BEYOND THE ALEUTIAN ISLES

August 4 – 18, 2021

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The Colors Of

The Last Frontier

To fully appreciate the immense significance of these remote isles and shores, look to the skies. You’ll be rewarded with views of millions horned puffins, murres, and the almost unknown Aleutian cackling goose in the Semidi Islands, the mountainous backdrop of the southern Kenai Peninsula in Homer, and bald eagles in Unga. A gaze to sea level will reveal stellar sea lions, fur seals and spawning salmon.

Explore the unique customs of the Aleut people on Pribilof Island, and the “ice curtain” Cold War border between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union at Little Diomede Island. Nome showcases an invigorating culture of sport and other challenges, from the famous Iditarod race to the stampeding masses of the 1900 Nome Gold Rush.

Cruise Dates

August 4 – 18, 2021

14 DAYS

Anchorage > Anadyr

Fares From

$14,699

PER PERSON | Fares expire 6/30/2019

DESTINATION

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apollo Gold Mine
  • Semidi Islands National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
  • Alutiiq Museum
  • Kodiak Island Borough
  • Otter Cove

Fares From

$14,699

PER PERSON

Fares expire 6/30/2019

Itinerary

Day 01 - ANCHORAGE (SEWARD), USA

EMBARK – PM

DEPART – 6 PM

ANCHORAGE (SEWARD), USA

Settle into the cozy town of Whittier located along a historic North American rail line. This iconic port city will surround you with pristine waters and ocean life, and is the perfect starting point for your Alaskan adventure.

Day 02 - Homer, Alaska, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Homer, Alaska, USA

Snow-capped mountains reaching thousands of feet skyward and glistening glaciers combine to create a dramatic backdrop for Homer on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Take a cruise to one of Alaska’s largest marine sanctuaries where thousands of seabirds come to nest. Paddle among the sea otters at Otter Cove. There’s halibut fishing, of course, along with galleries of local artists, interpretive hiking with a naturalist … even a world-famous Alaskan cooking school. Name your flavor, it’s all here in Homer.

Day 03 – THE TRIPLETS & KODIAK, ALASKA, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – MORNING

– THE TRIPLETS & KODIAK, ALASKA, USA

Green is the color of The Triplets, a chain of three high, grassy islets just off Kodiak Island. The abundant rainfall and mild maritime temperatures keep the foliage bright green year round throughout the Kodiak Island Borough. Talikud, the northernmost island and the highest of the three is home of the largest seabird rookery in the archipelago. Over 60,000 Tufted Puffins and a variety of other sea birds species nest along the shores and Harbor Seals inhabit the offshore rocks.

ARRIVE – AFTERNOON

DEPART – EVENING

Kodiak, Alaska, USA

Often called “Alaska’s Emerald Isle,” Kodiak Island is indeed magnificently green thanks to plentiful summer rains. It is also one of North America’s largest commercial fishing ports; both fish and wildlife are abundant in the area. Hikers will find the area a paradise as well, with a choice of splendid trails inside Kodiak’s National Wildlife Refuge. Several fascinating museums exist here, including the Alutiiq Museum, which illuminates the cultural traditions of the indigenous Alutiiq people.

Day 04 - SEMIDI ISLANDS & CHIGNIK, ALASKA, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – MORNING

Semidi Islands, Alaska, USA

The Cackling Goose is almost unknown — even by the most avid birders — unless they’ve made it to Semidi Islands where the once critically endangered Aleutian Cackling Goose has made a comeback. More than 2.4 million birds, almost half the breeding seabirds of the Alaska Peninsula, nest in the nine islands and numerous islets that were combined to form the Semidi Islands National Wildlife Refuge in 1932.There are over a million murres alone, as well as huge colonies of Horned Puffins.

ARRIVE – AFTERNOON

DEPART – LATE NIGHT

Chignik, Alaska, USA

About 200 miles west of Kodiak Island, Chignik (meaning Big Wind) is the first notable settlement on the lower Alaska Peninsula. There are only about 60 year-round residents, but that number can double during the summer months. Large canneries have operated here for over a century, and fishing enthusiasts come to toss their line for king salmon, Coho salmon and halibut.

Day 05 - UNGA SPIT & UNGA ISLAND, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

UNGA SPIT & UNGA ISLAND, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA, USA

Unga is the largest of the 20 Shumagin Islands Step ashore to view a ghost town and the petrified remains of a metasequoia forest that existed some 25-million years ago. The ghost town is site of the lucrative Apollo Gold Mine that operated at the turn of the last century. Living attractions include Bald Eagles, foxes and otters, while beaches are home to the Stellar sea lion and pelagic birds are abundant.

