Cruises from Aleutian Islands
Actually the peaks of a submarine mountain range, the Aleutian Islands, part of the U.S. state of Alaska, are now part of the National Wildlife Refuge. They were set aside in 1980 as a 3.3-million-acre unit of the 4.9-million-acre Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. This chain of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller ones belong to both the United States and Russia.
They divide the Bering Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south, and cross the International Date Line. Ships call at Iliuliuk Bay, Dutch Harbor, near the centre of the chain.