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Essential Americas: Boston to Manaus - 2021

Boston • 28-night expedition cruise with Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, New York City, Norfolk, Wilmington, Charleston, Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, Nassau, Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), Basseterre (St. Kitts), Les Trois-Îlets (Martinique), Soufriere (St. Lucia), Bridgetown (Barbados), Île Royale/Devil’s Island (French Guiana), Santarém • Manaus
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  • LAZE AMIDST THE GLAMOROUS WATERFRONT OF MARTHA’S VINEYARD
  • EXPERIENCE NEW YORK CITY’S URBAN LANDSCAPES AND VIBRANT DIVERSITY
  • VIEW THE CARIBBEAN’S FLOURISHING WILDLIFE, SUCH AS ELEGANT PINK FLAMINGOES
  • CRUISE THROUGH PARADISE IN LATIN AMERICA’S LUSH TROPICAL ISLANDS
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From North to South America, colonialism has an extensive past that has woven itself into present culture. Come aboard the new Ocean Explorer in its inaugural season for a historical experience no book could ever offer. In 2021, Vantage will take you to crucial landmarks – like Boston’s Freedom Trail, Wilmington’s USS North Carolina WWII battleship, Nassau’s New Providence, and the Portuguese-settled port of Manaus. As you learn about these western settlements, you’ll have the chance to savor local foods, such as Dominican cheese, St. Lucian rum, and Brazilian feijoada. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to cross the equator, go piranha fishing, and bask in North and South America’s urban elegance.

Essential Americas: The U.S., Caribbean, and the Amazon is the perfect balance of culture, history, and luxury throughout the Americas. This 33-day trip throughout the United States, Caribbean, and South America emphasizes the finer side of life. Our five-star Ocean Explorer boasts luxurious accommodations with an infinity pool, spa, library, and observation deck on board. Your nights will culminate with fine dining and authentic cocktail options. Off board, you’ll soak up island sun on white sand beaches, admire the architecture of mansions and opera houses, and witness stretches of Amazonian river views.

Join Vantage as we visit nine nations, offering 38 Included Features and Cultural Discoveries, on an opulent cruisetour you will never forget.

Boston to Manaus

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DAY 1:

Depart home and arrive in Boston, Massachusetts

Welcome to Boston. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, upon arrival at the airport a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your centrally located hotel. Settle in and relax or do some exploring on your own. This evening, meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 2:

Discover the best of Boston and Cambridge

The heart of Boston is quite compact, but it is big on cultural, historic and touristic attractions, even compared to much larger cities. Boston has been called a “city of neighborhoods,” and on your city tour today you’ll see some of its most charming locales.

Riding across town on a panoramic tour, you’ll pass Copley Square, ringed by architectural jewels like Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and the Old South Church. Continue riding through the Back Bay and see trendy Newbury Street, the Public Gardens, Boston Common, and Beacon Hill, crowned by the gold-domed, Bulfinch-designed Massachusetts State House. From here you’ll head to the Old North Church, where two lanterns were famously hung in the steeple to signal that the British were coming. It sits in the middle of the North End, Boston’s historic Italian neighborhood. From here you’ll cross the Charles River and head across Cambridge to Harvard Square, where you’ll embark on a walking tour and see the campus and surrounding commercial center of America’s oldest and most prestigious university.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore, relax, and enjoy dinner on your own. Boston has a brisk dining, music, and theater scene, so don’t forget to ask your Vantage Concierge to help you plan your time.

Included Feature:

  • Boston city tour

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 3:

Visit Lexington and Concord, then embark the Ocean Explorer

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and head west to discover Lexington and Concord, the battleground where the “shot heard round the world” officially triggered the American Revolution. Concord is also famous for its literary history, and was the home of the American Transcendentalist movement spearheaded by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Arriving at Lexington’s Battle Green, you will stand where the opening shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired. Your route to Concord takes you along the Battle Road Trail that Paul Revere followed during his famous midnight ride. Here you will walk on the Old North Bridge, a replica of the wooden bridge where militiamen beat back the British forces, and view the outsides of the gracious, historic homes where Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott (and the rest of her illustrious family) and others established one of America’s most formative, 19th-century intellectual circles.

