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MS BREMEN - from Otaru to Otaru
Cruise BRE1709
07.06.2017 - 23.06.2017 (19 days)
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07.06.2017 - 23.06.2017

Expedition Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands: Russia's primeval force in a class of its own

MS BREMEN - from Otaru to Otaru

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Cruise BRE1709

07.06.2017 - 23.06.2017

19 days (16 days cruise only)

    Elemental and untouched, remote and awe-inspiring: the Russian Far East. Venturing into this vast region, with its volcanoes and geysers, is like stepping far back in time, into a geology book that has come to life. The BREMEN and Zodiacs will take you to wild coastlines, tundra in bloom, and the territory of bears, whales and seabirds – a fascinating natural world that people rarely experience.


    Expedition
    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - MS BREMEN

    Your personal expedition

    Having been awarded four stars by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018, the BREMEN is the perfect setting for a truly personal expedition with no more than 155 guests. The wonderful experiences of nature that you will enjoy on your cruise are also reflected in the ship’s ambience. A concept in which our architects and designers break new ground to create a special sense of well-being. With carpets, patterns and materials which reflect the animal and plant kingdoms in their appearance and an awe-inspiring chandelier shaped like a school of fish, enjoy an extraordinarily authentic ship with true character.

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    Your cabins & suites on MS BREMEN

    Outside cabin (category 6) with veranda
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins with balcony on Deck 6
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    • cabins 615 – 618 have two twin beds that cannot be joined together
    Outside cabin (category 1) with portholes
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins
    • Ocean view included: maritime portholes on Deck 3
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    Outside cabin (category 2-5) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins
    • Ocean view included: panoramic window on Deck 4-5
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    • Cabins 409 and 411 have disabled facilities
    Suite (category 7) with veranda
    • Comfortable: 24 m² suite with veranda on Deck 7
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Monday, 05.06.2017

    Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo

    Tuesday, 06.06.2017

    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Wednesday, 07.06.2017

    Scheduled flight to Sapporo
    Otaru (Sapporo)/Japan, departure 18.00 hrs

    Thursday, 08.06.2017

    Rishiri/Japan

    Lands of literary greatness
    Northern Japan will be the prologue to your adventure. The island of Rishiri off Hokkaido is dominated by a mountain of the same name, with a cone-shaped peak. It is spring – the perfect time to head out with the BREMEN experts to discover nature, just as the terrain is reclaimed by plant life bursting with colour.

    Friday, 09.06.2017

    Sakhalin/Russia (Korsakov, Tyuleny )

    The course will take you to the Sea of Okhotsk, where Anton Chekhov brought literary notoriety to the island of Sakhalin when he wrote about the erstwhile penal colony of Korsakov in his travelogue. Still impressed by the historical details, you will then take a Zodiac to the east coast of the island of Tyuleny. Its beaches are home to huge colonies of seals and its jagged cliffs are populated by flocks of common murres. Here – like so many other places on this route – whales can often be spotted.

    Sunday, 11.06.2017

    Kuril Islands (Brad Chirpoy, Lovushka Islands)

    The Ring of Fire – a wonder of nature
    Hardly any other region in the world offers so mesmerising a reflection of the natural forces of the Pacific Ring of Fire than the Russian Far East. The beautiful Kuril Islands extend for 1,200 km (745 mi.) and bear witness to ancient volcanic activity. Overgrown mountain peaks shimmer through the mist and the spray thunders against steep cliffs: in this unspoilt expeditionary territory, numerous Zodiac rides and landings will allow you to experience the vastness of nature up-close. The animal observations are a truly special part of the adventure. Brad Chirpoy, for example, part of an archipelago with still-active volcanoes, is home to one of the Kuril Islands’ largest sea lion colonies. With a bit of luck, the Zodiacs will let you see marine mammals and seabirds up-close along the Lovushka Islands. The basalt coast provides birds with shelter and you with the most stunning subjects for your photos.

    Tuesday, 13.06.2017 to
    Friday, 16.06.2017

    Kamchatka (Russkaya Bay , two days in Petropavlovsk, Zhupanova , Bering )

    The many facets of Kamchatka could fill several books: active and extinct volcanoes, glittering glaciers and deep fjords, verdant forests and crystal-clear rivers. In this wilderness, you can experience all four seasons in one day. The BREMEN’s route is adjusted according to daily weather conditions and expected sightings, so it feels like a true expedition. Experience the power and vastness of this landscape late into the evenings when it is still light, for example, on a hike with the experts through the overgrown valley, where you might observe sea otters in Russkaya Bay. The renowned scientists and researchers who accompany you will happily help you expand your knowledge of different eras of Russian history – whether you’re interested in the indigenous peoples – the Itelmen and the Koryaks – or the Cossack conquerors. You will then see the inhabitants of Petropavlovsk, the scientific and cultural centre of Kamchatka, in a new light. The bizarre landscape that surrounds it was formed 20,000 years ago. To marvel at the spectacle of fuming sulphur springs and columns of water from the perspective of the sea eagle, take a helicopter flight to the Valley of the Geysers*. The flight to Nalychevo Nature Park* also promises breathtaking panoramas and the opportunity to bathe in the wilderness upon arrival. Alternatively, a challenging hike up Avacha volcano* will reward you with fantastic views. The Zodiac ride in Zhupanova promises pure fascination: here you should keep a lookout for seals, Steller’s sea eagles and bears out hunting. This is the time of year when Pacific salmon return to the rivers to spawn. They make a real culinary treat – not least for Kamchatka’s bears. From this natural kingdom, the BREMEN will set off for the island of Bering, where the great pioneering acts of a famous explorer will be brought to life. Vitus Bering ran aground here in 1741 on the way home from his second Kamchatka expedition. The BREMEN’s experts will show you how the few residents of the typical village of Nikolskoje live nowadays.

