- Day 1 Panama City, Panama
- Day 2 Panama City, Panama
- Day 3 At Sea
- Day 4 Manta, Ecuador
- Day 5 Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador
- Day 6 Guayaquil
- Day 7 At Sea
- Day 8 Salaverry, Peru
- Day 9 Callao / Lima, Peru
- Day 10 Paracas, Peru
- Day 11 At Sea
- Day 12 Matarani, Peru
- Day 13 Arica, Chile
- Day 14-15 At Sea
- Day 16 Valparaíso, Chile
Spend the night in a central hotel in Panama City. Hike to Ancón Hill and enjoy views of the skyscraper-lined cityscape and of the Casco Antiguo district which boasts a real mix of architectural styles. Arrange to arrive a few days early for a Pre-Programme that explores the local flora and fauna.
Before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen, we visit the locks and visitor centre at Miraflores and learn how massive ships are manoeuvred through this marvel of engineering. Enjoy lunch overlooking Chagres River before we board speedboats to cruise the canal itself. In the waters of Lake Gatún, we may spot monkeys and even crocodiles.
Spend time relaxing in the serenity of the sea. Join lectures as our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and meet our Expedition Team on deck to spot marine wildlife and sea birds. As we cross the Equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing. He may even make an appearance.
Manta is a bustling port with high-rise buildings and lovely beaches. You can visit the city museum which showcases artefacts from local pre-Colombian culture, a collection of Ecuadorian art, and weird and wonderful fishing paraphernalia. We recommend an excursion to nearby Montecristi where traditional Panamanian straw hats are hand woven.
Known as the banana capital of the world, this area is surrounded by banana plantations - approximately 80% of Ecuador’s bananas are shipped through Puerto Bolivar. Join an optional excursion to an organic plantation and learn about their unique process of growing their banana plants – by playing classical music for them. Further ashore you can explore the Buenaventura Reserve where you have the chance to observe hummingbirds, hawks and parakeets, or walk amongst fossilized trees, flowers, and plants in the Petrified Forest of Puyango on one of our optional excursions.
We arrive in the largest city in Ecuador. Colourful favelas blanket the hillsides will high-rise buildings line the Guayas river, surrounding Malecón 2000, the attractive riverfront square. Next to the majestic City Cathedral is ‘Iguana Park’, so named for the tame iguanas that roam the gardens here, mingling amiably with tourists, and posing for photos.
IncludedGuayaquil - City Tour, Seminario Park & MuseumThis informative ‘highlights of Guayaquil’ overview begins by motor coach along the architecturally-rich 9 de Octubre Avenue, which arrives at a favourite destination of the locals – Centennial Park – a green area that honours the heroes of Guayaquil’s Independence.
Guayaquil - Cerro Blanco Dry ForestJoin us on a tour of the Cerro Blanco Dry Forest, just outside the city and one of the largest, best-conserved dry forests in Ecuador. This forest protects approximately 100 of the 500 species of registered vascular plants that are endemic in the tropical dry forest region.
Guayaquil - Botanical Garden & Samanes ParkJoin us for a tour of Guayaquil’s lovely botanical gardens, featuring some 324 plant species, and a visit to nearby Parque Samanes.
Enjoy another day and spend it at your leisure. Recap our voyage so far with fellow guests in our comfortable lounge, indulge yourself with a spa treatment in our Wellness Center, or. Join in on interesting lectures. You can also refresh yourself by taking a dip in the infinity pool and Jacuzzis.
Next is the port of Salaverry, the starting point for two optional excursions. Visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Chan Chan (`Sun Sun´) to see the mud-brick ruins of the ancient Chimú kingdom. Or tour the Mochican temples of the Sun and Moon, the former being the largest adobe pyramid in Peru.
We dock in Callao and travel a short distance to Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital. From Plaza Mayor, stroll around the UNESCO-listed Historic Center, admiring the architecture of colonial cathedrals and Baroque buildings. Whether walking the spacious parks or enjoying top cuisine, you’ll understand why the city was once known as ‘The City of Kings’.
From Paracas, we explore the nearby uninhabited Ballestas Islands. The shores here have a range of wildlife, including sea lions, turtles, dolphins, pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins. Paracas is also the near to Pisco valley, the site of mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs, which you can see on an optional excursion.
