Caribbean Sea – Discover Cayes, Coves and Reefs

On this voyage you'll find departures with:

Solo travelers: No single supplement

Duration: 16 days

Departure:
25 September 2020
Price from:
3790 € per person
  • Explore the highlights of the Caribbean coast, sailing from exciting New York
  • Visit seven different countries in one voyage
  • Visit tropical paradise islands and beaches
  • Discover rich local cultures and traditions
We sail south from New York to experience some of the remote islands of the Caribbean. Visit Isla de Providencia, Corn Island and San Andrés, where you can relax at the beach, snorkel among stunning tropical fish, experience Creole traditions and enjoy the Caribbean live-and-let-live lifestyle
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Caribbean Sea
Join us on an extensive Caribbean cruise that brings you to seven countries in North and Central America: USA, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica.
Photo: Magne Jacobsen
Join us on an extensive Caribbean cruise that brings you to seven countries in North and Central America: USA, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica.
This is a vast Caribbean and Central America voyage that offers relaxing days at sea to spend at your leisure. Join in on lectures or other activities or simply relax and enjoy the ship´s facilities. All along the way, the Expedition Team will share their knowledge and inspire your curiosity and wonder.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Itinerary

Day 1
New York - Embarkation
The Big Apple
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Our expedition cruise starts in the city that never sleeps, New York.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Our expedition cruise starts in energetic, one-of-a-kind New York City in beautiful autumn colours. Spend some time enjoying all that Manhattan has to offer before embarking on MS Fram. Join us on deck as we sail out of Manhattan and past the Statue of Liberty. 

A large body of water with a city in the background
Our expedition cruise starts in the city that never sleeps, New York.
Photo: Camille Seaman
A circuit board on a city street
Experience city life in Manhattan before embarking on your voyage.
Photo: Camille Seaman
A large body of water
Lean back, relax, and take in the views as we head towards Charleston.
Photo: Camille Seaman
A bird flying in the sky
Scan for sea birds on your way south.
Photo: Chelsea Claus
A young boy using a laptop
Join lectures with the Expedition Team.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 2-3
At sea
Lectures and Legends
A bird flying in the sky
Scan for sea birds on your way south.
Photo: Chelsea Claus

Days at sea are yours to enjoy. The Expedition Team will start a series of introductory lectures about history, biology and life in the ocean. Enjoy the onboard facilities and come outside on deck to spot for marine wildlife and sea birds guiding our vessel.

Day 4
Charleston, USA - Full day
Historic Treasure
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Charleston is the perfect city to explore by foot.
Photo: Chelsea Claus

Charleston is considered one of Americas greatest historic treasures.  With cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and an elegant French Quarter, the city is ideal to explore on foot. Stroll the magnificent Battery promenade and Waterfront Park. Explore the city and its historic sites at your leisure or join one of our optional excursions.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Charleston - Beach Cleanup
    Join the effort to rid the oceans of plastic on our beach clean-ups.
  • Boone Plantation & Historic Charleston
    Journey to historic Boone Hall Plantation, used in the filming of the television miniseries, "North And South" and "Queen" and for background filming in "Gone With the Wind".
  • Charleston - Historic Walking Tour
    Experience the history of Charleston during this two-hour walking tour that takes you deep into the heart of Charleston.
  • Charleston - Delightful Upper King Street Culinary Tour
    This excursion provides insight into Charleston's historic Upper King Street neighbourhood, recently named one of the top 10 food neighbourhoods in America.
  • Charleston - Fossil Hunting
    Look for and find fossils while exploring Morris Island in search of the prehistoric past.
A group of people crossing a street in front of a building
Charleston is the perfect city to explore by foot.
Photo: Chelsea Claus
A tree in front of a house
Explore the city's historic sites.
Photo: Camille Seaman
A sunset over a body of water
Enjoy the serenity of sea days.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 5
At sea
Learning and Relaxing
A sunset over a body of water
Enjoy the serenity of sea days.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Spend time on deck as we head south to feel the air getting warmer and warmer. Enjoy the serenity of sea days. Listen in as our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and meet our Expedition Team outside on deck to spot marine wildlife and sea birds.

Day 6
Key West, USA - Half day
Hemmingway and Caribbean Villas
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Key West is perfect for a day of exploration.

The southernmost island in the Florida Keys and only 140 kilometres from Cuba, laid-back Key West is perfect for a day of exploration. Stroll amidst the 19th century architecture in Old Town and visit the Ernest Hemmingway House Museum or just cool off with a mojito, the cocktail of choice for many visiting Key West.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Key West - Old Town Trolley
    A one hour private tour on the Conch Tour Train or Old Town Trolley is the best way to see the charming Southernmost City.
  • Key West Mangrove Eco Tour
    Escape the ordinary - only 15 minutes from busy downtown Key West. Visit the pristine paradise of Geiger Key.
  • Key West - Best of Food Walking Tour and Mojito Workshop
    Enjoy the ‘best of’ Key West during this foodie walking tour.
  • Key West - Historic Walking Tour and Hemingway’s House
    Welcome to Key West. Stroll along lively Duval Street with a guide and experience local energy as you make your way to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
A beach with a palm tree
Key West is perfect for a day of exploration.
A group of palm trees on the side of a building
A body of water next to the ocean
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 7
At sea
Serenity at Sea
A body of water next to the ocean
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Our Expedition Team continues its lecture programme, sharing their extensive knowledge and experience and letting you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.

