South America Cruises give you the chance to explore this incredible continent filled with breath-taking natural beauty and diverse rich cultures, from the vibrant Latin city of Buenos Aires to the golden beaches of Copacabana and the lush Amazon forest.
Featuring 12 different countries, many of which are accessible as part of a South America cruise, visitors can choose from a fascinating cultural and historical break, family friendly beach holiday or even a relaxing fjord cruise; South America Cruises offer something for everyone.
The largest country in South America and home to an incredible array of attractions and tourist sites, offering everything from Amazon River cruises to Carnivals, beach holidays and cultural city breaks.
Rio de Janeiro remains one of the world’s most iconic cities and a hugely popular cruise destination. Famous around the world for its legendary Carnivals as well as the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema beach resorts, Rio is perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun.
The world famous monument the Statue of Christ the Redeemer towers above the city and is a must visit atop the Corcovado Mountain in the beautiful surroundings of the Tijuca Forest National Park. The Sugar Loaf Mountain is another icon of Rio with the peak, accessible by cable car, offering stunning views of the bay and harbour below.
The largest city in Brazil, Sao Paulo is the cultural hub of the country with a wide range of fascinating museums, galleries and concert halls across the city. Most notable tourist landmarks include Pinacoteca do Estado and the Museo de Futebol celebrating Brazil’s standing in world football. Enjoy fine dining and sample the best of Brazilian cuisine before taking in a show at the world renowned Sal Sao Paulo concert hall.
Buenos Aires is the most popular cruise destination for South America cruises to Argentina. Gain first-hand experience of the thrilling and energetic Tango dance in the city of its birth. Filled with traditional Latin atmosphere and architecture including the Teatro Colon Theatre and stunning Palacio Barolo, you can be assured a warm and friendly welcome across the city. Sample the traditional Argentine cuisine in a city which benefits from a lively and contemporary nightlife filled with bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
The Uruguayan capital of Montevideo is a popular cruise port of call, where guests can sail along the picturesque seafront with the Rambla de Montevideo boardwalk offering a wide range of tourist attractions and beach activities. Shopping is a popular pastime for tourists with modern boutiques available as well as traditional market stalls. As far as architectural wonders acre concerned the Palacio Legislativo is a must see.
The port of Valparaiso is your gateway to the wonders of Chile. Stroll through the cities magnificent historic quarter, with the World Heritage site filled with architectural delights. Rich in maritime history and heritage the Plata Sotomayor is a fantastic landmark tribute to Chile’s naval history.
For a more relaxing beach holiday the resort of Playo Canelo is the perfect place to unwind. Located on Chile’s south coast are the spectacular winding fjords, ideal for a relaxing cruise tour through idyllic waterways boasting incredible scenery.
The capital city and port of Lima is popular on South America cruises, with the city offering a number of tourist attractions. Boasting spectacular architecture, the downtown region of Lima is a designated World Heritage Site and can provide hours of entertainment and wonder. Rich in culture and tradition the Plaza de Armas and the Church of San Francisco are must see sites, although the main draw to Peru is the 15th century ancient Inca settlement of Machu Picchu.
Cruise Lines and Ships
South America Cruises are a hugely popular cruise destination with cruise lines across the world offering a wide range of different itineraries from country specific mini cruises to extensive month long voyages navigating the entire continent.
Holland America offer an extensive array of dedicated South America Cruises on the Zaandam, Statendam and Prinsendam as does major US cruise lines Royal Caribbean and Princess. Luxury cruise lines Crystal Cruises, Seabourn and Regent Seven Seas all operate 7-12 night cruise itineraries in the region whilst exploratory cruises to the Galapagos can be undertaken from Ecuador on the Celebrity Xpedition.
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