From Nova Scotia to Panama – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness

From Nova Scotia to Panama – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness

From Nova Scotia to Panama – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness

From Nova Scotia to Panama – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness

Travel information 9 days MS Fram
September 21, 2022
Price from $ 1,921
$ 1,537
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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

Understanding our oceans

As you sail from Nova Scotia 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. As an added bonus, join the ship’s officers on the bridge for a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into what modern navigation is all about.

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 not 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 Nova Scotia to Panama – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness From Nova Scotia to Panama – Connecting Oceans, Nature, and Wellness
  • Day 1
    Halifax, Canada

    Your journey begins

    September 21, 2022
    Estimated time of departure is 3:00 PM

    This exciting journey begins in Halifax, Nova Scotia’s cosmopolitan capital. This Canadian province sits in the center of the region’s east coast, where its important seaport looks out over one of the world’s largest natural harbors.

    The historic city of Halifax, with its distinctive red-brick buildings, makes for a great start to any adventure.

    Visit a historic brewery from 1820 or walk up to the Citadel Hill National Historic Site, the city’s most famous landmark, whose star-shaped fortress has commanding views over Halifax. Tour the Army Museum to see sentry changes, artillery demonstrations, and bagpipe performances.

    Take a stroll in Halifax Common, Canada’s oldest urban park, which opened in 1763. Its skate park and outdoor pool make it a popular local hangout. Art lovers rejoice! The extensive collection in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia includes contemporary works by over 2,000 artists, with a focus on the region’s cultural history.

    The Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk is always buzzing with activity and is great for people watching and museums. Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which has a large exhibit on the infamous voyage of the Titanic. Canada’s Museum of Immigration is located at Pier 21. It’s the ‘Ellis Island of Canada,’ where thousands of immigrants arrived from all over the world.

    You’ll board MS Fram close to Pier 21. After you’ve checked in, you’ll pick up your complimentary expedition jacket go to your cabin. Other than the mandatory safety briefing you must attend, you can spend your free time exploring the ship and settling in to your cabin. After we set sail, the captain will give a welcome speech, then sit back and enjoy the first of many friendly meals on board.

    Day 1
    Halifax, Canada

    Your journey begins

  • Day 2
    At sea

    Relax into nature’s rhythms

    September 22, 2022

    Relax and unwind as you settle into the ocean’s rhythm and life aboard this cozy ship. Remember that your onboard amenities include a hot tub, a gym, and a sauna. Or simply relax in the lounge with a book or get to know your fellow explorers.

    Meet your wellness instructor and the Expedition Team, who are experts in oceanography, marine biology, and ornithology. All of them were handpicked for this unique expedition cruise. They will introduce you to the range of science, nature, navigation, and wellness activities that are available.

    Your time at sea is 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 well-being. Our Expedition Team will be on hand to guide your discovery of nature on this ocean crossing.

    In the evenings, relax in the lounge and enjoy fun activities with the Expedition Team, including quiz nights, Q&A sessions, movie nights, and impromptu talks about the areas we’re navigating.

    Day 2
    At sea

    Relax into nature’s rhythms

  • Day 3-7
    At sea

    Oceans, nature, and you

    September 23, 2022 - September 27, 2022

    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.

    Conservation and Citizen Science

    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

    September 28, 2022

    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

    September 29, 2022
    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



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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Wellness Cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
  • Lindstrøm à la carte restaurant 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

  • These hands-on demonstrations include 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
  • Experienced international instructors lead yoga and meditation classes
  • 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 Expedition

  • 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 250 (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 its time and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. The advanced technology on the MS Fram, in the spirit of the famous original, makes her exceptionally well suited for expedition cruises in polar regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
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