Caribbean Sea – Discover Keys, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 2)
- See a mixture of colorful cities and beautiful remote islands around the Caribbean
- Spot wildlife such as turtles, dolphins, sharks, monkeys, and iguanas
- Get to know the region’s rich indigenous culture as well as its colonial and pirate history
- Enjoy onboard yoga and meditation classes with a professional instructor
- Day 1 Miami, Florida, USA
- Day 2 Key West, USA
- Day 3-4 At sea
- Day 5 Belize City, Belize
- Day 6 Lighthouse Reef, Belize
- Day 7 Isla de Útila, Honduras
- Day 8 Cayos Cochinos, Honduras
- Day 9 Trujillo
- Day 10 At sea
- Day 11 Isla de Providencia
- Day 12 Corn Islands, Nicaragua
- Day 13 Bocas del Toro, Panama
- Day 14 At Sea
- Day 15 San Blas Island, Panama
- Day 16 Colón
Your expedition starts in Miami’s cocktail of cultures that blends vibes from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. The architecture features one of the greatest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. Start your trip early with an optional Pre-Program to explore more of what Miami offers.
The southernmost island in the Florida Keys and only 87 miles from Cuba, laid-back Key West is perfect for a day of exploration. Take a stroll amid courtyards, gardens, and 19th century architecture in Old Town. Don’t forget to visit the Ernest Hemmingway House Museum.
IncludedKey West - Old Town TrolleyA one hour private tour on the Conch Tour Train or Old Town Trolley is the best way to see the charming Southernmost City.
Key West Mangrove Eco TourEscape the ordinary - only 15 minutes from busy downtown Key West. Visit the pristine paradise of Geiger Key.
Key West – Best of Food Walking Tour and Mojito WorkshopEnjoy the ‘best of’ Key West during this foodie walking tour.
Key West – Historic Walking Tour and Hemingway’s HouseWelcome to Key West. Stroll along lively Duval Street with a guide and experience local energy as you make your way to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
The Expedition Team will prepare you for the next few days of the expedition, which will be full of tropical island experiences. Spend time on deck and look for seabirds or other marine wildlife, or make the most of the pleasant weather with an invigorating yoga class.
The cityscape here features handsome colonial houses, seaside parks, and busy shopping areas. Cross the Belize City Swing Bridge, browse art shops, or visit the museum to learn more about the country’s Mayan legacy. Join an excursion to the Lamanai temple in the surrounding jungle and look for crocodiles, fruit bats, spider monkeys, and herons.
We land at the uninhabited Half Moon Caye island in the Lighthouse Reef, the most remote of the atolls. The island is Belize’s oldest bird sanctuary and the only nesting site in the region for red-footed boobies. It is also the country’s first marine protected area, home to endangered loggerhead, hawksbill, and green turtles.
At just 8 miles long and 3 miles wide, Utila is the smallest of the Bay Islands. The town of Utila is the island´s only settlement, set on a curving bay with two short beaches. The island forms part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world and is home to gentle whale sharks up to 20 feet long.
This archipelago is strictly protected and no commercial fishing is allowed. There aren’t even any roads, cars, or motorbikes. This high level of preservation has left the waters here with the healthiest and most pristine marine life in the Bay Islands. It is quite possibly the most beautiful place in all of Honduras.
Easily explored on foot, Trujillo enjoys white-sand beaches and views of soaring mountains. Visit the three Garífuna fishing villages, meet the welcoming indigenous people, and try gifitti, a traditional drink. The old Fortress of Santa Barbara overlooks the bay and a museum recounts the area’s eventful history from Christopher Columbus to pirates and banana companies.
Join the Expedition Team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh sea air as you scout for wildlife. Continue your yoga routine and unwind with a guided meditation.
This tiny Colombian island in the Spanish Caribbean is a rare and unspoiled find off the beaten path. Tour the deserted golden beaches by buggy cart or go in search of pirate Henry Morgan’s hidden treasure. The diverse coral reefs are a primary attraction of the UNESCO’s Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, and kaleidoscopic marine life inspires the above local marine environment´s nickname of the ‘Sea of Seven Colors.’
IncludedProvidencia - Cultural ShowWith influences from Latin America, Africa and the Antilles the music of Providencia is of la socca, calypso, mento, foxtrot, Jumping Polka, Shoteische and pasillo!
Adventure to the PeakThis is a tour to the highest mountain of the island and a nature reserve.
Providencia – Snorkeling TourIsla de Providencia is at the heart of UNESCO's Seaflower Biosphere, which cover approximately 10 percent of the entire Caribbean. Among the features protected by the biosphere is Providencia's coral reef— 32 kilometres (20 miles) long and one of the largest reefs in the western hemisphere.
Providencia - Island TourThe tour starts with a guided walk across the pedestrian bridge to the beautiful island of Santa Catalina. The footpath leads past mangroves and guests will learn about the mangrove ecosystem.
Most of the local Creole population on Great Corn live in colorful wooden houses, engaging in lobster fishing. Hike up Mount Pleasant Hill for views of the coves and stunning horseshoe bays. Pristine coral reefs surround local islands, tantalizing snorkelers with the likes of barracudas, nurse sharks, hammerheads, green sea turtles, and spotted eagle rays.
Bocas del Toro is a stunning archipelago brimming with deserted sandy beaches, teeming coral reefs, and lush rainforest. It is home to Panama's first National Marine Park and one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. This `Galápagos of the Caribbean´ supports wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, turtles, sloths, monkeys, and iguanas.
Bocas del Toro - Sustainable Cacao FarmGreat views and chocolate tasting with a “feel good” factor! Enjoy a short boat tour and brief hike to the beautiful and fascinating Bocas Sustainable Farm.
Bocas del Toro - Cayo ZapatillaVisit the picturesque Zapatilla Cay – the setting for numerous episodes of the “Survivor” series. Enjoy the white sand beaches and fine coral for snorkelling as we scan for exotic wildlife.
Cacao Farm & Indigenous CommunityGet a taste of life in a Ngabe village, learn about organic cacao and enjoy a delicious chocolate tasting as you support the local community.
Use the Science Center’s state-of-the-art microscopes to observe the tiniest creatures in samples taken during the voyage. The Expedition Team never run out of interesting subjects to share with you that are relevant to this journey. Make sure you don’t miss today’s yoga session: Healthy body, Healthy mind. If the weather permits, we will hold our guided meditation class outside under the stars.
More than 365 keyes, islands, and reefs make up the San Blas Islands Only 49 of the islands are inhabited, exclusively by the Guna Yala indigenous people, who protect their islands by only accepting ecologically friendly tourism and shunning mass market cruise ships. Try fresh red snapper with coconut rice and a Coco-Loco drink before relaxing in a beach-side hammock.
This wonderful voyage ends at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. Colón’s Canal Expansion Observation Center has viewing platforms over the locks and Gatún Lake. After saying farewell to MS Fram, add on a few extra nights with a Post-Program to explore even more.
Included in Your Expedition
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
- À la carte restaurant Lindstrømincluded for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center,which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- Citizen Scienceprogram allows guests to assist with current scientific research
- Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym
- Yoga and meditation sessions with an instructor
- Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
- Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
Not Included In Your Expedition
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
- No gratuities expected
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Passenger capacity||318 (200 in Antarctica)|
|Length||114 m / 374 ft|
|Beam||20.2 m / 66 ft|
The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.
Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.
Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.