From New England to Panama – Connecting Oceanography, Nature, and Wellness

From New England to Panama – Connecting Oceanography, Nature, and Wellness

From New England to Panama – Connecting Oceanography, Nature, and Wellness

From New England to Panama – Connecting Oceanography, Nature, and Wellness

Travel information 9 days MS Fram
Price from $ 2,498
$ 2,373
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Deepen your knowledge of the oceans on this nine-day, science-focused cruise at sea, and enrich your well-being at the same time.

Understanding our oceans

As you sail from New England to Panama, you’ll be able to take part in an engaging program of hands-on lectures, workshops, and classes that cover topics like marine biology and the history of sea navigation from the Vikings till now. 

Learn from enthusiastic Expedition Team members that were handpicked for their expertise, and explore the ocean’s hidden ecosystem through microscopes in the ship’s Science Center. You can also participate in Citizen Science projects, which contribute to current scientific research around the world.

Finding inner peace

This cruise is just about learning, although you are sure to do that on this expedition cruise. Rest and relaxation are just as important. Take time to stop, watch the waves, reflect, and enjoy precious ‘me time’.

Help reset your body, mind, and soul with daily onboard yoga and meditation classes run by wellness professionals. These sessions will leave you feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready for your next adventure.

At the end of the journey, we hope you’ll leave the ship with your spirits lifted and a mind bursting with—and inspired by—new knowledge.

From New England to Panama – Connecting Oceanography, Nature, and Wellness From New England to Panama – Connecting Oceanography, Nature, and Wellness
  • Day 1

    Historic Boston

    Begin your adventure in the historic city of Boston. Here, you can visit the site of the famous Tea Party and walk the Freedom Trail to discover the city's revolutionary role in shaping modern-day America. 

    You must try the city's culinary classics too – steaming bowls of seafood chowder and fried clams. And if you're looking for a friendly bar, then you'll want to head to Cheers, the bar that inspired the eponymous TV show. 

    Your expedition ship MS Fram will be waiting for you at the harbour after your tour. Get to know the ship’s facilities, and locate the restaurants, lounges, and onboard Science Center. We’ll then depart the New England coast for the start of your journey southwards. 

    Day 1

    Historic Boston

  • Day 2
    At sea

    At sea

    Estimated time of departure is 3:00 PM

    It’s time to relax and unwind as you settle into the ocean’s rhythm and life aboard this cosy ship. Check out the onboard facilities like the hot tub, gym and sauna, relax in the lounge with a book, and get to know your fellow guests. 

    You will meet your Expedition Team, experts in oceanography, marine biology, ornithology, as well as your wellness instructor, who have all been handpicked for this unique expedition cruise. They will introduce you to the range of science, nature, navigation and wellness activities that will be available. 

    Your time at sea will be an opportunity to connect with nature. Increasing our awareness and appreciation of the natural environment around us is an important key to mental and physical wellbeing. Our Expedition Team will be on hand to guide your discovery of nature on this ocean crossing, perhaps by helping you identify the seabirds that sometimes follow the ship from deck or by showing you around the onboard Science Center. 

    In the evenings, you can relax in the lounge and look forward to some fun activities as the Expedition Team host quiz nights, Q&A sessions, put on movie nights, and hold impromptu talks about the area you’re sailing in. 

    Day 2
    At sea

    At sea

  • Day 3-7
    At sea

    Oceans, nature, and you

    Your hands-on experience over these exciting days will have you happily engaged in a range of activities.

    Oceanography and science at sea

    As we sail, the cool Nova Scotian coast will slowly transform into the warm, tropical climate of Panama. Study changes in the sea and the effect of ocean currents, like the Gulf Stream, through lectures and workshops. Learn the differences between the marine life along the continental shelf and the deep ocean with the Expedition Team. This could involve observing seabirds or analyzing sea water samples in the Science Center.

    Navigation old and new

    You’ll learn about celestial navigation, astronomy, and how this compares with modern-day electronic instruments. Explorers of old navigated the seas using tools like a sextant, while the Vikings used optical calcite and the stars. Visit the bridge and listen as our officers offer a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at how our modern ship operates.

    You’ll discuss issues like the plastic pollution blighting our oceans, and what we can do to reduce it. Learn about our commitment to the environment and the steps we’re taking to become a leader in sustainable travel.

    Join Citizen Science projects that include whale spotting for Happywhale, a global tracker; noting cloud and sky conditions for the GLOBE Observer project, in conjunction with NASA; or counting seabirds.

