Tropical Waters and Remote Island Communities in the Caribbean

Tropical Waters and Remote Island Communities in the Caribbean

Tropical Waters and Remote Island Communities in the Caribbean

Tropical Waters and Remote Island Communities in the Caribbean

Travel information 13 days MS Roald Amundsen
25 September 2024
Price from
4890 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

13-day Central America expedition cruise from Miami to Belize, Nicaragua, Colombia and Panama

Culture of the Caribbean 

We go back in history to learn about the ancient Mayans at Altun Ha. Next, discover the Corn Islands' pristine beaches and coral reefs, and enjoy cultural experiences among the local communities. 

Tropical flora and fauna  

Visit UNESCO-listed marine parks and biosphere reserves, and seek out wildlife such as turtles, dolphins, sharks, monkeys and iguanas on uninhabited islands. 

Tropical Waters and Remote Island Communities in the Caribbean Tropical Waters and Remote Island Communities in the Caribbean
  • Day 1

    A night in Miami 

    25 September 2024

    Marvel at the glitz and glamour of Miami at night 

    An overnight stay in Miami Beach is the perfect launchpad for your Caribbean expedition. A thriving metropolis with vibrant doses of Latin American, Caribbean, Asian and European influence, the ‘City of Neon’ is one of the world's most popular holiday destinations. 

    Aside from white sandy beaches and clear teal waters, you can enjoy the Latin beats of glamorous South Beach or discover Cuban culture in Little Havana.  

    We recommend starting your trip early with an optional Pre-Programme to give you more time to explore all the excitement that Miami has to offer. 

    Day 1

    A night in Miami 

  • Day 2

    The Expedition Begins  

    26 September 2024

    Explore the Art Deco delights of Miami  

    Before you cruise from Florida to the Caribbean islands, you can spend the morning exploring colourful Miami Beach or Downtown Miami. 

    Then you’ll enjoy an included excursion to explore the highlights of Miami and Little Havana, with lunch at the hotel or during the excursion, which ends at the pier.   

    Then it's time to embark MS Roald Amundsen, where the first of many delicious meals awaits. You'll meet the crew and Expedition Team, who will be your guides and lecturers on your expedition. 

    Day 2

    The Expedition Begins  

  • Day 3-4
    At Sea 

    Serenity at Sea  

    27 September 2024 - 28 September 2024

    Discover all your expedition ship has to offer  

    Your first two days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax and acquaint yourself with the onboard comforts of your expedition ship. 

    Pamper yourself in our Wellness Centre, take part in an art workshop or join a yoga session out on deck. Dine in style in one of our three restaurants and spend time on deck looking for marine wildlife.  

    The Expedition Team will also help prepare you for your tropical island adventures, with lectures on oceanography, Mayan culture, coral reefs, and much more. You can also pick up tips from our onboard photographer to get those picture-perfect snaps. 

    Day 3-4
    At Sea 

    Serenity at Sea  

  • Day 5
    Belize City  

    Mayan heritage  

    29 September 2024

    Visit the ancient temple ruins of Belize 

    We arrive in Belize City, a lively hub of shopping areas and seaside parks surrounded by colourful colonial architecture. For the perfect introduction to the city, the Old Belize train ride will take you through five exhibitions showcasing Belizean history and natural beauty. 

    Today, we visit the well-preserved Altun Ha ruins, a wealthy trading town dating back 2,000 years. It has two main plazas and 13 structures, including ancient temples. Altun Ha is also rich in wildlife. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted here as well as tapir, armadillos and the white-tailed deer. 

    Day 5
    Belize City  

    Mayan heritage  

  • Day 6
    Belize Barrier Reef

    Belize’s natural wonder  

    30 September 2024

    Discover the undersea jungles of the Caribbean 

    Belize’s famed barrier reef is the country’s pièce de resistance. A thrilling variety of sea life, lush cays and opportunities to participate in water activities await you. 

    Wildlife thrives above and beneath the surface in this unique environment. The barrier is home to hundreds of fish species, exotic birds and endangered animals including American crocodiles, West Indian manatees and sea turtles.  

    We’ll stay on the barrier for the day, allowing you to absorb the incredible biodiversity of coral ecosystems. Belizeans consider their reef to be their most important natural asset. Today, you’ll discover why.  

    Day 6
    Belize Barrier Reef

    Belize’s natural wonder  

  • Day 7

    Beautiful Útila 

    1 October 2024

    Step into this unfrequented underwater paradise 

    Útila is considered one of the best places to dive in the world. But you don’t need to go below the water line to appreciate the unique beauty of this stunning island. Útila is an oasis of tranquillity hidden in the Caribbean Sea, as beautiful on the surface as it is underwater. 

    Most of Útila’s inhabitants dwell around the island’s only town. Located on the southeastern shore, it’s surrounded by swamps and wetlands home to many species of birds. 

