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ANAM Ranger station, Coiba National Park, Panama, from above.

This expedition cruise offers scenic beauty, rich history and exciting adventures. Explore the historic and natural highlights from Puntarenas in Costa Rica along the coast of South America to Valparaíso in Chile. Sail on our new explorer ship, MS Roald Amundsen, and experience the perfect mix of beach life, culture, heritage and tranquil days at sea.

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions will 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.

GettyImages 180181725 Trujillo, Plaza Mayor

Itinerary

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Take a little time to discover Puntarenas, a surfing hotspot jutting into the Gulf of Nicoya. Enjoy the fresh seafood, charming architecture and the oceanfront boardwalk of this Costa Rican city before coming on board MS Roald Amundsen.

Note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible.

 

 

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS Dinner included

Quepos is the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. The 680-hectare wildlife reserve is renowned for three-toed sloths, howler, squirrel and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys, as well as hundreds of bird species. Within park boundaries, there are mangroves, lagoons, white-sand beaches, coral reefs and rainforest with hiking trails that are great for exploring. You’ll find some of the best zip-lining adventures anywhere in this park.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS All meals included

Enjoy a day of great adventures and plenty of opportunity for exploration.Located on a small gulf surrounded by densely forested hills, tranquil Golfito is home to some wonderful views. Come ashore and relax on golden beaches for surfing and swimming. The nearby national park of Piedras Blancas offers fine walking tours through rainforest and the chance to see waterfalls, monkeys, bats and exotic birds.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Coiba National Park is one of Panama's natural treasures, and one of the country’s largest islands. Due to its rich coral reefs and biodiversity, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Coiba offers secluded white sand beaches and great options for snorkelling, wildlife watching and hikes.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Join our Explorer team for interesting presentations and talks, organise your photos, and get to know your fellow explorers. As we cross the equator you can look forward to the “Equator baptism” ritual.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS All meals included

Manta is a bustling and prosperous port town, graced with high-rises and beaches. Nearby, colourful fishing villages and an unusual tropical dry forest make Manta an attractive tourist destination and the starting point for exciting day trips. We recommend the trip to Montecristi, where real Panama hats are made. These traditional brimmed straw hats are hand woven, and it can take several months to make the finest examples. A "superfino" Panama hat can, according to popular rumour, hold water, and when rolled for storage, pass through a wedding ring.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Enjoy priming your knowledge about the history and wildlife of the area. There will also be workshops and presentations on offer. Make sure to spend some time on deck to enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

The city of Trujillo offers tremendous colonial architecture, set on the edge of the rugged Andean foothills. As in most Peruvian cities, the central square, the Plaza de Armas, is flanked by the cathedral and city hall. Numerous colonial mansions have been preserved in the old city and are open to visitors. The fronts of most of these houses have distinctive wrought-iron grillwork and are painted in pastel colours. You can also join our excursions to visit the remarkable pre-Incan archaeological sites found in the area.

Close to Trujillo you find the centre of the ancient Chimú culture (700–1400 A.D.). These tribes founded their capital by the banks of the Moche River and called it Chan Chan ("sun-sun") - a remarkable place that was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1986. Other Chimú sites bake in the surrounding desert, among them the immense and suitably impressive Moche Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon), which date back 1500 years.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

MS Roald Amundsen is equipped with a pool and two hot tubs on the top deck. Why not enjoy the view while soaking in the water? Or from a comfortable spot at the Explorer Bar? The onboard lectures continue as well, so there many ways to spend the day.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Callao is situated just outside Lima, the capital of Peru. Be prepared for a full day of big city exploration. Discover the beautiful colonial architecture and well-preserved buildings in Lima’s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore Lima’s wonderful museums and visit the famed Cathedral of Lima and the Archbishop’s Palace on the city’s majestic main square. “The City of Kings” is steeped in history. Join an excursion to see the main sights and archaeological highlights of the area and taste the delicious variety of Peruvian cuisine.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Early in the morning, we arrive in Puerto General San Martin. This is the gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley with the famous and mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs. These lines were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. They are among archaeology's greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size and continuity.

