Caribbean Sea – Discover Cayes, Coves and Reefs (New York to Puerto Limon)

Join us for an extraordinary adventure to verdant jungles, Mayan ruins, perfect beaches and crystal-clear waters. We call on five different countries to discover tropical paradise islands, experience the pulsing energy of the vibrant cities of New York and Miami and take in the rainforests of Costa Rica.

  • Explore five different countries in one expedition
  • Discover Mayan ruins and learn about their colourful history
  • Visit tropical paradise islands and dive or snorkel on pristine coral reefs
  • Experience cultures, languages and traditions upheld on small, remote islands
Itinerary

The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions may determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departure 05 October 2019

Departs from New York City, USA
Overview

Ancient Beauty

Explore the Caribbean the “Hurtigruten way”. Discover the beautiful realm of the Mayans by visiting stunning ruins, snorkelling in crystal clear waters, kayaking pristine coastlines, hiking into the jungle and cruising rivers to see amazing wildlife.

Big City Launch

Starting in the non-stop energy of New York City, we head to vibrant and magical Miami before embarking on a voyage south to experience some of the remote islands of the Caribbean.

Snorkelling and ruins

Enjoy some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the world during your stop in Cozumel or discover more about the fascinating Mayan civilisation.

On Isla de Provedencia, Corn Islands and San Andrés you can snorkel among stunning tropical fish, feast on barbecued lobster on the beach, and experience Creole traditions.

Costa Rican colour

Our expedition ends in colourful Puerto Limon in Costa Rica.  Take some time to enjoy this port town before you head home. 

Day 1
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The Big Apple Never Sleeps

New York City, USA

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. 

Day 2-4
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Lectures and Legends

At sea

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. 

Day 5
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The Magic City

Miami

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 .

Day 6
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Photo: Seaphotoart / shutterstock Photo

Learning and Relaxing

At sea

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.  

Day 7
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Fascinating Nature, Beaches and Turquoise Water

Cozumel

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).

Day 8
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Photo: Sorin Colac Photo

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

At sea

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.

Day 9
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Photo: Fotos593 / shutterstock Photo

A Slice of Untouched Paradise

Isla de Providencia

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, snorkelling and diving.

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 divers and snorkelers can enjoy the superb undersea life.

Day 10
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Seahorse Island

San Andrés Island

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 diving, snorkeling, and outdoor exploring.

Day 11
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Photo: Pete Niesen Photo

Lobster and Jungle

Corn Islands, Nicaragua

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. 

Day 12
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The “Pura Vida” Lifestyle

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

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. 

Arrival 16 October 2019

Location Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Overview

Price includes: 

  • 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: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

Vaccination recommended:

On this trip, a vaccine against yellow fever is recommended. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before departure. 

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