- Get the rare chance to spot polar bears and penguins in one trip, as well as brown bears, caribou, and an array of birds and marine life. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, experience Indigenous cultures, and walk among the ruins of lost empires.
- Take in a dramatic variety of scenery, from vast icescapes at the poles to deserts, jungles and mountains in between.
- From polar bears to penguins, this voyage of a lifetime takes you first to the Arctic North, and then to the Antarctic Peninsula via the legendary Northwest Passage, Greenland and the Americas. Experience the diverse cultures, wildlife and landscapes of the western hemisphere, and create lasting memories of some of the world’s greatest historical wonders.
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DAY 1 A
taste of Vancouver
DAY 2 Your
expedition cruise begins
Sublime scenery in Alaska
The Northwest Passage
Greenland and Atlantic Canada
Halifax to Boston
Sail the eastern seaboard
Miami and Central America
From Colón to Valparaíso
Cruising the Chilean fjords
Antarctica: another world
Sailing towards Ushuaia
DAY 96 From
Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
A taste of Vancouver
Enjoy British Columbia’s largest city
Your grand adventure starts with an overnight stay in Vancouver, a
bustling and beautiful seaport city set against steep mountains.
Vancouver's various neighbourhoods buzz with world-class farm-to-table
cuisine. Don’t miss Gastown, Vancouver’s Victorian
neighbourhood. Here you'll find the 553-foot Vancouver Lookout, which
offers a perfect 360-degree panoramic view over the city.
If you have time, why not arrive a few days prior and join one of our
optional, special Pre-Programmes.
Your expedition cruise begins
Explore Vancouver further and launch your adventure
After an enjoyable breakfast at your hotel, we will take you on a city
tour to take in the main highlights of fabulous Vancouver.
The excursion will end at the pier where MS Roald Amundsen awaits you.
Settle in and take your time to get to know the ship, locating the
Science Center, gym and restaurants.
Our knowledgeable Expedition Team will lead the way on excursions and
landings. Get to know them and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner.
Afterwards, you can kick back and relax, your grand adventure is
Sublime scenery in Alaska
Discover the Inside Passage, bears & the Aleutian Islands
The Inside Passage coastal route takes us through the great North
American Pacific Fjordland, a protected stretch of water over 930 miles
long. Unlike other cruises that pass through at night, you’ll
be able to view the sublime scenery in all its glory during the day.
Our smaller expedition ship allows us to reach areas that larger
vessels can’t, meaning you’ll get to explore
lesser-travelled channels with breathtaking scenery. Keep your cameras
and binoculars at the ready to catch sight of dolphins, porpoises,
orcas and humpback whales.
Weather permitting, our journey to Alaska will include the following
Part of the Tongass National Forest, Misty Fjords is a pristine
wilderness of evergreens, waterfalls and snow-capped peaks, and
it’s rich in wildlife. You’ll scan for mountain
goats, bears and moose as you explore. The waters are home to Pacific
salmon, otters, sea lions, harbour seals, orcas and Dall’s
porpoises. Skywards, you might spot herons and Bald Eagles.
Weather permitting, you'll join the Expedition Team to tour Misty
Fjords in our small expedition boats, or take kayaks out.
Visit the local museum to learn more about Wrangell's fascinating past.
Now part of the United States, in the past it has been governed by
Britain, Russia and the Tlingit people. Cross to Shakes Island, where
the Chief Shakes Tribal House and totem poles tell the story of the
Indigenous Tlingit people.
Hikers will enjoy the nature trails, surrounded by alluring scenery at
the mouth of Stikine River, and at the foot of Mount Dewey to the edge
of the rainforest. And only a mile outside of Wrangell, you'll seek out
the ancient rock carvings at the incredible Petroglyph Beach.
Surrounded by Tongass National Forest, Sitka is only accessible by sea
or air, and you’ll see stunning views of the Sisters
Mountains and Mount Edgecumbe volcano out on deck.
Discover Sitka's fascinating history with our Expedition Team.