Day 06 - Unimak Islands, Aleutian Island, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Unimak Island, Aleutian Islands, USA

The largest Aleutian Island and closest to the mainland, Unimak is home to one of the most spectacular stratovolcanoes anywhere in the world. Mount Shishaldin is also one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world, its near-perfect cone rises over 9,000 feet on the south side of the island. Wildlife is also prolific including red foxes, ground squirrels, weasels and Alaska brown bears, while wolves and caribou contend for survival.

Day 07 - DUTCH HARBOR & BABY ISLANDS, ALASKA, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

DUTCH HARBOR & BABY ISLANDS, ALASKA, USA

The port of Dutch Harbor, on tiny Amaknak Island, is connected by a bridge to the city of Unalaska, a onetime ancient Aleut Village. It lies 800 miles southwest of Anchorage in the heart of the Aleutian Islands along the “Ring of Fire,” so named for the frequent volcanic activity along the Pacific Rim. These islands were the stepping-stones that lured Russian explorers to Alaska during the 1700s. Sea lions, whales, seals, sea otters, porpoises and rare seabirds are among the area’s wildlife.

ARRIVE – AFTERNOON

DEPART – EVENING

Baby Islands, Alaska, USA

Some of the most valuable seabird habitat in the Aleutian Islands is located about 16 miles from Unalaska. Baby Islands, a group of five small, flat-topped outcrops are important nesting grounds for several species that are rarely seen elsewhere, and it’s worth maneuvering through the challenging waters, especially to see Whiskered Auklets. The islands are one of the few places where these tiny birds nest. Baby Islands also teem with puffins, and are home to petrels, murrelets and guillemots.

Day 08 - ST. GEORGE & ST. PAUL ISLANDS, PRIBILOF ISLANDS, ALASKA, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

St. George, Island, Pribilof Island, Alaska, USA

Nearly 2.5 million rare Red-legged Kittiwakes spend summer amid the soaring cliffs of St. George Island, one of the largest colonies in the northern hemisphere. But it was the fur seal that put the Pribilofs on the map. Searching for a new source of furs, Gavrill Pribilof discovered St. George in 1786. Thankfully in 1984, the US ended all seal hunting here except for subsistence use.

ARRIVE – LATE NIGHT

DEPART – OVERNIGHT

St. Paul Island, Pribilof Island, Alaska, USA

Nearly 250 species of birds have been recorded in the Pribilof Islands. On St. Paul, the largest island, vertical cliffs rising straight out of the sea are crowded with hundreds of thousands, of nesting birds, and even the rare Red-legged Kittiwake is common. Rarer, still, is the dwindling number of native residents. The Pribilofs are home to the world’s largest Aleut population, and their unique customs along with the legacy of fur traders make the islands a destination of cultural interest, as well.

Day 09 - ST. PAUL ISLANDS, PRIBILOF ISLANDS, ALASKA, USA

ARRIVE – OVERNIGHT

DEPART – AFTERNOON

St. Paul Island, Pribilof Island, Alaska, USA

Nearly 250 species of birds have been recorded in the Pribilof Islands. On St. Paul, the largest island, vertical cliffs rising straight out of the sea are crowded with hundreds of thousands, of nesting birds, and even the rare Red-legged Kittiwake is common. Rarer, still, is the dwindling number of native residents. The Pribilofs are home to the world’s largest Aleut population, and their unique customs along with the legacy of fur traders make the islands a destination of cultural interest, as well.

Day 10 - ST. MATHEW ISLAND, ALASKA, USA AND CRUISING THE BERING SEA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

St. Matthew Island, Alaska, USA

More than 200 miles from the nearest village, St. Matthew is an extremely isolated and secluded island, even by Alaska standards. Artic Foxes and Insular Voles (a small rodent) are the only resident mammals. At one time reindeer numbered over 6,000, but suddenly vanished due to extreme snow accumulation. At the most southerly point, huge sea cliffs are home to murres, kittiwakes, cormorants and others, including the snow-white McKay’s Bunting, endemic to the island.

Cruising the Bering Sea

Days at sea are an indulgent invitation to take full advantage of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious amenities and services, from pampering interludes at the Crystal Life Spa & Salon or invigorating work-outs in the state-of-the-art fitness center to wine tastings, culinary presentations, lectures on art and history, or even a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. Of course, the real thrill remains the opportunity for wildlife sightings with our Expedition Team keeping an eye out for nature’s wonders in addition to leading enriching presentations and conversational lectures unique to each destination.

Day 11 - Nome, Alaska, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Nome, Alaska, USA

Sitting at the tip of the Seward Peninsula jutting into the Bering Sea, Nome is about as far away as you can get in Alaska without leaving the civilized world. Native culture, rugged adventure, amazing landscapes, renowned sporting events — Nome has it all. The world-famous Trail Sled Dog Iditarod Race finishes on Front Street. And here too, thousands of stampeders dug the beach for gold during the Great Nome Gold Rush in 1900.

