23-Day Luxury Cruise of the Northwest Passage
Step aboard one of the most luxurious yacht in the world on a 23-day expedition from remote Kangerlussuaq, Greenland all the way to Nome, Alaska, through the only possible shipping route between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, the legendary Northwest Passage - all while spotting polar bears, narwhals, glaciers, icebergs and more. Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise staying in a palatial Prestige Balcony Stateroom, while enjoying all meals, drinks and entertainment on board a majestic mega-yacht. Your package also includes flights from Paris to Kangerlussuaq and from Nome to Seattle.
- 22 nights of cruise accommodation in a Prestige Balcony Stateroom located on the fifth deck of the yacht
- Package is valid for one traveller staying in a twin-share room
- All daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- All beverages (excluding premium alcoholic beverages)
You're invited to set sail for the Far North, along a highly coveted maritime route: the Northwest Passage, the only possible shipping route between the Atlantic and the Pacific. During this incredible cruise, you will sail along the west coast of Greenland, seeing some of the largest icebergs in the world – and across Baffin Bay, the marginal sea of the North Atlantic Ocean, retracing the steps of the Franklin expedition. The onboard naturalist will reveal the secrets of the Arctic flora and fauna, while you sail through extraordinary icebergs and spectacular landscapes, admiring wildlife and marine mammals. The beauty of the Arctic will be your companion on this exceptional crossing, set to be an adventure of a lifetime - aboard the most opulent yacht in the world.
What You'll Love
The Yacht – A superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms, two fine dining restaurants and a blissful spa
It will be hard to say goodbye at the end of your 23-day journey. This mega-yacht is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. With a distinctive shape, underlined by the sleek silhouette with smooth contours, a design blending tradition and innovation, and a perfect balance between chic and casual, you will truly feel like you are onboard your own private yacht.
Fitted with luxurious amenities including two fine dining restaurant, a fitness and beauty area, a beautiful panoramic terrace where you can admire the passing landscape, a bridge swimming pool and a stunning theatre, this yacht will take you through the Northerwest Passage in style and class.
Your room – Take in breathtaking views from your private balcony
Cruise like royalty in your grandiose Prestige Balcony Stateroom, located on the fifth deck. Beautifully appointed and boasting a king-size bed, plush robes, French bath products, a spacious bathroom and 24/7 room service, you will be able to relax as you watch the peaceful and icy landscape from your private glass balcony.
The Journey – Set sail like European explorers through the Arctic
For a few short weeks during summer, the temperature in the "roof of the world" rises enough for the ice to melt. Life reappears, nature is reborn, the mythical Northwest route is finally free and L'Austral and its passengers embark on the greatest of the adventures. This journey will see you travelling through the most spectacular landscapes of the Arctic, spotting polar bears, marine animals and birds, discussing all things nature with the onboard Naturalist, cruising by some of the most remote islands and villages in the world, located - as one could say - at the end of the world.
*Kangerlussuaq (Greenland): *The journey begins from this small town in western Greenland, after your flight from Paris.
*Sisimiut (Greenland): *With 5,600 inhabitants, Sisimut is the second largest city in Greenland. Located 40 km north of the Arctic Circle, the town is an important cruise destination, linking Kangerlussuaq to the northern part of Greenland.
*Ilulissat (Greenland): *Wake up to the sound of cracking icebergs as you cruise through Ilulissat. This coastal town in western Greenland is the principal town in the Disco Bay and the most visited place in Greenland. The word Ilulissat means Icebergs – and is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefiord.
*Kullorsuaq (Greenland): *You might spot seals, narwhals and beluga whales as you sail the waters of Kullorsuaq, the northernmost settlement in the Upernavik Archipelago, among the earliest-settled areas of Greenland.
*Savissivik (Greenland): *The crossing of the Baffin Bay starts here, in this tiny village of just 60 inhabitants, with a name that signifies 'the place where you find iron'. Leave the icebergs of Greenland behind, and sail the Baffin Bay on your way to Canada.
Pond Inlet, Nunavut (Canada): Fiords, glaciers and icebergs will be the scenic background as you sail through the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage. Pond Inlet is famous as a great place to see large pods of narwhal.
*Beechey Island, Nunavut (Canada): *Retrace the steps of the courageous captain Franklin as you cruise along this island off the southwest corner of Devon Island, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The so called 'island of lost explorers', Beechey Island is the place where two ships from the 1845 Franklin Expedition anchored with disastrous results.
Fury Beach, Nunavut (Canada): Keep your eyes open, as you might be able to spot polar bears on the shores of Fury Beach, before you start your journey through to Alaska.
*Point Barrow, Alaska (United States): *The first stop in Alaska, Point Barrow is the northernmost point of all the territory of the United States, marking the limit between two marginal seas of the Arctic.
Fairway Rock (United States): Documented by James Cook in 1778, this uninhabited island is a nesting site for seabirds, making it an incredible place to admire wildlife. From marine mammals to sea birds, get ready to spot them all.
*King Island (United States): *A small island in the Bering Sea, King Island is an impressive sight, dominated by steep rocky cliffs.
Nome (United States): Your incredible cruise of the Arctic ends in Nome, where you will board your flight to Seattle.
Valid for cruise departing 24 August 2020. Bookings must be finalised by 15 June 2018 . Please note, your purchase does not complete your booking, details of both passengers must be provided after purchase.
Refund Policy: Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments or change of date - fees are at the cruise company's discretion. The Luxury Escapes '7-Day Change of Mind No Questions Asked Refund Guarantee’ does not apply for cruise bookings.
Your package includes flights from Paris to Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) and from Nome (Alaska) to Seattle.
Important: Please allow time for travelling from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Paris before your onward flight to Kangerlussuaq (Greenland). It is highly recommended to arrive in Paris the day before your included flight and to plan a departure from Seattle the day after your included flight.
*Twin-share package: *Package is valid for ONE PERSON (twin share) aged three years or older. You must purchase and reedem TWO PACKAGES per booking.
Children under 3 years of age not authorized to sail. There are no additional restrictions on NWP. A liability waiver will have to be completed and returned to the cruise company to validate your booking, this is a standard procedure. On expedition cruises, children must be able to disembark/embark by zodiac without assistance and be able to understand and follow safety instructions.
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.
PRESTIGE BALCONY STATEROOM
Cabin size: 18 sqm, plus spacious private balcony
*Bedding Configuration: *Two twin beds or one king bed.
Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.
Dining inclusions do include beverages, except for top shelf alcohol.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.
Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights from Australia are not included with this package.
The package cannot be split.
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.
Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that these cruises are designed for people in good health. Passengers are not advised to take part if they would find it hard to cope with lengthy periods of travel, for whatever reason, or if they have reduced mobility, have been operated on in the last 12 months, have a risk or a history of cardiac conditions or are taking restrictive medical treatments. To ensure yoru comfort and safety, you will be required to complete a confidental medical report with your own doctor, so that the onboard doctor is aware of your general state of health. The cruise company reserve the right to deny access to any passenger deemed by their doctors to have a state of health incompatible with the cruise.
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