Inhabited by the Tlingit people for 10,000 years, it was occupied by
Russia in 1804 before being sold to America after the Crimean War, and
today blends all three cultures. Visit the Russian Orthodox cathedral
and Russian Bishop's House. Admire ornate Haida and Tlingit totem poles
at Sitka National Historical Park, or enjoy a walking trail through the
forest to the ocean.
Three glaciers - Guyot, Yahtse and Tyndall - regularly calve into Icy
Bay. If conditions allow, you’ll explore the bay in our small
expedition boats or by kayak, immersing you in the area’s
The Gulf of Alaska
Wildlife abounds in the Gulf of Alaska, offering unrivalled photography
opportunities. Humpback whales, orcas, Steller sea lions, sea otters
and harbour seals lazing on floating chunks of ice are often seen in
Enjoy the views from out on deck or from the Explorer Lounge &
Bar. See if you can spot all three species of North Pacific albatross.
The Laysan and Black-footed Albatross are often sighted, but the
Short-tailed Albatross is harder to spot.
Kodiak Island got its nickname, the ‘Emerald Isle’,
due to its Spruce forests and grasslands. Discover the
island’s rich Indigenous heritage at the Alutiiq Museum, or
visit the 1808 Kodiak History Museum, housed in the oldest standing
building in the state. You can also visit Fort Abercrombie State
Historical Park, with its strategic WWII 1939 naval fort and bunkers.
The island’s most famous inhabitants are Kodiak brown bears.
Around 3,500 of them live in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, which
covers two-thirds of the island.
Katmai National Park
Four million–acre Katmai National Park has over a dozen
active volcanoes and is home to more than 2,000 protected brown bears
– the largest concentration in the world. Accompanied by an
experienced bear guard, we'll safely scout for bears from the deck or
in our small expedition boats. They might be foraging for berries,
digging for clams or catching fish in the stream.
Depending on conditions, we might visit either Geographic Harbor, Kinak
Bay or Kukak Bay. Keep your eyes open for sea otters, seabirds and
Perched on the southern coast of the Unalaska Peninsula, Chignik is one
of Alaska’s most beautiful small settlements. Venture ashore
to explore the village, where the local fishing community will gladly
receive you. Chignik’s rivers are home to spawning salmon
throughout the summer months, and you may see the leaping fish making
their way upstream.
Keep your eyes on the skies, as Chignik’s sheltered
conditions and plentiful fish support an abundant population of Bald
Eagles. You should also watch for tracks from the local bear
population, which can frequently be seen close to the settlement.
Unga Village is a wild and deserted settlement on the southern end of
Unga Island. It was settled by Aleuts in 1833 but was abandoned in 1969
as subsistence fishing proved insufficient to support living here.
Today, a carpet of pink lousewort, fireweed and other wildflowers
surround the abandoned shacks as nature has gradually taken over.
Experience the eerie beauty of this place during a nature landing with
our small expedition boats.
With a volcano as its backdrop, America's largest fishing port
– Dutch Harbor – is a fascinating place to visit.
Here, you’ll learn about the local Indigenous Unungan people
at the Museum of the Aleutians. Visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral or
tour the WWII museum commemorating the battle that took place here in
Scout for Bald Eagles and puffins in the skies. Foxes, lemmings and
wild horses thrive on land, and whales, sea lions and porpoises in the
St Paul is home to the largest Aleut community in the US, numbering
around 400. You can visit the historical remains of barabaras here
– traditional dwellings built half-underground to protect
against the sea winds.
St Paul is also designated an Important Bird Area, and around 300
species of migrating birds use it as a resting point. Scan for Horned
and Tufted Puffins, the Pribilof Sandpiper and the rare Red-legged
Kittiwake. On the shore, you may find northern fur seals –
half the world's population of these charming animals live on these
Part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and 200 miles from
the nearest village, St Matthew Island is wild and remote. You'll see
traces of abandoned buildings between black sand beaches and
Today, the only inhabitants are birds, including thousands of puffins,
murres and cormorants. On our nature landing, you might catch sight of
the rare McKay’s Bunting, which breeds almost exclusively
here. And listen out for the sound of the singing vole, named after its
unusual warning cry.
