Caribbean Sea – Hidden Highlights and Sailing Through the Panama Canal (Itinerary 2)

Caribbean Sea – Hidden Highlights and Sailing Through the Panama Canal (Itinerary 2)

Caribbean Sea – Hidden Highlights and Sailing Through the Panama Canal (Itinerary 2)

Caribbean Sea – Hidden Highlights and Sailing Through the Panama Canal (Itinerary 2)

Travel information 15 Days MS Fridtjof Nansen
Departure
October 5, 2021
Price from
$ 7,180
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • 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

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 planned 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.

Caribbean Sea – Hidden Highlights and Sailing Through the Panama Canal (Itinerary 2)
  • Day 1
    Nassau, The Bahamas

    Beautiful Bahamanian Resort

    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 renown for their beaches and splendid coral reefs. Take some time to explore more with a Pre-Program before your expedition.

    Day 1
    Nassau, The Bahamas

    Beautiful Bahamanian Resort

  • Day 2
    At Sea

    Serenity at Sea

    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 2
    At Sea

    Serenity at Sea

  • Day 3
    Inagua Islands, The Bahamas

    Flamingos, Lighthouses, and… Salt

    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.

    Day 3
    Inagua Islands, The Bahamas

    Flamingos, Lighthouses, and… Salt

  • Day 4
    Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos

    Sleepy Capital

    As capitals go, few are as calm and quiet as Cockburn. The long, narrow streets are lined with old street lamps and feature 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 4
    Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos

    Sleepy Capital

  • Day 5
    At Sea

    Relax Onboard

    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.

    Day 5
    At Sea

    Relax Onboard

  • Day 6
    Port Antonio, Jamaica

    Jamaica’s Hidden Retreat

    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 6
    Port Antonio, Jamaica

    Jamaica’s Hidden Retreat

  • Day 7
    Montego Bay, Jamaica

    The Melting Pot of ‘Mobay’

    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 proflific 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.

    Day 7
    Montego Bay, Jamaica

    The Melting Pot of ‘Mobay’

  • Day 8
    George Town, Cayman Islands

    Cayman’s Cosmopolitan Capital

    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-foot traditional handmade catboat.

    Day 8
    George Town, Cayman Islands

    Cayman’s Cosmopolitan Capital

  • Day 9
    At sea

    At Your Leisure

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

    Day 9
    At sea

    At Your Leisure

  • Day 10
    Isla de Providencia, Colombia

    ‘The Sea of Seven Colors’

    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.’

    • Included Providencia - Cultural Show
    Day 10
    Isla de Providencia, Colombia

    ‘The Sea of Seven Colors’

  • Day 11
    Corn Island, Nicaragua

    The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret

    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 both islands, tantalizing snorkelers with the likes of barracudas, nurse sharks, hammerheads, green sea turtles, and spotted eagle rays.

    Day 11
    Corn Island, Nicaragua

    The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret

  • Day 12
    Bocas del Toro, Panama

    ‘Galápagos of the Caribbean’

    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.

    Day 12
    Bocas del Toro, Panama

    ‘Galápagos of the Caribbean’

  • Day 13
    San Blas Island, Panama

    Eco-Conscious Paradise

    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.

    Day 13
    San Blas Island, Panama

    Eco-Conscious Paradise

  • Day 14
    Panama Canal, Panama

    Connecting Two Oceans

    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 Fridtjof Nansen 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 14
    Panama Canal, Panama

    Connecting Two Oceans

  • Day 15
    Panama City, Panama

    City on the Canal

    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.

    Day 15
    Panama City, Panama

    City on the Canal

Departures

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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
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Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m / 459 ft
Beam 23.6 m / 77 ft
Speed 15 knots
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