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Ecuador and Panama - From Pacific Cities to Caribbean Islands

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This cruise first takes in the rich culture and colonial architecture along Ecuador’s colourful coast, stopping at the ports of Guayaquil, Manta and Puerto Bolivar. We then cross from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea via the impressive Panana Canal. Spend the next few days hopping around Panama’s string of stunning tropical islands while watching for exotic wildlife and enjoying Yoga classes on deck.
10 Days

      See a range of Central American and Caribbean cities and islands
      Experience a transit of the Panama Canal aboard your small expedition ship
      Spot wildlife such as whales, turtles, dolphins, manatees, and a range of seabirds
      Enjoy yoga and meditation classes with a professional instructor

Expedition Cruise  

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice 
  • Overnight in Guayaquil, including breakfast, before the expedition cruise
  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship, including a guided tour of Guayaquil by bus
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrømincluded 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 Teamwho organize and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities 

  • 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 Scienceprogram allows guests to assist with current scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, indoor gym
  • Yoga and meditation sessions with an instructor
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • 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

  • International flights 
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
  • 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 
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 planned 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.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.


  1. Metropolis on the Ecuadorian Coast - Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Your journey starts with an overnight in the largest in Ecuador. High-rise buildings line the Guayas River while colorful 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-Program to mystic Machu Picchu or the amazing Galápagos Islands.

  2. Embarkation on MS Fram - Guayaquil, Ecuador

    After breakfast at your hotel, we take you on a guided city tour of Guayaquil 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 Fram awaits your embarkation.

  3. Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest - Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador

    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.

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