Monday, 13 February 2012

Hapag-Lloyd's Epic Trip To Russian Far East

Here's something to pique the curiosity of even the most jaded cruiser, a genuinely rare itinerary that takes in some of the most exotic cruise territory in the world. Circumnavigating the Sea of Okhotsk, with stops in Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will offer their first cruise through the Russian Far East on their 5-star expedition vessel MS Hanseatic this year.

The itinerary will be fully bilingual, departing Otaru, Japan, on June 13, and concluding in Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka, on June 30. The 17-day expedition voyage will lead through the Sea of Okhotsk on a route rarely travelled by cruise ships, one of the last great unexplored sea expeditions in the world. The wildlife on the many remote islands is some of the richest in the world and the scenery of snow-capped volcanoes, dense forest, tundra and meadow is truly spectacular.

The on-board Zodiacs (small inflatable boats) will take guests ashore to observe wildlife such as Stellar Sea Lions, songbirds, birds of prey, seals and sea otters, up close. The mostly uninhabited Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia’s easternmost province, is a dramatic landscape of fire and ice, and the distant and isolated Kuril Islands have mesmerised explorers and traders for centuries.

Excursion options on this itinerary include a helicopter flight to the Valley of the Geysers, considered one of the greatest miracles of nature that can only be visited by air; a Zodiac ride to Cape Utholoskiy, to hopefully view the brown bear; and a walk around Atlasova, an uninhibited island in the Kuril Islands, with the largest active volcano in the area. 

This itinerary starts at £6,448 per person, based on double occupancy for an outside cabin.

For booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's luxury cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.