Prospectors first came to Nome in 1898, and people still hunt for gold
here today. You'll see evidence of the Gold Rush all around, including
abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines and old railroad
tracks, lending the town a unique atmosphere. Nome was also the end
point of three of Roald Amundsen's great polar expeditions, including
an attempt by air to reach the North Pole in 1926.
Science and wildlife watching at sea
As our Grand Expedition Cruise sails from the Pacific Ocean, heading
east through the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea, prepare
for your adventures ahead with lectures from our Expedition Team on
topics such as tectonic activity, glaciology, wildlife protection, and
meeting local communities.
As we sail through the Bering Strait, look out for over 30 species of
seabirds, including Black-legged Kittiwakes, auklets and murrelets.
We'll cross the international date line and Chukchi Sea before reaching
the Beaufort Sea and Point Barrow, the northernmost point of the United
States. Keep an eye out for bowhead and grey whales here.
The Northwest Passage
Crossing a historical sea corridor in the Arctic
Like pioneering explorers who've come before you, we won't have an
exact itinerary as we attempt to sail our state-of-the-art, ice-class
ship from the Pacific to the Atlantic via the famed sea route: the
As we explore, we'll land at sites linked to early exploration history,
visit Inuit communities, and look out for Arctic wildlife such as polar
bears, whales, narwhals, seals and seabirds.
You'll go small expedition boat cruising between ice floes and go
ashore to experience the pristine wilderness first hand. Your
Expedition Team will adapt activities to ice and weather conditions,
giving you the best experience possible.
Here are some of the places we might be able to visit as we go through
the Northwest Passage.
Smoking Hills is where lignite – eroded shale mixed with
pyrite – spontaneously ignites when exposed to air, creating
a photogenic phenomenon of smoke billowing from the cliffs.
From here, we'll sail through the Amundsen Gulf to Ulukhaktok, where
you can pick up some prints, tapestries, and other crafts made by local
We'll then continue onto wildlife-rich Cambridge Bay, known also for
its large Inuit community, where you might catch sight of musk oxen and
We’ll travel onwards to Gjoa Haven, where Roald Amundsen
learned polar survival tips from the Netsilik Inuit people. If we are
able to land here, we'll take a walking tour to learn more.
We'll continue east to Fort Ross, a former Hudson Bay Trading post.
We may stop at Beechey Island and pay our respects at the graves of
three Franklin expedition team members.
On Devon Island – the largest uninhabited island on Earth
– we hope to visit Dundas Harbour and learn about its Thule
On the final stretch, we’ll try to reach Pond Inlet and the
Inuit community of Mittimatalik on Baffin Island, rounding off an
incredible 10 days of exhilarating exploration.
Greenland and Atlantic Canada
Discover dramatic landscapes and iconic wildlife
Leaving Canada behind, we’ll cross Baffin Bay and the Davis
Strait on our way to Greenland.
Join your Expedition Team for more insightful lectures on the renowned
route we're sailing. Topics may include historic explorers and
expeditions, Greenlandic culture, local wildlife and geology. You can
also pick up some photography tips on how to best capture the
awe-inspiring scenery all around you. Or, just take time to enjoy all
the facilities on board.
Weather and sea ice permitting, our time in Greenland will include the
Your Grand Expedition Cruise reaches Disko Bay – a haven for
whales and seals. Nestled in the magnificent Ilulissat Icefjord, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Ilulissat. Here you’ll find an
ever-changing gallery of passing icebergs set against a backdrop of
colourful houses. Marvel as they float by in the deep blue waters,
taking on different hues of white, grey and blue.
Sisimiut is Greenland’s second city, situated in a
spectacular location just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. This
area has history spanning more than 4,500 years, and old traditions are
alive and well. Learn more about the ancient Saqqaq artifacts in the
local museum, pick up a souvenir made of qiviut, the inner wool of musk
oxen, or stretch your legs on a hike.
Leaving Greenland behind, your Grand Expedition Cruise continues to
Canada across the Labrador Sea. We'll enter the Davis Strait, known for
its abundance of seals, whales and cod.
