A Transpacific Cruise: From Japan to Alaska
Be among the few travelers to explore seldom-visited ports along the water and land bridges that connect East and West, as you journey from Alaska to Japan on the all-suite luxury Silver Shadow.
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This once-in-a-lifetime transpacific crossing includes one night in Tokyo, Japan, and a 13-night cruise aboard the Six-Star, all-Suite M.V. Silver Shadow, with many complimentary features aboard ship—all shipboard gratuities and port taxes, personal butler service and beverages throughout the cruise. Cruise from Tokyo, Japan, to Seward, Alaska, across the Bering Sea and the northern Pacific Ocean’s final frontier, with port calls in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, Russia’s Far East, the Aleutian Islands and Alaska’s Kodiak and Homer. A full array of optional excursions allows you to explore at your own pace. A Kyoto/Tokyo, Japan, Pre-Program Option is also offered.
Day 1 — U.S.
Depart the U.S. and cross the International Date Line.
Day 2 — Tokyo, Japan
Arrive in Tokyo and check into a deluxe hotel. The evening is at leisure.
Day 3 — Tokyo, Embark M.V. Silver Shadow
Once a small fishing village dating back to 3000 B.C., Japan’s capital today is the world’s most populous metropolis. At the heart of thriving business districts, you will find the inherent cultural core of time‑honored traditions and compelling history, where intricate Shinto shrines and neighborhood public baths coexist with the latest architectural achievements and the wellspring of Japanese pop culture. Lunch is included during today’s city tour.
This afternoon, embark the M.V. Silver Shadow. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Cruising the North Pacific Ocean
Cruise along the eastern coast of Japan while en route to Hokkaido. This evening, attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception. (B,L,R,D)
Day 5 — Hokkaido, Kushiro, Japan
Arrive at the beautiful coastal port of Kushiro, located in the southeastern part of the largely untamed isle of Hokkaido and facing the Pacific Ocean, is known as “the town of mist” and has been a base for deep-sea fishing for over a century. The thriving Washo fish market sells fresh seafood such as saury, hairy crab, salmon, shishamo (a kind of smelt), and scallops. Nearby, the largest wetland in Japan, Kushiro Marshland, is renowned for its unique ecosystem, which can be observed directly from a wooden walkway. It is home to about 600 plant species and offers habitats for migratory birds and the enormous Japanese crane, a traditional symbol of longevity and good fortune. (B,L,D)
Day 6-7 — Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Enjoy the ship’s Six-Star accommodations while cruising north toward the Bering Sea, traveling along the Kuril Islands, a volcanic archipelago stretching 810 miles from northern Japan to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Attend a private evening reception. (2B,2L,1R,2D)
Day 8 — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka, Russia
Kamchatka,“the land of fire and ice,” is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. The region played a strategic role in the defense of Russian territory and was closed off to the world for decades until after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, resulting in the preservation of its vast, unique, and pristine wilderness, which is dotted with more than 300 volcanoes and inhabited by the world’s largest brown bear population; almost one third of the planet’s Pacific salmon population; and the powerful Steller’s sea eagle, native only to this part of the globe. Petropavlovsk, at the edge of Avacha Bay, is one of Russia’s oldest towns in the Far East and is one of the world’s most beautiful settings as it is surrounded by wilderness sanctuaries and snowcapped mountains. In 1740, the explorer Vitus Bering reached Avacha Bay and from here embarked on his voyage, which led to the discovery of the Aleutian Islands. (B,L,D)
Day 9-11 — Transpacific Crossing, Cross International Date Line (gain a day)
Cruising between port calls in the Kamchatka Peninsula and Dutch Harbor, be on deck to look for marine wildlife such as orca and humpback whales, harbor seals, sea otters, and one of the most dense populations of sea birds on Earth. Enjoy the ship’s six-star amenities—onboard lectures, live entertainment, Relais & Châteaux dining, complimentary fitness classes, a casino, onboard spa treatments and stargazing. Or, simply wrap up in a blanket and relax on deck with a complimentary beverage of your choice while contemplating a panoramic view of the Pacific horizon. (B,L,D)
Day 12 — Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, U.S.
Dutch Harbor has a diverse history where culture and commerce have coexisted since the mid-1700s. Located at the confluence of the North Pacific and the Bering Sea, it is the only natural deepwater port in the Aleutian Islands and leads our nation in both volume and value of seafood caught with more than 800 million pounds processed annually for export. Here, the Museum of the Aleutians contains native artifacts from these islands, which indigenous Aleut people have continuously inhabited for close to 9000 years, while military ruins testify to the area’s strategic value during World War II. (B,L,D)
Day 13 — Cruising the Aleutian Archipelago
Enjoy the day cruising along the Aleutian Islands. (B,L,D)
Day 14 — Kodiak
Twenty thousand years ago, massive glaciers covered most of the Kodiak Archipelago. Their retreat created scenic peaks, fjord‑like bays, and wide U-shaped valleys ideally suited for abundant land and marine life to thrive. These natural resources attracted the Alutiiq, Kodiak’s first inhabitants, who practiced their subsistence lifestyle here as far back as the fourth millennium B.C. Russian fur trappers came to Kodiak in pursuit of sea otter pelts in the 18th century. Following the United States’ purchase of Alaska a century later, Kodiak’s economy shifted to whaling and salmon fishing, and today, its salmon‑ and cod-rich waters make it one of the busiest fishing ports in the country. Explore the island’s historic landmarks highlighting Native American and Russian legacies and experience a wildness that is matched in few other places on Earth.
This evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Show. (B,L,R,D)
Day 15 — Homer
Charming, colorful Homer sits amid lofty snowcapped mountains and blue glaciers on beautiful Kachemak Bay, a sheltered arm of lower Cook Inlet. Archaeologists have identified that inhabitants have cooked mussels and clams on these beaches for thousands of years, beginning with the indigenous Inuit and Tanaina.
In the 1800s, homesteaders and coal miners comprised the area’s population, but today, Homer is known as the “halibut fishing capital of the world,” and is home to an eclectic mix of artists, fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts drawn by a wilderness setting adjacent to the clear‑water bay and the slower pace of life. (B,L,D)
Day 16 — Seward, Anchorage, Return to home city
Disembark in Seward and enjoy a scenic transfer to Anchorage by rail car offering expansive views of magnificent Turnagain Arm and the Kenai Peninsula’s towering snowcapped peaks and glacier‑fed waterfalls. Watch for pods of orca or beluga whales feeding in the coastal waters and Dall sheep grazing along the steep cliffs bordering the train tracks. Transfer to the airport for your flight home that will arrive later today. (B)
All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.