IncludedParacas - Ballestas IslandExplore one of Peru’s most beautiful natural attractions, the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru, the volcanic islands are home to an array of wildlife and dramatic scenery.
Nazca Lines OverflightAn unforgettable flight over the mysterious Nazca lines.
Tambo ColoradoJourney to the 15th century and earlier, visiting the Inca and Chincha in the Pisco River Valley.
Pisco RouteDuring this half-day excursion, you will travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two "bodegas" to learn about the pisco-making process and taste - and enjoy - its different varieties.
As we sail further south, enjoy our lecture programme, the fresh salt air, and all the amenities the expedition ship has to offer.
Matarani is a gateway to Arequipa, an exceptionally beautiful city with hectares of immaculate parks and gardens, and views of the dormant, snow-capped El Misti volcano. The UNESCO-listed historic centre is a treasure trove of impressive colonial architecture built with ashlar volcanic stone, inspiring Arequipa’s other name ‘The White City’.
IncludedMatarani - Peruvian Dance showToday you will enjoy a wonderful show on board. Perú has many different cultural traditions and one of the most important and representative is dance.
Matarani - Mollendo & MejiaDuring this excursion, we will visit the resort community of Mollendo for a panoramic town tour. Afterwards, we head to the Mejia Lagoon, a national sanctuary and home to 141 species of birds.
Arequipa and Santa Catalina ConventThis tour takes us to Arequipa's historic centre, which captures the beauty and glory of the colonial era. We start by visiting Santa Catalina monastery which is the most important and impressive religious monument in Perú.
Arica enjoys a constant desert climate and is one of the driest cities in the world. Walk along beaches, visit San Marcos Cathedral, or hike El Morro cliff for views over the port city. The local San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum contains artefacts from the Chinchorro culture and some of the world's oldest mummies.
IncludedArica - Atacama Coastal WalkWe will depart from the pier to head towards El Laucho and La Lisera famous beach resorts.
Arica City Tour & GeoglyphsSee the geoglyphs and the highlight of Arica city
Arica - Man and DesertJoin us on an excursion that visits the main plaza in the port city of Arica and archaeological museum in nearby Azapa, before journeying out to amazing experiences and sights in the desert.
Arica -Putre & The Andean HighlandsJourney to Lluta Valley and stop en route to observe the geoglyphs carved onto the hills by the region’s ancient inhabitants, and visit a rustic inn to sample coca leaf tea.
Arica - Flavours and Colours of AricaThis excursion takes you through Arica, which lies at the entrance to the Azapa Valley, a green oasis in the middle of the Atacama Desert that produces all kinds of tropical fruits and vegetables, including olives famous for their size and flavour.
Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The Expedition Team recaps our voyage and continues their lecture programme.
Our expedition ends in the seaport of Valparaíso. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, the UNESCO-protected city is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funicular lifts, cobblestone alleys and charming plazas. Arrange to stay longer to explore more or join a Post-Programme to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads.
Included in your voyage
- Overnight in Panama City, including breakfast before the expedition cruise
- Transfer from the hotel to the ship, including an excursion
- 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 organise 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 programme 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, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
- Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
- 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
- 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
MS Roald Amundsen
|Ship yard||Kleven Yards|
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
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.
Guayaquil - City Tour, Seminario Park & Museum
Guayaquil – Cerro Blanco Dry Forest
Guayaquil – Botanical Garden & Samanes Park
Paracas - Ballestas Island
Paracas - Nazca Lines Overflight
Paracas - Tambo Colorado
Paracas - Pisco Route
Matarani - Peruvian Dance show
Matarani - Mollendo & Mejia
Matarani - Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent
Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk
Arica - Arica City Tour & Geoglyphs
Arica - Man and Desert
Arica - Putre & The Andean Highlands
Arica - Flavours and Colours of Arica
Extend your cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.
Santiago - Chilean Folk Show & Dinner (21/22)
Santiago de Chile - Post-Excursion: Maipo Valley Vineyard Tour (20/21 and 21/22)
Valparaiso/Santiago: Post-programme Easter Island (20/21 and 21/22)
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- Practical Information: Expedition Cruises with MS Roald Amundsen
- Meet our Expedition Team
- Young Explorers’ Programme: Bring your kids on board