The Expedition Team will continue their onboard lectures on topics such
as the wildlife of Northern Labrador, Inuit culture and the history of
Arctic exploration. Why not take part in one of our Citizen Science
projects, helping photograph and track whales, or observe the clouds to
help scientists study our climate.
Look out for humpback or minke whales as we approach Red Bay
– the very creatures that drew whalers to this harbour in the
17th century. The waters around Red Bay hide a number of wrecked
chalupas – or small whaling boats – and galleons,
making it one of the world’s most important underwater
Visit the local museum to see a 26 ft. chalupa, and look for whale
bones in the protected Red Bay National Historic Site. Why not search
for pirate Captain Kidd's buried treasure around Tracey Hill; you may
not find gold doubloons, but you will be rewarded with a fantastic view.
Following in Captain James Cook’s footsteps, we sail into the
Bay of Islands towards the traditional city of Corner Brook. Discover
the area’s fascinating history and collection of artifacts at
the Corner Brook Museum, take in great views from Crow Hill, or take a
guided hike along the Corner Brook Stream trail. You can also opt for a
visit to Gros Morne National Park and the picturesque Lobster Cove Head
lighthouse, which also features a scenic drive.
Before we depart, we’ll enjoy a performance by local folk
music performers and storytellers.
Halifax to Boston
The cosmopolitan capital of Nova Scotia and the best of New England
The next stage of your journey begins in Halifax, a historic port and
the cosmopolitan capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. This
well-situated seaport looks out over one of the world's largest natural
As you find your land legs, why not discover its red-brick heritage
buildings, landmark Citadel Hill National Historic Site and epic 2.5
mile seafront boardwalk. Or take a leisurely stroll on Halifax Common
– Canada’s oldest park, dating back to 1763
– and visit one of the city’s many art galleries or
museums. Don’t miss the Titanic exhibit at the Maritime
Museum of the Atlantic.
We’ll continue heading south to encounter the following
highlights of New England:
Eastern Scotian Shelf
If conditions allow, we’ll explore the Eastern Scotian Shelf,
scouting for whales and conducting seabird surveys in this ecologically
We may also attempt to circumnavigate or even land at Sable Island
National Park Reserve. Here live magnificent wild horses and one of the
world’s largest breeding colonies of grey seals. And just
east of Sable Island is a great underwater canyon called the Gully.
This 888-square-mile Marine Protected Area is home to 16 species of
whales and dolphins, and cold-water coral that’s up to 1,000
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
The first thing you’ll spot as you sail into Lunenburg will
be the colourful buildings along the waterfront. This UNESCO-designated
World Heritage Site has barely changed since the 1700s, when it was a
British colonial settlement.
Take a walk around the Old Town and soak up the maritime atmosphere. Or
if you’d rather explore on two wheels, you can rent a bike
and enjoy the town’s scenic cycling trails.
Crossing into the United States, you’ll visit Eastport on
Moose Island. The deepest natural harbour on the eastern seaboard,
archaeologists believe the Indigenous Passamaquoddy people lived here
for at least 10,000 years before the first Europeans appeared in 1604.
As you explore the shops, restaurants and cafés of the
downtown district, you’ll feel the echoes of history all
around. If the weather cooperates, local lobster fishermen may be
offering trips to see ‘Old Sow’ – a
whirlpool believed to be the biggest in the Western Hemisphere and
named after the ‘squealing’ noise it is said to
make as it spins.
Rockland and Castine
Rockland is a quiet mix of cafés, art galleries and lobster
fishing. Discover the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and enjoy a nature
walk. Camden Hills State Park is also nearby for scenic hikes around
Mount Battle. Art lovers will want to visit the Center for Maine
Contemporary Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum, featuring works by
We’ll drop anchor close to the town of Castine tonight for
you to discover the unique aquatic ecosystem of bioluminescent
phytoplankton. You may even have an opportunity to get up close to this
incredible natural phenomenon on a kayak.
Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor is the gateway to the stunning Acadia National Park. Gently
sloping mountains and green forests are home to a variety of wildlife,
including white-tailed deer, moose, black bears, and over 300 bird
A hop-on, hop-off bus service is available to help you explore the
wonders to be found here, such as Thunder Hole and the Wild Gardens. Or
why not hike some local trails or go kayaking. Bar Harbor is full of
‘Down East’ character; don’t miss an
opportunity to try one of the exquisite seafood restaurants here.
Follow in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock as we reach Provincetown,
Massachusetts. The light and progressive atmosphere of this seaside
town has been attracting artists since the 1940s.
Enjoy a unique perspective of ‘P-town’ on a trolley
tour and take time to enjoy a few of its many galleries and
restaurants. Take a short walk to the Cape Cod National Seashore to
explore its protected dunes. Here, you’ll have the
opportunity to ride a dune buggy. Avid whale watchers should head to
the offshore Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, known to
attract 17 species of cetacean.
Boston In historic Boston you can visit the site of the
famous Tea Party and walk the Freedom Trail to discover the
city’s revolutionary role in shaping the modern-day United
States of America.
Don’t miss out on the city’s culinary classics
– try the steaming bowls of seafood chowder and fried clams.
And if you’re looking for a friendly bar, then
you’ll want to head to Cheers, the bar that inspired the
legendary TV show.
Sail the eastern seaboard
East coast sights at sea cruising towards Miami
With several days at sea, enjoy the onboard facilities such as the
infinity pool, hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym, outdoor running track, and
Feel free to indulge yourself with a treatment in our wellness area, or
take part in an art workshop. Eat in style in one of our three
restaurants and spend time out on deck looking for seabirds and other
The Expedition Team will continue to deliver in-depth lectures on a
wide range of subjects relating to the upcoming destinations.
Or, if you haven’t already done so by now, why not throw
yourself into one of our Citizen Science projects. You’ll
gather real data that’s aimed at helping scientists better
understand the environment in order to help combat many of the problems
that threaten our planet.
Miami and Central America
Caribbean vibes and ocean exploration
Miami is a thriving metropolis with vibrant doses of Latin American,
Caribbean, Asian and European influence. This ‘City of
Neon’ is one of the world's most popular holiday destinations.
Aside from white sandy beaches and clear teal waters, you can enjoy the
Latin beats of glamorous South Beach, explore colourful Miami Beach or
discover Cuban culture in Little Havana.
Look forward to the following highlights in Miami, the Caribbean and
Belize City is a lively hub of shopping areas and seaside parks
surrounded by colourful colonial architecture. For the perfect
introduction to the city, the Old Belize train ride will take you
through five exhibitions showcasing Belizean history and natural beauty.
We’ll visit the well-preserved Altun Ha ruins, a wealthy
trading town dating back 2,000 years. It has two main plazas and 13
structures, including ancient temples. Altun Ha is also rich in
wildlife. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted here as well as
tapir, armadillos and the white-tailed deer.
Belize Barrier Reef
A thrilling variety of sea life, lush cays and opportunities to
participate in water activities await you in Belize’s famed
barrier reef. Wildlife thrives above and beneath the surface in this
unique environment. The barrier is home to hundreds of fish species,
exotic birds and endangered animals including American crocodiles, West
Indian manatees and sea turtles.
We’ll stay on the barrier for the day, allowing you to absorb
the incredible biodiversity of coral ecosystems. Belizeans consider
their reef to be their most important natural asset; you’ll
Útila is considered one of the best places to dive in the
world. But you don’t need to go below the water to appreciate
the unique beauty of this stunning island. Útila is an oasis
of tranquillity hidden in the Caribbean Sea, as beautiful on the
surface as it is underwater.
Most of Útila’s inhabitants dwell around the
island’s only town. Located on the southeastern shore,
it’s surrounded by swamps and wetlands that are home to many
species of birds.
Trujillo is Honduras's oldest city and one of the oldest colonial
settlements in the Caribbean. You’ll discover traces of
colonial architecture dating back from the 16th and 17th centuries,
including the ruins of the fortress of Santa Barbara, the oldest
Spanish fortress in continental America.
