Continents commingle in Central America, with its significant human history and rich biodiversity—we’ll transit the Panama Canal by day, hike to traditional villages in San Blas, snorkel over colorful reefs, and end in recently-opened Cuba.


Highlights


• Meet the Emberá Indians of the Darién and the Kuna Indians of San Blas who proudly preserve their cultural heritage.

• Enjoy a daylight transit through the historic locks of the Panama Canal.

• Step ashore on seldom-visited Isla de Providencia, Colombia—its long history includes tales of colonization, conquest, and buried treasure.

• Stroll the atmospheric streets of Havana to discover stunning colonial architecture and sun-splashed plazas, where classic American cars complete the scene of a by-gone era.

• Snorkel or dive over healthy coral reefs to view colorful tropical fish, turtles, stingrays, and more.

Board your independent flight and transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight
This morning enjoy a tour of this cosmopolitan city, with lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, board the Hebridean Sky.
Anchor off Isla Coiba for an exploration of one of the largest marine parks in the world. Zodiacs take you on excursions along wild shores and bring you to secluded beaches. On nature hikes search for more than 130 species of birds, including red-legged honeycreepers, crimson-backed tanagers, and brilliantly colored lance-tailed manakins. Snorkeling is excellent, as Coiba is also the site of a large coral reef where a convergence of currents reveals an array of eastern tropical Pacific marine life.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and attend lectures from our experts.
Panama’s remote Darién Province is one of Central America’s last unspoiled regions. This morning enter Emberá Indian territory as you land on Playa del Muerto at the mouth of the Mogue River. Enjoy warm welcomes from the Emberá community of Mogue, where you’ll learn about their traditional way of life and enjoy a lively dance performance.
During your daylight transit, the Hebridean Sky gracefully navigates the dramatic Gaillard Cut, Gatun Lake, and the canal’s three mighty locks. Relax on deck and enjoy a historical perspective as you follow this famed waterway to the Atlantic.
The San Blas Archipelago is a group of over 350 islands stretching for 200 miles along Panama’s east coast. Largely roadless, and many ringed with reefs, they vary in size from tiny uninhabited islets with few palm trees to larger islands clad in jungle. San Blas is also home to the Kuna Indians, a semiautonomous tribe still practicing the traditions of their ancestors, including the crafting of molas, brightly colored, appliquéd fabrics. Meet the Kuna, learn about their culture, and admire or purchase molas. In the afternoon land at Holandes Caye to snorkel in the inviting waters.
This morning disembark in the historic town of Portobelo, one of Spain’s most important strongholds in the Americas during colonial times. Visit Forts San Geronimo and Santiago de la Gloria, as well as the Church of San Felipe.
Board shallow-draft boats today for an excursion among the Tortuguero Canals, home to 2,000 plant species, more than 400 species of birds, and 13 of Costa Rica’s 16 endangered mammals. During your exploration of the raffia-lined waterways, you may spy sloths; howler and capuchin monkeys; wood storks, bare-throated tiger herons, roseate spoon-bills, Montezuma oropendolas, and ringed kingfishers; and crocodiles, caimans, turtles, iguanas, as well as the Jesus Christ lizard, so named for its unique ability to run across water. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Colombia.
Far from mainland Colombia, rarely-visited Isla de Providencia is a warm and friendly, English-speaking island with the nostalgic feel of the Caribbean of yesteryear. An island tour takes you to a parochial school and other points of interest ashore. Or, venture out to snorkel among a variety of fish that populate the island’s coral reef.
Attend lectures on the region’s history and wildlife or simply relax on deck.
With its French spirit and fabulous setting along Cuba’s most spectacular bay, Cienfuegos has earned UNESCO status for its outstanding architecture, which you will discover on a guided walking tour. Then depart overland for the UNESCO-designated Zapata Wetland region. View some of the local wildlife at the Fiesta Campesina zoo-park before touring the Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) Museum, located at the site of the unsuccessful military invasion by US-backed anti-Castro forces in April 1961.
This beautiful island offers breathtaking beaches, lush forests, and excellent snorkeling and diving. Join naturalists on walks to search for indigenous flora and fauna, explore the rich marine environment, or simply relax, and soak in your surroundings on a white-sand beach.
Isolated Maria La Gorda is one of the most diverse biological regions in the world—home to a variety of different natural habitats, including coral reefs, beaches, mangroves, scrublands, and evergreen forests with more than 170 species of birds and dozens of reptile and mammal species. Spend the morning snorkeling over pristine reefs and searching for wildlife on nature walks.
Disembark after breakfast and get acquainted with Old Havana—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on a walking tour. After lunch make a stop at El Floridita Bar, the birthplace of the daiquiri and one of Hemingway’s favorite watering holes. This evening, climb into one of Havana’s vintage cars for a stylish ride to Rio Mar for dinner, then enjoy a performance at the legendary Buena Vista Social Club. Check in to the five-star Meliá Cohiba, which overlooks the city’s famous three-mile-long Malecón, for dinner and overnight.
Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight

Category 1

$ 13980 USD pp
Category 1
Ocean-view staterooms on the Amundsen Deck are 240 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and two to four portholes.

Category 2

$ 14980 USD pp
Category 2
Ocean-view staterooms on the Byrd Deck are 225 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and large picture windows.

Category 3

$ 16780 USD pp
Category 3
Ocean-view staterooms on the Mawson Deck are between 220 and 240 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and large picture windows.

Category 4

$ 17880 USD pp
Category 4
Ocean-view staterooms on the Mawson Deck are between 220 and 240 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and large picture windows.

Category 5

$ 19480 USD pp
Category 5
Ocean-view staterooms in the middle of the Scott Deck are 260 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and private balconies.

Category 6

$ 21980 USD pp
Category 6
Ocean-view staterooms on the Shackleton Deck are 325 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and private balconies.

Owner's Suite

$ 26380 USD pp
Owner's Suite
Ocean-view suite on the Shackleton Deck is 370 square feet, and features beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and a private balcony.

Hebridean Sky

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 110

Built: 1992 - newly re-launched 2016

The Hebridean Sky (formerly the Sea Explorer) underwent a 6.5 million dollar refurbishment. Always  known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie, the Hebridean Sky continues that tradition adding a host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilization, fuel efficiency, and upgraded communications systems. Its all-suite accommodations and increased adventure options make the Hebridean Sky the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration.

SPACIOUS SUITES

Hebridean Sky is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 110 guests. Built in 1992, refurbished 2014 and again in 2016, each suite features:

• Exterior views
• Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds
• Sitting area with sofa and side chair
• Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player
• Telephone
• Independent temperature controls
• Mini-Bar
• Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries
• Hair dryer
• 220 square feet or more
• Sofa can be converted to bed for third person

In adition Promenade, Deluxe, Veranda & Penthouse Suites include:

• En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival
• Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
• $100 per person Gift Shop credit
• En suite Nespresso machine

Penthouse Suites (325 sq.ft.) and Veranda Suites (260 sq.ft.) feature private balconies.

ONBOARD DINING
Great expeditions require great food! Our team of world-class chefs offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that change daily. They have boat-loads of creativity, so you are sure to experience a variety of remarkable cuisine throughout your voyage.

SERVICES
• World-Class Cuisine
• Complimentary Wine with Dinner
• Live Entertainment
• Complimentary Coffee/Tea station
• Voyage Photographer
• On-board MD and Facilities
• Dedicated Passenger Service Manager
• Pre-voyage hotel night
• Complimentary Expedition Jacket

FACILITIES
• Elevator serving all passenger decks
• Upgraded WIFI Internet
• Library with computers
• Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform
• Bar/Lounge with Live Entertainment
• Boot Room
• Lounge with Audiovisual Facilities
• DVD Movie Library

Deck plans may very depending on the ship operator.

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