From Montevideo to Cape Verde – Holistic Wellness Retreat at Sea

Duration: 14 days

Departures: April 3, 2021
Price from :
$ 2535 per person
  • Unique opportunity to de-stress on a 14-day wellness cruise on the state-of-the-art hybrid powered ship MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • 9-day holistic cleanse program with yoga, tai-chi, meditation and healthy meals
  • Extraordinary team of health and wellness professionals
  • Specially designed menus of plant-based meals, smoothies and juices
Enjoy specially designed menus of plant-based meals, smoothies and juices.
Photo: Tomas Grootveld
From Montevideo to Cape Verde
Cruise to cleanse your mind, body and spirit.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Cruise to cleanse your mind, body and spirit.
Let the Wellness Team help you de-stress and recharge on the high seas.
Photo: Nils Lund

Itinerary

Jumpstart a healthy lifestyle onboard an Atlantic crossing from Uruguay to Cape Verde. This retreat at sea includes a 9-day holistic cleansing of your mind, body and spirit. A Wellness Team of yoga and meditation instructors, nutrition experts and massage therapists will be onboard to help you achieve a healthier you. De-stress on the high seas aboard one of the world’s only hybrid-powered ships and return home with tools to better cope with life’s challenges. On this ocean journey you will reconnect with nature and yourself.
Day 1
Montevideo, Uruguay
Explore Montevideo
Explore the exciting city of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Explore the exciting city of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Your expedition starts with an overnight in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

Wedged between the two enormous countries of Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is a respite of peace and natural living. The country promotes itself as “Uruguay Natural” and it invites travelers to settle into a slower rhythm. 

Explore the exciting city of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Explore the exciting city of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Visit the highlights of this unique South American city.
Visit the highlights of this unique South American city.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Experience Uruguay’s peaceful way of life.
Experience Uruguay’s peaceful way of life.
Photo: Shutterstock
A large ship in a body of water
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup / Hurtigruten
A living room filled with furniture and a rug
Day 2
Montevideo, Uruguay
The expedition on board MS Fridtjof Nansen begins
A large ship in a body of water
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup / Hurtigruten

After breakfast you will enjoy an excursion to learn more about this vibrant city before you will be transferred to your ship.

Once on board MS Fridtjof Nansen you will be introduced to the ship and the Wellness Team.

Day 3
At sea
Into nature’s rhythms
Welcome aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen.
Welcome aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Relax and unwind as you settle into the ocean’s rhythm and life aboard ship. You will meet your Wellness Team and be introduced to the nutrition and lifestyle activities onboard. Our naturalists will be available to tell you all about our ocean journey and the sea life you may spot along the way.

Welcome aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen.
Welcome aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Enjoy specially designed menus of plant-based meals, smoothies and juices.
Enjoy specially designed menus of plant-based meals, smoothies and juices.
Photo: Tomas Grootveld
Connect with your life cycles and achieve balance.
Day 4-6
At sea
Cleanse (Phase 1)
Release stress from joints and muscles.
Release stress from joints and muscles.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Fuel your wellness journey with abundant healthy foods.
Fuel your wellness journey with abundant healthy foods.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Day 4-6
At sea
Cleanse (Phase 1)
Connect with your life cycles and achieve balance.
Connect with your life cycles and achieve balance.
Photo: Oscar Farrera

The three-part vitality program spans the central nine days of the journey and begins today.

Cycles are a fundamental part of life and central to the philosophy of yoga. Each cycle has a beginning, middle and end. When we are able to connect with the cycles of our life, we can achieve balance. Our vitality cleansing plan will follow this three-part process to help you regain your health.

The beginning phase of your 9-day plan focuses on cleansing mind, body and spirit - letting go of stress, cleansing toxins from your body and releasing negative thoughts and emotions. All lectures, activities and meals will focus on releasing negative energy, clearing physical and mental blockages and cleansing your body.

Let go of tensions on early morning 1-mile walks or join special yoga and stretching sessions focused on releasing stress from joints and muscles. Join workshops on how to dissolve energy blockages in your body and in your mind. Our massage therapists will be on hand to help you soften rigidities and strains.

Our nutrition experts will teach you about how to use food to clear your body of toxins. All onboard restaurants will offer uniquely crafted vegetarian dishes and plant-based options. Your cleanse will be supported by vegetable juices, smoothies and herbal teas available throughout the day. There will be many different types of foods to assist you on your journey to a healthier life. Meat and fish will be also be available, if that’s your preference. 

You will be encouraged to disconnect from the internet (digital detox) during the duration of the voyage so as to support the holistic detox and allow you to connect more fully with nature.

Day 7-9
At sea
Renewal (Phase 2)
Relax and re-energize in the ship’s outdoor infinity pool.
Relax and re-energize in the ship’s outdoor infinity pool.
Photo: Oscar Farrera

The focus of the second phase of your vitality program will be on changing negative habits and creating positive ones to reenergize your life. All activities and lectures will be centered on the renewal of mind, body and soul.

Our wellness professionals will give lectures and workshops on how to change habits that are not working for you and how to create new thought patterns and routines to support your mental well-being. You will learn about the principles of yoga and how they apply to achieving a healthier state. Yoga classes will be open to all levels and your instructors will guide you through sessions centered on opening and strengthening your body.

Learn about the basics of a healthy plant-based diet and how to use food as your medicine at special workshops and science of food sessions. Learn about natural ingredients and raw food at special workshops offered by our nature chef and nutritional experts.