    Sunday, 18.06.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 19.06.2017

    Kuril Islands (including Atlasova, Matua, Yankicho (Ushishir))

    The regional experts will also shed light on the area’s volcanological history at the black lava beach of Atlasova. Discover exciting information about the Alaid, one of the highest volcanoes in the Kuril Islands at over 2,000 m (6,561 ft). On Matua, you will visit the place where there were once clashes between the Japanese and the Russians; abandoned buildings and a runway bear witness to an eventful past. On Yankicho, you can delve deep inside the steep caldera in the Zodiacs if the weather is good – it is a haven for seals, foxes and seabirds. Perhaps it will even be possible to go for a walk along the edge of the crater and see the lake inside and the island’s many birds.

    Wednesday, 21.06.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Thursday, 22.06.2017

    Korsakov/Sakhalin

    A relaxing day at sea will take you back via Korsakov (official stop) to Otaru.

    Friday, 23.06.2017

    Otaru (Sapporo)/Japan, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Journey to Sapporo
    Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)

    A pleasant way to round off your time here and an opportunity to look back on the many stages of your expedition. How will you remember the Russian Far East – as a great adventure or a Russian fairy tale?

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    Optional bookable
    Saturday, 24.06.2017

    Scheduled flight from Sapporo to Frankfurt

    Pre & Post-Program for your trip

    The following programmes can be booked.

    Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
    For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

    Following programmes we offer in German:

    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: IMPERIAL CITIES OF JAPAN: KYOTO, NARA AND TOKYO
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: TOKYO – TRADITION AND MODERNITY

    A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The Zodiac landings are subject to official approval. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and the local conditions.

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

    A geologist in a team of experts

    Steffen Graupner studied geophysics, physics, meteorology, astrophysics and geology. His specialist fields include active volcanoes and the geology of Russia. He also indulges in photojournalism with a focus on nature and people. This makes him the perfect person to thrill you with vivid presentations.


    MS BREMEN - Your Personal Expedition

    The BREMEN

    Having been awarded four stars by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018, the BREMEN is the perfect setting for a truly personal expedition with no more than 155 guests. The wonderful experiences of nature that you will enjoy on your cruise are also reflected in the ship’s ambience. A concept in which our architects and designers break new ground to create a special sense of well-being. With carpets, patterns and materials which reflect the animal and plant kingdoms in their appearance and an awe-inspiring chandelier shaped like a school of fish, enjoy an extraordinarily authentic ship with true character.

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    Cabins & Suites

    Freedom with an ocean view: Every one of the 80 outside cabins and 2 suites on the BREMEN gives you lots of space to relax in complete comfort. The personal touch is highlighted by the little things, such as the bathrobe, the mini bar (which is refilled with soft drinks for free every day) and the live images from the forward-view camera. You can also adjust the temperature of your room to suit you. And naturally, you can always enjoy an ocean view through wide panoramic windows, through the maritime portholes or from your private balcony.
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    Culinary art, bars & lounges

    A cruise of culinary discovery: Against the backdrop of the most beautiful expedition regions, you can enjoy excellent cuisine – such as the fantastical creations and modern interpretations of our chef de cuisine here in the restaurant. On the Lido Deck, a barbecue al fresco is just as inspiring as a drink in the Panorama Lounge with its incredible views. The BREMEN Club is always a popular meeting place for breakfast, the lunch buffet or evening cocktails at the bar. Whatever place you choose, it will be just to your taste.

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    Experiences & relaxation

    Enjoy your time: Relax in the sauna, in the pool or on the sun deck. Feeling good has never been so interesting.

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    Prestigious experts on board

    Personal touch: On the BREMEN, there are many ways to add a personal touch to your expedition moments. Marvel at spectacular views of the most beautiful natural spectacles and animal worlds and absorb new information during the numerous talks held by experts. They can also compound your experiences before and after shore excursions with their precaps and recaps. Alternatively, how about a literary expedition through the well-stocked on-board library of specialist literature and fiction books?

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    Additional included services

    The cruise price (cruise only) includes, among other things:

    • Expedition in the booked category
    • Full board on the ship (early bird breakfast, breakfast, bouillon, lunch and dinner, afternoon coffee and tea with pastries, midnight snack)
    • All landings or rides in the ship’s own Zodiacs or tenders (potential admission fees or guided tours by local tour guides not included)
    • Experienced experts give lectures, provide in-depth answers to questions about the cruising area and accompany Zodiac landings.
    • Champagne awaits you in your cabin on your day of arrival
    • Mini bar filled with soft drinks in the cabin (refilled daily)
    • Flat screen, DVD player and Wi-Fi service in every cabin; on the HANSEATIC, also access to a private e-mail account as well as an integrated video-on-demand system
    • German ship, cruise and expedition management as well as a German- and English-speaking service crew on board
    • Sending and receiving e-mails (up to 1 MB) free of charge
    • Comprehensive information about the cruise, service handbooks about the flora and fauna of the Arctic and Antarctica as well as expedition maps
    • Information about the port or destination (when available) in the cabin in the form of pocket-size travel guides
    • Depending on the destination, warm parkas and rubber boots as well as snorkelling equipment and Nordic Walking are provided on loan (subject to the destination and subject to availability).
    • Free use of all on-board facilities (except services of the photo shop, hairdresser, massage, boutique, Internet)
    • Harbour and airport fees
    • Travel cancellation insurance, cancellation fee insurance (both only included for guests of the European Economic Area and Switzerland) and bankruptcy insurance.
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