Day 8
Cozumel, Mexico - Full day
Ruins, Beaches and Turquoise Seas
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Explore the beaches of Cozumel.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Visit San Miguel de Cozumel and spend the day ashore in this lively island town, enjoying the restaurants, cafes and nearby beaches. Discover the island at your leisure or join one of the excursion options of the day.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Cozumel - Orientation tour to the beach
    Join a narrated tour to the heart of downtown Cozumel to see historic buildings, including the main church and clock tower
  • Cozumel - Ruins & Mayan Traditions
    Embark on a new adventure and discover connections between past and present on picturesque Cozumel Island. Explore the Mayan ruins and enjoy visiting the Mayan Bee Sanctuary.
  • The best of Cozumel
    Get a glimpse into Maya life on this excursion to the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio. We also visit Cozumel’s oldest settlement, enjoy a scenic drive around the island and taste chocolate at a chocolate factory.
  • All Terrain Buggy & Snorkel
    Explore Cozumel´s shoreline onboard your All-Terrain Vehicle and enjoy the incredible views of the Cozumel´s underwater world on a snorkel tour.
  • Cozumel - Tulum Mayan Ruins
    Experience magnificent Tulum, the only walled Mayan city situated high atop a cliff overlooking the crystal clear blue Caribbean Sea.
A group of people sitting at a beach
Explore the beaches of Cozumel.
Photo: Camille Seaman
A group of people sitting in a chair in a room
Visit one of the cafes and restaurants in this lively island town.
Photo: Camille Seaman
A group of different colored coral
Útila is known for its coral reefs.
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Visit the Iguana Research & Breeding Station.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner / Hurtigruten
Day 9
Isla de Útila - Half day
Reefs, Research and Reptiles
A group of different colored coral
Útila is known for its coral reefs.

Known for its coral reefs and dive sites, Útila is the smallest of the Honduras Bay Islands. We will come ashore in Utila town, the island´s only settlement. Relax in town, visit the Iguana Research & Breeding Station to see local species or enjoy some of the nearby beaches.

Day 10
At sea
Learning and Relaxing
Animal on the water
Photo: Alessandro Caproni

Enjoy a pleasant day at sea as we make our way further south. The Expedition Team will recap the voyage so far and prepare you for the next days which will be full of tropical island experiences. Spend time on deck and look for birds or other wildlife following us on our travels. 

Animal on the water
Photo: Alessandro Caproni
A flock of seagulls flying in the air
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A house with bushes in front of a palm tree
Enjoy breathtaking scenery.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A lizard on a branch
Isla de Providencia is an unspoiled tropical island.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A wooden boat in a body of water
Photo: Magne Jacobsen
Day 11
Isla de Providencia, Colombia - Full day
Remote Tropical Paradise
A lizard on a branch
Isla de Providencia is an unspoiled tropical island.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Providencia is an unspoiled tropical island with traditions that remain intact. You will still hear English Creole spoken here. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, lovely sand beaches, friendly locals, and a lovely sunset as we set sail late in the evening.

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 12
San Andrés Island, Colombia - Full day
Days of Adventure
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Just another day in paradise.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Another day in paradise awaits. Explore some of San Andres Island’s natural attractions at your leisure or join one of the optional activities of the day.

Optional excursions
  • Nautilus Adventure
    Head out on a sightseeing glass boat adventure where you'll spot tropical fish and coral
  • Snorkel Tour Adventure
    Savour the warmth of tropical waters on a snorkelling trip where you'll swim with multitudes of fish and coral.
  • San Andrés - Islander Cooking Class
    This tour provides unique insight into the culinary world of Colombia’s Caribbean islands and is designed for adventurous souls who are captivated by island cooking using locally sourced ingredients.
  • San Andrés - Taste of San Andrés
    San Andrés Island is famous for its beautiful beaches, friendly people and turquoise seas, but to see the complete picture means getting first-hand insight to the history and culture with a local taxi driver guide.
A large body of water
Just another day in paradise.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A small boat in a large body of water
Join one of our optional excursions.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A sandy beach next to a body of water
Go snorkeling on the white sandy beaches.
Photo: Magne Jacobsen
A group of palm trees next to a tree
Go for a hike an explore the island.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A group of people standing next to a body of water
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 13
Corn Island, Nicaragua - Full day
Lobster and Jungle
A group of palm trees next to a tree
Go for a hike an explore the island.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

The Creole inhabitants of Great Corn Island live in colourful wooden houses and earn most of their income from lobster fishing.  With white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, you can enjoy snorkeling here, or take a hike up Mount Pleasant Hill for a view of the entire island.

