Your journey starts with an overnight in this sprawling city, the largest in Ecuador. High-rise buildings line the Guayas river while colourful favelas blanket the hillsides. Visit Malecón 2000, the riverfront town square before posing with tame iganuas in the local park. Extend your adventure by adding a Pre-Programme to mystic Machu Picchu or the amazing Galápagos Islands.
After breakfast at your hotel, we take you on a guided city tour by bus to see its highlights and learn about its history. Possible sites of interest include the Clock Tower that dates back to 1842 or Henry Morgan’s pirate ship along the river. The tour ends at the pier where MS Roald Amundsen awaits embarkation.
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.
Manta is a bustling port town 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.
A day at sea means you can attend interesting lectures, learn basic expedition photography, and enjoy the fresh sea air out on deck as you scout for wildlife. You can also use microscopes in the Science Center to analyse samples taken during the voyage or participate in a yoga and meditation workshop. As we cross the Equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing. He may even make an appearance.
Even as Panama’s third-biggest island, Cebaco and its main town of El Jobo in the north is almost all but forgotten by passing ferries and cruise ships. The result is a small, quiet, and traditional community untainted by tourism development. Beautiful hidden beaches lie around each bend, promising exceptional snorkeling and fishing.
Built from the export of bananas, Golfito now instead boasts a large duty-free zone that draws visitors on shopping sprees. There are also hiking trails through the rainforest to the wildlife refuge on the hill, part of the Piedras Blancas National Park which features waterfalls, monkeys, bats, toucans, macaws, frogs, caimans, sloths, and even jaguars.
IncludedGolfito - Cultural and Historical Sightseeing TourTravel on a sightseeing double decker bus that will take you to downtown Golfito to witness the city’s main historical landmarks for a close and panoramic cultural experience and a better understanding of this region’s evolution.
Piedras Blancas National Park ExplorationExplore the rich rainforest of Piedras Blancas National Park, home to elusive wildlife like puma and jaguars. While we are unlikely to see these shy cats, keep a sharp eye out for toucan, monkeys and scarlet macaws on this lovely tour.
Golfito - Wildlife Refuge Nature WalkDrive to the verdant and wild-life rich refuge of Golfito for a tour to discover colourful toucans, scarlet macaws and woodpeckers, as well as a chance to take in the magnificent orchids of the area.
Marine Wildlife Observation and SnorkelingThe Golfo Dulce hosts amazing wildlife and we hope to spot some of this rich diversity during a fun and relaxing tour with a naturalist guide. Discover a tropical fjord and enjoy an optional swim-snorkel afterwards.
UNESCO´s Stone Spheres World Heritage Site ExplorationDiscover the fascinating World Heritage site of Finca 6, and explore the mystery of the stones from the pre-Columbian cultures of the area who ruled Costa Rica nearly 2,000 years ago.
Costa Rica Jungle Kayak AdventureExplore with kayaks! Take a lovely paddle through an amazing mangrove estuary, spotting for ibis and egrets along the way, then pull up at a pristine beach to cool off with a refreshing swim, and watch for bottle-nosed porpoises.
Sat in a tropical inlet, the small harbour of Quepos acts as a gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. The park boasts mangroves, lagoons, beaches, coral reefs and rainforest and is described as an ‘outdoor zoo’ by visitors. You can hope to spot some of the 184 species of birds and 109 species of mammals.
Quepos - Titi Canopy TourAn exhilarating way to experience Costa Rica’s magnificent rain forest and sight for amazing wildlife. Enjoy zip-lining with expert guides and state-of-the-art equipment in the rainforest canopy.
Quepos - Rainmaker Nature Hike and WaterfallEnjoy a river walk to take in lovely waterfalls and scout for morpho butterflies, a vast variety of birds, and amazing plant life. And perhaps end your tour with a refreshing dip in a waterfall pool.
Damas Island Estuary and Mangrove Boat TourExplore and learn about the tropical wonderland of the rare and fragile mangrove ecosystem, and delight in the amazing wildlife that surrounds our craft.
Quepos - Manuel Antonio National ParkManuel Antonio National Park is the jewel of the Costa Rican national park system. On this tour, we enjoy a guided stroll through the jungle, watching for abundant wildlife and enjoying fantastic surroundings.
Quepos Highlights and Historical ReviewsFor a unique insight into the life and culture of the Quepoa Indians, join this tour to the Quepoa territory and learn about the traditions and culture of the region from years past as well as what life is like today.
Your journey comes to an end here. Before returning home, why not make the most of your trip and add a Post-Programme with three nights at the Parador Resort close to Manuel Antonio National Park. Or join a jungle boat tour with lunch followed by a night in the capital city of San José.
Included in your voyage
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Overnight in Guayaquil, including breakfast before the expedition cruise
- Transfer from the hotel to the ship, including guided tour of Guayaquil by bus
- 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
- Yoga and meditation sessions with an instructor
- 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
|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.
Golfito - Cultural and Historical Sightseeing Tour
Golfito - Piedras Blancas National Park Exploration
Golfito - Wildlife Refuge Nature Walk
Golfito - Marine Wildlife Observation and Snorkeling
Golfito - UNESCO´s Stone Spheres World Heritage Site Exploration
Golfito - Costa Rica Jungle Kayak Adventure
Quepos - Titi Canopy Tour
Quepos - Rainmaker Nature Hike and Waterfall
Quepos - Damas Island Estuary and Mangrove Boat Tour
Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park
Quepos Highlights and Historical Reviews
Extend your cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.
Guayaquil - Pre-Programme Galápagos Islands (20/21 and 21/22)
Guayaquil - Pre-Programme Machu Picchu (20/21 and 21/22)
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- MS Roald Amundsen: Life on board and Practical information
- Meet our Expedition Teams
- Young Explorers’ Programme: Bring your kids on board