    We’ll be here for the day, discovering what makes Útila unique, learning about its history, and exploring one of the best snorkelling destinations in the Caribbean.  

    Day 7

    Beautiful Útila 

  • Day 8

    Historic Trujillo 

    2 October 2024

    Explore the old oldest city in Honduras 

    Founded in 1525, Trujillo is Honduras's oldest city and one of the oldest colonial settlements in the Caribbean. You’ll discover traces of colonial architecture dating back from the 16th and 17th centuries, including the ruins of the fortress of Santa Barbara, considered the oldest Spanish fortress in continental America.  

    Trujillo is the gateway to several natural attractions in the area, including the beaches of Campamento and Santa Fe, the wetlands of Laguna de Guaimoreto, and the National Park of Capiro and Calentura. This protected area is a refuge for wildlife, such as macaws, white-faced monkeys, turtles, and hundreds of bird species.  

    Day 8

    Historic Trujillo 

  • Day 9
    Cayos Miskitos 

    Remote Cayos Miskitos 

    3 October 2024

    See one of the least explored corners of Nicaragua  

    Dreaming of a place well off the beaten track? Then you’ll love the islands of Cayos Miskitos! Located off the northeastern shore of Nicaragua, the islands are among the hardest to reach in the country. 

    The archipelago is part of a reserve which protects more than 850,000 hectares of seagrass, coral reefs, atolls, mangrove forests, estuaries and coastal lagoons. Naturally, it’s a haven for wildlife, including many rare and endangered species.  

    Our plan for the day is to anchor off the shallows and use our small expedition boats to explore the archipelago, spot wildlife and see the impressive houses on stilts used by local fishermen. 

    Day 9
    Cayos Miskitos 

    Remote Cayos Miskitos 

  • Day 10
    Isla de Providencia 

    Isla de Providencia 

    4 October 2024

    Discover the beauty of the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve 

    Once a base for pirates, the real treasures of this remote Colombian island are its idyllic beaches, pristine waters and tropical wildlife. Hike to the island's highest point for some incredible views. You may even encounter iguanas and electric blue lizards.  

    Hit by Hurricane Iona in 2020, the island is undergoing rebuilding works. Our visits are important in supporting local business and helping the community recover. 

    Discover the beautiful coral reefs of UNESCO’s Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, dubbed the 'Sea of Seven Colours', and have the chance to snorkel among clownfish, turtles and manta rays. 

    Day 10
    Isla de Providencia 

    Isla de Providencia 

  • Day 11
    Big Corn Island 

    Big Corn Island  

    5 October 2024

    Discover the unspoilt delights of this Caribbean isle 

    Located roughly 50 miles off the Nicaraguan coast, Big Corn Island is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets. If the sea swell allows, you’ll be visiting an island off the beaten track that receives relatively few visitors.  

    Here, you'll find a slow gentle vibe and friendly islanders. Although the beach is the obvious draw, there's also charming street art, sleepy restaurants, and stunning bay views from Mount Pleasant Hill waiting to be discovered. 

    The coral reefs around both Big and Little Corn are beautiful and great to explore by kayak or paddleboard. 

    Day 11
    Big Corn Island 

    Big Corn Island  

  • Day 12
    Bocas del Toro 

    UNESCO Marine Park 

    6 October 2024

    Experience paradise on Earth at Bocas Del Toro 

    Our cruise continues to the clear blue waters and forested isles of Bocas del Toro. Here, we'll explore a stunning archipelago made up of nine main islands and hundreds of smaller ones.  

    Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this National Marine Park is one of the world’s most biologically diverse places on Earth. Possible destinations include Red Frog Beach and the tropical rainforest of Solarte Island. 

    Why not visit a sustainable cacao farm, or snorkel in Zapatilla Cay, the remote location for hit TV show Survivor. 

    Day 12
    Bocas del Toro 

    UNESCO Marine Park 

  • Day 13

    Arrival at Colón 

    7 October 2024

    From the Caribbean to the Panama Canal 

    Your expedition cruise concludes at Colón, the bustling Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal.  

    Not quite ready to end your adventure? Add on three extra nights with our optional Post-Programme, staying at a jungle lodge nestled in the rainforest next to the Chagres River.  

    Or add a trip to Casco Viejo, arguably the most charismatic neighbourhood in Panama City. You can even book another expedition cruise that takes you through the locks of the Panama Canal and to the Pacific Ocean on the other side.  

    Day 13

    Arrival at Colón 



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What's included

Included in your voyage


  • Overnight in Miami before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and lunch 


  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Miami including an excursion before the expedition cruise and lunch

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.  

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, small library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • Yoga and meditation sessions with an instructor 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

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 on hand to assist you 


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

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 
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila
MS Roald Amundsen
Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills
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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila

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