You'll stop for lunch on your own as we return to the city proper. Arriving back in Boston, you will then be transferred to the pier to embark the Ocean Explorer. Come aboard and get settled in before this evening’s port talk and Welcome Dinner.

Included Feature:

  • Tour Lexington and Concord

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4:

Explore Cape Cod and ride Provincetown’s trolley

Provincetown (or “P-Town,” as locals call it) was the fertile fishing ground where the Pilgrims first dropped anchor before settling in Plymouth. Set at the curving tip of Cape Cod, it still is an important fishing community that over the years has been known for its spectacular beaches and tolerant, live-and-let-live vibe. For this reason, it has been a longtime resort, artists’ colony, and popular summer haven for the LGBTQ community.

Come aboard an old-fashioned trolley to ride around the town. You’ll see the impressive Town Library, which is housed in an old, Italianate-style church built in 1860 and which also includes the Heritage Museum. At the Pilgrim Monument, you can admire the country’s tallest granite building, a 252-foot-high tower that offers commanding sea views. The museum at its base commemorates the Pilgrim’s 5-week sojourn here, during which time they drew up the Mayflower Compact that codified the first laws of the new colony. The Cape Cod National Seashore boasts some of the country’s most stupendous seascapes, and at the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center you will enjoy wonderful views of them, as well as exhibits on local flora and fauna.

After lunch, you will have free time to explore on your own. Poke around the eclectic shops and art galleries, or perhaps enjoy the harbor scene at MacMillan Pier.

Included Feature:

  • Provincetown trolley tour

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5:

See the legendary summer resort of Martha’s Vineyard

Beautiful Martha’s Vineyard is famous as an affluent summer resort, and you can certainly do some celebrity-watching here. But your eyes will also be drawn to the sweeping natural beauty, historic towns and charming architecture. If some of it looks familiar, perhaps that’s because the movie Jaws was filmed here.

Today’s tour starts with historic Oak Bluffs, once a religious revival summer camp. Then, head along the coast to Edgartown, a quaint, white-clapboard village that was originally an important whaling center. Ride through the farmlands of West Tisbury, and the hills of Chilmark, where celebrities such as Ted Danson, Carly Simon, James Taylor, and Bill Murray have homes. Back in Oak Bluffs, you’ll have lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Tour Martha’s Vineyard

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6:

Delve into history in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is famous as the summer “watering hole” for America’s wealthiest families during the Gilded Age. It is also a yachting center that hosted the America’s Cup races from 1930 to 1983, and the first U.S. Open sites for tennis and golf. Less well-known is the town's colonial heritage, when it was an important whaling and trading port, notably as a center of the slave trade. Your tour points out the historic wharves, Touro Synagogue (the country’s oldest synagogue), the sweeping vistas of Ocean Drive, Hammersmith Farm (Jacqueline Bouvier’s childhood home, where she later held the reception for her wedding to John F. Kennedy), and more.

A highlight of the day will be your visit to the Breakers, the opulent Italian Renaissance-style mansion that was built as a summer residence by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Set on elegant Bellevue Avenue, it has a vast back lawn overlooking the Cliff Walk and the sea, and is filled with lavish period furnishings and art. Your tour provides a fascinating, intimate glimpse into the lives of America’s wealthiest and most powerful families during the late 1800s through the turn of the century.

The afternoon is free for you to explore Newport at your leisure. Your onboard Concierge will be able to provide recommendations based on your interests!

Included Feature:

  • Newport city tour

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7:

Discover the best of the Big Apple, New York City

Enjoy breakfast as we arrive in New York City, then set out to explore. Your tour showcases some of the city’s most famous attractions and landmarks. See where world economies rise and fall on Wall Street, including the New York Stock Exchange building in the heart of the financial district. Nearby, you’ll pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial, where the victims of the World Trade Center bombing are honored. Also nearby is St. Paul’s Chapel, the oldest surviving church in New York City, built in 1766. At Battery Park, you’ll catch glimpses of the Statue of Liberty.

