MS Fram
16 days

Caribbean Sea – Discover Cayes, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 2)

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£ 3125
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
16 days

Caribbean Sea – Discover Cayes, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 2)

Price from
£ 3125
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Caribbean Sea - Discover Cayes, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 2)
Departure
16 September 2021
  • See a mixture of colourful cities and beautiful remote islands around the Caribbean
  • Spot wildlife such as turtles, dolphins, sharks, monkeys and iguanas
  • Get to know the region’s rich indigenous culture plus its colonial and pirate history
  • Enjoy onboard yoga and meditation classes with a professional instructor
Explore remote Half Moon Caye atoll.

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Itinerary

Join us for an adventure from Miami to cultural Key West and on to the tropical paradises of the Caribbean and Central America. Many of the remote islands we visit are Marine Protected Areas, promising sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse wildlife. Along the way, we will also explore the Caribbean’s fascinating Mayan and colonial history.
Day 1
Miami, Florida, USA
Latin Beats
Miami is an exciting mix of neon and glamour.
Miami is an exciting mix of neon and glamour.
Photo: Shutterstock

Your expedition starts in Miami’s cocktail of cultures that blends vibes from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. The architecture is also part of the greatest collection of art deco buildings in the world. Start your trip early with an optional Pre-Programme to explore more of what Miami offers.

Miami is an exciting mix of neon and glamour.
Miami is an exciting mix of neon and glamour.
Photo: Shutterstock
Take advantage of great beaches and big-city energy.
Take advantage of great beaches and big-city energy.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Explore laid-back Key West.
Explore laid-back Key West.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Sun, sea and palms with a view towards Cuba.
Sun, sea and palms with a view towards Cuba.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 2
Key West, USA
Home of Hemmingway
Explore laid-back Key West.
Explore laid-back Key West.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

The southernmost island in the Florida Keys and only 140 kilometres from Cuba, laid-back Key West is perfect for a day of exploration. Take a stroll amidst courtyards, gardens, and 19th century architecture in Old Town. Don’t forget to visit the Ernest Hemmingway House Museum.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Key West - Old Town Trolley
    A one hour private tour on the Conch Tour Train or Old Town Trolley is the best way to see the charming Southernmost City.
  • Key West Mangrove Eco Tour
    Escape the ordinary - only 15 minutes from busy downtown Key West. Visit the pristine paradise of Geiger Key.
  • Key West – Best of Food Walking Tour and Mojito Workshop
    Enjoy the ‘best of’ Key West during this foodie walking tour.
  • Key West – Historic Walking Tour and Hemingway’s House
    Welcome to Key West. Stroll along lively Duval Street with a guide and experience local energy as you make your way to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
Day 3-4
At sea
Serenity at Sea
Scan for avian life from deck.
Scan for avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

The Expedition Team will recap the voyage so far and prepare you for the next few days of the expedition which will be full of tropical island experiences. Spend time on deck and look for seabirds or other marine wildlife or make the most of the pleasant weather with an invigorating yoga workshop.

Scan for avian life from deck.
Scan for avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Stretch and have fun in the fresh air.
Stretch and have fun in the fresh air.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Learn more about the nature and culture of Belize on an excursion
Learn more about the nature and culture of Belize on an excursion.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Browse the colourful shops of Belize city.
Browse the colourful shops of Belize city.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Take an excursion to the Lamanai temple in the rainforest.
Take an excursion to the Lamanai temple in the rainforest.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 5
Belize City, Belize
Mayan Heritage
Browse the colourful shops of Belize city.
Browse the colourful shops of Belize city.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

The cityscape here features handsome colonial houses, seaside parks, and busy shopping areas. Cross the Belize City Swing Bridge, browse art shops, or visit the museum to learn more about the country’s Mayan legacy. Join an excursion to the Lamanai temple in the surrounding jungle and maybe sight crocodiles, fruit bats, spider monkeys, and herons.   

Explore remote Half Moon Caye atoll.
Day 6
Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Birds of Beauty at Half Moon Caye
Day 6
Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Birds of Beauty at Half Moon Caye
Explore remote Half Moon Caye atoll.
Explore remote Half Moon Caye atoll.
Photo: Dietmar Denger

We land at the uninhabited Half Moon Caye island in the Lighthouse Reef, the most remote of the atolls. The island is Belize’s oldest bird sanctuary and the only nesting site in the region for red-footed boobies. It is also the country’s first marine protected area, home to endangered loggerhead, hawksbill, and green turtles.

