RUSSIAN FAR EAST
& THE ALEUTIAN ISLES

June 12 – 30, 2021

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Wild Shores &

Wondrous Sites

Far-flung isles of wondrous beauty adorn this voyage like gems in a crown. From Otaru’s gas lamp-illuminated canal district, explore the Russian breeding grounds of seals and sea lions and volcano-formed cliffs and lagoons amidst the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Kamchatcka Peninsula’s Valley of Geysers. Observe the thousands of winged residents of the Aleutian Islands, considered a birder’s paradise, then sail on to the most remote frontiers of Alaska’s western front, where rare cackling geese, adorable puffins and brown bears roam.

Throughout this expedition, immerse yourself in rich Japanese and Russian history, wildlife discoveries and grand adventures in less explored regions of the great outdoors.

Cruise Dates

June 12 – 30, 2021

19 NIGHTS

Otaru > Anchorage

Fares From

$17,449

PER PERSON | Fares expire 4/30/2019

DESTINATION

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mount Yotei
  • Lenin Square
  • Valley of the Geysers
  • Nalichevsky Nature Park
  • Sirius Point
  • Aleutian Islands Biosphere Reserve
  • Kodiak’s National Wildlife Refuge
  • Katmai National Park

Fares From

$17,449

PER PERSON

Fares expire 4/30/2019

Itinerary

Day 01 - OTARU, JAPAN

EMBARK – PM

DEPART – 5 PM

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OTARU, JAPAN

A small harbor city, Otaru once played a pivotal role as a fishing and trade port, its main canal still a beautifully preserved representation of that era. Today, the canal district is illuminated with character by old-fashioned gas lamps, lined with warehouses that have been transformed into museums, shops and restaurants. Adventure seekers have an easy quest from Otaru to Mount Yotei, the active stratovolcano that offers challenging hikes and extreme crater skiing.

Day 02 - Korsakov, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

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Korsakov, Russia

The Russian city of Korsakov is nestled on the southern end of Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Okhotsk, just north of Japan’s Hokkaido Island. Korsakov is a gateway to the capital of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, where the architectural style recalls an earlier Japanese presence. The Sakhalin Regional Museum, with elements of European and Japanese design, is the best example of this east-meets-west atmosphere and worth a visit. Other attractions include the Church of St. Nicholas, Lenin Square, and more.

Day 03 - Tyuleniy, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

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Tyuleniy, Russia

A nature lover’s wonderland in the sparkling Sea of Okhotsk, little Tyuleniy Island is a breeding ground for northern fur seals and Steller sea lions. Not surprisingly, its name translates to “seal” in Russian. During the summer months, the rocky island is virtually blanketed in sea mammals barking, bellowing and jostling for the best locations. Other wildlife species literally flock to the island as well, including common murres and kittiwakes.

Day 04 - Yankicha and Srednego Islands, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

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Yankicha and Srednego Islands, Russia

An island of jaw-dropping beauty, tiny Yankicha is the tip of an extinct volcano and one of two islets that form Ushishir Island in the middle of the Russian Kurils. The centerpiece of this lush, green gem of an island is its steep-walled caldera that becomes a glistening lagoon during high tide. Its cliffs and grassy slopes attract scores of birds and a few foxes. Srednego, a speck of an island to the north, is known as a breeding ground for northern fur seals.

Day 05 - Paramushir and Atlasova Islands, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

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Paramushir and Atlasova Islands, Russia

Off the southern tip of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Sea of Okhotsk, are Paramushir and Atlasov islands, part of the volcanic Kuril chain. Paramushir, the largest of the northern Kurils, exudes a natural beauty partly blemished by the presence of abandoned whaling stations. Sea otters are often spotted in its pristine waters. Also visible from its shores is nearby Atlasov, a speck of an island majestically crowned by the Alaid Volcano, the tallest volcano in the Kuril Islands.