Day 14
Bocas del Toro, Panama - Full day
Island Style
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Bocas del Toro.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

We round up our extensive journey with by calling on Bocas del Toro, an archipelago of cays and thousands of islets. Bocas is brimming with sandy beaches and is called the `Galápagos of the Caribbean´ because it is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.  

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Bocas del Toro - Water taxi to local beach with nature trail walk
    Travel by local tender boats to one of two beaches on either Solarte Island or Bastimentos Island to relax or walk on one of many trails
  • 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.
A group of people walking in front of a building
Bocas del Toro.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A boat is docked next to a body of water
Visit the 'Galápagos of the Caribbean'
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A beach with a palm tree in front of a body of water
Puerto Limon.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A bird sitting on a branch
Photo: Caylan Ford
A couple of lawn chairs sitting on top of a chair
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 15
Puerto Limon / San José, Costa Rica - Disembarkation & Overnight
Architecture and Marketplaces
A bird sitting on a branch
Photo: Caylan Ford

Puerto Limón boasts fascinating architecture and vibrant open-air marketplaces. The central market is the place to go to buy everything from carved wood items to traditional souvenirs. After disembarkation, we transfer you to San José for your overnight stay. On the way, enjoy a fascinating excursion to the Tortuguero Canal.

Day 16
San José, Costa Rica
End of the Expedition
A large clock tower in front of a building
Beautiful San José.

Today your expedition cruise comes to an end. If you would like to extend your stay in Costa Rica, we recommend booking our Post-programme for a visit to beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park.

A large clock tower in front of a building
Beautiful San José.
A colorful bird perched on a branch
Photo: Stephen Pedersen
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 voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice  
  • Transfer from ship in Puerto Limon to hotel in San José including lunch and an excursion
  • One hotel night in San José after the voyage including breakfast

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants) 
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  

Notes

  • Visa for USA (ESTA) 
  • On this trip, a vaccine against yellow fever is required. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before departure. Please bring the vaccination certificate on your voyage.
    For details please see Entry requirements
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises may 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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Charleston - Beach Cleanup

North America

Duration

1 - 3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-CHD1

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Charleston - Boone Plantation & Historic Charleston

North America

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From 124 €

Booking code

A-CHD3

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Charleston – Historic Walking Tour

North America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From 93 €

Booking code

A-CHD4

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Charleston – Delightful Upper King Street Culinary Tour

North America

Duration

3 hours

Price per person

From 162 €

Booking code

A-CHD5

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Charleston – Fossil Hunting

North America

Duration

5 hours

Price per person

From 237 €

Booking code

A-CHD6

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Key West - Old Town Trolley

North America

Duration

1h30

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-EYW1

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Key West - Key West Mangrove Eco Tour

North America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From 99 €

Booking code

A-EYW1

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Key West – Best of Food Walking Tour and Mojito Workshop

North America

Duration

2h30

Price per person

From 162 €

Booking code

A-EYW2

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Key West – Historic Walking Tour and Hemingway’s House

North America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From 56 €

Booking code

A-EYW3

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Cozumel - Orientation tour to the beach

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-CZM1

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Cozumel – Ruins & Mayan Traditions

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4h15

Price per person

From 62 €

Booking code

A-CZM5

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Cozumel - The best of Cozumel

South America

Duration

4 hrs 30 mins

Price per person

From 81 €

Booking code

A-CZM2

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Cozumel - All Terrain Buggy & Snorkel

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From 99 €

Booking code

A-CZM4

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Cozumel - Tulum Mayan Ruins

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

7hrs

Price per person

From 112 €

Booking code

A-CZM3

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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

6 hours

Price per person

From 99 €

Booking code

A-IDP1

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Providencia – Snorkeling Tour

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From 112 €

Booking code

A-IDP3

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Providencia - Island Tour

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From 99 €

Booking code

A-IDP2

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San Andres - Nautilus Adventure

Duration

2hrs30

Price per person

From 118 €

Booking code

A-ADZ2

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San Andres - Snorkel Tour Adventure

Duration

2h45

Price per person

From 106 €

Booking code

A-ADZ3

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San Andrés – Islander Cooking Class

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From 249 €

Booking code

A-ADZ4

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San Andrés – Taste of San Andrés

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From 187 €

Booking code

A-ADZ5

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Bocas del Toro - Water taxi to local beach with nature trail walk

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

2 - 4 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-BOC1

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Bocas del Toro - Sustainable Cacao Farm

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 - 5 h

Price per person

From 118 €

Booking code

A-BOC1

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Bocas del Toro - Cayo Zapatilla

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4h15

Price per person

From 137 €

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 124 €

Booking code

A-BOC4

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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New York: Pre-Programme

North America

Duration

2 Days

From

416 €

Booking code

NYCPRE

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Puerto Limon/San José - Post-programme Manuel Antonio National Park 20/21

South America, Caribbean and Central America

Duration

5 Days

From

591 €

Booking code

LIOMANPOST

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