Sailing from United States
Setting sail from Nome
Only accessible by air or sea, the remote Alaskan town of Nome sits overlooking the Bering Strait, surrounded by miles of largely featureless tundra. This was once a boomtown; the discovery of easily extractable gold in 1898 led to a gold rush, and you can still see the remnants of the mining industry which thrived here.
The former Soviet military port of Provideniya is home to just 2,000 people, many of whom belong to the Yupik indigenous group. The port sits on a fjord sheltered from the Bering Sea, and is close to the southern limits of the Arctic ice pack.
Russia: Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs
The island of Yttygran lies close to the coast of Chukotka, and is famous for its mysterious shrine known as Whale Bone Alley. This striking arrangement of bowhead whale skulls, jawbones and stones may have been used for initiation rituals or sporting contests, or may simply have been a centre for hunting and storing whale meat.
Russia: Cape Kuyveveem
United States: Hall Island
United States: St Matthew Island
United States: St Paul Island
St Paul is the largest of the Pribilof Islands, situated in the middle of the Bering Sea between the US and Russia. Sparsely populated by humans, the island comes alive in summer with some 500,000 northern fur seals and sea birds including tufted puffins, auklets, kittiwakes, cormorants and fulmars.
United States: Dutch Harbor
Dutch Harbor is the port that serves the city of Unalaska, and is known for the hardy fishermen who brave the turbulent, icy seas off the Aleutian Islands. Points of interest include the remains of defensive fortifications built during the Second World War and the striking Russian Orthodox church.
United States: Unga Island, Castle Bay
United States: Larsen Bay (Kodiak Island)
Kodiak is known as Alaska’s ‘Emerald Isle’ thanks to the lush green countryside, a landscape crisscrossed by gushing salmon-filled streams that provides a home to around 3,000 Kodiak bears, the world’s largest. Other wildlife to look out for around Larsen Bay includes sea lions, puffins and eagles.
United States: Chiswell Islands
The craggy cliffs and sea caves of the uninhabited Chiswell Islands provide a home for millions of marine birds, including tufted puffins, black-legged kittiwakes and pelagic cormorants, as well as a small rookery of endangered Steller sea lions.
United States: Holgate Glacier
Holgate Glacier is one of the most spectacular sights in Kenai Fjords National Park, a blue-tinged river of ice that crackles and pops as it calves into the waters of Holgate Arm. As you approach you’ll see icebergs floating across the bay, and you may also spot harbour seals hunting for fish.
Arriving in Seward
The tiny city of Seward, home to just 3,000 people, enjoys a spectacular setting on the edge of Resurrection Bay, on Alaska's southern coast. Surrounded by the mountains and forests of the Kenai Fjords National Park, it's a great base for exploring the Harding Ice Field and the stunning scenery of the Kenai Peninsula. It's also a hub for activities including sea kayaking, birding and whale watching, and has a pleasant downtown area with plenty of shops and good quality restaurants. If you have time, the excellent Alaska Sealife Centre is also well worth a visit.
The train journey between Seward and Anchorage is a must.
For once-in-a-lifetime tailor-made itineraries, Mundy Adventures specialises in expedition cruises to some of the most wonderful places on earth; places often only accessible by water.
Your home from home
The intimate and popular Silver Cloud is reborn as a stylish expedition ship, following an extensive refurbishment in August 2017.
What we love
The lovely Silver Cloud is now part of Silversea's Expeditions fleet, with a reduced capacity, an ice-strengthened hull and 18 zodiacs making this one of the most luxurious expedition ships at sea.
|Capacity||260 guests (200 guests in polar regions)|
|Crew||208 International Staff|
|Style||Cosy, welcoming, stimulating, exciting - this ship has it all! If you enjoy the finer things in life but have an adventurous spirit, you will find yourself in congenial company on board.|
|Cruising speed||18 knots|
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Where to stay in Seward
If you’re here, you’re probably not stopping long. You get a better choice of hotels in nearby Anchorage.
What to do around Seward
Go kayaking if you can – once you are away from the noise of engines and people, the peace is amazing.