Your tour continues as you make your way towards Midtown, passing through Chinatown, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and more. Ride past the elegant New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, and then see Rockefeller Center, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park and Grand Central Station. You’ll be back on board in time for lunch and a free afternoon, with a scintillating port talk and dinner back on board. Your evening is free; ask your Concierge in advance to help with tickets for a Broadway show, musical performances, gallery shows and more.

Included Feature:

  • New York City tour

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8:

Explore New York as you like it

The morning is yours to delve deeper into the best of New York. There is so much to choose from, you’ll be grateful for the guiding hand of your Vantage Concierge, who can help you plan your time. We'll sail on to our next destination in the early afternoon.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9:

Travel back in time at Nautical Norfolk and Colonial Williamsburg

Strategically set at the core of the historic Hampton Roads region, Norfolk is surrounded on three sides by water and is home to the world’s largest naval base, as well as one of NATO’s two Strategic Command headquarters. You’ll arrive around breakfast time, then head out to explore the region’s historic colonial roots.

From 1699 to 1780, the colonial city of Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia colony, which at the time stretched as far west as the Mississippi and as far north as the Great Lakes. Today, the city is a living history museum with about 80% of the original layout and buildings restored to their 18th-century appearance. You’ll visit the Colonial Williamsburg site today and enjoy a light lunch here. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with actor-historians who demonstrate colonial livelihoods. After enlightening colonial cooking and craft demonstrations, you’ll enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day tour of Colonial Williamsburg

Cultural Discoveries:
  • Demonstration of colonial cooking and crafts

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10:

Day at sea, cruising Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast

A full day to relax and enjoy the 5-star amenities of your deluxe ship. Perhaps you’ll swim in the infinity pool, join a yoga class, or enjoy a soothing massage. During an onboard lecture you can learn about the rise and fall of plantation life — a wonderful preparation for your upcoming discoveries in Wilmington and Charleston.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11:

Revisit antebellum life in Wilmington, North Carolina

If you’re up on deck this morning, take in the beautiful coastal scenery as your ship makes its way up the wide Cape Fear River to Wilmington. This historic port city boasts a beautifully restored waterfront, and exquisite architecture which you’ll see on today’s tour.

This morning’s trolley tour spotlights Wilmington’s National Register Historic district, some 230 blocks worth of beautifully preserved architecture from many different eras. You’ll also learn about the many movies and television shows filmed around here. In fact, Wilmington has the country’s largest full-service filming studio outside of Hollywood. A highlight will be your visit to the Bellamy Mansion, a 10,000-square-foot, 22-room antebellum masterpiece. Built in 1859 in the Italianate style, it features finely detailed plaster, iron, and millwork, carefully crafted by enslaved and freed black artisans. The grounds feature lovely gardens as well as separate slave quarters.

Afterwards, you’ll revisit a different era when you step aboard the Word War II battleship USS North Carolina, which is permanently docked in Wilmington.

Included Features:

  • Trolley tour through downtown Wilmington
  • Bellamy Mansion guided tour
  • Tour of USS North Carolina

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12:

Soak up local culture in Charleston, South Carolina

For the past six years in a row, Charleston was voted the “#1, best city in the world” by readers of Travel + Leisure. Once you experience its stunning waterfront setting, exquisite Georgian architecture in every color of the rainbow, historic attractions, fine beaches and of course, some of the best cuisine in all North America, you will agree that the title is well-deserved. Begin exploring with a panoramic city tour of some of Charleston’s most important attractions. You’ll see the Battery, the Citadel, Old City Market, and Hampton Park, and enjoy spectacular views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse.

From downtown Charleston you’ll proceed to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, named one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel + Leisure magazine. The house was built in 1676, and the garden is the oldest in the country, created in 1680. You’ll explore the manor house, filled with priceless antiques; and see the Conservatory, where many plants native to Barbados are cultivated. There is also a petting zoo, wildlife observation tower, a Biblical garden, Audubon Swamp Garden, and a horticultural maze. A highlight will be your 45-minute “nature train” tour, which takes you by tram through the plantation's wetlands, lakes, forests, and marshes. Naturalist guides will help you spot alligators, turtles, egrets, and herons, and provide the backstories of the slaves and indigenous people who once lived in the cabins and woodlands surrounding the main house.