Day 06 - Russkaya/Thirka Bay and Cape Kekurnyy, Russia

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – OVERNIGHT

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Russkaya/Thirka Bay and Cape Kekurnyy, Russia

The breathtaking southeastern coast of Russia’s lush, volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula is dotted with several cozy inlets of the Pacific Ocean. One of the most stunning is Russkaya, a pristine fjord-like bay known for its rookery of Steller sea lions and occasional visits from orca whales. Nearby tiny Tikhirka Bay, to the north, and Cape Kekurnyy, to the south, are magnets for an array of wildlife, including sea otters, spotted seals, Steller’s sea eagles, and more.

Day 07 - Russkaya/thirka Bay and Cape Kekurnyy & Petropavlovsk/kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

ARRIVE – OVERNIGHT

DEPART – MORNING

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Russkaya/Thirka Bay and Cape Kekurnyy, Russia

The breathtaking southeastern coast of Russia’s lush, volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula is dotted with several cozy inlets of the Pacific Ocean. One of the most stunning is Russkaya, a pristine fjord-like bay known for its rookery of Steller sea lions and occasional visits from orca whales. Nearby tiny Tikhirka Bay, to the north, and Cape Kekurnyy, to the south, are magnets for an array of wildlife, including sea otters, spotted seals, Steller’s sea eagles, and more.

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Petropavlovsk/Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

The Kamchatsky Peninsula, a mountainous region in northeastern Russia on the Bering Sea, is part of the Ring of Fire, the string of volcanoes that encircle the Pacific. Sixty-eight active volcanoes provide outstanding opportunities for exploration and adventure. Visitors might soak in the hot springs, soar over the volcanoes via helicopter, see the Valley of the Geysers or discover Nalichevsky Nature Park. Petropavlovsk offers trekkers a comfortable place from which to launch their expeditions.

Day 08 - Cross International Date Line

DAY AT 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 09 - ATTU ISLAND & ALAID ISLAND, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

Attu Island, Aleutian Islands, USA

The westernmost point of the United States is the site of the only WWII battle fought on North American soil. Over 2,000 Japanese soldiers lost their lives at the aptly named Massacre Bay. Today this ornithologist’s paradise hosts an array of birds migrating between Asia and the US, including a number of avian rarities rarely seen in North America. In fact Doctor/Birder John Fitchen called Attu “the Holy Grail of North American birding.”

ARRIVE – AFTERNOON

DEPART – EVENING

Alaid Island, Aleutian Islands, USA

The westernmost point of the United States is the site of the only WWII battle fought on North American soil. Over 2,000 Japanese soldiers lost their lives at the aptly named Massacre Bay. Today this ornithologist’s paradise hosts an array of birds migrating between Asia and the US, including a number of avian rarities rarely seen in North America. In fact Doctor/Birder John Fitchen called Attu “the Holy Grail of North American birding.”

Day 10 - Kiska Harbor, Aleutian Islands, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – EVENING

Kiska Harbor, Aleutian Islands, USA

Along with Attu Island, Kiska Island was occupied by the Japanese army during World War II and remnants of their encampments can be found among the rye grass and wildflowers. Sirius Point is home to one of the most important marine bird colonies in the Aleutians, including the world’s largest Crested and Least Auklet populations, numbering over 1.4 million.

Day 11 - ADAK ISLAND & UMNAK ISLAND, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

Adak Island, Aleutian Islands, USA

Although the census indicates 326 residents, a mere 80 brave souls remain year round, living among the ruins of a more prosperous time while braving some of the most wild weather on the planet. A thriving WWII military base and Cold War stronghold, the town was one of Alaska’s largest cities during its heyday. Still, the stunning landscape, decaying infrastructure and resilient people are a shutterbug’s dream, and the winds blow in many vagrants from Asia — a blessing for birders.

ARRIVE – EVENING

DEPART – LATE NIGHT

Umnak Island, Aleutian Islands, USA

Snowcapped volcanoes, thick, green grasslands, hot springs, fumaroles, mud baths and the only geysers in Alaska assault the senses on this magical Island, the largest of the Fox Islands and third largest island in the Aleutian archipelago. Yet few come to experience its beauty and sparse human habitation consists of a small cattle ranch and one Aleut settlement, the single surviving village of twenty-two Aleut villages herein the mid-1600s at the beginning of the fur trade.

