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Cartagena - Nassau - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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On this 12-day Caribbean cruise aboard the SH Diana, explore enchanting destinations from Cartagena to Nassau. Begin in Cartagena's Old City with historic architecture and coastal beauty. In Santa Marta, delve into history, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains and Tayrona National Park. Discover Santo Domingo's UNESCO Colonial Zone, then explore Saona Island's natural wonders. In Samaná, witness whale migrations and explore Los Haitises National Park. Providenciales offers watersports and unique wildlife, while Clarence Town and Long Island boast cliffs, caves, and history. San Salvador Island offers iguanas and seabird colonies. Compass Cay in the Exumas provides shark encounters, and Nassau concludes your trip with beaches, history, and vibrant markets.
The Roman theatre in CartagenaExplore colorful CartagenaNassau LighthouseGet stunning views of historic Cartagena
  • Explore Cartagena's Old City with historic architecture and coastal beauty
  • Discover Santo Domingo's UNESCO Colonial Zone
  • Witness whale migrations and explore Los Haitises National Park in Samaná
  • Encounter sharks at Compass Cay in the Exumas
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Cartagena

Arrive in Cartagena, relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

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Day 2: Cartagena | Embark

Within the walled Old City of Cartagena, a historic coastal city in Colombia, 16th- to 18th-century military architecture, unmatched in the Americas, stands tall. Vibrant streets host museums like the Gold Museum, overlooked by the hilltop Castillo San Felipe fortress. Along the picturesque coast, La Boquilla fishing village is known for folkloric drumming and dancing and is the gateway to one of Colombia's largest mangrove forests.

Day 3: Santa Marta

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first Spanish settlement in the Americas, Santa Marta, sits on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Its historical center preserves landmarks like the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Convent, Consistorial House, and Gold Museum showcasing pre-Columbian history. The majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, the world’s highest coastal range and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, tower over Santa Marta. Nearby Tayrona National Park is celebrated for stunning rainforests, beaches, and ancient Pueblito ruins, built by the Tayrona people and accessed via forest trails.

Day 4: Day at Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 onboard lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

Day 5: Santo Domingo

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Santo Domingo, established in the 15th century, proudly holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. Its lively Colonial Zone is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobblestoned streets and coral rock buildings dating to the 1500s like the first cathedral in the Americas. Plaza de España contains the Alcázar de Colón palace, now a museum displaying medieval and Renaissance art. 

Day 6: Saona Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Famed for its mangroves, coral reefs, and palm-fringed beaches, Saona Island is situated within the Cotubanamá National Park, off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. This picturesque island features a starfish-filled shallow sea. The laid-back fishing village of Mano Juan showcases colorful shacks and a turtle sanctuary. To the west, the Cave of Cotubanamá reveals ancient rock art. Beyond its picturesque beaches, Saona invites exploration with pristine natural beauty, charming villages, and a rich indigenous history.

Day 7: Samana

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Samaná, a picturesque peninsula in the Dominican Republic, draws thousands of humpback whales during winter's mating season. Samaná town showcases the Whale Museum with its giant skeleton and artefacts, while the charming Malecón waterfront promenade offers colourful colonial houses, bars and seafood eateries. The bay is graced by tiny Cayo Levantado island's palm-lined beaches, and nearby, the secluded El Limon Waterfall cascades into a lush swimming hole. In the vicinity, Los Haitises National Park harbours subtropical forests, and mangroves.

Day 8: Providenciales

Affectionately known as Provo, Providenciales stands out as the third largest isle in the Turks and Caicos archipelago. Grace Bay Beach is its vibrant watersports hub, lined with resorts and seaside dining along its pristine, sandy shores. Chalk Sound National Park features a picturesque turquoise lagoon dotted with tiny cays, home to Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas, barracudas, stingrays, and lemon sharks. The area's premier snorkeling destinations, Smith's and Bight Reefs, offer encounters with starfish, turtles, conch, and a myriad of colorful marine life.

Day 9: Long Island, Clarence Town

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A visit to Clarence Town and Long Island, with its cliffs and caves, reveals the area’s unique charm. The town provides amenities like a marina and restaurants. Key attractions such as Gun Hill and the historic St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church enhance the experience. The remarkable Hamilton’s Cave, the largest cave system in the Bahamas, showcases exquisite stalactites and stalagmites. Additionally, the renowned Dean’s Blue Hole, the world's second-deepest saltwater sinkhole, adds to the natural wonders of the area.

Day 10: San Salvador Island, Grahams Harbour

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Graham's Harbour on San Salvador Island is home to the one-of-a-kind Graham's Harbour Iguana & Seabird National Park, protecting endangered iguanas and supporting prolific seabird colonies with more species than any other Bahamian isle: magnificent frigate birds, diverse booby species, terns and tropic birds. Where Columbus first landed in 1492, the island showcases its history at Landfall National Park. With over 50 dive sites and stunning coral reefs, San Salvador provides top-tier snorkelling and scuba adventures amid copious natural riches.

Day 11: Exuma Island, Compass Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Compass Cay, Bahamas, stands out as an extraordinary destination renowned for exhilarating shark encounters in their native environment. The Exumas, an archipelago comprising 365 islands, are famous for their enchanting sapphire-blue waters, so stunning that their brilliant shades are visible even from space. The Exumas are categorized into three primary regions: Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and the Exuma Cays. Among the cays, a handful are absolute must-visit spots, with Big Major Cay, home to the famous swimming pigs.

Day 12: Nassau

  • 1 Breakfast
Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is a sunny and lively destination famous for its beaches, such as Cable Beach and Nirvana Beach. From The Pirates of Nassau Museum, which tells the story of Blackbeard and Edward Teach, to the Pompey Museum of Slavery, Nassau, which dates back to 1670, is rich in history. The pastel-colored buildings in the downtown area are home to shops, restaurants, bars, the Fish Market, and the Straw Market which sells souvenirs, straw crafts, and tourist trinkets.


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Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Balcony D6
Located on decks 6, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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SH Diana’s Junior Suites features a Super King Size bed, separate living room area with homely flame-effect fireplace, private kitchen, luxurious en-suite bathroom and a 7 sq. m private balcony.
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Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
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Premium Suite
SH Diana’s Premium Suites feature a Super King Size bed, separate living room with homely flame-effect fireplace, luxurious en-suite bathroom, spacious walk-in wardrobe and a 12 sq. m private balcony.
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • All transfers between Airport, Hotel and Ship
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation


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