Back in Charleston, spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring at your leisure. You might visit the Old Slave Market, a moving museum depicting the city’s notorious role in African American history. Or, browse the shops along King Street to find Charleston souvenirs like a Brackish bowtie made entirely of feathers or a handcrafted Gullah sweetgrass basket. Along the way, get a taste of Charleston's famed shrimp and grits or Low Country bouillabaisse!

 Vantage Exclusive:

  • Visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Included Feature:

  • Historic tour of Charleston

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13:

Tour Amelia Island and Fort Clinch

This morning your ship drops anchor in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida’s northernmost barrier island. After breakfast you’ll set out on a guided motor coach tour of the island, which draws visitors with its dramatic history as the only United States location to have had eight flags flown over it. In the historic district of Fernandina Beach, you'll pass blocks of colorful storefronts and 19th-century mansions from the Gilded Age. Then, follow the boardwalk out to Fort Clinch Beach to admire the coastline. You’ll be back on board in time for lunch and a relaxing afternoon as your ship sets sail for the Bahamas.

 Included Feature:

  • Fort Clinch tour

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14:

Day at sea, cruising to the Caribbean

Enjoy a day at sea to refresh and renew and enjoy your ship’s deluxe amenities. Perhaps you’ll join a morning workout class, or lounge by the pool. You could enjoy a facial at the spa, meet friends in the lounge for a game of bridge, attend a lecture on the history of the Bahamas, or simply soak in the hot tub with the cocktail of the day — the choice is yours!


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 15:

Get into island time in Nassau, the Bahamas

You’ll know you’re in the Bahamas as the water gets bluer and brighter. In fact, the Bahamas lays claim to the clearest water on earth. Enjoy the views as you approach Nassau, the capital of this beautiful archipelago. After breakfast you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour that acquaints you with the history and laid-back culture of the island, which is called New Providence.

In downtown Nassau, you’ll see Rawson and then Parliament Square, with its pink stucco Georgian neo-classical buildings that house the Supreme Court, Senate Chambers, and House of Assembly. Then, cross the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge to Paradise Island to get a look at the spectacular Atlantis Hotel Resort & Casino. Leaving here, you’ll pass the Queen’s Staircase, 66 limestone steps that connect Fort Fincastle to the lower town. It was carved out of the sheer rock by slaves in 1793. You’ll also see the Government House and Graycliff, a stunning mansion built in 1740 that is now a famous hotel. After a photo stop at historic Fort Charlotte, you’ll pass other landmarks such as the College of the Bahamas, Sir Harry Oakes Monument and Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, and others. You’ll also pass colorful Arawak Cay, a jumble of multi-colored shacks and cafes that are collectively known as “Fish Fry.” Be sure to come back during your free time to enjoy the famous conch fritters, fried chicken, and tropical conch salad, and to hear a local storyteller share some Bahamian lore.

During your tour you’ll stop at the historic 1789 Buena Vista Estate, home of the John Watlings Distillery where you will enjoy a self-guided tour and rum tasting. Upon departing the Distillery you’ll visit Aradastra Gardens, a lush tropical setting where you’ll be introduced to some local denizens such as monkeys, flamingos, snakes, lorikeets, and other native species.

 Included Feature:

  • Nassau city tour

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Rum tasting tour at John Watlings Distillery
  • Aradastra Gardens animal encounters

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 16:

Relax aboard the Ocean Explorer

Treat yourself to your ship’s amenities as you cruise into the legendary Caribbean Sea. Take advantage of this time to read a book from our library or enjoy a soothing massage at the spa. The time is yours! 

This afternoon, attend the first in our series of onboard lectures by experts in their fields. Learn about local culture, Caribbean history, and the breathtaking natural world. In the elegant dining room this evening, savor a special Captain’s Welcome Dinner.


