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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South American Explorer from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires14 Nights with the ms Zaandam
13 day exploration of the southern tip of South American and the Chilean Fjords starting from Valparaiso and disembarking in Buenos Aires.
Our advice:
Brush up on your camera skills as the scenery is breathtaking!

  • Valparaíso (Santiago) - Buenos Aires
  • South America
  • November 2017 - December 2018
  • 4.5 out of 5

from AU$ 2889
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Discover the Galapagos Islands7 Nights with the Celebrity Xpedition
Explore the remote and awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands for a week and be amazed by the fascinating lectures from renowned biologists and environmental scientists.
Our advice:
Take along a good pair of binoculars to see some of the planets most unusual species up close.

  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • South America,Pacific,South Pacific
  • December 2017 - July 2019
  • 0 out of 5

from AU$ 5129
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Ports in South AmericaTop Ports in South America
Cartagena, Colombiafrom
AU$ 1191
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.
Ushuaia, Argentinafrom
AU$ 2649

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
Buenos Aires, Argentinafrom
AU$ 1139
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.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazilfrom
AU$ 69
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.
Valparaíso (Santiago), Chilefrom
AU$ 1320
Around 300 000 residents live in the Chillean port city of Valparaíso. A main feature and part of the charm of this town are the houses, which are brightly coloured and decorated with paintings. Some wineries are found near and around the town, where the world-famous Chilean wine is produced.
Montevideo, Uruguayfrom
AU$ 1139
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!
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.