Expedition Cruise Experience
On this exhilarating expedition, you’ll immerse yourself in turquoise waters, vibrant flora, and lush rainforest as you watch freshwater dolphins swim through the rivers of the Amazon, and monkeys jump beneath thick arboreal canopies. This natural grandeur is matched only by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go beyond the surface and directly participate in Caribbean culture. You’ll visit locals’ homes, sit side-by-side with artists, and delve into an eclectic cultural history that few ever get to experience. Read on:
Come aboard the 5-star Ocean Explorer
for an experience with wildlife you’ll never forget. From day one, you’ll be surrounded by natural landscapes nothing short of paradise. In the Bahamas, you’ll visit Ardastra Gardens, getting the chance to see more than 130 animals, including pink flamingos, lorikeets, and monkeys. Cruising through Eastern Caribbean, watch for turtles, manatees, and iguanas. Once you enter the Amazon basin, you’ll have the chance to spot caimans, spider monkeys, pink dolphins, and hundreds of colorful birds. Plus, take advantage of catching the formidable piranha
as you sail through Brazil’s Lake Maica.
Unforgettable Natural Landscapes
Turquoise waters, tropical blooms, volcanic hot springs, and pristine crescent-shaped beaches: this trip has it all. Starting in the Bahamas and ending in Brazil’s Amazonian state of Manaus, an open-air train will whisk you through the lush beauty of St. Kitts. In Martinique, you’ll enter Madinina, or “Island of Flowers,” a stunning microclimate filled with the aroma and vibrance of orchids, roses, hibiscus, bougainvillea, and more. In St. Lucia, you’ll pass through the iconic Piton volcanic spires, admiring splashing hot spring pools. And this is before you even glimpse South America’s grandeur.
A Lesser-Known History
Just mentioning the Caribbean brings visions of pristine waters, powdery beaches, and lavish lifestyles to mind. While these are certainly draws to the region, there is much more to navigate. On this expedition, you’ll revel in luxury and learn about a lesser-known side of the Caribbean’s nuanced history. Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St. Kitts, which was built in the 18th century by African slaves. Explore a former pirate base in Nassau’s interactive museum, visit Barbados’s Sunbury House, which contains the region’s largest carriage collection, and enter an ancient penal colony in Devil’s Island.
A Cultural Culmination
Latin America and its islands have been molded through the years by indigenous traditions, European colonization, African slavery, and continuous evolution. As you drift from one locale to the next, you’ll notice the language shifting from English in the Bahamas to Spanish in the Dominican Republican, French in Martinique, and Portuguese in Brazil. As linguistic dynamics change, so do many other facets of culture. You’ll come to know these distinctions the best way possible — The Eastern Caribbean & the Amazon
gives you the opportunity to interact with locals. In the Dominican Republican alone, you’ll visit an artisan’s home, watch how cheese and bread are made in factories, and learn about tobacco production on a plantation. With numerous artistic performances, visits to local markets for handicrafts and regional bites, and other interactive experiences, you’ll walk away knowing each culture from an insider’s perspective.