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 17:

Indulge in the Dominican Republic’s flavors and crafts

Immerse yourself in the colors and textures of “DR” today during an enlightening tour that reveals the island’s flavors, bucolic way of life, and remarkable history. 

After a stop at the island’s renowned Botanical Garden, stop by Geo’s Cheese Factory, where cheeses are lovingly crafted. You’ll witness the production process and, of course, sample the results. After a panoramic drive around Imbert Plaza, stop at a local Catholic church, then continue to Melasa’s Bread Factory to see how breads are made from sugarcane extract. Next, drop by a typical artisan’s house, where palm leaves are used to make brooms, baskets, and ropes. Later, during a visit to a tobacco plantation, see how leaves of a different sort are fashioned into DR’s popular cigars. During lunch at a local ranch, you’ll be regaled by traditional, foot-stomping Dominican music.

Back on board, relax by the infinity pool in the late afternoon sun.

 Included Feature:

  • Full-day tour of the Dominican countryside

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Sampling tour at Geo’s Cheese Factory
  • Learn about artisanal leaf craftsmanship

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 18:

Relax on board with a day at sea

Enjoy a day at sea as the Ocean Explorer plies the historic waters of the Caribbean. Visit the spa, get in a workout at the gym, lounge in the swimming pool, relax on the sun deck catching up with a great book, and enjoy the fabulous cuisine our chefs are cooking up. 

Gain more insight about your upcoming destinations from your onboard lecturer.


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 19:

Ride the rails to a historic fortress on St. Kitts

Dock this morning in Basseterre, the capital of the sovereign nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. These lush islands were first colonized by France and Britain in the 1620s and became independent in 1983. Today, you’ll venture to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Erected by the British, this was the largest fortification ever built in the Western Caribbean. 

You’ll arrive at the fort via a splendid two-hour rail trip aboard an open-air train, a thrilling experience through lush countryside and past sweeping vistas awash in the Caribbean’s azure waters and distant emerald-hued islands. After visiting the fort, you’ll have the afternoon at your leisure to explore St. Kitts on your own. 

Today’s onboard lecture illuminates more of the islands’ rich culture and heritage.

 Included Feature:

  • Tour of Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

Cultural Discovery:

  • Ride the St. Kitts Scenic Railway

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 20:

Discover Martinique, the "Island of Flowers" and birthplace of an empress

The French island of Martinique boasts a fascinating culture born of its Carib and French colonial heritage. We anchor offshore today and tender to shore for a drive to Les Trois-Îlets and Pagerie Museum — birthplace and childhood home of the future Empress Josephine, who became the first wife of Napoleon in 1804. We’ll also visit the Clement plantation, where the presidents of France and the United States met in 1991, before admiring the vibrant tropical blooms of the 16-acre Botanical Garden.

At an old distillery, you’ll find the insight about the island’s rum production, domestic plantation life, and Creole architecture to be downright intoxicating. Peek into one of its aging cellars, fragrant with wood and alcohol, and enjoy a rum tasting before returning to the ship.

After lunch onboard, venture out to discover Martinique at your leisure — your onboard Concierge will be able to provide recommendations on where to go!

This evening, get into the rhythm of the islands when local performers bring their talent to the onboard lounge.

 Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Martinique

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Local distillery rum tasting tour
  • Evening entertainment: local performance

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 21:

Explore the volcanic splendors of St. Lucia

Arrive in Soufriére this morning, the scenic and pastel-hued capital of St. Lucia tucked into a natural amphitheater. A scenic drive showcases its beautiful colonial architecture. Continue to Sulphur Springs Park, the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano where pools of bubbling hot springs create an otherworldly landscape. Then, stop to admire the vivid, exotic hues and melodious birdsong at the Diamond Botanical Garden and Waterfall. 

Later, visit the island’s Old Sugar Mill. Its waterwheel, built in 1765, once crushed sugarcane and limes and even generated the island’s first electricity. During your visit, jive to the rhythms of a local band over a refreshing drink and snacks.

