South America Cruises

A land of adventures, from tropical paradises, breathtaking landscapes to the mysterious Antarctic - the opportunities are endless.

South America

The South American continent is abundant in incredible natural wonders, from captivating mist-covered peaks to thundering waterfalls. In addition to this natural beauty, the continent is rich in local culture, rhythmic music and centuries of history, all of which combined make a cruise to the area an extremely rewarding experience. The vast rainforests of South America, Andean trails and pre-Colombian sites make for an idyllic holiday destination and are a photographer's dream. The list of things to do and see is endless and guaranteed to take your breath away.

South America can be defined as a land of captivating landscapes and cultural treasures, setting the stage for incredible adventures that include Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns and white-sand beaches. This vast and intriguing continent is simply waiting to be explored. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn about the ancient civilisations of the region by hiking to ancient Incan temples. For lovers of the outdoors and nature, a South American cruise is nothing short of an optimal experience. See the powerful Iguazu Falls or watch out for unique wildlife while canoeing down one of South America's narrow waterways in a dug out canoe.

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  Cruises to Brazil
South American Discoveries
South American Discoveries
19 Nights with the Royal Princess
 02.02.2019
p.p.from AU$ 2710
Journey from Santos with the MSC Seaview
Journey from Santos with the MSC Seaview
7 Nights with the MSC Seaview
 January 2019 - February 2019
p.p.from AU$ 1579
8 day cruise with the MSC Poesia to Santos
8 day cruise with the MSC Poesia to Santos
7 Nights with the MSC Poesia
 10.02.2019
p.p.from AU$ 1429
Delightful voyage from Santos with MSC Cruises
Delightful voyage from Santos with MSC Cruises
7 Nights with the MSC Poesia
 December 2018 - March 2019
p.p.from AU$ 1349
Expedition with MSC Cruises from Buenos Aires
Expedition with MSC Cruises from Buenos Aires
8 Nights with the MSC Orchestra
 20.02.2019
p.p.from AU$ 2099
  Cruises to Chile
Andes and South America from Los Angeles to Santiago
Andes and South America from Los Angeles to Santiago
16 Nights with the Star Princess
 04.12.2018
p.p.from AU$ 1526
Andes and South America from Santiago to Los Angeles
Andes and South America from Santiago to Los Angeles
16 Nights with the Star Princess
 14.03.2019
p.p.from AU$ 1726
Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan ex Buenos Aires to Santiago
Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan ex Buenos Aires to Santiago
14 Nights with the Star Princess
 February 2019 - March 2019
p.p.from AU$ 2125
15 day journey on board the Celebrity Eclipse from Buenos Aires
15 day journey on board the Celebrity Eclipse from Buenos Aires
14 Nights with the Celebrity Eclipse
 09.12.2018
p.p.from AU$ 2230
South America Explorer
South America Explorer
15 Nights with the Norwegian Sun
 07.12.2018
p.p.from AU$ 1920
  Fly Cruises
Cultural Rhythms of South America
Cultural Rhythms of South America
21 Nights with the Star Princess
 02.12.2018
p.p.from AU$ 4799
Biscayne Bay to Astonishing Andes
Biscayne Bay to Astonishing Andes
19 Nights with the Norwegian Sun
 05.12.2018
p.p.from AU$ 5199
Astonishing South America
Astonishing South America
16 Nights with the ms Zaandam
 06.03.2019
p.p.from AU$ 5599
Tango Tales and Ice Blue Glaciers
Tango Tales and Ice Blue Glaciers
21 Nights with the ms Zaandam
 31.10.2018
p.p.from AU$ 5799
Grand South America Voyage
Grand South America Voyage
55 Nights with the Royal Princess
 31.01.2019
p.p.from AU$ 11899
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Harvey
Andes and South America from Santiago to Los Angeles
If you want to experience a new country at every port, then Chile to L.A on the Star Princess is the one for you. Explore culturally rich cities along the way, like Callao, home to one of the oldest temples, Mother Church, which was built in 1833. Finally arrive in sunny South California, home of the Hollywood stars.
Our advice:
Brush up on your camera skills as the scenery is breathtaking!