Discover pristine reefs and rich undersea life.
Discover pristine reefs and rich undersea life.
Photo: Dietmar Denger
Scan for exotic bird life at the country´s oldest bird sanctuary.
Scan for exotic bird life at the country´s oldest bird sanctuary.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Experience the idyllic small beaches of the bay.
Experience the idyllic small beaches of the bay.
Photo: Shutterstock
Discover amazing wildlife on shore.
Discover amazing wildlife on shore.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Colourful parrot fish at Isla de Utila.
Colourful parrot fish at Isla de Utila.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 7
Isla de Útila, Honduras
Small But Stunning Island Living
Discover amazing wildlife on shore.
Discover amazing wildlife on shore.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

At just 13km long and 5km wide, Utila is the smallest of the Bay Islands. The town of Utila is the island´s only settlement, set on a curving bay with two short beaches. The island forms part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world and is home to gentle whale sharks up to six-metres long.

Day 8
Cayos Cochinos, Honduras
The World’s Second Largest Coral Reef
The classic isolated beauty of Cayos Cochinos.
The classic isolated beauty of Cayos Cochinos.
Photo: Camille Seaman

This archipelago is strictly protected and no commercial fishing is allowed. There aren’t even any roads, cars, or motorbikes. This high level of preservation has left the waters here with the healthiest and most pristine marine life in the Bay Islands. It is quite possibly the most beautiful place in all of Honduras.

The classic isolated beauty of Cayos Cochinos.
The classic isolated beauty of Cayos Cochinos.
Photo: Camille Seaman
No roads, cars or motorbikes disturb the peace here.
No roads, cars or motorbikes disturb the peace here.
Photo: Dan Avila
Visit the historic fortress of Santa Barbara.
Visit the historic fortress of Santa Barbara.
Photo: Shutterstock
Learn about traditional fishing culture in local villages.
Learn about traditional fishing culture in local villages.
Photo: shutterstock
Get to know local culture and traditons.
Get to know local culture and traditons.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 9
Trujillo
Honduran History and Hospitality
Learn about traditional fishing culture in local villages.
Learn about traditional fishing culture in local villages.
Photo: shutterstock

Easily explored on foot, Trujillo enjoys white beaches and views of soaring mountains. Visit the three Garífuna fishing villages, meet the welcoming indigenous people, and try gifitti, a traditional drink. The old Fortress of Santa Barbara overlooks the bay and a museum recounts the area’s eventful history from Christopher Columbus to pirates and banana companies.

Day 10
At sea
Lectures and enjoying the tropical temperatures
Unwind with Yoga on deck.
Unwind with Yoga on deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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. Continue your yoga routine and unwind with a guided meditation. 

Unwind with Yoga on deck.
Unwind with Yoga on deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Enjoy unforgettable horizons at sea.
Enjoy unforgettable horizons at sea.
Photo: Dietmar Denger
Find your own slice of paradise.
Day 11
Isla de Providencia
‘The Sea of Seven Colours’
Explore beaches and the waterfront on foot.
Explore beaches and the waterfront on foot.
Photo: Dan Avila
Get to know the relaxed tempo of life on Isla de Providencia.
Get to know the relaxed tempo of life on Isla de Providencia.
Photo: Dietmar Denger
Day 11
Isla de Providencia
‘The Sea of Seven Colours’
Find your own slice of paradise.
Find your own slice of paradise.
Photo: Dan Avila

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.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Providencia - Cultural Show
    With influences from Latin America, Africa and the Antilles the music of Providencia is of la socca, calypso, mento, foxtrot, Jumping Polka, Shoteische and pasillo!
  • Providencia - Adventure to the Peak
    This is a tour to the highest mountain of the island and a nature reserve.
  • Providencia – Snorkeling Tour
    Isla de Providencia is at the heart of UNESCO's Seaflower Biosphere, which cover approximately 10 percent of the entire Caribbean. Among the features protected by the biosphere is Providencia's coral reef— 32 kilometres (20 miles) long and one of the largest reefs in the western hemisphere.
  • Providencia - Island Tour
    The tour starts with a guided walk across the pedestrian bridge to the beautiful island of Santa Catalina. The footpath leads past mangroves and guests will learn about the mangrove ecosystem.
Day 12
Corn Islands, Nicaragua
The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret
Take in soft sands and swaying palms.
Take in soft sands and swaying palms.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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.

Take in soft sands and swaying palms.
Take in soft sands and swaying palms.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Colourful wooden homes on Great Corn.
Colourful wooden homes on Great Corn.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Bocas del Toro is home to rich wildlife like sloths.
Bocas del Toro is home to rich wildlife like sloths.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Welcome to the Galapagos of the Caribbean.
Welcome to the Galapagos of the Caribbean.
Photo: Magne Jacobsen
Discover Panama´s first National Marine Park.
Discover Panama´s first National Marine Park.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 13
Bocas del Toro, Panama
‘Galápagos of the Caribbean’
Welcome to the Galapagos of the Caribbean.
Welcome to the Galapagos of the Caribbean.
Photo: Magne Jacobsen

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.