Following your lunch on board, the afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps explore more of St. Lucia with a tour set up by your onboard Concierge or stroll the streets of Soufrière in search of a handcrafted souvenir. 

As you leave St. Lucia behind, you will cruise past the island’s most famous landmark — the twin volcanic spires of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Included Feature:

  • Scenic driving tour of St. Lucia

Cultural Discoveries: 

  • Visit a centuries-old sugar mill
  • Refreshments and live musical performance

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 22:

Discover Barbados’s British charm

Few places other than Barbados blend calypso music and cricket so seamlessly, thanks to its rich British heritage. This is one of the Caribbean’s most stunning islands, as you’ll have ample time to discover during a stay here. Your explorations begin in the island’s northern reaches at Animal Flower Cave, the only accessible sea cave on the island. After admiring its beauty, stop in Tent Bay at the Atlantis Historic Inn. You might spot faraway fishing boats hauling in their catch as you relax in the warm sun over a refreshing drink.

At St. John’s Parish Church, perched 800 feet above the sea, enjoy stunning views of the ocean and the town of St. John. One of the island’s most fascinating residents was a descendant of the Byzantine Imperial family, today buried in the cemetery here after his 1678 death. Conclude your tour with lunch at Sunbury House, dating to 1650. This grand manse is brimming with antiques and echoes of plantation life, including the Caribbean’s largest collection of carriages and some of the first optical machinery in the West Indies. You’ll anchor overnight in Bridgetown which, together with its Garrison, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This evening, we’ve invited some talented performers on board to regale you with lively entertainment.

 Included Feature:

  • Scenic tour of Barbados

Cultural Discovery:

  • Evening onboard performance

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 23:

Encounter the magnificent Harrison’s Cave

Head out this morning to visit what many call the Caribbean’s most spectacular natural sight — Harrison’s Cave. What makes this cavernous chamber so spellbinding is the crystallized limestone from which it was formed over millennia. An electric tram takes you down into its depths, a stunning canvas of stalagmites, stalactites, gurgling streams, and waterfalls plunging into emerald pools.

Your onboard lecturer provides more insight and illumination about the natural and cultural wonders of the Caribbean. You cruise out of Barbados before the dinner hour. Be sure to take a cocktail up to the Observation Lounge or the sun deck to bid this spectacular island farewell.

 Included Feature:

  • Scenic tour of Harrison’s Cave

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 24-25:

Relax with two days of bliss and relaxation at sea

You have two days to indulge in the amenities of the Ocean Explorer. Relax by the swimming pool, visit the spa for a soothing treatment, or perhaps get a workout in the gym. At mealtime, savor incredible culinary creations thoughtfully prepared by your onboard chefs. In the evening, head up to the Observation Deck for some of the most magnificent stargazing you’re ever likely to experience.

Each day, you’ll learn about your upcoming ports along the coast of South America and the Amazon during onboard lectures by local specialists.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 26:

Explore Devil’s Island, French Guiana

Home to one of history’s most feared penal colonies, Île du Diable, or Devil’s Island, today is one of coastal South America’s most enthralling sites. This was where France sent its most notorious criminals; the prison was long considered inescapable until the two convicts broke out against all odds — depicted in the novel by Henri Charrière and its film adaptation, Papillon

After a fascinating morning, set sail along the French Guiana and Brazilian coasts. Attend another onboard lecture to learn about this lush and biodiverse region.

Included Feature:

  • Explore Devil’s Island prison

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 27-28:

Ply Atlantic waters, cross the equator, and cruise up the Amazon

Enjoy these two days treating yourself to the indulgences on board the Ocean Explorer as the outside world fades away. Lounge by the infinity pool, lose yourself in a book from our library, enjoy a calming treatment at the spa, and savor refined cuisine from breakfast to dinner. As you cruise, the observation lounge offers incredible views.

