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The North Pacific Ocean offers a wild and relatively untouched travelling experience for those looking to stray from the beaten path. Rugged volcanic mountain ranges, massive glaciers, mysterious northern forests, vibrant communities and sun-soaked beaches invite travellers to discover something truly unique. North Pacific cruising offers the most comfortable and stylish way to experience these remarkable locales, and more and more people from all over the world are choosing this region for their cruise holidays. The following are some of the most memorable ports-of-call available for your enjoyment.
Glacier Bay, U.S.A
For impressive wilderness and adventurous shore excursions, a visit to Glacier Bay in Alaska is a must on your pacific cruising holiday. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a United Nations World Heritage site with 3.3 million acres of snow-capped mountain peaks, impressive glaciers, wild fjords, temperate rainforests, and abundant birds and wildlife. Keep you eyes out for whales, seals, otters and bears while enjoying daily activities such as sea kayaking, mountain hiking and salmon fishing. Glacier Bay is also home to some of North America’s earliest residents, so there are plenty of historic towns to explore and lots of Native American artwork to appreciate.
Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada
The Queen Charlotte Islands, known as Haida Gwaii to the local residents, is an extraordinary archipelago made up of over a hundred islands on the west coast of Canada. The coastline is characterised by rugged cliffs dropping straight into the sea and nutrient-rich waters attracting a variety of wildlife such as humpback whales, black bears, dolphins and seabirds. Visitors can explore the traditional and powerful First Nations villages and stroll through the ancient rainforests and the wild and secluded beaches.
The Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
Dominating the Northwest Pacific is the remote and untamed Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. One could visit this area numerous times, as it is vast and filled with towering volcanoes, dense forest and scenery unlike anywhere else in the world. The region is renowned for its abundant salmon-rich rivers, which provide a perfect opportunity to spot the infamous Kamchatka brown bear. A tour of the coast affords fantastic views of western grey, humpback and sperm whales, and provides the opportunity to explore the ghostly remains of Russia’s abandoned military bases and “lost worlds.” This is truly a unique destination to include on your pacific cruising journey and summer and autumn are the best times to visit.
If your desire a vibrant new culture and an array of sunny beaches on your cruise holiday, a cruise to the Japanese island of Ishigaki is recommended. This picturesque port-of-call is just one of the many great stops along the Japanese coastline, but is exciting enough to be a destination in itself thanks to the family-friendly beaches, secluded reefs, and the impressive peak of Mt Nosoko. The abundance of shrines and temples on the island provide a unique cultural experience, while the district of Misakichou offers plenty of entertainment for a night out on the town.
For a warmer North Pacific cruising adventure, consider spending some time in the charming Mexican village of Ensenada, on the Baja California Peninsula. Ensenada, otherwise known as “The Cinderella of the Pacific”, is a popular cruise holiday port-of-call on the west coast of Central America, and is filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels, bars and popular clubs. Lounging on the beach, surfing the world-class waves and enjoying the flavours of local vineyards are just some of the fun activities available.
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