Optional excursions
  • Bocas del Toro - Sustainable Cacao Farm
    Great views and chocolate tasting with a “feel good” factor! Enjoy a short boat tour and brief hike to the beautiful and fascinating Bocas Sustainable Farm.
  • Bocas del Toro - Cayo Zapatilla
    Visit the picturesque Zapatilla Cay – the setting for numerous episodes of the “Survivor” series. Enjoy the white sand beaches and fine coral for snorkelling as we scan for exotic wildlife.
  • Cacao Farm & Indigenous Community
    Get a taste of life in a Ngabe village, learn about organic cacao and enjoy a delicious chocolate tasting as you support the local community.
Day 14
At Sea
Science Center
Learn in our Science Center.
Learn in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Use the Science Center’s state-of-the-art microscopes to observe the tiniest creatures in samples taken during the voyage. The Expedition Team never run out of interesting subjects to lecture about. Make sure you don’t miss today’s yoga session: healthy body, healthy mind. If weather permits, we will hold our guided meditation class outside under the stars.

Learn in our Science Center.
Learn in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Enjoy Yoga on deck.
Enjoy Yoga on deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Explore tropical climates and soft sand in Panama.
Day 15
San Blas Island, Panama
Eco-Conscious Paradise
Local Guna Yala indians are proud of their islands and culture.
Local Guna Yala indians are proud of their islands and culture.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Find your favourite stretch of sand.
Find your favourite stretch of sand.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 15
San Blas Island, Panama
Eco-Conscious Paradise
Explore tropical climates and soft sand in Panama.
Explore tropical climates and soft sand in Panama.
Photo: Dietmar Denger

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 16
Colón
Entrance to the Panama Canal
Colón’s colourful waterfront.
Colón’s colourful waterfront.
Photo: Shutterstock

This wonderful voyage ends here at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. Colón’s Canal Expansion Observation Center has viewing platforms over the locks and Gatún Lake. There is also a vast duty-free zone for some serious shopping. After saying farewell to MS Fram, add on a few extra nights with a Post-Programme to explore even more.

Colón’s colourful waterfront.
Colón’s colourful waterfront.
Photo: Shutterstock
The Miraflores Visitor Center on the Panama Canal.
The Miraflores Visitor Center on the Panama Canal.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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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 restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrømincluded 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 Centerwhich has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Scienceprogramme 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, panoramic sauna, indoor gym
  • 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 

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
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Ship yard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

Included
An orange bus on the street An orange bus on the street

Key West - Old Town Trolley

North America

Duration

1h30

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-EYW1

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A flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water A flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water

Key West Mangrove Eco Tour

North America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From £ 82

Booking code

A-EYW1

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A bicycle parked in front of a store A bicycle parked in front of a store

Key West – Best of Food Walking Tour and Mojito Workshop

North America

Duration

2h30

Price per person

From £ 134

Booking code

A-EYW2

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A typewriter on a table A typewriter on a table

Key West – Historic Walking Tour and Hemingway’s House

North America

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From £ 46

Booking code

A-EYW3

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Included
A person holding a knife and fork A person holding a knife and fork

Providencia - Cultural Show

Duration

45 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-IDP1

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A large body of water with a mountain in the background A large body of water with a mountain in the background

Providencia - Adventure to the Peak

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

6 hours

Price per person

From £ 82

Booking code

A-IDP1

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A group of fish in the water A group of fish in the water

Providencia – Snorkeling Tour

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From £ 92

Booking code

A-IDP3

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A chair sitting in front of a beach A chair sitting in front of a beach

Providencia - Island Tour

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From £ 82

Booking code

A-IDP2

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A bird perched on a tree branch A bird perched on a tree branch

Bocas del Toro - Sustainable Cacao Farm

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4 - 5 h

Price per person

From £ 97

Booking code

A-BOC1

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Underwater view of a coral Underwater view of a coral

Bocas del Toro - Cayo Zapatilla

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

4h15

Price per person

From £ 113

Booking code

A-BOC2

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A boat is docked next to a body of water A boat is docked next to a body of water

Bocas del Toro - Cacao Farm & Indigenous Community

Caribbean and Central America

Duration

5 hours

Price per person

From £ 103

Booking code

A-BOC4

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

Safari Landscape Safari Landscape

Miami: Pre-Programme (21/22)

Duration

2 Days

From

£ 288

Booking code

MIAPRE

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Santa Rita Working farm Santa Rita Working farm

Post-Programme Panama Adventure (starting from Colón)

From

£ 1030

Booking code

ONXPANPOST

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