Caribbean Odyssey

16 DAYS from US$7,200 per person

Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico & Cuba

NewThe history of the Caribbean is rich with adventurous pirate tales of exploration, blended cultures, and natural diversity. The history of the Caribbean, as we know it, starts with Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the islands. On this expedition through the Caribbean, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of the region as well as enjoying the marvellous diving, snorkelling, and kayaking opportunities in out-of-the-way places such as the remote Corn Islands in Nicaragua, Bay Islands in Honduras, and Cuba’s Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Spot soporific sloths in Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica, dive alongside sea turtles in Mexico’s Yucatán region, and delight in the music-filled streets of Havana. Join us on this unique small-ship adventure through the Caribbean, an expedition filled with activities, natural wonders and colourful cultures.

 Sea Kayaking from US$1,300 per person. Conditions apply.

 FREE Snorkelling / Scuba Diving from US$1,300 per person. Conditions apply.

FREE Photography workshops

Expedition Highlights

  • Soak up the colonial splendour of UNESCO-listed Cartagena’s old town
  • Wildlife-spotting on cruise safari through the canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Hike, swim, snorkel on Big Corn Island in Nicaragua
  • Kayak and dive amongst spectacular tropical reefs in the Bay of Islands
  • Explore Cuba’s westernmost peninsula at Guanahacabibes National Marine Reserve
  • Reel in the energy of Cuba's colourful capital Havana

Dates & Rates

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7 May '20 22 May '20 16 DAYS

Caribbean Odyssey

Trip code: COD001G

7 May '20 22 May '20 - 16 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • One night’s pre-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Cartagena on Day 1
  • Tailor-made tour in Cartagena on Day 2
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to ship on Day 2
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, flippers)
  • Educational lectures from talented expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary waterproof dry bag backpack
  • Loan of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage (one per booking)
  • Port surcharges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees, vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activities: kayaking incurs a surcharge of US$1,300 per person. Contact us for more information.
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (not mentioned under inclusions), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, WiFi, email or phone charges.
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Suite
Aurora Stateroom Triple
Private Bathroom
US$7,200 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$8,100 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$10,800 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$15,100 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$17,800 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$20,500 (Please contact us for availability)

