MS Fridtjof Nansen
15 days

Caribbean Sea – Hidden Highlights and sailing through the Panama Canal (Itinerary 2)

Price from
4389 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
15 days

Caribbean Sea – Hidden Highlights and sailing through the Panama Canal (Itinerary 2)

Price from
4389 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • See colourful cities and beautiful remote islands around 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

This exploration cruise takes you island hopping in the Caribbean, ending the journey with a transit through the Panama Canal. From Nassau, we visit a treasure trove of tropical islands in the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Nicaragua and Panama. Along the way, you’ll see the best beaches, lagoons, and coral reefs the Caribbean has to offer.

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

    Beautiful Bahamanian Resort

    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-Programme 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 or other marine life following the ship’s wake. Make the most of the perfect climate and join a yoga workshop 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 18th and 19th century British Bermudian architecture. The National Museum houses Taino 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 scout 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 touristic areas. With its makeshift markets and chatty 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 exuberant eateries. Visit Rose Hall to learn about ‘Mobay’’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, 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-ft 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 workshop, 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 Colours’

    This tiny Colombian island in the Spanish Caribbean is a rare and unspoiled find off the grid. Tour the deserted golden beaches by buggy cart or go in search of pirate Henry Morgan’s hidden treasure. The diverse coral reefs are the centre point of UNESCO’s Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, and kaleidoscopic marine life inspires the above nickname.

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

    ‘The Sea of Seven Colours’

  • Day 11
    Corn Island, Nicaragua

    The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret

    Most of the Creole population live in colourful wooden houses on Great Corn, engaging in lobster fishing. Hike up Mount Pleasant Hill for views of the coves and stunning horseshoe bays. Pristine coral reefs surround both islands, tantalising 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 cayes, islands and reefs make up the San Blas Islands. Only 49 are inhabited, exclusively by Guna Yala Indians, 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 26 metres above sea level, passing through man-made channels and lakes to eventually emerge in the Caribbean Ocean, effectively crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

    Day 14
    Panama Canal, Panama

    Connecting Two Oceans

  • Day 15
    Panama City, Panama

    City on the Canal

    Your voyage ends in Panama City, which is much more 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 of Casco Antiguo district which boasts a real mix of architectural styles.

    Day 15
    Panama City, Panama

    City on the Canal

Departures

  • 2021
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  • Nov
  • Dec
5 October 2021

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What's included

Included in your voyage

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 organise 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 programme allows guests to assist with live 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, panoramic sauna, 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 expedition boats
  • 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 voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
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MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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