Jul 08, 2019 - National Geographic Orion
As of 6:30 a.m. National Geographic Orion cruises northward in bright sunlight over the shining, royal blue Bering Sea. We are accompanied by a host of black-legged kittiwakes and northern fulmars that seem to be acting as our guides. Some of us are having a much deserved lie-in after the revelry of last night’s amazing talent show put on by our crew.
We are now bound for Provideniya, the administrative center of Providensky District of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. This small seaport locality is found on the Chukotka Peninsula just across the Bering Strait from the Seward Peninsula and Nome, Alaska. Formerly a booming port city across Komsomolskaya Bay from a large military base, Provideniya fell on hard times following the collapse of the USSR and the sudden departure of the military from the area. The population declined from several thousand to under 2,000 persons, but with some recent growth has 2,500 citizens today.
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