On this expedition you get it all! You can explore the rainforest from a kayak, go snorkelling in the turquoise waters, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and paradise islands, cross an entire ocean and feel the heat from the Sahara Desert. Starting in Manaus, in the middle of the Amazon, we spend some time exploring the biodiversity and wildlife of the world's largest rainforest and river. Venture into the jungle and you might get to see birds, sloths, monkeys, butterflies, macaws, anacondas and maybe even a jaguar. The river is home to dolphins, manatees, otters, sharks, eels and piranhas.
From Paradise Islands to 'The Green Hell'
Arriving at the Cape Verde Islands will feel like a visit to a tropical paradise. Palm trees and endless white beaches, colonial houses and UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a wonderful backdrop if you want to explore or relax. As a contrast, we also visit the notorious Devil's Island. This prison island was the colony of the condemned. Hear the stories of famous and fictional prisoners who endured the harsh conditions here between 1852 and 1953.
As we cross the Atlantic Ocean, you will have time to relax or participate in the lectures or the onboard activities. We will then arrive in Africa, where Casablanca is the last port of call.
Optional tours and activities are available, please contact us for details.
• Explore the Amazon rainforest
• Visit island paradises and cross the Atlantic Ocean
• Exciting and varied excursion programme
• Captivating lectures during the expedition
Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in this exotic city.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will learn more about Manaus and the region by joining a sightseeing tour which ends at the pier where MS Fram will be waiting for you.
As we cruise towards the Atlantic Ocean, we will make a stop in Parintins. This is a very small island with lots of small shops, eateries and a local cathedral that towers over the city. Take a walk to experience the everyday life here, enjoy one of the local drinks or taste the local soup, do some boi-dancing with the locals or join the Expedition Team for a hike or kayak trip in the jungle.
In Santarém, you can take a stroll along the waterfront promenade where the murky brown Amazon meets the dark blue-green Rio Tapajós. On one hand this is a pleasant city, but it is also a gritty port town. Santarém is also the perfect starting point for several activities in the Tapajós National Forest, a beautiful forest where you can hike and canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.
For the next few days, we will be cruising on the Amazon River through the jungle before we reach the Atlantic Ocean. We recommend that you stay on deck with your camera and binoculars. Listen to the sound of the jungle and hear the song of the wilderness.
When we cross the equator, King Neptune will appear to perform an Equator baptism.
Devil's Island belongs to the Iles de Salut. For more than 100 years the island was the infamous "green hell" of legends. This was where 60,000 prisoners endured a living death dubbed the "dry guillotine". For the prisoners, death was their only escape. The surroundings were home to the planet's most threatening animals. The sea was infested with sharks, the rivers filled with piranhas and the jungle teemed with army ants and alligators.
Enjoy the view to an endless horizon, and see the colour of the ocean changing under the influence of the sunlight and the microorganisms in the water.
Praia is the capital of Cape Verde. Not far from Praia, you find the tiny Cidade da Ribeira Grande de Santiago (Cidade Velha), the former capital of Santiago, founded by the Portuguese in 1461. Today, the town with its old fortress, 'Fortaleza Real de Sao Felipe', the extraordinarily restored 'Rua Banana' and the oldest colonial church in the region, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a day of snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to experience the vibrant lifestyle here.
During the next few days, we will sail with the Canary Current on our way from Cape Verde. The current is part of the North Atlantic Gyre.
The North Atlantic Gyre is where the deep, cold and nutrient-rich water meets shallower warm waters, making this part of the ocean a remarkable fishing ground that is also teeming with marine mammals and seabirds.
Our expedition ends in Casablanca, Africa. We recommend that you stay out on deck when we sail into the harbour; The Hassan II Mosque is an amazing sight. The mosque is the seventh largest in the world, and 105,000 faithful can pray here at the same time. If time permits, you can also explore the 'White City'. To get a true feel for this lively African city, take a walk through the narrow streets and visit the local souk (African market place).
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Our Polar Inside cabins are situated on lower deck and offer a cosy atmosphere. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles. Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.
Our Arctic Superior cabins are comfortable cabins situated on both upper and middle deck, where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. All the cabins have bathrooms with shower/wc. You will also find coffee and tea facilities in these cabins. Most of them have separate beds, where one can be turned into a sofa and some have double beds. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Our Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of them offer separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Vessel Type: Expedition
Passenger Capacity: 276
MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand.
MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.