Hidden Highlights of the Caribbean from George Town to Panama City
About Panama City
10/2/21 with MS Roald Amundsen
10/12/2021 with MS Fridtjof Nansen
- See stunning and remote tropical islands in four Caribbean countries
- Spot wildlife such as whales, turtles, dolphins, sharks, monkeys, and iguanas
- Experience a transit of the Panama Canal aboard your expedition ship
- Enjoy onboard yoga and meditation classes with a professional instructor
- 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 organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- 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 program allows guests to assist with current 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, sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, 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
- Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
- 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
- International flights
- Travel protection
- 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
- All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
- No gratuities expected
Cayman’s Cosmopolitan Capital - George Town, Cayman Islands
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, or 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.
At Your Leisure - At sea
As we sail toward Central America, spend this day at sea at your leisure. Take advantage of the many onboard facilities, relax and meditate in our yoga classes, or join in on lectures.
‘The Sea of Seven Colors’ - Isla de Providencia, Colombia
This tiny Colombian island in the Spanish Caribbean is a rare and unspoiled find off the beaten path. Tour the deserted golden beaches by buggy cart or go in search of pirate Henry Morgan’s hidden treasure. The diverse coral reefs are a primary attraction of the UNESCO’s Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, and kaleidoscopic marine life inspires the above local marine environment´s nickname of the ‘Sea of Seven Colors.’
The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret - Corn Island, Nicaragua
Most of the Creole population of the Corn Island live in colorful wooden houses and engage in lobster fishing. Hike up Mount Pleasant Hill for views of the coves and stunning horseshoe bays. Pristine coral reefs surround both islands, tantalizing snorkelers with the likes of barracudas, nurse sharks, hammerheads, green sea turtles, and spotted eagle rays.
‘Galápagos of the Caribbean’ - Bocas del Toro, Panama
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.
Eco-Conscious Paradise - San Blas Island, Panama
More than 365 keys, islands, and reefs make up the San Blas Islands. Only 49 of the islands are inhabited, exclusively by the Guna Yala indigenous people, 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.
Connecting Two Oceans - Panama Canal, Panama
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 / MS Roald Amundsen are lifted over 85 feet above sea level, passing through man-made channels and lakes to eventually emerge in the Caribbean Ocean, effectively crossing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
City on the Canal - Panama City, Panama
Your voyage ends in Panama City, which has much more to offer 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 the Casco Antiguo district, which boasts a real mix of architectural styles.