Caribbean Sea – Hidden Highlights and Sailing Through the Panama Canal (Itinerary 1)
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MS Roald Amundsen
15 Days

Caribbean Sea – Hidden Highlights and Sailing Through the Panama Canal (Itinerary 1)

Price from $ 6,853
$ 4,797
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
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Departure
September 25, 2021
  • See colorful cities and beautiful remote islands in several Caribbean countries
  • Enjoy onboard yoga and meditation classes with a professional instructor
  • Spot wildlife such as whales, turtles, dolphins, sharks, monkeys, and iguanas
  • Experience a transit of the Panama Canal aboard your expedition ship

Itinerary

This expedition cruise takes you island hopping in the Caribbean, ending the journey with a transit through the Panama Canal. From Nassau, we visit stunning tropical islands in The Bahamas, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Nicaragua, and Panama. You’ll visit the Caribbean´s best beaches, lagoons, and coral reefs, and enjoy a relaxing onboard yoga and wellness program.
Day 1
Nassau, The Bahamas
Beautiful Bahamanian Resort
Experience vibrant marine life at local coral reefs.
Experience vibrant marine life at local coral reefs.
Photo: Shutterstock

A former pirate haven, lively Nassau still trades in rum and cigars, but now sports a bustling central shopping district and endless options to wine and dine. New Providence Island and Paradise Island are also renowned for their beaches and splendid coral reefs. Take some time to explore more with a Pre-Program before your expedition.

Experience vibrant marine life at local coral reefs.
Experience vibrant marine life at local coral reefs.
Photo: Shutterstock
Tradition and modernity in colourful Nassau.
Tradition and modernity in colourful Nassau.
Photo: Shutterstock
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Enjoy perfect horizons at sea.
Enjoy perfect horizons at sea.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 2
At Sea
Serenity at Sea
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Enjoy a pleasant day at sea on the way to the Inagua Islands. The Expedition Team will begin their lecture series on the Caribbean. Spend time on deck looking for birds and other marine life following the ship’s wake. Make the most of the perfect climate and join a yoga class out on deck.

Day 3
Inagua Islands, The Bahamas
Flamingos, Lighthouses, and…Salt
One of the 80,000 flamingos on Inagua.
One of the 80,000 flamingos on Inagua.
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With 140 different species of exotic birds, including over 80,000 flamingos, Inagua is a birdwatcher’s dream. The mangroves are also a natural habitat for nesting hawkbill and green sea turtles. Visit one of the three remaining kerosene-burning, hand-cranked lighthouses in The Bahamas or learn about the Island’s main industry, salt production, from the friendly locals.

One of the 80,000 flamingos on Inagua.
One of the 80,000 flamingos on Inagua.
Photo: Shutterstock
Explore untouched natural beauty.
Explore untouched natural beauty.
Photo: Shutterstock
Wander the charming lanes of the quiet capital.
Day 4
Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos
Sleepy Capital
Fine British Bermudian architecture in Cockburn.
Fine British Bermudian architecture in Cockburn.
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Idyllic beach in Turks and Caicos.
Idyllic beach in Turks and Caicos.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 4
Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos
Sleepy Capital
Wander the charming lanes of the quiet capital.
Wander the charming lanes of the quiet capital.
Photo: Shutterstock

As capitals go, few are as calm and quiet as Cockburn. The long, narrow streets are lined with old street lamps and featuring 18th and 19th century British-Bermudian architecture. The National Museum houses Taíno artifacts and an exhibit of the Molasses Reef Wreck, the oldest known European shipwreck in the Americas, dated 1505.

Day 5
At Sea
Relax Onboard
Learn in our Science Center.
Learn in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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 watch for wildlife. Use the Science Center’s state-of-the-art microscopes to observe the tiniest creatures in samples taken during this voyage. Continue your yoga routine and unwind with guided meditation.

Learn in our Science Center.
Learn in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Enjoy sun and sky on deck.
Enjoy sun and sky on deck.
Photo: Nils Lund
Take a bamboo raft to Monkey Island.
Day 6
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Jamaica’s Hidden Retreat
Explore Jamaica´s natural beauty.
Explore Jamaica´s natural beauty.
Photo: Shutterstock
Discover local waterfalls.
Discover local waterfalls.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 6
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Jamaica’s Hidden Retreat
Take a bamboo raft to Monkey Island.
Take a bamboo raft to Monkey Island.
Photo: shutterstock

Once a beach escape for celebrities in the 1940s, this quiet town is tucked well away from Jamaica’s more touristy areas. With its makeshift markets and friendly street vendors, there is a romantic, slow-paced rhythm here. Trek to the stunning Reach Waterfall and famed Blue Lagoon or take a bamboo raft to the aptly named Monkey Island.

Day 7
Montego Bay, Jamaica
The Melting Pot of ‘Mobay’
Coastal delights at Montego Bay.
Coastal delights at Montego Bay.
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Christopher Colombus first anchored here in 1494, calling it the ’Gulf of Good Weather.” Today, it buzzes with locals and visitors out enjoying the beaches and prolific eateries. Visit Rose Hall to learn about Montego Bay’s colonial history, explore hidden underground caves, or board a bamboo raft down the glistening Martha Brae River.

Coastal delights at Montego Bay.
Coastal delights at Montego Bay.
Photo: shutterstock
Blue water and green jungle welcome visitors.
Blue water and green jungle welcome visitors.
Photo: shutterstock
Stunning local beaches.
Stunning local beaches.
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Great shopping and dining.
Great shopping and dining.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 8
George Town, Cayman Islands
Cayman’s Cosmopolitan Capital
Stunning local beaches.
Stunning local beaches.
Photo: Shutterstock

There is an endless array of activities available in George Town. Go on a submarine tour; board a glass-bottom boat; go snorkelling, scuba-diving, or parasailing: visit rum distilleries and art galleries; and, of course, enjoy duty-free shopping and restaurants galore.  The 19th century National Museum contains over 8,000 exhibits, including a 14-ft traditional handmade catboat.

