrow body of water have made this bay a perfect place to look for shelter in foul weather -and fishing fleets and WWII convoys headed for Vladivostok have made ample use of the bay. Two shipwrecks can still be seen close to the bay’s southeastern shore. A river, used as a source of freshwater in former times, meanders through the valley and with our Zodiacs we will have to see how far we can explore, or if we hike to the small stands of trees found there.
Northeast of Petropavlovsk, on the eastern side of the Kamchatka Peninsula, is the mighty Zhupanova River. Strewn with ever changing shallows and sand bars, the 160-kilometer (100-mile) long river is used year-round by rainbow trout. Anglers are attracted by the pink, cherry, coho, dog and red salmon, as well as Arctic and white-spotted char. At the mouth of the river is a fish processing factory that is busy with local salmon during the summer season. Kamchatka brown bears also like salmon and there is a high chance of spotting a Steller’s Sea-Eagle fishing the river.
On the east side of Bering Island is Commander Bay (Komandor Bay) and Vitus Bering’s final resting place on this windswept isolated island after his ship, the St Peter, was wrecked. Despite trying to survive on seaweed and the now-extinct Steller’s Sea Cow, Bering and several of his men perished here. These days Commander Island is protected as a Nature Reserve. A small monument accompanies the graves of Bering and the men who died there. Close to the graves is a creek that runs into Commander Bay and teems with salmon.
Today we intend to visit a Steller sea lion rookery on the north side of Cape Severozapadniy. If we manage to land, we will walk along a sometimes waterlogged dirt road which leads to a blind overlooking the rookery. Apart from the sea lions arctic foxes can often be seen – they are curious, and will watch us from a safe distance.
Located just over 100 nautical miles off the coast of Kamchatka, the Komandorski or Commander Islands are named after Vitus Bering who as a commander had been commissioned by the Russian Tsar to search for a land bridge between Asia and America. Nikolskoye is a settlement of around 750 inhabitants established in 1826 by fur traders. This fishing village on Bering Island has colorful buildings and an Orthodox Church – one of Russia’s newest and one of the eastern-most.
The Kamchatka Peninsula is part of the Eastern frontier of Russia. Due to its close proximity to the United States, the region has played a strategic role in the defense of Russian territory throughout modern history. As a result, the territory was closed for many years to foreigners and Russians alike. Fortunately, the region's isolated position played a significant role in preserving and protecting its unique wilderness and rich biodiversity. With few roads, most regional transportation is by plane, boat, or helicopter.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

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Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

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Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

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Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

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Veranda Suite

206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

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Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 12,150 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 11,610 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

From US$ 10,710 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 10,170 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages

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Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board.  For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise.

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7814 - Otaru to Petropavlovsk
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Illy® espresso machine
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”.

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7814 - Otaru to Petropavlovsk
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio fourniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Illy® espresso machine
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests.

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  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony 

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

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7814 - Otaru to Petropavlovsk
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

A Silversea cruise signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony.

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7814 - Otaru to Petropavlovsk
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

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US$ 13,500
US$ 12,150 with early booking bonus

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7814 - Otaru to Petropavlovsk
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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US$ 13,500 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with view window

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

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US$ 12,900
US$ 11,610 with early booking bonus

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7814 - Otaru to Petropavlovsk
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • View window
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
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View View deck Fares from :
US$ 12,900 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Suites. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Explorer Suites accommodate up to two guests and exude cosy opulence, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

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US$ 11,900
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7814 - Otaru to Petropavlovsk
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • View window
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
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Explorer Class View deck Fares from :
US$ 11,900 (Per guest)
with early booking bonus US$ 10,710 (Per guest)
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Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy suite. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, unwind in the ample sitting area or rejuvenate the mind with a soak in the marbled bathroom’s tub. Here you can watch passing ocean scenes through two porthole windows. Reminisce the day’s travels by journaling at your writing desk. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Or fall sound asleep within the comfort of fine bed linens ­– with your choice of nine pillow types.

Fares from (Per guest)
US$ 11,300
US$ 10,170 with early booking bonus

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7814 - Otaru to Petropavlovsk
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Two portholes
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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Silver Explorer

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. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

2 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

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Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Day 1 — Otaru, Japan
Once all guests have embarked, a mandatory safety drill will be conducted before Silver Explorer leaves Otaru.

You will then be introduced to important members of the crew and your Expedition Team. Afterwards we have a sail away cocktail while we depart on our spectacular expedition “Expedition Kurils and Kamchatka”.

Tonight we invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers, and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2 — Korsakov, Russia
During the morning you can relax, have a leisurely breakfast and attend the first of several lectures about the Russian Far East, its history, its people and above all its wildlife.

Korsakov once served as a penal colony and achieved literary fame after a travel report by Anton Chekhov. We will have enough time to get a glimpse of this city during an afternoon excursion with a cultural program. We intend to see Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk's beautiful Cathedral of the Resurrection. The church was only completed in 1995, and the gold on the onion domes has very recently been laid, shining brilliantly. From the church continue to the Sakhalin Regional Museum, which is housed in a beautiful Japanese-style structure, due to the previous ruling of its southern neighbour. The museum covers all the facets of Sakhalin Island, from its flora and fauna, to its geology and history and its indigenous populations. At the Gagarin Park, with its adventure playgrounds and numerous beer and barbeque spots, the afternoon might end with a traditional performance of Russian song and dance.

