South America

South America is a realm rich in the archaeological treasures of great civilisations, colonial influences, the majestic Andean mountains, and the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia. You’ll encounter awe-inspiring biodiversity in the region’s many national parks and nature reserves.

Our expedition cruises take you to Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. Our knowledgeable Expedition Team will help you discover the history and wildlife of each area. Each expedition cruise mixes nature with culture, learning with active exploration, and offers hikes and other activities to really explore South America’s Pacific coastline. We’ve also made sure several itineraries allow you to pick from one of these iconic highlights – the ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu, the unique wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, the cultures of Lake Titicaca, or that marvel of modern engineering, the Panama Canal.

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Ships to South America

Explore our ships that regularly sail to South America


MS Fram

MS Fram was purpose-built as an expedition vessel with a superior ice class, chart drawing tools, a ship depth-sounding database, extractable forward sounding sonar, iceberg search lights, an autonomous tracking system, an oversized oil retention system for self-sufficiency, and a full ‘expedition tools deck’ equivalent to a car-deck that holds 25 vehicles. We believe that as an explorer, you need an ‘expedition base camp’ that is comfortable. It should combine ‘all oceans capabilities’ with safety, flexibility, and environmental friendliness. That’s MS Fram. She’s simply the best expedition ship imaginable.

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MS Roald Amundsen

Named after the first man to cross Antarctica and to reach the South Pole, MS Roald Amundsen leads the way towards an even more sustainable way of travelling. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters. It serves as a comfortable base camp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.


MS Fridtjof Nansen

The newest addition to our fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896). Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.