You’ll achieve a travel milestone on Day 28 as you cross the equator. Our staff and crew will help you mark the occasion with a fun ceremony, honoring a tradition with ties to naval and maritime trade ships. Later, head up to the top deck as you approach the mouth of the Amazon River. By some accounts, the Amazon estuary stretches some 200 miles along Brazil’s coast. The waters you’ll cruise along this breathtaking and iconic waterway have coursed their way from as far away as Peru and Bolivia. Setting a course upriver into this realm of mystery, you’ll want to grab the binoculars we’ve provided in your cabin to get your first glimpse of the rainforest’s wild beauty.

Over these two relaxing days, our onboard lecturer will keep you informed and enlightened about the wonders of the Amazon you’re likely to witness during fascinating lectures.

 Vantage Exclusive:

  • Equator crossing ceremony

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 29:

Set out for piranha fishing and a Santarém nature cruise

Arrive this morning at the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers, where the city of Santarém rises on the banks. The people of this small market town rely on boats to get around; the 60 miles of white-sand beaches on the river have earned it the nickname “the Amazonian Caribbean.”

Spend the morning on a spectacular nature cruise, viewing this rare natural phenomenon along the river and learning how locals fish for the notorious piranha. Head downriver on a small local boat to witness the Meeting of the Waters, where the Amazon and the Tapajós converge. Each waterway has its own distinct color and they run side by side, one deep blue and one milky brown, for several miles.

You’ll arrive soon thereafter at Lake Maica, one of the Amazon’s natural outlets and home to abundant wildlife. Your captain will cut the motor here so you can cast a line into the water, aiming to catch and release voracious piranha. If you’re not in the mood to fish, sit back and take in the plentiful flora and fauna of the Amazon. 

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Piranha fishing tour

Cultural Discovery: 

  • Catch and release piranha on a boat ride

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 30:

Ponder the scenic Amazon

Take in the splendor of the Amazon during a full day of cruising today. We’ve included binoculars in your cabin to help you seek out the wildlife that thrives amidst the forest. Birdsong and the screech of monkeys provide a soundtrack to your exploration as the sunlight glitters on the water. You may also take advantage of the ship’s amenities, perhaps swimming in the infinity pool, admiring breathtaking views from the observation lounge on top deck, and indulging in a treatment in the spa. This afternoon, your resident lecturer shares more about the remarkable biodiversity of the Amazon.

 Cultural Discovery:

  • Naturalist’s onboard biodiversity lecture

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 31:

Browse the Municipal Market of Manaus

Arrive in Manaus this morning and bid farewell to your ship. You might find that Manaus has a fascinating contradictory feel; it is a city in the middle of a jungle, and despite its size, it is only accessible in a practical sense by boat or plane. And though seafaring vessels dock here, the ocean is 900 miles away. It’s all part of the intrigue of the Amazon!

If you’re in the market for exotic fruits, Amazon herbal medicines, and local handicrafts, you’ll love rubbing elbows with the people of Manaus during a visit to the Mercado Adolpho Lisboa. Fashioned after the Les Halles market of Paris in 1882, it is the city’s oldest market and a scintillating way to immerse yourself in the culture. Produce from the surrounding countryside and fish from the river are delivered every morning. Cross the street to see how all these goods arrived — aboard the armada of fishing boats and cargo boats bobbing on the Amazon’s waters. Enjoy lunch during your market tour, then check into your hotel.

Included Feature:

  • Manaus city tour

Cultural Discovery: 

  • Visit the oldest market in Manaus

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 32:

Discover Manaus, gateway to the Amazon

After a free morning and lunch on your own, get better acquainted with the largest city in the Amazon basin during an included tour that features the Teatro Amazonas Opera House. This stunning vision in pink — opened in 1896 at the height of the rubber barons’ prosperity — was built with European bricks, French glass, and Italian marble. Conclude your tour with a festive Farewell Dinner. You transfer to the airport late tonight for your flight home.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day heritage tour of Manaus

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 33:

Return home

Your flight leaves Manaus during the overnight hours early this morning. You'll arrive at your gateway city on Day 34, and then connect to your flight back to your home city. Or, explore more of the Amazon on an enriching post-trip extension!

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Amazon Jungle

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Important: Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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