MS Roald Amundsen sails into the Hurtigruten fleet in Spring 2019. This state-of-the-art expedition ship features new and environmentally-friendly hybrid technology and electrical power, which reduces fuel usage and CO2-emissions. Setting sail with a maximum of 530 passengers on board; you'll soon feel at home in your modern and well-equipped sea-facing cabin or suite and get to know your travelling companions and the resident crew and Expedition Team. The laid-back and friendly on-board lifestyle and the casual dress code are equally matched by the locally-inspired and tasty cuisine. The focus is very much on what you can experience ashore and the on and off ship activities. Spend your days at sea relaxing on the outdoor explorer deck and enjoying the views from the observation lounge. Work out in the fitness room and take a brisk stroll around the outdoor walking deck, before enjoying some downtime in the wellness area.
The cuisine on board is locally-sourced and made from the freshest of ingredients. Take your seat in the T Alune Main Dining restaurant at breakfast, lunch, and dinner to enjoy first-class service and a varied menu of starters, main courses, and desserts. Pay a small supplement to dine on gourmet fare in the Fredheim and Lindstrom Restaurants.
Explorer Lounge & Bar on Deck Ten is the social hub of the ship. From your morning coffee through to pre-dinner drinks and late evening nightcaps; this is the place to mix with your fellow passengers and take in the ever-changing outside views.
The entertainment on board MS Roald Amundsen is relaxed and low-key. The Expedition Team host a programme of enrichment talks and evening get-togethers; while out on deck they guide you through the points of interest, nature, and other fascinating sights. Enjoy ambient background music in the evening as you socialise with your fellow guests in the lounge and bar.
Day 1: Ecuador
Today fly from the UK to Guayaquil in Ecuador, which was founded in 1538 and very quickly became the largest shipyard in South America. Take a stroll through the historic centre and visit the Mercado Artesanal, as well as the Malecon 2000 and Parque Seminario. Spot crocodiles by boat or on foot at Santay Island or check out Guayaquil Historical Park and all of its wonders. You will spend a night at a hotel.
Day 2: Start of the ship expedition
Following a delicious breakfast you will take part in a city tour to learn more about the city and its fascinating history, The tour will end at the pier where MS Roald Amundsen awaits your embarkation.
Day 3: Serenity at sea
Enjoy spending your first day at sea and celebrate crossing the Equator with a special ceremony. The Expedition Team will begin the lecture programme, introduce the voyage, and let you know what's on the agenda for the days to come.
Day 4: Gorgona Island National Park
You will have today to explore Gorgona Island National Park, situated about 3km off the Colombian Pacific coast. This magnificent place is home to rich wildlife and tropical forests; the truly peaceful surroundings are the ideal haven to unwind, take photographs, and go for a relaxing stroll.
Day 5: Tropical paradise
The colourful village of Bahia Solano is set in spectacular isolation. The sensational beaches located nearby are a must-visit and the vibrant jungle brimming with lush tropical flora and fauna awaits. During your stop here be sure to check out the attractions of Playa El Almejal, Pacifico Botanical Garden, and Alto del Buey.
Day 6: Monkeys, Mangroves, and Macaw
The first stop today will be Punta Alegre in Panama, a quaint little town which provides access to the Darien National Park, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The beautiful tropical rainforests host an abundance of fascinating wildlife and remarkable plants. It's also the home to three indigenous tribes; the Embara, Kuna, and Wounaan.
Day 7: Beach life
Situated in Gulf of Montijo, Cebaco Island is Panama's third-biggest island. El Jobo is the main settlement; boasting pretty beaches and a breath-taking coastline with a range of exciting activities on offer. Get your hiking shoes on and set off on an insightful walk or slip into your swimming costume to take a dip in the waters.
Day 8: Pura Vida in Costa Rica
Enjoy a fun-filled day of adventure and exploration today. Golfito is known for its wonderful views so take the opportunity to hop ashore and kick back on the golden beaches for surfing and swimming. The close by national park of Piedras Blances offers a range of walking tours through rainforests and the opportunity to see waterfalls, monkeys, bats, and stunning exotic birds.
Day 9: Manuel Antonio National Park
Quepos is the breath-taking gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, known famously for its three-toed sloths, howler, squirrel, and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys, along with hundreds of bird species. Here you can also discover coral reefs, white-sand beaches, lagoons, mangroves, and brilliant hiking trails perfect for exploring.
Day 10: A taste of Nicaragua
Today will welcome you to Nicaragua and the charming coastal town of San Juan del Sur, known for its long sandy half-moon-shaped beach, green hills, seafood restaurants, and laidback surfer lifestyle. Spend your day chilling out on the beach and exploring the town or join one of the exciting excursions.
Days 11 & 12: At leisure
Days spent at sea mean you are free to join the Expedition Team’s interesting lectures, which include learning the basics of expedition photography. Spend time out on the deck to enjoy the fresh sea air as you look out for wildlife. Enjoy the serenity of a peaceful day at sea.
Day 13: Pearl of the Pacific
Learn all about the iconic resort of Acapulco and marvel at its stunning landscapes of wide bays, sandy beaches, and green hills. On your visit take a trip to the botanical garden, the impressive 17th-century fort and the many sensational beaches.
Days 14 & 15: Serenity at sea
Make the most of two peaceful days at sea as you make your way north to reach Baja California. Enjoy the ship’s many brilliant facilities and spend your time on deck with your camera in-hand and be prepared to spot wonderful wildlife
Day 16: Viva Mexico!
You arrive in Pichilingue this morning, in the port of La Paz on the Baja California Peninsula. Disembark MS Roald Amundsen and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.