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Volcanic Russia to become “hot” new port-of-call

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 7 - 2007

Sun Princess Remote active volcanoes in Russia will be part of the itinerary for passengers embarking in Sydney, Australia on a 75-day cruise holiday from Australia around the Pacific Ocean. Princess Cruises Sun Princess is set to sail to the remote Russian port of Petropavlovsk as part of an “epic” journey around the Pacific.

The ship departs Sydney on July 14, 2008 and is the longest cruise ever offered from Australia, according to Princess Cruises, with passengers set to visit 29 ports. “The rarely-visited port of Petropavlovsk will feature in the leg between San Francisco and Beijing. Volcanologists describe the icy-capped cone of Kronotsky near Petropavlovsk as the world’s most beautiful volcano,” notes Princess Cruises.

The line adds that the Kamchatka Peninsula is populated by less than one person per square kilometre and features 100,000 lakes. Lying on the Pacific’s vast Rim of Fire, the Kamchatka is a land of volcanoes (over 162, many still active) and home to Siberia’s last unspoiled stretch of taiga where wildlife abounds. The peninsula harbors Eurasia’s largest stock of brown bears, as well as large populations of snow sheep, ermine, foxes and Steller’s sea eagles. Offshore, the waters are teeming with wild salmon, fur seals, killer whales, dolphins and gray whales. Unfamiliar to travelers, Kamchatka was home to Soviet military bases during the Cold War, and the peninsula was off-limits, not only to foreigners, but to Soviet citizens as well. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the door has been opened for tourism to this striking destination.

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