Day 12 - SEGUAM & CHAGULAK ISLAND, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – MORNING

Seguam Island, Aleutian Islands, USA

There are two calderas but only a single resident on this mountainous oval-shaped island located in the Andreanof group. There have been ten recorded eruptions since the late 18th century, the most recent in 1993 at Pyre Peak, the highest mountain on the island. After the eradication of the predatory Arctic fox in 1996, birds have been slowly returning including the rare Whiskered Auklet.

ARRIVE – AFTERNOON

DEPART – AFTERNOON

Chagulak Island, Aleutian Islands, USA

The hoarse cackling of nearly 1 million fulmars fill the sea, sky and cliffs on this uninhabited island in the Islands of the Four Mountains. Chagulak also plays host to some of the world’s most active volcanoes including the Cleveland Volcano, at 5,675 feet one of the highest in the Aleutians. Along the steep cliffs and shoreline, unique geologic formations provide homes to fulmars, gulls, eagles and horned puffins as well, an unbelievable biomass of birds.

Day 13 - DUTCH HARBOR & BABY ISLANDS, ALASKA, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

Dutch Harbor, 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 14 - 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 15 - CHIGNIK & SEMIDI ISLANDS, ALASKA, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – MORNING

CHIGNIK ISLANDS, 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.

ARRIVE – AFTERNOON

DEPART – EVENING

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.

Day 16 - Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – OVERNIGHT

Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA

Katmai National Park is on the top of many “Best of Alaska” lists because of its otherworldly landscape, including 15 active volcanos. Here you can get up close and personal to abundant wildlife. Brown bears are ubiquitous. You can spot them digging for clams on the low tide, munching on berries, roots and grasses ashore and fishing for salmon. Not only bears enjoy fishing in Geographic Harbor – keen anglers come here to catch halibut, cod and rockfish in the bay, and the waters around the harbor are also known to be fishing grounds for seals, otters, whales and countless seabirds.

Day 17 - o KATMAI NATIONAL PARK & KODIAK, ALASKA, USA

DEPART – MORNING

Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA

Katmai National Park is on the top of many “Best of Alaska” lists because of its otherworldly landscape, including 15 active volcanos. Here you can get up close and personal to abundant wildlife. Brown bears are ubiquitous. You can spot them digging for clams on the low tide, munching on berries, roots and grasses ashore and fishing for salmon. Not only bears enjoy fishing in Geographic Harbor – keen anglers come here to catch halibut, cod and rockfish in the bay, and the waters around the harbor are also known to be fishing grounds for seals, otters, whales and countless seabirds.

ARRIVE – OVERNIGHT

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 18 - Homer, Alaska, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – AFTERNOON

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 19 - Kenai Fjords National Park, USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DEPART – LATE NIGHT

Kenai Fjords National Park, USA

Nearly 40 glaciers including 5 tidewater glaciers flow from the immense Harding Ice field, carving mile-deep fjords surrounded by caverns of rock and ice. Forests extend between the ice field and the sea. Meadows bloom spectacularly in summer. And the abundance of wildlife is equally spectacular — black bears, coyotes and moose. Eagles and falcons soar overhead, seals, otters and sea lions sun on rocky shores, whales cavort, and the stark, shimmering beauty stretches endlessly toward the horizon.

Disembark - Anchorage (Seward), USA

ARRIVE – MORNING

DISEMBARK – 7:30 AM

Anchorage (Seward), USA

Kenai Fjords National Park, Resurrection Bay, the SeaLife Center research aquarium, not to mention the charm of the town itself, all conspire to make Seward one of the most appealing destinations in Alaska. You might paddle a kayak on the lookout for sea otters, hike one of the many beautiful hiking trails near town, embark on a fishing expedition or ride a wheeled sled pulled by a team of 12 spry and intelligent dogs.

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Pricing Per Suite Category

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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.)

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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 April 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.