Rainforests and Riches of the Caribbean & Brazil

Caribbean's & Brazilian Coasts: From Philipsburg to Fortaleza 13 Day Expedition Cruise

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Dates
10/11/23 to 10/23/23
Ship
SH Vega
Duration
13 Days
Guests
2 Guest
Price From
$ 9,151
Per Person
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Trip Details

Set sail on an adventure that will introduce you to a superlative-defying part of the world. This 12-night Caribbean & Brazilian Coasts takes you from volcanic islands in the Caribbean Sea, along the northeastern coast of Brazil. Starting from Sint Maarten in the Lesser Antilles, you travel to Îles des Saintes in Guadeloupe, Soufriere in St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Îles du Salut in French Guiana, and onwards to Brazil starting at the mouth of the Amazon and crossing the equator. From here, our ship journeys into the southern hemisphere before ending in Fortaleza. From Dutch, French and British colonial influences to Portuguese, your cruise on board a boutique expedition ship takes you to destinations off-the-beaten-path of many visitors to discover historic buildings and stunning natural heritage on a beguiling journey of the Caribbean and scenic Brazil coasts.

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Trip Highlights
Walk up to Fort Napoléon in Guadeloupe for views across the Les Saintes bay
Watch colourful exotic birds flit about the lush rainforest in Tobago
Find out where the devil - Devil’s Island - meets the deep blue sea at France’s most infamous penal colony of Iles du Salut
Shop for Amazonian produce at the UNESCO-listed Ver-o-Peso market in Belem
See the spectacular sand dune landscape of Lencois Maranhenses near Sao Luis
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Itinerary
Philipsburg Day 1

Your sweep of the Caribbean, the Guianas and the Amazon begins today in Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the island of St Maarten/St Martin. This portion of the nearly 10,000-hectare landmass is livelier than the French side, and the cruise-ship terminal is located about 1.5 kilometres from the centre of the capital, Philipsburg. If time allows before you board your elegant ship, Philipsburg has everything you might want: there’s a soft-sand beach – Great Bay Beach – and the shopping is some of the best in the Caribbean. For a touch of culture, take in the cupola-topped courthouse, considered one of the most famous buildings on the island, or the small but enlightening Sint Maarten Museum, with exhibits that covers everything from salt and shipwrecks to slavery.

Iles Des Saintes Day 2

The bijou volcanic archipelago, Îles des Saintes – which also goes by just Les Saintes – is located within the island group of Guadeloupe, an overseas department of France. Les Saintes is the answer to all your Caribbean prayers. Made up of just seven islands, only two of which are inhabited, they are easily one Guadeloupe’s most beautiful region and offer a real glimpse into an old French-tinged Caribbean. Only accessible to smaller cruise ships, arrive in Terre-de-Haut with its gin-clear waters, sugar-sand beaches and swaying palms. Breton-style fishing boats line the bay, which is excellent for snorkelling, and there are red-roofed Creole houses and croissant-serving cafes in the town. Be sure to explore the superb art galleries and antique boutiques.

Soufriere, st Lucia Day 3

Day 3: SOUFRIERE, ST LUCIA The towering twin volcanic spires of the iconic Pitons dominate the scenery as we sail into spectacular Soufriere Bay. Below the peaks, the town itself - the original capital of St Lucia - is charming, with colourful wooden houses and a relaxed vibe. Nearby highlights include the 18th-century Morne Coubaril cocoa plantation. Further afield, explore a collapsed crater and soak in mineral-rich mud baths at Sulphur Springs or enjoy an exhilarating glide above the verdant rainforest canopy by open-air cable car.

Scarborough Day 4

Explore the port city of Scarborough, the capital of Tobago and a cultural centre of Trinidad and Tobago. Land on this laid-back, largely unspoiled island, which is known for its clear, blue seas, untamed rainforest, and exceptional bird-watching opportunities. With more than 220 species identified, Tobago is top of many twitchers’ must-visit lists. The island’s proximity to South America means several of its birds are not found on other Caribbean islands, including neighbouring Trinidad. But before you set out in search of the six species of hummingbirds that flit about the rainforests here or to dive in Buccoo Bay – one of Jacques Cousteau’s favourite places; be sure to explore the town of Scarborough. Head straight to Fort King George, a restored defensive post that has cannons, an informative little museum located in what was the officers’ quarters, and jaw-dropping views. The city’s botanical gardens pack horticultural heat with plenty of orchids and bromeliads blooming.

At Sea Day 5-6

You can spend your day at sea enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym or relax in the jacuzzi whilst taking in incredible views along the way. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of our knowledgeable on-board experts.