The geoglyphs are several miles long and illustrate living creatures, stylised plants and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures. Seeing them requires a birds-eye view and a scenic flight will be one of several optional excursions available on this day. Other options include boat tours to the Ballestas Islands to see endangered humboldt penguins, sea lions, and huge flocks of marine birds, visiting a scenic nature reserve, or exploring the archaeological site of Tambo Colorado.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

As we sail south, the Expedition team will carry on with their interesting lecture programme.Our team members are experienced, modern-day explorers, each with their own relevant area of expertise. They will entertain you by sharing their deep knowledge and interesting stories, and they welcome you to participate in talks and workshops.

There might be a chance to look behind the scenes and partake in our guest expedition staff program. We also have an onboard expedition photographer, who will show you the basics of expedition photography. Take advantage of the ship´s facilities or simply find yourself the perfect vantage point to take in the endless blue horizon.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Arica is blessed with a warm and sunny climate all year round, and we will spend a full day here. History, archaeology, and adventure are waiting on shore. Explore the city, walk up the “El Morro” cliff to get a panoramic view, see the beaches or visit the archaeological sites with some of the world's oldest known mummies.

You can also join the Expedition team and visit the nearby Lauca National Park. This amazing sanctuary is home to some breathtaking scenery: snow-capped volcanoes, sparkling lakes and isolated hot springs. It also shelters pretty highland villages and a huge variety of wildlife. Numerous sites and paths found in this region are associated with the Chilean Inca Trail.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Another day at sea is yours to enjoy. Take advantage of the onboard facilities and treat yourself to some genuine relaxation. There will be plenty time to get to know the other explorers on board, and we will invite you to spend time out on deck to fully enjoy the experience of being at sea. There will also be a gathering with the Expedition team to summarize the voyage so far, and present the plan for the following days.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

La Serena, a seaside town and the capital of the Coquimbo Region in Elqui Province, is one of the oldest cities in Chile. The town is overflowing with colourful gardens and beautiful churches. In the Archaeological Museum, you can learn about the ancient Diaguita culture that originated in this province, before the Incan conquest.

You should also visit La Recova, a popular market where you can buy handicrafts and typical products from the region. La Serena also has a long golden shoreline, perfect for enjoying the sunset. Visit the rural and beautiful Elqui Valley to sample Pisco, the national drink of Chile, and see where it’s made.

Thanks to exceptionally clear skies, northern Chile is home to the largest concentration of astronomical observatories in the world. In the region around La Serena, you can see the telescopes of many international institutions housed in white, futuristic domes that loom over the valleys from their hilltop locations.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

This expedition ends in the wonderfully colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. After disembarking MS Roald Amundsen, we recommend a visit to the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter of Valparaíso.

  • Accommodation Roald Amundsen
  • MEALS All meals included

Roald Amundsen

Brand new for 2019, MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten is adding to its fleet. The state of the art vessel’s new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible. One of its most eye-catching exterior design features is the two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck and the Amundsen Science Centre: the heart of the on-board experience.

Roald Amundsen

Brand new for 2019 MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten is adding to its fleet. Hybrid technology, combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board will reduce fuel consumption and CO2-emissions on the ships by 20 percent. One of the most eye-catching exterior design features of the ships will be the two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck wrapped around the top of the ships’ raked bow. In a vast area behind it, you’ll find the core of the onboard experience: Amundsen Science Centre.

Roald Amundsen - Facilities Include

Packed with state of the art technology and high tech gadgets such as touch screens and science equipment, the immersive edutainment area will be the place guests and staff/crew meet, mingle and create a deeper understanding for the areas they explore. The flexible venue will feature lecture spaces, a small library, and speciality areas for workshops in photography, biology, and more. The area, featuring large windows, will also be the onboard HQ for Hurtigruten’s hand picked Expedition Team.

Roald Amundsen - Cabins Include

All cabins are outside, 50% will have balconies and suites will feature private outdoor Jacuzzis with spectacular views.

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT - 7 hours

Approx. Flight Time

12 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Puntarenas (Costa Rica) 27°C
Trujillo & Lima (Peru) Sept 18 °C
Arica (Chile) 21°C
Panama 21°C

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What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Outside cabin for sole use
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that give lectures as well as accompany activities
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board the ship, plus free tea and coffee

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Puntarenas, Costa Rica 30°C
    Lima, Peru 18°C

 

  • Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

Useful Information

Do I need to bring passport or ID?
All guests checking in at the Hurtigruten terminal or on board the ships have to present a valid Passport or government approved ID Card. Explorer voyages only accept passports that must be valid 6 months after the voyage.

