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+44 1756 706500

Underwater Treasures of the Caribbean - National Geographic

Explore Panama, Colombia and the Caribbean on this 9-night tropical expedition cruise in partnership with National Geographic

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9 nights from £3190pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • San Blas Islands, Panama
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Grenada
  • Mayreau
  • Soufriere, St Lucia

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Underwater Treasures of the Caribbean - National Geographic Special Offer

Explore the Caribbean on this Tropical Expedition cruise from Colon to Fort-de-France, in partnership with National Geographic.

Explore the San Blas archipelago which consists of over 300 islands and cays and perhaps visit the island of Holandes Cay where the Kuna people live. Continue on to Colombia and visit the city of Cartagena, heavily influenced by its colonial past.

Sail to Grenada and on to the archipelago of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, renowned for its idyllic beaches and the rich underwater world with turquoise waters set against fine sandy beaches. See the towering peaks in Saint Lucia before this cruise ends in Fort de France.

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Underwater Treasures of the Caribbean

Day 1 - Colon

Embark your ship in Colon

Day 2 - San Blas Islands

Located on the north-east coast of Panamá, the San Blas archipelago is a string of coral islands that graces the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Over 300 islands and cays covering an area of 300 square kilometres offer travellers a multitude of treasures. Sheltered behind a long coral reef, the San Blas Islands are full of paradisiac anchorages. The long sandy white beaches bounded by crystal clear waters will allow you to relax and enjoy an incredible marine fauna before discovering the Kunas Indian community. Still feeding off hunting and fishing, their villages of bamboo houses are gathered near the beaches.

Day 3 - Cartagena

A splendid harbour city in the north of Columbia, a source of inspiration for the Columbian writer Gabriel García Márquez, Cartagena will win you over with its well-preserved colonial architecture, and warm friendly atmosphere. You can visit the sumptuous UNESCO World Heritage fortified historical centre whose churches and houses have magnificent multi-coloured façades. A witness of Spanish domination, the San Felipe de Barajas fortress stands on top of a hill from where you can admire views over the whole city. The Las Bóvedas neighbourhood will charm you with its arcades, used as prison cells during the 19th century civil wars.

Day 4 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 5 - Bonaire

Surrounded by a barrier reef and a marine sanctuary, Bonaire is a true paradise for divers. This peaceful and preserved little island is renowned all over the world for its coral reefs, which are directly accessible from the beach, providing a unique sensation of freedom. Discover magnificent marine fauna and flora while snorkelling or diving in its turquoise waters. The Washington Slagbaai National Park in the north of the island is home to many birds. It is the most important breeding site in the south Caribbean for the pink flamingo, the island’s emblematic animal.

Day 6 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 7 - Saint George (Grenada)

Delicately set in the curve of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbour is especially colourful when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighbouring islands and when all the little fishing boats return from their day out at sea. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites : its picturesque coast or the artisanal producers of chocolate and nutmeg, Grenada’s gold. Five kilometres (3 miles) to the south, you will be able to visit Grande Anse and Morne Rouge, two long sandy beaches.

Day 8 - Mayreau Island

Among the string of paradisiac islands with their sandy beaches that form the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, Mayreau is the smallest. Its peaceful and idyllic atmosphere, far from the madding crowd, invites you to relax. On shore, enjoy a shaded and fully equipped beach from which to go snorkelling if you’d like to observe the colourful fish around the coral sitting at the foot of the rocks that stretch across the bay.

Day 9 - Soufriere

Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town. In the vicinity of the lush botanical gardens, you will be able to enjoy the curative powers of the Diamond Falls mineral baths. From the beach at the north end of the bay, you can set off to explore the reefs that are home to stunning gardens of sea fans at the foot of the cliffs that plunge into the sea.

Day 10 - Fort de France

Disembark your ship in Fort de France

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 9-night full board expedition cruise
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • National Geographic Photographer, Expert and experienced expedition team
  • All landings and trips by Zodiac
  • Open bar serving unlimited complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Evening entertainments and events

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights - we can arrange these for you, please contact us
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Cruise Extensions

  • Panama City - 2-nights: Take advantage of two days to discover the richness of Panama City's historic centre, the natural beauties and visit the Gehry Museum of Biodiversity, not forgetting the monumental canal and the famous locks opening the passage to gigantic ships from coast to coast. This programme will be an ideal prelude to your embarkation.
  • Discover Panama - 1-night: Take advantage of one day to discover the richness of Panama City's historic centre and visit the Gehry Museum of Biodiversity, not forgetting the monumental canal and the famous locks opening the passage to gigantic ships from coast to coast. This programme will be a pleasant prelude to your embarkation.
  • Flavours of Martinique Explore Martinique before transferring to the airport
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Map for Underwater Treasures of the Caribbean - National Geographic