Iles Du Salut Day 7

The three tiny islands that make up Îles du Salut are known in English as the Salvation Islands. The irony of this moniker has been well noted over the years. Located 15 kilometres north of Kourou (home of the European Space Agency’s spaceport), this small part of French Guiana was once an infamous penal colony that began as an exile for political prisoners after the French Revolution. Separated by choppy waters and shark-infested seas from each other and the mainland, Saint-Joseph, Devil’s Island, the only one aptly named, and Île Royale, detained prisoners such as Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish army officer convicted in 1894 on false charges. The last prisoners were released as recently as the 1950s, and in the 1970s, the islands came to worldwide attention when ex-inmate Henri Charrière’s autobiographical novel, Papillon, was published. The subsequent film starred acting powerhouses, Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Explore this former place of confinement freely today.

At Sea Day 8

Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

Belem Day 9

Once one of the most prosperous cities in South America thanks to the 19th-century rubber boom, today Belém remains a thriving river port. The opulence of Belém’s golden era can still be experienced at the neoclassical-style 1874 Theatro da Paz on the Praça de Repúplica. The building is a charming remanent of a glamorous bygone era when the city was known as ‘the tropical Paris’. These days it's known as the gateway to the Amazon. Pretty green spaces are shaded by mango trees, and the historical centre has plenty of wonderful museums to enjoy. The bustling Ver-o-Paso market is the city’s star attraction and is the largest open-air market in Latin America.

At Sea Day 10

Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.

Sao Luis, Brazil Day 11

Sitting on the island of the same name, São Luís is best known for its World Heritage-listed historic city centre of Praia Grande, a compact quarter packed with more than 3,500 charming colonial Portuguese houses, galleries and museums. Reggae music pulses across the city, with DJs drawing an eclectic crowd to beach bars and dance clubs, and exhibits on the genre’s history at the Museu do Reggae Maranhão. Nearby, the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is famed for remarkable inland blue lagoons that form in its white desert dunes.

At Sea Day 12

Today as you sail, you’ll bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.

Fortaleza Day 13

Cruise into the harbour city of Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará. Located as it is in the remote and relatively unpopulated coastline of northeastern Brazil, you might be surprised by Fortaleza’s size and sprawl – it’s Brazil’s fifth-largest city. Appealing in part because of its history, this buzzing beachside metropolis started out in 1654 as the Dutch outpost of Shoonenbroch. Still, it was soon retaken by the Portuguese who renamed it Fortaleza (fortress). Before you hit the beach, you might want to tour the imposing Romano-Gothic cathedral, the jammed-packed Central Market (near the church), the Art Nouveau-styled José de Alencar Theatre, and the Dragão do Mar Centre of Art & Culture. Instagrammers won’t want to miss the photogenic Ponte dos Ingleses (English Bridge).

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Rates Include
Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
All meals onboard
Onboard accommodation in a stateroom selected category
24-hour room service
Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
One selected shore excursion/expedition activities per port of call
Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
Standard WiFi
Onboard gratuities & port taxes
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Itinerary changes and surprising experiences are part of expedition cruise life. The world has a habit of amazing us with incredible things when we yield to the unexpected. Join us with an open mind and a sense of adventure and you’ll find that this can pay off in the most rewarding ways.

09:00 AM – 05:30 PM (EST)

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Stateroom
Number of Guests
Oceanview D4
19 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 4 at the centre of the ship. Light, bright and crafted from natural materials Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Oceanview M4
19 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 4 at the bow. Light, bright and crafted from natural materials Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Balcony D5
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 5 at the bow and aft, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 balcony.
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Balcony M5
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 5 at the centre of the ship, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 balcony.
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Balcony D6
28 m2 Sleeps 2
Balcony stateroom is a Swan Hellenic guest favorite. Located on Deck 6, staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom, living room, luxurious bathroom and your own 6 m2 panoramic balcony.
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Suite
44 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 5 and 6 at the centre of the ship, our spacious Suites with a 12 sq.m. private balconies are a favorite with discerning guests, and those that prefer a little more space and comfort.
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Premium Suite
49 m2 Sleeps 2
Located on Deck 6 at the aft, our Premium Suites with a 12 sq.m. private balconies are the most luxurious accommodation on board. A favorite for those who want nothing but the best.
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Itinerary changes and surprising experiences are part of expedition cruise life. The world has a habit of amazing us with incredible things when we yield to the unexpected. Join us with an open mind and a sense of adventure and you’ll find that this can pay off in the most rewarding ways.

09:00 AM – 05:30 PM (EST)

+1 (800) 537 6777
ARRANGE A CALLBACK