Panama and Caribbean Sea – Tropical Wonders (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
San Jose, Costa Rica to Bridgetown, Barbados
Dates: 09 Apr 2019 - 22 Apr 2019

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09 Apr 2019
San Jose, Costa Rica

Enjoy a stroll down the Avenida Central to take in the capital's museums, parks, shops, and restaurants on an overnight in this vibrant city.

10 Apr 2019
San Jose, Costa Rica
Carara National Park, Costa Rica
Puntarenas, Costa Rica

After breakfast, we will take you on an excursion into the Carara National Park, a low mountainous area. Over 110 species of birds are present here, as well as several species of monkeys, other mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. You will also take a boat tour to observe one of the largest populations of American crocodile in the Americas and discover a wild mangrove swamp. After lunch, you will be transferred by bus to Puntarenas, where MS Roald Amundsen awaits you for embarkation.

11 Apr 2019
Golfito, Costa Rica

Enjoy a day of adventure and exploration. Located on a small gulf surrounded by densely-forested hills, Golfito is home to some wonderful views. Come ashore and visit this tranquil town, and find yourself relaxing on the waterside while enjoying amazing beaches for surfing and swimming. The nearby national park of Piedras Blancas offers fine walking tours through a rainforest and the chance to see waterfalls, monkeys, bats, and exotic birds.

12 Apr 2019

Our expedition team will start the lecture program to prepare you for the experiences ahead. Enjoy priming your knowledge about the history and wildlife of the area. Make sure to spend some time on deck to enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife. Familiarize yourself with our expedition vessel and take advantage of all the facilities onboard.

13 Apr 2019
Panama Canal, Panama

We enter the Panama Canal close to Balboa on the edge of Panama City. Experience the thrill of the canal transit and the intricacy of the lock system firsthand, as MS Roald Amundsen is lifted over 85 feet above sea level, to the 7.5-mile-long Culebra Cut. Some channels are narrow, like the 72-foot-wide Cut, and others expansive, such as the Gatún Lake at 20.5 miles, both of which are man-made.

14 Apr 2019
San Blas Islands, Panama

More than 365 cayes, islands, and reefs make up the San Blas Islands. Only 49 are inhabited, exclusively by the Guna Yala Indians, who protect their islands by inviting ecologically friendly tourism while shunning high rise and mass market. While we are here, order a Coco Loco and lie back in a hammock close to a sandy beach. This is the Caribbean, after all! For lunch, why not try some fresh local red snapper with coconut rice? Talk to the locals and discover the ways of their matriarchal society, where children "belong" to the communities and not to the parents; this is sure to be a fascinating visit.

15 Apr 2019
Cartagena, Colombia

As Spain conquered the New World in the 1500s, she built a port in the Caribbean like no other. Defensible against pirates, secure for the trade of silver, and more darkly with accommodation for the booming slave trade, the walled city and fortress of Cartagena grew in a grand colonial style which today has earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status. A stroll around the pink "coral stone" buildings is a must. Check out the colorful traditional market at Bazurto, or wander down to the beach for a dip.

16 Apr 2019
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta is just a few miles from Tayrona National Park, home to eagles, macaws, and the distinctive lance-tailed manakin, with his eponymous spiked tail feathers and distinctive red cap. Sandy white beaches surrounded by mangrove swamps and forests are bathed in the crystal-clear water of the Caribbean Sea. Take a hike into the forest if you are feeling active, looking out for monkeys and sloths. Swim in the blue waters or simply lounge on the quiet beaches.

17 Apr 2019

As we sail west, the expedition team continues the lecture program, covering topics related to the areas we sail. The Caribbean Sea is named for one of the region's Native American groups, the Caribs, who were dominant at the time of the first European exploration of the area in the 15th century. The expedition photographer will be on hand to show you the basics of photography, and there might also be a chance to look behind the scenes and partake in our Guest Expedition Staff program. Of course, you will also have time to just enjoy being onboard the ship.

DAY 10
18 Apr 2019
Willemstad, Curacao

For MS Roald Amundsen to enter the port of Willemstad, a wooden floating pedestrian bridge from 1888 named for Queen Emma must be swung to one side. Willemstad, site of UNESCO-listed colorful colonial architecture, is our gateway to the beaches and coves of Curaçao, a little slice of the Netherlands in the Caribbean. Take a trip underground to explore the Hato Caves, which include drawings more than 1,500 years old. Or stay above ground and visit the Fortchurch, built in 1769 which contains an impressive mahogany pulpit and governor's chair. A few miles drive west of the town brings you to the warm sand of Daaibooibaai beach; dip into the water here for great snorkeling along the adjacent rocky outcrops.

DAY 11
19 Apr 2019
Bonaire, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba

First occupied by the Dutch more than 400 years ago, Bonaire Island is where we find the village of Rincon, which is the longest permanently inhabited settlement in the Dutch Antilles. Dozens of ethnic and racial influences including Indian, African, Asian, and European have contributed to today's Bonaire. This fusion is found in the music, culture, and food of the colourful island. Bonaire is also home to a range of wildlife, including flamingos and turtles. A visit to Lac Bay mangroves gives you a chance to kayak in the swamps, to see if you can find queen conch or encounter baby rays on a guided snorkel adventure. More than 60% of the island is protected nature reserve, national park, or Ramsar site, including nearby Klein Bonaire Island, noted for its great diving and snorkeling that is easily reached by water taxi.

DAY 12
20 Apr 2019

Spend time on deck or in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travelers as we sail over the sparkling ocean. Listen to a talk on the environmental challenges of the world's oceans in a time of climate change. Enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor whirlpools.

DAY 13
21 Apr 2019
Union Island, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines

Union Island is just 3 miles long and 1.25 miles wide, with a busy harbor that is well known as a haven for super-yachts, so keep an eye open for the rich and famous as our tender boats whisk you ashore to discover a history associated with slave traders from Bristol, England. For exploring, why not take one of the inexpensive buses around the island. Or take a hike up Fort Hill, which overlooks the port, and rewards you with views of the neighboring islands. Our visit is scheduled for Easter Day, which is enthusiastically celebrated on the island. Union Island has numerous beaches and is ideal for your last fix of snorkeling.

DAY 14
22 Apr 2019
Bridgetown, Barbados

Named for the original iron bridge that spanned the river, Bridgetown serves as the capital of Barbados. Visit the third-oldest parliament in the commonwealth, wander through the original Trafalgar Square, complete with Nelson's column that is older than its London namesake. Enjoy fascinating British colonial architecture from the 17th century, while in the countryside, there are great beaches to luxuriate on. The eastern beaches receive the pounding Atlantic swell, while the southern beaches are great for surfing, and in the west, snorkeling is ideal along a more sheltered coastline. Before your return home, take some time to sample local cuisine at one of the many seaside restaurants. Caribbean food is a fusion of African, Creole, Cajan, and other influences. Expect flavors such as coconut, sweet potato, cilantro.

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About the Ship

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MS Roald Amundsen

In July 2018, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. This state-of-the-art vessel will feature new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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  • Wind and water resistant jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • English speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings

  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot® rubber boots.

Not Included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

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