    Science and art

    Before micro-photography, scientific researchers on expeditions had to paint their samples. Join a unique art workshop where you can inspect samples under a microscope and try this out for yourself. If you prefer, take artistic inspiration from the nature around you.

    Well-being and nature: a virtuous circle

    Learn about our symbiotic relationship with nature and how our well-being has a direct and positive impact on the planet’s health. Studies show that regularly interacting with nature makes us healthier and happier. Research also shows that people who feel connected to nature are more likely to behave in ways that promote environmental health (through conservation activities, for example). It’s a virtuous circle, so learn about which actions you can take to keep it going.

    Health and well-being

    You’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage in wellness activities and deepen your connection with nature. Practice yoga every day, learn mantras and meditation techniques, and even join the Expedition Team for a morning mile-long walk on deck. There will also be a range of healthy and delicious vegetarian and plant-based menu options, as well as fresh smoothies, juices, and nutritious snacks available on board.

    Day 3-7
    At sea

    Oceans, nature, and you

  • Day 8
    At sea

    Findings and conclusion

    Our onboard program comes to a close as we sail to Panama in our last day at sea. Discuss your data counts and findings from the Citizen Science projects with the Expedition Team, or take a last glimpse at the fascinating ocean life under the microscope in the Science Center. Or simply relax and unwind in the hot tub, sauna, or lounge.

    Take this time to observe and appreciate nature’s wonder all around you. Contemplate the majesty of the sea or the shifting of the clouds above. Scan for wildlife on deck while basking in the warm Caribbean weather. You might even catch sight of dolphins, flying fish, and rare seabirds. Connect with the harmony of their movements and feel its calming effect.

    The Expedition Team will host a presentation reviewing the program highlights and recapping what we’ve learned along the way. The officers might join you for a farewell dinner and the crew may even put on a talent show for you, if you’re lucky.

    Day 8
    At sea

    Findings and conclusion

  • Day 9
    Colón, Panama

    Unlock more adventures

    Estimated time of arrival is 1:00 PM

    We end our expedition cruise in the bustling port town of Colón with enriched minds, healthier bodies, and with plenty to reflect upon. Situated at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal, this is a great jumping off point to further explore Panama, the Caribbean, or South America.

    Want to add some land adventures to your ocean cruise? Tack on three extra nights with our Post-Program, where you’ll stay in an exotic jungle lodge next to the Chagres River, nestled in the rainforest. There, you’ll visit a rainforest center and a reforestation project. You’ll also explore the jungle on a nighttime boat safari and enjoy a ride in a cable car for gorgeous views of the area and its wildlife.

    Another popular Post-Program option is to visit Casco Viejo, arguably the most charismatic neighborhood in Panama City. Stroll the cobblestone streets and charming plazas, and admire the architecture of Colonial churches, mansions, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Remember to taste some of the local specialities, like coffee and cocoa.

    You can even book another expedition cruise with us from Colón to explore the fascinating coastline of South America, taking in coastal cities, jungle wildlife, and rural villages. Marvel at an impressive feat of engineering as you sail through the locks of the Panama Canal and out to the Pacific Ocean.

    Whatever’s next, we hope you’ll return home inspired, with a deeper knowledge about our oceans, a greater connection to nature, and a better appreciation of how your well-being can positively impact the planet. Have a safe onward journey. We look forward to exploring with you on your next adventure.

    Day 9
    Colón, Panama

    Unlock more adventures


What’s included

Expedition Cruise

  • Wellness cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages, in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
  • A la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 onboard water refill stations
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket

Specialized onboard activities and lectures

  • Hands-on demonstrations of navigation, oceanography, and marine biology with our onboard scientist
  • Bird- and sea life observation out on deck with our naturalists
  • Stargazing and informative lectures
  • Information on sustainable sailing and Hurtigruten’s commitment to the environment
  • Yoga, meditation, and classes led by experienced international instructors
  • Healthy and delicious vegetarian and plant-based menu options, plus fresh smoothies and juices
  • Inspiring and informative lectures on health and wellness
  • Workshops on the principles of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, breathing, and holistic wellness
  • Daily meditations to release stress and calm the mind
  • Daily walks and stretching sessions on deck

Onboard facilities

  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna, and an indoor gym

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional Pre/Post-Programs with our local partners

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11,647 T
Length 374 ft
Beam 66.3 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of her time, and the achievements of her Arctic and Antarctic expeditions are the stuff of legend. In this spirit, the comfortable surroundings and advanced technology on today’s MS Fram – which was fully upgraded in summer 2022 – make her exceptionally well suited for modern expedition cruising.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch
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