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Cruise South America

Easily one of the world's most recognizable landmarks, Christo Redentor is an icon to the warmth of Brazil.

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Why not escape the winter doldrums and head south? Really south! The Caribbean has its allure, but don't overlook the obviouswhen it's cold and snowy in North America, the weather is sunny and warm in the southern hemisphere.

A cruise is the ideal way to sample the pleasures of South America. With thousands of miles of beaches and vibrant, cosmopolitan cities beside the sea, there's a lot to keep visitors busy day and night. Venture beyond the museums, shopping, and cultural attractions found in the ports of call and you'll discover some of the world's most spectacular scenery—mountains to trek, rivers to cross, and jungle to explore for wildlife and flora.

Culture, Cuisine, Carnaval

The languorous, swaying Tango is synonymous with Buenos Aires.

South America is a medley of diverse cultures, shaped by native Indians and the Portuguese and Spanish colonizers who brought their languages and religions to the individual countries. Music, dance, and festivals play an important role in the life of South Americans—from the Samba competitions and Carnaval excesses of Rio to the sensual beat of Tango in Buenos Aires.

Take the time to meet your South American hosts and you'll find two of their most fanatical passions of are food and soccer. Dinner is very late and very long—often not starting until 11 pm and lasting until 2 am the next morning. However, it's well worth staying up late for the opportunity to savor good food with spirited companions. You can be certain that by the end of the meal you'll have fast friends for life and at some point the conversation will surely turn to soccer!

Getting There

Ipanema beach beckons fashionable residents and visitors to stroll, socialize, and sun worship.


While most South America cruises tend to be lengthyif you have trouble adjusting to travel due to the negative effects of jet lag, South America voyages are ideal—you often travel in the same time zone as your hometown when visiting countries there. Not having to overcome jet lag means you can hit the ground running and get the most out of your vacation from the moment your plane lands.

Whether you choose to discover South America on a cruise along the Atlantic, Pacific, or both coasts, plan to spend some time before or after your cruise meeting the locals and sampling the beach, cuisine, and nightlife of South America's treasures.

Viagem do bon!

Tips for South America Cruise Travel

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