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From Nova Scotia to Panama – Connecting Oceanography, Nature, and Wellness

Deepen your knowledge of the oceans on this ten-day, science-focused cruise at sea, and enrich your well-being at the same time.

Start in Halifax and end in Colon! With the Ocean Cruise tour From Nova Scotia to Panama – Connecting Oceanography, Nature, and Wellness, you have a 10 days tour package taking you through Halifax, Canada and Colon, Panama. From Nova Scotia to Panama – Connecting Oceanography, Nature, and Wellness includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.


Day 1,Vibrant Capital of Nova Scotia

This exciting journey begins with a night in Halifax, Nova Scotia’s cosmopolitan capital. This Canadian province sits in the center of the region’s east coast, where its important seaport looks out over one of the world’s largest natural harbors. The historic city of Halifax, with its distinctive red-brick buildings, makes for a great start to any adventure. Visit a historic brewery from 1820 or walk up to the Citadel Hill National Historic Site, the city’s most famous landmark, whose star-shaped fortress has commanding views over Halifax. Tour the Army Museum to see sentry changes, artillery demonstrations, and bagpipe performances. Take a stroll in Halifax Common, Canada’s oldest urban park, which opened in 1763. Its skate park and outdoor pool make it a popular local hangout. Art lovers rejoice! The extensive collection in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia includes contemporary works by over 2,000 artists, with a focus on the region’s cultural history. The Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk is always buzzing with activity and is great for people watching and museums. Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which has a large exhibit on the infamous voyage of the Titanic. Close to where we dock is Canada's Museum of Immigration. It’s located at Pier 21, the ‘Ellis Island of Canada,’ where thousands of immigrants arrived from all over the world.

Day 2,Your journey begins

After a restful night’s sleep, enjoy breakfast at your hotel and get ready for the day ahead. Today, you'll join an included activity that explores highlights around the harbor. We’ll travel along the winding coastal highway known as the Lighthouse Route to the tiny fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. This spot is famous for its unspoiled beauty and the iconic Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. The village has inspired a number of local artists, including William deGarthe. Take time to admire what’s said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world before you head to the pier to board MS Fram. After you’ve checked in, you’ll pick up your complimentary expedition jacket go to your cabin. Other than the mandatory safety briefing you must attend, you can spend your free time exploring the ship and settling in to your cabin. After we set sail, the captain will give a welcome speech and you can enjoy the first of many delicious meals on board.

Day 3,Relax into nature’s rhythms

Relax and unwind as you settle into the ocean’s rhythm and life aboard this cozy ship. Remember that your onboard amenities include a hot tub, a gym, and a sauna. Or simply relax in the lounge with a book or get to know your fellow explorers. Meet your wellness instructor and the Expedition Team, who are experts in oceanography, marine biology, and ornithology. All of them were handpicked for this unique expedition cruise. They will introduce you to the range of science, nature, navigation, and wellness activities that are available. Your time at sea is an opportunity to connect with nature. Increasing our awareness and appreciation of the natural environment around us is an important key to mental and physical well-being. Our Expedition Team will guide your discovery of nature on this ocean crossing, perhaps on deck by helping you identify the seabirds following the ship or by showing you around the onboard Science Center. In the evenings, relax in the lounge and enjoy fun activities with the Expedition Team, including quiz nights, Q&A sessions, movie nights, and impromptu talks about the areas we’re navigating.