Trujillo is the gateway to several natural attractions, including the
beaches of Campamento and Santa Fe, the wetlands of Laguna de
Guaimoreto, and the National Park of Capiro and Calentura. This
protected area is a refuge for wildlife, such as macaws, white-faced
monkeys, turtles, and hundreds of bird species.
Cayos Miskitos, Nicaragua
If you’re dreaming of a place off the beaten track, then
you’ll love the islands of Cayos Miskitos. The archipelago is
part of a reserve which protects more than 850,000 hectares of
seagrass, coral reefs, atolls, mangrove forests, estuaries and coastal
lagoons. It’s a haven for wildlife, including many rare and
Our plan is to anchor off the shallows and use our small expedition
boats to explore the archipelago, spot wildlife and see the impressive
houses on stilts used by local fishermen.
Isla de Providencia, Colombia
Once a base for pirates, the real treasures of this remote Colombian
island are its idyllic beaches, pristine waters and tropical wildlife.
Hit by Hurricane Iona in 2020, the island is currently undergoing
rebuilding works. Our visits are important in supporting local business
and helping the community recover.
Hike to the island's highest point for some incredible views. You may
even encounter iguanas and electric blue lizards. Discover the
beautiful coral reefs of UNESCO’s Seaflower Biosphere
Reserve, dubbed the 'Sea of Seven Colours', and have the chance to
snorkel among clownfish, turtles and manta rays.
Big Corn Island, Nicaragua
Located roughly 50 miles off the Nicaraguan coast, Big Corn Island is
one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets. If the sea swell
allows, you’ll be visiting an island off the beaten track
that receives relatively few visitors.
Here, you'll find a slow gentle vibe and friendly islanders. Although
the beach is the obvious draw, there's also charming street art, sleepy
restaurants, and stunning bay views from Mount Pleasant Hill waiting to
be discovered. The coral reefs around both Big and Little Corn are also
beautiful and great to explore by kayak or paddleboard.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Our cruise continues to the clear blue waters and forested isles of
Bocas del Toro. Here, we'll explore a stunning archipelago made up of
nine main islands and hundreds of smaller ones.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this National Marine Park is one of
the world’s most biologically diverse places on Earth.
Possible destinations may include a beach or nearby tropical rainforest.
Colón stands at the entrance to the Panama Canal on the
Atlantic coast. Enjoy wandering its bustling cosmopolitan centre with
hot springs, admire a thriving handicraft scene and find a wonderful
local restaurant to feast on local specialities.
From Colón to Valparaíso
Navigate the Panama Canal and explore the Pacific coast
Stretching 50 miles through natural and man-made waterways, the Panama
Canal is a complex network of ingenious locks. We’ll transit
the canal’s full length from one great ocean to another. If
weather allows, our Expedition Team will invite you on deck and tell
the story of this ambitious project.
Halfway through, we'll enter the Gatun Lake section, one of the world's
largest artificial lakes, surrounded by verdant rainforest. Keep an eye
out for crocodiles, alligators, monkeys and even sloths.
Then we’ll sail towards Ecuador and take in the following
After seeking Neptune's blessing in a traditional – and
somewhat fun – ceremony as we cross the Equator,
we’ll then dock at the port of Manta and visit the town of
Montecristi. Known for its handicrafts, you can buy a genuine Panama
hat here, expertly handwoven from the leaves of the jipijapa plant.
Wander around this smart town and take a look at the imposing white
church or take in the colourful street art and murals. Returning to
Manta, we’ll pay a visit to the archaeological museum.
Puerto Bolívar, Ecuador
We have a fruitful day ahead exploring Puerto Bolívar, a
port in the city of Machala that exports coffee, cocoa, shrimp and
masses of bananas. Machala itself has all the charm you’d
expect from a small coastal city, including friendly locals, cosy
plazas and striking monuments. You can try delicious fresh seafood at
the harbour restaurants, taking in views of the mangrove swamps of Isla
Jambeli. Then explore the local markets, plazas and the Casa de la
Salaverry is the gateway port to Peru’s third-largest city,
Trujillo. Colourful Trujillo boasts a Baroque cathedral, colonial
churches and Neoclassical mansions, as well as one of the longest
mosaic murals in the world. Nearby, you’ll find the ancient
ruins of the Chimú city of Chan Chan dating back to at least
900 CE. On the other side of Trujillo, the mysterious Mochican pyramids
of the Sun and the Moon pre-date even that. Back on the ship, there
will be a performance of traditional Peruvian dances.