On Board Currency

You can pay as you go on board the ships with cash or credit card on Coastal voyages. We accept Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard and regret that the system does not support Maestro Card.  Only credit cards are accepted on Explorer voyages however, MS Nordstjernen does not accept American Express. The credit card must be valid more than three months after your stay on board. Please note that when using your credit card on board the ship, your account will be debited in NOK. The rate of exchange will be the one validated by your credit card company.

 For your convenience, a Cruise Card system is offered on board all ships. This system allows you to charge all on board purchases to your cruise card. Cruise card accounts can be created at all points of payment on board the ship. VISA, Master Card, Diners, American Express are accepted or cash (NOK, EUR, GBP, USD) as deposit. The itemised statement will be sent by email. Please contact the reception If you require a printed version. The cruise card account needs to be settled by 22:00 on your last night on board. For your convenience, your cruise card charges will be billed automatically to your credit card. The credit card must be valid for at least another three months. Any discrepancies must be reported before disembarkation. This also applies if you want to pay part cash and part credit card. The currency used on board is Norwegian Kroner. Exchange rates are similar to those in a hotel. Please check with the reception for methods of payment. Please note that a PIN code is required when paying with your personal credit card on board.

Excursions

Most excursions are pre-bookable and can be added on to your voyage during the online booking process. The excursions offered on your Coastal or Explorer voyage are listed on the relevant voyage page on the Hurtigruten website under the 'Things to see and do' tab.

If you are booking over the phone, excursions can be added at any point from the time of booking the voyage until four weeks prior to departure for Coastal voyages (two weeks if you pay by credit card). Please note that Explorer excursions have limited capacity and can only be booked four weeks before departure (two weeks if paid by credit card).

All excursions are subject to availability and sold on a first come, first served basis. We recommend pre-booking online or over the phone, where possible.

Excursions which are not pre-bookable may be booked from the tour leader on the ship. Excursions booked on board will be payable in Norwegian Kroner and the price may vary as a result of exchange rate fluctuations.

Please bring your driving license if you have pre-booked or are planning to go on any of the snowmobile or ATV excursions. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers, sailing times and weather and/or local conditions. If pre-booked excursions have to be cancelled, you will receive a refund on board in NOK.

Is WiFi Available on board

Yes, WiFi is available on all ships at a fee. Please note depending on the vessel’s location, internet connectivity and telephone usage may be out of range or limited due to the remote locations which are sailed too.

Can you go on shore in every port?
Yes, with some recommendations. If the ship is in port for 30 minutes or longer, you are encouraged to take a look around all of the ports. However, in some ports the ships only stop for 15 minutes. In this case, we ask that guests continuing their voyage to stay on board, just to avoid any risks.

What clothes should I pack for travel to Norway?
The best approach is to bring multiple layers of comfortable, durable, and warm wear which can be piled on or stripped off depending on the weather. During summer, guests are encouraged to make the most of the sunshine to participate in hikes and city walks. Reliable walking shoes and a light jacket are therefore good items to include if travelling in the Midnight Sun season.

Winter is a spectacular time with the Northern Lights often appearing in the arctic skies above. Guests should be fully kitted out for cold weather with a water and wind-resistant/proof winter coat, thermal clothing, sturdy boots with a good sole, a scarf, gloves and a hat.

As in many other countries, autumn and spring in Norway are a mish-mash of rain and sun. The sensible among you will bring a few different types of clothing in expectation of diverse weather that can be hot and then cold, dry and then wet. The Hurtigruten experience is about exploration and relaxation. There is therefore no dress code or formal attire on board. Keep the tuxedo and evening gown at home and just enjoy the voyage!

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Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and in the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
10 Oct 2019 26 Oct 2019 16 All Ages £ 8159 BOOK

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Outside cabin for sole use
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that give lectures as well as accompany activities
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board the ship, plus free tea and coffee

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Puntarenas, Costa Rica 30°C
    Lima, Peru 18°C

 

  • Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

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