Day 4-8,Oceans, nature, and you

Your hands-on experience over these exciting days will have you happily engaged in a range of activities. Oceanography and science at sea As we sail, the cool Nova Scotian coast will slowly transform into the warm, tropical climate of Panama. Study changes in the sea and the effect of ocean currents, like the Gulf Stream, through lectures and workshops. Learn the differences between the marine life along the continental shelf and the deep ocean with the Expedition Team. This could involve observing seabirds or analyzing sea water samples in the Science Center. Navigation old and new You’ll learn about celestial navigation, astronomy, and how this compares with modern-day electronic instruments. Explorers of old navigated the seas using tools like a sextant, while the Vikings used optical calcite and the stars. Visit the bridge and listen as our officers offer a ‘behind-the-scenes look at how our modern ship operates. Conservation and Citizen Science You’ll discuss issues like the plastic pollution blighting our oceans, and what we can do to reduce it. Learn about our commitment to the environment and the steps we’re taking to become a leader in sustainable travel. Join Citizen Science projects that include whale spotting for Happywhale, a global tracker; noting cloud and sky conditions for the GLOBE Observer project, in conjunction with NASA; or counting seabirds. Science and art Before micro-photography, scientific researchers on expeditions had to paint their samples. Join a unique art workshop where you can inspect samples under a microscope and try this out for yourself. If you prefer, take artistic inspiration from the nature around you. Well-being and nature: a virtuous circle Learn about our symbiotic relationship with nature and how our well-being has a direct and positive impact on the planet’s health. Studies show that regularly interacting with nature makes us healthier and happier. Research also shows that people who feel connected to nature are more likely to behave in ways that promote environmental health (through conservation activities, for example). It’s a virtuous circle, so learn about which actions you can take to keep it going. Health and well-being You’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage in wellness activities and deepen your connection with nature. Practice yoga every day, learn mantras and meditation techniques, and even join the Expedition Team for a morning mile-long walk on deck. There will also be a range of healthy and delicious vegetarian and plant-based menu options, as well as fresh smoothies, juices, and nutritious snacks available on board.

Day 9,Findings and conclusion

Our onboard program comes to a close as we sail to Panama in our last day at sea. Discuss your data counts and findings from the Citizen Science projects with the Expedition Team, or take a last glimpse at the fascinating ocean life under the microscope in the Science Center. Or simply relax and unwind in the hot tub, sauna, or lounge. Take this time to observe and appreciate nature’s wonder all around you. Contemplate the majesty of the sea or the shifting of the clouds above. Scan for wildlife on deck while basking in the warm Caribbean weather. You might even catch sight of dolphins, flying fish, and rare seabirds. Connect with the harmony of their movements and feel its calming effect. The Expedition Team will host a presentation reviewing the program highlights and recapping what we’ve learned along the way. The officers might join you for a farewell dinner and the crew may even put on a talent show for you, if you’re lucky.

Day 10,Unlock more adventures

We end our expedition cruise in the bustling port town of Colón with enriched minds, healthier bodies, and with plenty to reflect upon. Situated at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal, this is a great jumping off point to further explore Panama, the Caribbean, or South America. Want to add some land adventures to your ocean cruise? Tack on three extra nights with our Post-Program, where you’ll stay in an exotic jungle lodge next to the Chagres River, nestled in the rainforest. There, you’ll visit a rainforest center and a reforestation project. You’ll also explore the jungle on a nighttime boat safari and enjoy a ride in a cable car for gorgeous views of the area and its wildlife. Another popular Post-Program option is to visit Casco Viejo, arguably the most charismatic neighborhood in Panama City. Stroll the cobblestone streets and charming plazas, and admire the architecture of Colonial churches, mansions, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Remember to taste some of the local specialities, like coffee and cocoa. You can even book another expedition cruise with us from Colón to explore the fascinating coastline of South America, taking in coastal cities, jungle wildlife, and rural villages. Marvel at an impressive feat of engineering as you sail through the locks of the Panama Canal and out to the Pacific Ocean. Whatever’s next, we hope you’ll return home inspired, with a deeper knowledge about our oceans, a greater connection to nature, and a better appreciation of how your well-being can positively impact the planet. Have a safe onward journey. We look forward to exploring with you on your next adventure.


Rates Include:

Accommodation-Overnight in Halifax before the expedition cruise. Breakfast is included.

Guide-English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities onboard and ashore

Meals-Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages, in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants

Additional services-Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Halifax, including an excursion, before the expedition cruise.



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