Lima's historical centre is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It's a jewel of Spanish-era architecture with colonial churches,
monasteries and elegant mansions. Going further back in time, you can
learn more about the city’s pre-Hispanic heritage at the
ruins of the pyramid Huaca Pucllana.
Lima is also known as the food capital of South America. We recommend
trying Peru's national dish ceviche, fish marinated in lime juice,
onion and chilli.
Just offshore of Paracas are the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands. On a
boat tour, you can look out for Humboldt Penguins, turtles, pelicans,
sea lions, Inca Terns and humpback whales. Alternatively, you can
explore the Paracas National Reserve, with its otherworldly yellow sand
dunes and red beaches, or fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines etched in
the Peruvian coastal desert – an experience that’s
on many people’s bucket list.
Arica experiences a constant desert climate and is classed as one of
the driest cities in the world. On the lively streets of Calle 21 de
Mayo and Bolognesi, you try local treats and visit El Agro market. Take
a short hike up El Morro cliff for glorious views, or visit San Marcos
Cathedral, designed by Gustave Eiffel. You can also see mummies and
learn about Chinchorro culture at the archaeological museum, trek along
Playa Corazones or explore the Caves of Anzota.
Iquique is an ocean-side city with palm-tree-lined promenades. From
here, we’ll visit the abandoned saltpetre mining towns of
Santa Laura and UNESCO-listed Humberstone in the Atacama Desert.
Back in Iquique, you can explore, or relax in a café with a
traditional mango sour and chumbeque, a beloved regional sweet. Or pay
a visit to La Esmeralda, a 19th century four-masted, corvette that has
La Serena, Chile
Chile’s second oldest city, La Serena is blessed with
beautiful sandy beaches and Neo-colonial architecture. There are around
30 carefully restored stone churches to discover, and you can visit the
Archaeological Museum to marvel at pre-colonial artifacts.
Take a stroll through the city's manicured public gardens, like the
Japanese-inspired Jardín del Corazón, or shop for
handicrafts at La Recova market. Down the discreet lane of Patio
Colonial near Balmaceda you’ll find relaxed cafés
and eateries. Before boarding the ship, leave some time to explore the
port of Coquimbo.
Colourful Valparaíso is known as the 'Jewel of the Pacific'
and is a UNESCO-listed city. Filled with enticing scents and sounds,
it’s an exhilarating maze of alleyways, colourful houses and
mercados packed with local produce. Take it all in on a funicular ride
up to Cerro Alegre and Concepción.
Cruising the Chilean fjords
Discover the wonders and beauty of Patagonia
Starting with two days at sea, you'll learn about the wonders we'll
encounter during our sailing of the Patagonia region of Chile.
Members of the Expedition Team will continue their lecture series on
topics like oceanography, geology, ornithology, and history. Pop into
the Science Center for hands-on presentations as well.
Grab a pair of binoculars and scan for rare wandering albatrosses and
petrels. Make the most of your onboard facilities, and spoil yourself
with a spa treatment in the wellness area, or enjoy the infinity pool,
hot tubs, running track, sauna and gym.
As we make our way along the Chilean fjords and channels
you’ll experience the following highlights:
Chile’s third-oldest city is set among the lush vegetation of
Chiloé Island. Castro’s waterfront is lined with
colourful palafitos, or stilt houses, and the city is also home to two
UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Iglesia San Francisco and Iglesia
Nuestra Señora de Gracia de Nercón.
Bring your binoculars as the island is also an important habitat for
bird species such as Green-backed Firecrowns and Chilean Flamingos,
along with penguins, Black-necked Swans, Ringed Kingfishers and Silvery
The tiny settlement of Puerto Edén, part of Bernardo
O’Higgins National Park, is only accessible by sea, and the
ferry that connects it to the mainland only visits once a month. There
are no roads here – just wooden boardwalks connecting houses
and shops. Among its 250 inhabitants are some of the last remaining
members of the Indigenous Kawésqar people, and by talking to
them you’ll gain insight into their unique culture.