  • San Antonio - Los Angeles
  • South America
  • 14.03.2019
  • 4.8 out of 5

from AU$ 1726
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Gail
South America Passage via Valparaiso to Buenos Aires
Get in the true spirit of tango aboard the MS Zaandam as you sail from Chile to Argentina. There are heaps of cruising days for you to enjoy extensive wine tastings and take part in cooking lessons at the Culinary Arts Center with our top chefs, giving you a taste of the South American culture.
Our advice:
Brush up on your history at one of the fascinating museums in Punta Arenas.

  • San Antonio - Buenos Aires
  • South America
  • 08.03.2019
  • 4.5 out of 5

from AU$ 2549
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Ports in South AmericaTop Ports in South America
Cartagena, Colombiafrom
AU$ 1029
Cartagena was founded in 1533 and is located on the Caribbean coast in northern Colombia. It is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America. See the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas and the Palace of the Inquisition.
Buenos Aires, Argentinafrom
AU$ 1349
Buenos Aires has a reputation as one of the best known and most loved cities of South America. Discover the historic highlights, typical South American dynamics and the culnary delights. Life in this city never stands still! Experience the great night tango shows and theater performances. Enjoy the-world famous Argentine steaks.
Ushuaia, Argentinafrom
AU$ 2125

Ushuaia, the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego and is Argentina's southernmost city, often referred to as the 'End of the World'. The city has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent times. The Tierra del Fuego National Park offers spectacular scenery as well as the popular End of the World Train ride throughout the park. Wonder at the beautiful sight of the city and the natural surroundings from the Martial Glacier. The Maritime Museum, a former prison is now a museum showcasing the impressive history of Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego

Highlights of Ushuaia
  • Explore the beautiful National Park of Tierra del Fuego
  • Witness the impressive Antarctic ecosystem
  • Learn about the history of the region at the Maritime Museum
Montevideo, Uruguayfrom
AU$ 1349
Montevideo is a city with the highest quality of life in South America. The outskirts of the city are dotted with parks while the city is a mix of old and modern skyscrapers which aid the city in being the political, financial and cultural center of the country. However, if you prefer, you can just sunbathe on the beautiful beaches, which the city also offers!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazilfrom
AU$ 1562
Rio de Janeiro is famous for many things. The monumental figure of Christ on the Sugar Loaf is one of the most famous monuments in the world. Furthermore, the city surrounded by beautiful beaches, such as the Copacabana. The most colorful and lively Carnival is found in Rio de Janeiro, though you can dance all year round to the Samba rhythms. Enjoy a city that is never quiet and prepare to discover something different each day.
Callao (Lima), Perufrom
AU$ 1526
The Peruvian capital is also the largest city in the country. Together with the port city of Callao, it forms the so-called metropolitan area. Lima's historic center has been one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1990. With a cultural mix of Western influences and indigenous cultures, many different quarters are found around Lima. About 40 km away, in the south-east of Lima is the archaeological site of Pachacamac. Several temples are seen here. You can view artifacts in the museum.
South America

The word diversity sums up South America perfectly in terms of culture, geography and wildlife.

Cruise passengers can rest assured in the knowledge that there truly is something for everyone on this expansive continent, and the best way to explore this vast destination is by cruising. Many of the main attractions lie on the coast or along rivers like the mighty Amazon, and so access by ship saves passengers time and money which would be better spent soaking up the exotic cultures of this land.

South America Cruises

The varied and dazzling skylines of South America will leave you awestruck. Imposing landscapes such as the Andes Mountain Range and the high-rise buildings of Buenos Aires are visible from the vantage point of your cruise liner. And you can also go exploring during an onshore excursion.

Popular South American Cruising Destinations

South America offers travellers a wide range of cruise destinations and caters for all tastes. Cruises to South America take full advantage of the glittering waters and white sandy beaches of Rio de Janeiro, buzzing cities like Buenos Aires, the unique penguins and whales of the Straits of Magellan and the majestic Amazon River and rainforest (see Amazon River Cruises for more information).

South America is a land of contradictions where colonial architecture collides with ancient Incan ruins and unruly flora. Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the Galapagos Islands are among the most frequented cruise destinations, with attractions such as Machu Picchu, Iguazú Falls and Patagonian glaciers being among the most loved.