Day 9
At sea
At Your Leisure
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

As we sail toward Central America, spend this sea day at your leisure. Take advantage of the many onboard facilities, relax and meditate in our yoga class, or join in on lectures as we recap our voyage.

Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment in the Wellness Center.
Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment in the Wellness Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Experience the relaxed tempo of local life.
Experience the relaxed tempo of local life.
Photo: Dietmar Denger
Explore the beautiful terrain on foot.
Explore the beautiful terrain on foot.
Photo: Dan Avila
Find your own slice of paradise.
Find your own slice of paradise.
Photo: Dan Avila
Day 10
Isla de Providencia, Colombia
‘The Sea of Seven Colors’
Explore the beautiful terrain on foot.
Explore the beautiful terrain on foot.
Photo: Dan Avila

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.’

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Providencia - Cultural Show
    With 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 Peak
    This is a tour to the highest mountain of the island and a nature reserve.
  • Providencia – Snorkeling Tour
    Isla 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 Tour
    The 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.
Day 11
Corn Island, Nicaragua
The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret
Colourful wooden homes on Great Corn.
Colourful wooden homes on Great Corn.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Most of the Creole population live in colorful wooden houses on Great Corn, and many make a living lobster fishing. Hike up Mount Pleasant Hill for views of the coves and stunning horseshoe bays. Pristine coral reefs surround both islands, tantalizing snorkelers with the likes of barracudas, nurse sharks, hammerheads, green sea turtles, and spotted eagle rays.

Colourful wooden homes on Great Corn.
Colourful wooden homes on Great Corn.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Stunning horseshoe bays and beaches to explore.
Stunning horseshoe bays and beaches to explore.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Local rainforests host sloths and other amazing wildlife.
Local rainforests host sloths and other amazing wildlife.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Bocas is home to Panama´s first National Marine Park.
Bocas is home to Panama´s first National Marine Park.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Welcome to the Galapagos of the Caribbean.
Welcome to the Galapagos of the Caribbean.
Photo: Magne Jacobsen
Day 12
Bocas del Toro, Panama
‘Galápagos of the Caribbean’
Bocas is home to Panama´s first National Marine Park.
Bocas is home to Panama´s first National Marine Park.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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.

Optional Excursions
  • Bocas del Toro - Sustainable Cacao Farm
    Great 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 Zapatilla
    Visit 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 Community
    Get a taste of life in a Ngabe village, learn about organic cacao and enjoy a delicious chocolate tasting as you support the local community.
Explore tropical climates and soft sand in Panama.
Day 13
San Blas Island, Panama Yes
Eco-Conscious Paradise
Day 13
San Blas Island, Panama Yes
Eco-Conscious Paradise
Explore tropical climates and soft sand in Panama.
Explore tropical climates and soft sand in Panama.
Photo: Dietmar Denger

More than 365 keys, 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.

Local Guna Yala indians are proud of their islands and culture.
Local Guna Yala indians are proud of their islands and culture.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Find your favourite stretch of sand.
Find your favourite stretch of sand.
Photo: shutterstock
The entrance to the Panama Canal.
The entrance to the Panama Canal.
Photo: Shutterstock
MS Fridtjof Nansen is lifted 26 meters to make the passage.
The expedition ship is lifted 26 meters to make the passage.
Photo: shutterstock
Experience the marvel of a canal crossing.
Experience the marvel of a canal crossing.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 14
Panama Canal, Panama
Connecting Two Oceans
MS Fridtjof Nansen is lifted 26 meters to make the passage.
The expedition ship is lifted 26 meters to make the passage.
Photo: shutterstock

We enter the Panama Canal near the city of Colón. Experience the Canal transit and the ingenuity of the lock's system firsthand as MS Roald Amundsen is lifted over 85 feet above sea level, passing through man-made channels and lakes to eventually emerge in the Caribbean Ocean, effectively crossing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Day 15
Panama City, Panama
City on the Canal
Casco Antiguo features a fine mix of architectural styles.
Casco Antiguo features a fine mix of architectural styles.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Your voyage ends in Panama City, which has much more to offer than just its famous canal. Visit the ruins of Old Panama City, which was devastated by notorious pirate Henry Morgan. Hike Ancón Hill and enjoy views of the skyscraper-lined cityscape and the Casco Antiguo district, which boasts a real mix of architectural styles.

Casco Antiguo features a fine mix of architectural styles.
Casco Antiguo features a fine mix of architectural styles.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Your voyage ends in buzzing Panama City.
Your voyage ends in buzzing Panama City.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included 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

Onboard Activities

  • 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 Science program 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, infinity pool, sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Yoga and meditation sessions with an instructor
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • 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
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • 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
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your Ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
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Optional Excursions

Some expedition cruises 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.

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Providencia - Cultural Show

Duration

45 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-IDP1

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Providencia - Adventure to the Peak

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

6h

Price per person

From $ 133

Booking Code

A-IDP1

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Providencia – Snorkeling Tour

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From $ 149

Booking Code

A-IDP3

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Providencia - Island Tour

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From $ 133

Booking Code

A-IDP2

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Bocas del Toro - Sustainable Cacao Farm

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 - 5 h

Price per person

From $ 158

Booking Code

A-BOC1

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Bocas del Toro - Cayo Zapatilla

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4h15

Price per person

From $ 183

Booking Code

A-BOC2

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Bocas del Toro - Cacao Farm & Indigenous Community

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

5 hours

Price per person

From $ 166

Booking Code

A-BOC4

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