Day 3 - Tyuleniy Island
Located off the East coast of Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Okhotsk, we can witness a natural paradise – this small island of only 2 sq. kilometres is an ideal place to observe large colonies of estimated more than 250,000 Northern fur seals and Steller sea lions, as well as tens of thousands of Common Guillemots and Black-legged Kittiwakes that have made their nests in the cliffs above. We will take our Zodiacs to cruise along the shore and marvel at the unbelievable amount of birds and mammals.
 
Day 4 – At sea
Our lecturers will take this day at sea to present lectures, seminars, and discussions about the Russian Far East and the impact human exploration has had in the different areas we have seen and intend to visit.

If you would like to relax, you can make use of the Spa, the Connoisseurs Corner, use the Fitness Centre or simply take in the fresh air on the Sun Deck. Enjoy lunch al fresco and meet with new friends for a cocktail.
                                                                                                                                                                                            
Day 5 — Yankicha Island
Yankicha is a fascinating place. It is actually a flooded volcanic caldera, accessible only by Zodiac and only during high tide. Once inside the magnificent lagoon, we can still see – in the fumarole fields and hot springs – traces of the tremendous forces that created the island long ago. The island is also home to thousands of Crested Auklets and we may catch a glimpse of an Arctic fox or even the rare and elusive Whiskered Auklets during our nature walks. 

Day 6 – Lovyshky Islands and Makanrushi Island 
With our Zodiacs we will approach the clusters of rocks that comprise this island group - home to huge populations of sea mammals and birds. At Skaly Lovyshky we will go in search of Northern fur seals and Steller sea lions and hope to get good views of the Pigeon Guillemots that often swim around the rocky outcrops of the islands.

Makanrushi, our evening stop, is another uninhabited volcanic island. North of the Evreinov Strait, It is a roughly rectangular island with almost 50 sq. kilometres. As there are no sandy beaches, but mostly steep cliffs, we will intend a ship or Zodiac cruise along the shore and hope to have good views of the island’s highest peak.

Day 7 — Atlasova Island and Utashud
Alaid on Atlasova Island is the highest volcano in the Kuril chain with a height of over 2,000 metres. Together with our expedition staff we land by Zodiac on the black lava beach of the island, from where we will begin our walk to see the remains of the Taketomi tufa cone.

In the late morning Silver Explorer will continue north towards our next stop at the Utashud Islands.
The Utashud Islands are a small cluster of islets off the coast of Kamchatka with spectacular scenery. The islands feature gentle slopes and steep cliffs which make them ideal habitat for various seabird species. Harbour and possibly spotted seals are plentiful along the shores.  An old rusty ship wreck could be seen on the southwestern side of one of the island slabs.

Day 8 — Ruskaya Bay, Russia
South of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy is the 15 kilometre long Ruskaya Bay. The northeast to southwest direction and narrow body of water have made this bay a perfect place to look for shelter in foul weather -and fishing fleets and WWII convoys headed for Vladivostok have made ample use of the bay. Two shipwrecks can still be seen close to the bay’s southeastern shore. A river, used as a source of freshwater in former times, meanders through the valley and with our Zodiacs we will have to see how far we can explore, or if we hike to the small stands of trees found there.

Day 9 — Zhupanova River,  Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
By cruising the river with our highly manoeuvrable Zodiacs, we will have the ability to stop and go ashore wherever we expect to find the best birding and nature walks. Heading upstream, we are likely to spot up to 40 different bird species and may even see brown bears fishing for salmon in the river. Our main goal today is to spot Steller Sea Eagles. This majestic bird is known to frequent this area, and we hope to have good views of at least one of the eagles. 

Day 10 — Commander Bay, Bering Sea
The Komandorskiye or Commander Islands are named after famed Commander Vitus Bering who had been commissioned by the Russian Tsar to search for a land bridge between Asia and America. After having been to Alaska he was forced to overwinter here. He was buried on the island, but part of the crew managed to return to Petropavlovsk. We will try to go ashore to see the graves of Bering and some of his crew.

Day 11 — Nikolskoye, Komandorskiye Islands, Bering Sea.
Today we intend to visit a Steller sea lion rookery on the north side of Cape Severozapadniy. If we manage to land, we will walk along a sometimes waterlogged dirt road which leads to a blind overlooking the rookery. Apart from the sea lions arctic foxes can often be seen – they are curious, and will watch us from a safe distance. 

Before lunch Silver Explorer will sail to Nikolskoye, which was established in 1826 by fur traders. This fishing village on Bering Island has colourful buildings and an Orthodox Church -one of Russia’s newest and one of the eastern-most- and a small museum where we will learn about the Aleut people and their culture. It also contains much information on Bering, as well as the bones of a Steller’s sea cow. During our visit we will enjoy a concert and be entertained by a presentation of local games.  

Day 12 — At sea and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia                 
We will spend the last day aboard Silver Explorer, sailing for Petropavlovsk, the only major city on the peninsula and one of the oldest towns in the Russian Far East. It is also the scientific and cultural centre of the region, with a museum of ethnography and natural history, an art school, a gold-domed Orthodox cathedral.
 
Aboard Silver Explorer attend final lectures and discussions about the area you have travelled through, edit some of the many photos taken and join the onboard Videographer for the documentary of our voyage along the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka.

We will arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy in the late afternoon.

Day 13 — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia      
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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