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16 Days
Availability : September 25, 2020
New York City, NY
San Jose, Costa Rica

Join us for an exciting cruise adventure from New York City to the tropical paradises of the Caribbean and Central America. Visit historic cities, relax on sandy beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters and spot diverse wildlife. This expedition cruise calls on seven different countries to discover unforgettable tropical beauty.

 

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Included in Your Expedition

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
  • Transfer from ship in Puerto Limón 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
  • rich program 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 in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions we sail through
  • 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 program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the 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
  • farewell event
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship 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, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected

 

 

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About Hurtigruten

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

Sustainability

Sustainability is uniquely integrated into Hurtigruten’s heritage as a Norway-based company. The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals provide the framework for all business decisions we make at Hurtigruten; and we have successfully achieved the following: Introduced of the world’s first-ever hybrid vessel, the MS Roald Amundsen and in 2020 we welcome, the second hybrid vessel, the MS Fridtjof Nansen. In 2018, we removed all single-use plastics from our entire fleet. On our voyages we educate our guests on the culture, history, wildlife, and ecosystems, of each destination we visit. We are dedicated to enhancing the local communities we visit through cooperation and trade. On board, we source our food from certified, local suppliers that grow their products in a sustainable production platform. The Hurtigruten Foundation has been established to ensure that our guests of tomorrow can enjoy the same meaningful travel experiences as our guests do today.


Itinerary

DAY PORT ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1  New York City, NY, United States
Our expedition cruise starts in energetic one-of-a-kind New York City amidst beautiful autumn color splendor. Spend some time enjoying everything Manhattan has to offer before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen. Join us on deck as we sail out of New York Harbor, past the Statue of Liberty.
DAY 2  Day-at-Sea
Days at sea are yours to enjoy. The expedition team will start its series of introductory lectures about history, biology, and life in the ocean. Enjoy the ship’s onboard facilities and go out on deck to spot marine wildlife and sea birds guiding your vessel.
DAY 3  Day-at-Sea
DAY 4  Charleston, SC, United States
Charleston is considered one of America’s 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’s historic sites at your leisure or join one of our optional excursions. Included activity: Beach Cleanup (1–3 hours). Help us keep our oceans clean. The most important daily task of our crews is stopping waste before it reaches the sea. On every landing at every destination, we encourage our guests to help us collect and properly dispose of waste. We also arrange large beach cleanups at carefully selected spots.
DAY 5  Day-at-Sea
Spend time on deck as we head south and 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, FL, United States
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 Hemingway House Museum or just cool off with a mojito, the cocktail of choice for many visiting Key West. Included activity: Old Trolley Tour (1 hour). See Key West on a one-hour tour aboard the Conch Tour Train or Old Town Trolley. Travel down picturesque streets and get close-up views of what makes Key West special. The tour conductors create a festive air by sharing the island’s history with knowledge and humour.
DAY 7  Day-at-Sea
Our expedition team continues its lecture program, sharing their vast knowledge and experience and letting you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.
DAY 8  Cozumel, Mexico
We visit San Miguel de Cozumel. Spend the day ashore in this lively island town, enjoying the restaurants, cafés, and nearby beaches. Discover the island at your leisure or join one of the offered optional excursions. Included activity: Orientation tour to the beach (4 hours). Join a narrated tour to the heart of downtown Cozumel to see historic buildings, including the main church and clock tower. Get ample opportunities to take photos and shop for unique souvenirs. We then proceed to a local beach for a relaxing swim or simply stretching out in the sand before returning to the ship.
DAY 9  Isla de Utila, Honduras, Honduras
Known for its coral reefs and dive sites, Útila is the smallest of the Honduras Bay Islands. We go ashore in Útila Town, the island’s only settlement. Spend the afternoon enjoying the relaxed pace, visit the Iguana Research & Breeding Station, or take in the beautiful beaches.
DAY 10  Day-at-Sea
Enjoy a pleasant day at sea as we make our way further south. The expedition team will recap the cruise so far and prepare you for the next three days of tropical island experiences. Spend time on deck and watch for birds and other wildlife following us on our journey.
DAY 11  Isla de Providencia, Colombia
Providencia is an unspoiled tropical island with traditions that have remained intact. You still hear English Creole spoken here. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, lovely sandy beaches, friendly locals, and a gorgeous sunset before we set sail late in the evening. Included activity: Cultural Show (45 minutes). Enjoy a 45-minute performance of music, percussion, and dance presented by a 15-member troop of Providencia Island artists. Hear cultural influences from Latin America, Africa, and the Antilles, and marvel at the mix of music and dance styles, including soca, calypso, mento, foxtrot, jumping polka, schottische, and pasillo.
DAY 12  San Andrés Island, Colombia
Another day in paradise awaits. Explore some of San Andrés Island’s natural attractions at your leisure or join one of the offered optional activities of the day.
DAY 13  Corn Island, Nicaragua
The Creole inhabitants of Great Corn Island live in colorful wooden houses and earn most of their income from lobster fishing. Enjoy white-sand beaches, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, or hike up Mount Pleasant for a view of the entire island.
DAY 14  Bocas Del Toro, Panama
We round up our extensive tropical cruise 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. Included activity: Water taxi to local beach with nature trail walk (2–4 hours). 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. Solarte Island is a nature reserve without electricity. Watch for leaf-cutter colonies, birds of all types, and red frogs. You might also spot three-toed sloths, rare birds, and eagles. Red Frog Beach is located on Bastimentos Island, not far from Isla Colón, and you walk to the beach on a jungle trail.
DAY 15  Limón, Costa Rica
 San Jose, Costa Rica
Puerto Limón features 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 Tortuguero Canal.
DAY 16  San Jose, Costa Rica
Today your expedition comes to an end. If you’d like to extend your stay in Costa Rica, we recommend booking one of our post-cruise Land Adventures to visit, for example, beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park.


Pricing Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions of this contract apply to the sea passage as well as to all other products or services of any kind whatsoever provided for or arranged by Hurtigruten AS, their agents or independent contractors. These terms and conditions represent the entire agreement and a binding contract between Hurtigruten AS and the customer. These pro-visions supersede any oral or written representations. Any change in these provisions must be in writing signed by the president of Hurtigruten AS.The transports of passengers, baggage and vehicles is subject to the provisions of the Act no. 39 of 24 June 1994 Norwegian Maritime Code, as amended (‘Norwegian Maritime Code’), and package tours are subject to the provisions of the Act no. 57 of 25 August 1995 Relating to Package Tours (‘Package Tours Act’). Copies of the Norwegian Maritime Code and the Package Tours Acts, in Norwegian and in English, are on file with Hurtigruten AS and available upon request. The terms and conditions of this contract are drawn up in accord ance with the Norwegian Maritime Code, Package Tours Act, and the regulations laid down by the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. However, in case of conflict between this contract and the Norwegian Maritime Code or Package Tours Act, this contract shall take precedence.

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