Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Long Ben; pirates live on in history, whether by reputation, misplaced fame or cruelty. All of them enjoyed a specific period of success in their respective waters, and for every pirate fact there are scores of pirate legends. With numerous fictional pirate stories came also romantic idealised interpretations of pirate life and their amazing treasures.
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This is an expedition where we sail the waters that were made unsafe for centuries by pirates, buccaneers and privateers. Join us as we sail from Portugal, Spain and the old Barbary Coast to the Cape Verde Islands. Then we cross the Atlantic Ocean and explore the Amazon River and rainforest. Learn more about pirate history during the Middle Ages and the Golden Age of Piracy and about the rainforest ecology and see the unique wildlife on hikes or from a canoe.
Optional tours and activities are available, please contact us for details.
• Visit several interesting islands and cross the Atlantic Ocean
• Exciting and varied excursion programme
• Explore the Amazon rainforest
Lisbon's history revolves around its strategic geographical position at the mouth of the Tagus, where its spacious and sheltered natural harbour made the city an important seaport for trade between the Mediterranean and northern Europe. This is probably why Lisbon has a long history of pirate raids, from the Vikings and Saracen pirates to Dutch and English pirates later on. Before we sail, you can visit well-known buildings and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery.
Cádiz is almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic, and the long beaches invite you to enjoy a dip in the ocean. Cádiz is the one of the oldest cities in the Western world, founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 B.C. Later on the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors found their way to the city. For 200 years, Cádiz was regularly attacked by the English. Sir Francis Drake may be remembered for circumnavigating the world, but he also happened to be Queen Elizabeth I's favourite privateer. His greatest act was a blow against the King of Spain: a raid on Cádiz that destroyed several ships that were being built for the great Armada that was to attack England.
Pirates in Morocco were known as the Barbary corsairs, and Casablanca was once a haven for pirates. Today the city displays an exotic mix of old and new. Stay on deck as we sail out from the White City to enjoy the view of the town and its harbour life with small and colourful wooden boats next to fishing vessels and huge ocean liners. See the Hassan II Mosque in the sunset, one of Casablanca's most famous landmarks.
Enjoy 4 days at sea. Relax on deck or attend the lectures from the Expedition Team.
The Cape Verde Islands were discovered in the beginning of the 15th century. Travellers frequently used them as a stop to take on food and water. The useful location led to attacks by many famous pirates and privateers such as Francis Drake, Henry Long, Ben Avery, Henry Morgan and William Dampier. Captain Kidd also frequently sailed these waters. Several treasure hunters believe that the Skeleton Island he refers to was actually Maio Island, next to Santiago and Praia where we make a stop. Enjoy a day of snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to experience the hectic pace of life on the island.
Enjoy being at one with the ocean and relaxing on deck, a truly unique experience.
The mighty Amazon River crosses the South American continent. The Amazon rainforest, home to more than a third of the world's animal species, surrounds it. As we sail along this river, you will have unbeatable views of the untamed rainforest and its biodiversity.
The Amazon River is the largest river in the world and runs through the largest forest in the world. After seven days at sea, it will be great to feel land under your feet again. Stroll along the waterfront promenade in Santarém 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 National Forest Tapajós, a beautiful forest where you can hike and canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.
Parintins 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.
Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazonas and is located in the middle of the rainforest.
Manaus is known as 'The Gateway to the Jungle'.
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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.
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 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 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.
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.