Reconnecting to nature is a powerful way to reconnect with yourself. Refresh and invigorate taking part in outdoor activities or relax out on one of the decks to the sound of the wind and the waves. Weather permitting, there will be daily walks out on deck, meditation and yoga sessions, bird and sea observations with our naturalists as well as star gazing into the night.

Relax and re-energize in the ship’s outdoor infinity pool.
Relax and re-energize in the ship’s outdoor infinity pool.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Let the Wellness Team help you de-stress and recharge on the high seas.
Let the Wellness Team help you de-stress and recharge on the high seas.
Photo: Nils Lund
Achieve better balance through daily yoga sessions.
Day 10-12
At Sea
Balance (Phase 3)
Practice tai chi and work on concentration and stability.
Practice tai chi and work on concentration and stability.
Photo: Shutterstock
End your day immersed in one of the ship’s pools.
End your day immersed in one of the ship’s pools.
Photo: Svai AS
Day 10-12
At Sea
Balance (Phase 3)
Achieve better balance through daily yoga sessions.
Achieve better balance through daily yoga sessions.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Equilibrium is the cornerstone to health and happiness. On the final three days of your vitality program you will learn new tools to better manage your energy and time. All lectures, activities and talks will focus on learning and applying new ideas and techniques to sustain a healthier lifestyle.

Yoga workshops will be geared towards teaching breath and energy exercises to cope with stress and emotions. Tai chi practices will help you work on your stability, flexibility and concentration. Meditation classes will show you how to use mindfulness and breathwork to be more present. You will learn mantras to clear your mind and elevate your spirit. Join relaxation sessions with our specialists to bring further balance into your life.

Sustainability is central to healthy living and it is also a core belief in Hurtigruten’s understanding of travel. Our Expedition Team and navigation officers will tell you about the company’s goals and steps towards becoming a leader in sustainable environmental travel.

Enjoy your last few days onboard with newfound enthusiasm and an open spirit. You can experience our special music, sound healing and storytelling sessions or simply relish the sounds and views of the Atlantic’s sapphire waters.

Day 13
At sea
Closing and celebration
Relax with a good book in the Explore Lounge.
Relax with a good book in the Explore Lounge.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

On our last day at sea, we bring our practices and sessions to a close and say goodbye to our fellow guests and Wellness Team. We finish our holistic retreat today with lighter bodies and spirits, celebrating life and the sea as we sail towards the Cape Verde islands, off the coast of Africa.

Relax with a good book in the Explore Lounge.
Relax with a good book in the Explore Lounge.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Enjoy the last sea day.
Enjoy the time on deck.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Enjoy a piece of paradise in Cape Verde.
Enjoy a piece of paradise in Cape Verde.
Photo: shutterstock
Experience the island nation’s “no stress” lifestyle.
Experience the island nation’s “no stress” lifestyle.
Photo: Sshutterstock
Explore the colorful island of Sal.
Explore the colorful island of Sal.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 14
Palmeira, Cape Verde
No stress finale
Experience the island nation’s “no stress” lifestyle.
Experience the island nation’s “no stress” lifestyle.
Photo: Sshutterstock

“No stress” is the motto of Cape Verde and this is the perfect place to end a detox sailing and transition back to life on land. The island of Sal is a small paradise off the coast of West Africa with long white-sand beaches, mesmerizing salt flats and a lovely fishing village.

Join an optional Post-Programme with 2 overnights all-inclusive at a beach resort hotel in Santa Maria to continue with the healthy nutritional and physical activities as well as enjoying optional spa amenities.

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

Hotels

  • One night in Montevideo, including breakfast at the start of your voyage

Transfers

  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Montevideo

Expedition Cruise

  • Wellness cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • A la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard. 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 onboard

Wellness & Cleansing engaging onboard activities and lectures

  • Yoga, meditation, tai chi classes by experienced international instructors
  • Healthy and delicious vegetarian dishes and plant-based options. Enjoy fresh smoothies and detox juices
  • Inspiring and informative lectures on health and wellness. Possible subjects: Introduction to Yoga, the Chakra System, Mantras, Healthy Eating, Essential Oils, etc.
  • A three-part vitality program to cleanse your body and mind.
  • Workshops on the principles of yoga, deep breathing, pranayama, chakra cleansing, sound healing through mantra, essential oils, tai chi, etc.
  • Talks and lectures the basics of a healthy diet, nutrition, vegetarian diet, natural cooking, massage, medicinal plants, and more.
  • Information on sustainable sailing and Hurtigruten’s commitment to the environment.
  • Daily meditations to let go of stress and calm the mind.
  • Daily walks & stretching sessions out on deck.
  • Aromatherapy with essential oils in selected spaces on board to accompany the rhythms of the day: invigorating and uplifting oils in the morning, relaxing oils in the evening.
  • Star-gazing and informative lectures with our astronomers.
  • Bird and sea life observation out on deck with our naturalists.

Facilities on board

  • Wellness area with massage rooms
  • State-of-the-art Scandinavian sauna with glass walls for panoramic views
  • Infinity pool and jacuzzi
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Running & walking track on upper deck
  • Lecture halls with ocean views
  • Communal spaces designed in Nordic style with neutral colors, soft fabrics and wood – centric interiors for maximum comfort and warmth
  • Plastic-free onboard policy

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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