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Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy rates may apply for solo travellers who want their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services. Please contact us to determine cabin availability.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
In Cartagena de Indias, make your own way to our group hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 – Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Carved from a colourful history rife of piracy, sultry Caribbean heat, with fusions of African, indigenous and European culture, Cartagena is Colombia’s living and breathing museum. Today’s introductory tour of Cartagena will take in the main sites of the UNESCO World Heritage old town Your guide will divulge the myths and legends, histories and stories of Cartagena from ancient times right up to the present. In the afternoon, transfer to the Greg Mortimer for boarding.
Day 3 – At Sea
Our expedition team members are experts in their field and their knowledge will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the places you’ll visit on this journey through the Caribbean. In our onboard lecture series, you’ll learn about the people and culture, history, and flora and fauna of the places visited. The Greg Mortimer also features a state-of-the-art fitness centre, wellness centre, library, and numerous observation areas for you to enjoy.
Day 4 – Puerto Limón, Costa Rica
Welcome to Costa Rica, a country blessed with incredible biodiversity, with one-quarter of its land dedicated to national parks and reserves, often adjoining picturesque beaches, making it a popular holiday destination. Disembark in Puerto Límon and embark on your selected shore excursion. Observe the remarkable flora and wildlife in Tortuguero National Park on boat safari along the canals. Swim in the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean, hike through steamy rainforest and encounter wildlife such as sloths and howler monkeys and brilliantly-coloured tropical plants on a hike in Cahuita National Park.
Day 5 – Big Corn Island, Nicaragua
Big Corn Island are little gems of white coral sand and classic turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Located approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Bluefields, Big Corn Island, along with Small Corn Island, is inhabited by around 8,000 people descended from the original Miskito population, European pirates, British landowners and African slaves. The reef around Big Island is the same reef that starts in Belize and runs south for more than 300 kilometres (called the Belize Barrier Reef), and they offer spectacular snorkelling and diving opportunities. The reef is quite close to the surface allowing you to see fish that often only scuba divers can see, and if you're lucky you may even see rays or sharks. On land, board a golf cart for a fun excursion around the island and learn about the fascinating local history and culture.
Day 6 – At Sea
Our onboard lecture series continues where you may hear informative talks about marine biology or stories of battles over the region by colonial powers. Otherwise, simply relax and swap stories with your fellow travellers and expedition team.
Day 7 – Bay Islands, Honduras
The Bay Islands are Central America’s Secret and another ‘jewel’ in the Caribbean. They lie roughly parallel to the Caribbean coastline of Honduras and are approximately 48 Km (30 miles) away from the mainland. The Bay Islands consists of eight islands and a series of cays. The islands that form Bay Islands are Utila, Roatan, Helene, Morat, Barbareta, Guanaja, as well as Cayos Cochinos. We spend the day at remote Cayos Cochinos, an archipelago formed by two small islands and smaller coral cays, wrapped by the Caribbean Sea. Its coral reefs are part of Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest reef in the world, are ideal for snorkelling and diving amongst species of the most vivid colours.
Day 8 – At Sea
Our lecture series continues as we continue our journey north to Mexico. You may want to stay fit in our fitness centre, join a yoga class or book a massage in our wellness centre. Otherwise, get to know your fellow expeditioners in one of the observation areas or simply gaze out at the Caribbean Sea.
Day 9 – Yucatán, Mexico
After disembarking in Costa Maya, embark on your chosen shore excursion in nearby Mahahual, a small fishing village located on Mexico's beautiful turquoise Caribbean Coast in the state of Quintana Roo. Mahahual is slowly becoming a popular holiday destination on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula as discerning travellers seek to escape the crowds of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. Mahahual offers beautiful white-sand beaches and an abundance of marine life in Mesoamerican Reef located near the shore. Surrounding Mahahual is jungle and mangroves filled with wildlife including toucans, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and even jaguars. Mayan ruins at Chacchoben and Kohunlich are located within easy access to the coast for day excursions.
Day 10 – At Sea
During our time at sea as we sail towards Cuba, enjoy onboard activities that may include a fun cooking demonstration, a cocktail-making class, or perhaps learn a popular latin dance such as salsa, mambo or rumba.
Day 11 – Cienfuegos, Cuba
Welcome to Cuba! For many travellers, Cuba is a destination high on the wish list with much to offer visitors - culture, nature, history, and traditions. The ‘Pearl of the Antilles’ is a blend of multiple cultures, races and customs, creating one of the most unique and fascinating Caribbean destinations. Your first taste of Cuba is at Cienfuegos, a colonial town founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but initially settled by immigrants of French origin. It became a trading place for sugar cane, tobacco, mango, and coffee. Cienfuegos’ Historic Centre was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Shore excursions include a city tour taking in all the main sites and attractions including the botanic gardens, and a tour to Santa Clara, the so-called city of Che Guevara where his remains are kept in the mausoleum.
Day 12 – At Sea
Enjoy a leisurely day at sea. There may be a presentation on how to improve your photography skills or an introductory talk about Cuba’s turbulent history. Our crew may arrange an entertaining yet educational activity, or otherwise, simply relax in one of the many shared spaces onboard or in the comfort of your stateroom.
Day 13 – Guanahacabibes Peninsula, Cuba
The Guanahacabibes National Park is Cuba’s largest natural reserve and UNESCO declared the peninsula a Biosphere Reserve. This westernmost part of Cuba has some of the country’s healthiest reefs with numerous species of colourful coral, including a remarkable colony of black coral, and sea turtle nesting beaches in the country. Aside from the excellent snorkelling and diving at Maria la Gorda, you can walk in the virgin rainforest featuring a variety of flowering plants and mammals.
Day 14 – At Sea
Enjoy final lectures from the expedition team, catch up on your photo-editing, or enjoy the onboard facilities such as the gym or fitness centre as we sail towards historic Havana.
Day 15 – Havana, Cuba
The city of Havana, Cuba’s capital, was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location, it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the South American continent, becoming a key transit point for the treasure-laden Spanish galleons on the crossing between the New World and the Old World. Havana’s old town was declared a National Monument by the Cuban Government in 1976 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 for its historical cultural and architectural values. Choose from a number of shore excursions to uncover the soul of this beguiling city: colonial heritage tour in a vintage car, architectural tour, Cuban religions and traditions, Art tour, and retracing Hemingway’s footsteps.
Day 16 – Miami, USA
Arrive in Miami, USA, where after clearing immigration, farewell your expedition team and newfound friends before continuing your onward journey.

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Trip: Caribbean Odyssey (COD001G)

Voyage Inclusions

  • One night’s pre-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Cartagena on Day 1
  • Tailor-made tour in Cartagena on Day 2
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to ship on Day 2
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, flippers)
  • Educational lectures from talented expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary waterproof dry bag backpack
  • Loan of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage (one per booking)
  • Port surcharges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees, vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activities: kayaking incurs a surcharge of US$1,300 per person. Contact us for more information.
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (not mentioned under inclusions), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, WiFi, email or phone charges.
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