Puerto Natales is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park.
You can choose to see this beautiful national park on either a bus or
hiking tour. The rugged landscape has steppe, forest and desert,
punctuated by glaciers and lakes. Guanacos and rheas roam freely. Look
out for Chilean Flamingos and you may even spot the mighty Andean
Back in Puerto Natales, you can visit the artisan village at Etherh
Aike, enjoy a gin tour at the Last Hope Distillery, or stroll along the
Your journey south takes you through the ruggedly beautiful, broken
island chains of the fjords of Magallanes Province. Isolated islands
and hidden bays create a rich haven for wildlife.
Whether cruising aboard our small expedition boats or just out on deck,
look out for colonies of Magellanic Penguins, elephant seals, and
various species of whale. You may also see majestic waterfalls along
this dramatic and beautiful section of coast.
Cape Horn and Drake Passage
After sailing through the Beagle Channel, we’ll pass the
southernmost tip of South America, Cape Horn. This formidable icon
often has challenging conditions, but if weather allows, we'll attempt
to land there.
As we then navigate the legendary Drake Passage towards Antarctica, the
Expedition Team will give lectures about the frozen
continent’s fauna, history and geology, as well as the impact
of climate change and plastic pollution.
Antarctica: another world
Experience Antarctica in all its natural majesty
Nothing prepares you for your first sight of Antarctica’s
immense, frozen beauty. Icebergs, sculpted by nature, float in the
straits. Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins court while Adélie
Penguins nest. Countless seabirds wheel overhead. Nature is in charge.
You’ll spend an exciting four days busily exploring several
potential landing sites, on and around the Antarctic Peninsula and
South Shetland Islands. Wherever we go and whatever we do, each day
will offer something different and thrilling.
We might sail into a flooded volcanic caldera or land in icy bays where
remnants of whaling paraphernalia lie abandoned. You may also get a
chance to go kayaking among icebergs and seals, or snowshoe to a
Bird enthusiasts should look skywards for Antarctic seabirds such as
skuas, petrels and terns. Through onboard lectures and onshore talks,
you'll learn more about this precious habitat and how we can all
protect it for the future.
Sailing towards Ushuaia
Final days at sea
After four incredible days in Antarctica, we sail back across the Drake
Passage towards warmer weather in Argentina, giving you two final days
to enjoy life on board. There are plenty of things to do.
During your last few days at sea, you can take part in art workshops,
or perhaps enjoy a treatment in the spa. Get active in the gym or
admire the views from the panoramic sauna. Relax in the outdoor pool or
soak in the on-deck hot tubs.
Visit the Science Center and find out more about the things you've seen
or use the time to sort through your photos and get editing tips from
our onboard photographer.
From Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
The end of your incredible pole-to-pole journey
Your Grand Expedition Cruise from pole-to-pole ends in Ushuaia, the
main city in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s southernmost
province. From here, you’ll take a flight to Buenos Aires.
But this doesn’t have to be the end of your adventure. Why
not join one of our optional Post-Programmes before heading home.
MS Roald Amundsen (Expedition, 500-guests)
Named after the first man to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole, MS Roald Amundsen leads the way towards an even more sustainable way of traveling. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters. It serves as a comfortable base camp at sea - bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.
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- Overnight hotel stay in Vancouver, including breakfast
- Flight in economy class between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires
- City tour in Vancouver ending at the pier, including a
- Transfer between the ship and Ushuaia airport
- Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house
beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and
- Fine-dining in À la carte restaurant
Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Laundry service
- 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 fill at onboard
water refill stations
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides
activities, both on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
- Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures
on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an
extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- The Citizen Science program, which allows guests to
contribute to current scientific research projects
- The onboard professional photographer will give tips and
tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
- The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an
outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
- Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as
daily recaps and the next day’s preparations
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers help you configure your camera
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Baggage 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 can meet all entry and boarding
- This expedition requires a medical form signed by a doctor
- No gratuities are expected