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Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula lies some 4,200<br />

miles due east of Moscow – that’s more than<br />

eight hours by air – and is so remote that even<br />

today there are no roads or railways in or out<br />

so the only way to visit is by ship or air.<br />


• It’s likely most clients will know<br />

nothing about the Russian Far East.<br />

Take time to learn where in the world<br />

it is and the attractions so you can sell<br />

with confidence.<br />

• Don’t worry about the price. Your<br />

clients would not be asking if they could<br />

not afford to go.<br />

• Sell the Kamchatka Peninsula and its<br />

neighbouring islands to clients with<br />

a sense of adventure and interest in<br />

seeing nature and wildlife in the raw.<br />

• <strong>Cruise</strong> ships navigating these remote<br />

shores will mostly anchor off the coast<br />

and take passengers ashore by Zodiac<br />

so your clients need to be able to climb<br />

in and out of the boats.<br />

The peninsula is 780 miles long, spends most<br />

of the year covered in snow and ice, and is one<br />

of the highlights of an expedition voyage to the<br />

Russian Far East. It is home to 160 volcanoes,<br />

29 of which are still active, thousands of brown<br />

bears, spotted seals and half the world’s Steller<br />

sea eagle population.<br />

The surrounding islands, also part of Russia,<br />

are teeming with seabirds including puffins,<br />

kittiwakes, cormorants and gulls, as well as<br />

seals, sea lions and otters, while the surrounding<br />

waters are a favourite hangout for whales.<br />

All in all, it’s no wonder expedition cruise lines<br />

have come exploring this region of late.<br />

Danish explorer Vitus Bering helped map the<br />

region during the 1700s, naming Petropavlovsk,<br />

the only major city, after his two ships, St Peter<br />

and St Paul.<br />

After the Second World War, the Soviets<br />

declared it a military zone and closed the<br />

region to both foreigners and Russians, and<br />

it stayed that way until the Soviet Union<br />

collapsed in 1990.<br />

An unintended but happy consequence<br />

of the ban was that the scenery and wildlife<br />

were protected, making this a fabulous port of<br />

call for cruisers looking for a seriously exciting<br />

once-in-a-lifetime adventure.<br />


Crystal <strong>Cruise</strong>s<br />

Ship: Crystal Endeavor – 20,000 tons, 200<br />

passengers.<br />

Itineraries: A voyage from Otaru in Japan to Seward<br />

in Alaska visits the Kamchatka Peninsula, and takes<br />

passengers on a wildlife quest through the Russian Far<br />

East and America’s Aleutian Islands.<br />

Sample: From $17,449 per person for 19 nights<br />

departing June 12 2021. Excludes flights.<br />

Silversea <strong>Expedition</strong>s<br />

Ship: Silver Explorer – 6,072 tons, 144 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Voyages ranging from 12 to 18 days will<br />

be exploring the Kamchatka Peninsula and islands in<br />

the Russian Far East in 2020.<br />

Sample: From £11,700 per person for an 18-day<br />

Russian Far East cruise round-trip from Otaru in Japan<br />

departing June 18 2020. Excludes flights.<br />

Ponant<br />

Ships: Le Soléal – 10,944 tons, 264 passengers.<br />

Itineraries: Two options are available in summer<br />

2020 - a 15-day voyage from Otaru in Japan to<br />

Petropavlovsk and a 13-day sailing from Petropavlovsk<br />

to Juneau in Alaska. Both cruises are in partnership<br />

with National Geographic <strong>Expedition</strong>s.<br />

Sample: From €9,450 per person for a 15-day Sea of<br />

Okhotsk voyage from Otaru to Petropavlovsk departing<br />

June 26 2020.<br />

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38 | <strong>Expedition</strong> <strong>Cruise</strong> <strong>Diary</strong> | March 2019<br />


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