In Russia’s Far East On Silver Discoverer: Talking Photography With Richard Sidey

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Today we set out on Zodiacs in pursuit of one of nature’s most majestic and feared beasts: the mighty bear. We saw more than 20 before the day ended, including mothers and cubs. They tackled terrain that would be unimaginable for two-footed creatures like us. We did hike, however, sticking together in groups, ever mindful… [Read More]

On Silver Discoverer: Visiting Remote Tymlat Village, Plus, An Interview With Conrad Combrink


On Silver Discoverer, Cruising Russia’s Far East There are only a little more than 8,000 Koriak people in the world. A handful of them greeted us when our zodiacs pulled ashore this afternoon in Tymlat Village.  Before entering the village, our spirits were cleansed through a ritual that required us to place a blade of… [Read More]

Day 6 On Silver Discoverer In Russia’s Far East – Visiting An Abandoned Whaling Village & A Story Of Romeo Sans Juliet

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Silver Discoverer: Visiting An Abandoned Whaling Village & Our Butler & Room Attendant from Ralph Grizzle on Vimeo. We knew little about the partially submerged vessel that we were approaching through the mist. The symbol on the smokestack indicated that it was a Soviet era ship. Why it was abandoned remains a mystery.   We… [Read More]

Shoreside Exploring On Silver Discoverer In Russia’s Far East

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Silver Discoverer Shoreside Exploring In Russia’s Far East from Ralph Grizzle on Vimeo. This morning, we cruised into Glubokaya Bay where we discovered a beautiful beach and made our way ashore. We assembled in small groups to learn more about this expansive glacial valley here in the vast Kamchatka region. We broke off into smaller… [Read More]

Day 3 – Our Medallion Suite On Silver Discoverer

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Our Home For Two Weeks: Silver Discoverer’s Medallion Suite from Ralph Grizzle on Vimeo. Our home for our two-week expedition is the most spacious suite on Silver Discoverer. Measuring 408 square feet, including the 27-square-foot balcony, the Medallion Suite features a living room with a sitting area, twin or queen-sized bed and complimentary backpacks and… [Read More]

Silver Discoverer: Provideniya Warmly Welcomes Us Into Russia


Silver Discoverer: Provideniya Warmly Welcomes Us from Ralph Grizzle on Vimeo. Traveling more than 200 nautical miles from Nome, Alaska, Silver Discoverer reached Provideniya, Russia, shortly before noon. As required, I showed my passport and visa to a uniformed border control guard, who stood at the top of the vessel’s gangway. The rosy-cheeked young man… [Read More]

Silver Discoverer Day 1 – Boarding In Nome To Cruise Russia’s Far East


Day 1 — Nome, Alaska, U.S.A. Once all guests have embarked, we depart on our spectacular 15-day, Great Northern Expedition. This afternoon we will be introduced to our expedition team and participate in the safety drill before setting sail. It is 2 a.m. Some things are clear. Others remain shrouded in mystery. Of those things… [Read More]