Caribbean Sea – Discover Cayes, Coves and Reefs (New York to Puerto Limon)
Duration: 12 days
Ship: MS Fram
5 October 2019
Price from : £ 2576 per personCheck prices and availability
- Explore five different countries in one expedition
- Discover Mayan ruins and learn about their colourful history
- Visit tropical paradise islands and snorkel on pristine coral reefs
- Experience cultures, languages and traditions upheld on small, remote islands
Our expedition starts in energetic, one-of-a-kind New York City. Spend some time to enjoy all that Manhattan has to offer before embarking on MS Fram. Join us on deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty on our way out of the harbour.
Days at sea are yours to enjoy. The Expedition team will start a series of introductory lectures about wildlife, biology, life in the ocean and the ecosystems of coral reefs, also known as the rainforests of the sea.
Enjoy the onboard facilities and spend some time on deck to truly enjoy the feeling being at sea.
Magical Miami is known for its legendary beaches, Little Havana, Art Deco buildings and a sense of glamour. The city’s fabled nightlife has been one continuous party more or less since the 60’s, making Miami a playground of the stars. Rich influences of Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe all contribute to Miami´s culture, food and music. Walk along Ocean Drive and gaze at the Art Deco houses, discover graffiti art and murals in Wynwood and enjoy a slice of key lime pie .
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, housing tens of thousands of marine species. In fact, about one-third of all marine fish species live part of their lives on coral reefs. In addition to their incredible value as wildlife habitats, these natural structures protect coastlines from storms and provide billions of dollars of food and jobs for humans around the world. Hear more about what these delicate ecosystems mean to life in the ocean, and other fascinating subjects from our Expedition team as we continue sailing south.
Visit San Miguel de Cozumel, and spend time ashore in this lively island town, enjoying the restaurants, cafes and nearby beaches, such as Palancar or Paradise beach. Or take in the island´s natural beauty, featuring mangrove trees and cenotes, and perhaps swim with stingrays at Stingray beach (the captive rays have barbs removed of course).
The Caribbean Sea is more than paradise islands and coral reefs, it also the site of fascinating history. After Christopher Columbus stumbled across the Caribbean in 1493, Spain claimed the area, and its ships scoured the area for treasure. When the Spanish discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513, the Caribbean became a hub for expeditions and convoys.
Pirates and warships of rival powers preyed on Spanish ships in the area. Although Spain controlled most of the Caribbean, Britain, France, the Netherlands and Denmark established colonies on the islands along the eastern fringe. The 1800s brought U.S. ships into these waters, leading to the construction, in 1914, of the Panama Canal, a historic feat of engineering that saved thousands of miles of transit around Cape Horn for ships trying to reach the Pacific.
Providencia is an unspoiled and traditional tropical island. Since it’s almost unreachable for most tourists (no direct connection to the Colombian mainland), it’s traditions and customs remain intact and you will still hear English Creole spoken. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, lovely sand beaches, friendly locals and amazingly clear water that is superb for swimming and snorkelling.
You'll find small cottages, hotels and cabañas strung along the road, and a delightful handful of restaurants. Visit a local school and tour the island, and enjoy the view of the many hidden bays. Bird lovers will have the opportunity to explore inland, hikers can venture to the highest point, kayakers can explore the coastline and snorkelers can enjoy the superb undersea life.
If you are searching for an ideal combination of relaxing on white sand beaches, snorkeling among tropical fish and lovely historic architecture and culture, San Andrés is the perfect destination. This small island, shaped like a sea horse, is located some 500 miles northwest of Colombia. While small in size, it offers tremendous, pristine beauty.
The island is officially part of Colombia, but it has a long connection with England and a multicultural and bilingual culture, with the most common spoken languages being Spanish, English and Creole. Equally diverse is the ecosystem, featuring reefs, geysers, groves, and cays. Needless to say, it’s perfect for snorkeling and outdoor exploring.
Located off the coast of Nicaragua, these beautiful islands have more in common with most Caribbean islands than mainland Nicaragua. The Creole people on Great Corn Island live in colourful wooden houses, earning most of their income from lobster fishing. You can experience their bounty first hand with a beach barbecue. Little Corn is a tiny island with no cars and a jungle interior to explore on foot. Venture below the water to be rewarded discover a rich world of undersea life.
Puerto Limón in Costa Rica is a compelling destination for adventurous explorers. The city has some fascinating architecture and colourful open-air marketplaces, with the main market in the centre of town the place to go to buy everything from carved wood items to traditional souvenirs.
Cashew nuts are big here, so be sure to try the cashew wine. While the city is rather laid-back during the day, at night Puerto Limon has an active social scene, with a number of bars and restaurants. This is where your expedition comes to an end. Stay on to enjoy Costa Rica or fly home.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
Not included in your voyage
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional Excursions and Gratuities
- On this trip, a vaccine against yellow fever is recommended. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before departure.
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Ship yard||Fincantieri, Italy|
|Passenger capacity||318 (200 in Antarctica)|
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.
Cozumel - The best of Cozumel
Cozumel - Mayan Ruins, Island Tour & Beach
Cozumel - All Terrain Buggy & Snorkel
Providencia - Island Tour
Providencia - Adventure to the Peak
San Andres - Beach Resort Getaway
San Andres - Nautilus Adventure
San Andres - Snorkel Tour Adventure
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