Day 12 - Little Diomede Island, Alaska, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

Little Diomede Island, Alaska, USA

Little Diomede Island (US) sits just two miles to the east of Big Diomede Island (Russia), separated not only by national affiliation but also by the International Dateline. Little Diomede is extremely isolated thanks to the rough seas and persistent fog. During the Cold War, the border between the US and the USSR separating the two became known as the “Ice Curtain.” In 1987, however, Lynne Cox swam from Little Diomede to Big Diomede and was congratulated jointly by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan.

Day 14 - Cross International Date Line

Cross International Date Line

Days at sea are an indulgent invitation to take full advantage of Crystal Endeavor’s luxurious amenities and services, from pampering interludes at the Crystal Life Spa & Salon or invigorating work-outs in the state-of-the-art fitness center to wine tastings, culinary presentations, lectures on art and history, or even a date with Lady Luck at the Resorts World at Sea Casino. Of course, the real thrill remains the opportunity for wildlife sightings with our Expedition Team keeping an eye out for nature’s wonders in addition to leading enriching presentations and conversational lectures unique to each destination.

ARRIVE – AFTERNOON

DEPART – OVERNIGHT

Anadyr, Russia

The easternmost town in Russian, Anadyr has only been a town for just over a century. Its position along the Bering Sea made it pivotal to World War II air transport. Its airfield received thousands of American troops headed to the Eastern Front along the Alaska-Siberian air route, ironically sharing “twin city” status with former foe Bethel, Alaska. The remote town’s colorful architecture stands brightly against the open tundra, set against mountains and the Anadyr River.

Disembark - ANADYR, RUSSIA

ARRIVE – OVERNIGHT

DISEMBARK – AM

ANADYR, RUSSIA

The easternmost town in Russian, Anadyr has only been a town for just over a century. Its position along the Bering Sea made it pivotal to World War II air transport. Its airfield received thousands of American troops headed to the Eastern Front along the Alaska-Siberian air route, ironically sharing “twin city” status with former foe Bethel, Alaska. The remote town’s colorful architecture stands brightly against the open tundra, set against mountains and the Anadyr River.

Post Cruise

ANCHORAGE (SEWARD), ALASKA

Guests enjoy a flight from Anadyr, Russia to Anchorage, USA and an inclusive one-night, post-cruise hotel stay in Anchorage, USA.

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EXPEDITION SUITE

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EXPEDITION SUITE

Interior: 1,290 sq. ft. (119.8 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 735 sq. ft. (68.3 sq. m.)

OWNER'S SUITE

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OWNER’S SUITE

Interior: 1,130 sq. ft. (105 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 737 sq. ft. (63.5 sq. m.)

EXPEDITION PENTHOUSE

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EXPEDITION PENTHOUSE

Interior: 985 sq. ft. (91.5 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 683.5 sq. ft. (63.5 sq. m.)

PENTHOUSE SUITE

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PENTHOUSE SUITES

Interior: 457 sq. ft. (42.5 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 77.5 sq. ft. (7.2 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S7

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DELUXE SUITES S7

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S6

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DELUXE SUITES S6

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S5

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DELUXE SUITES S5

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S4

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DELUXE SUITES S4

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S3

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DELUXE SUITES S3

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S2

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DELUXE SUITES S2

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

DELUXE SUITE - S1

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DELUXE SUITES S1

Interior: 304 sq. ft. (28.3 sq. m.)
Plus Veranda: 51.5 sq. ft (4.8 sq. m.)

| Crystal Endeavor, Yacht Expedition Cruises

CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR™

At 20,000 tons, the all-suite Crystal Endeavor is the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht, equally boasting some of the largest, most spacious suites in all of expedition cruising.

Fares listed are cruise-only, per person in US dollars based on double occupancy and do not include taxes, fees and port charges, which vary by departure. Available on new bookings when booked by June 30, 2019.

Each Crystal Endeavor itinerary balances days at sea with scheduled ports of call, and is intentionally designed to be flexible, allowing the Captain and his team of experts to incorporate unplanned “expedition days” when favorable weather conditions invite the opportunity for uncommon discovery. The Expedition Team will maintain a keen eye so that if an opportunity arises, is permitted and conditions allow, the Captain will attempt to position the vessel accordingly. The order of expedition calls/stops and/or itineraries may change due to weather/sea conditions or permit specifications. At all times, itineraries and ports of call are subject to the Captain’s sole discretion. Zodiac use and/or landings, wildlife sightings and wilderness highlights on any itinerary cannot be guaranteed. Kindly note that children under the age of 6 are not permitted aboard the Zodiacs. Use of submersible, complimentary marina equipment and helicopter is based on each destination’s local rules and regulations and in the sole discretion of the Captain.