South America Cruises

The land of adventure: from tropical paradises and breathtaking landscapes to the mysterious Antarctic - the opportunities are endless

South America

It's not just a coincidence that South America is fast becoming a leading cruise destination. The continent is abundant in incredible natural wonders, from captivating mist-covered peaks in Argentina and Chile to thundering waterfalls of Brazil, it also boasts a vibrant and unique culture with rhythmic music and ancient history, all of which combine to make a unforgettable cruise experience.

The vast rainforests of South America, Andean trails, Patagonian glaciers, and Machu Picchu make for an idyllic holiday for nature lovers. Cruisers looking for a city break can take in vast expanses of Rio de Janerio, Lima, and Buenos Aires. Ancient Incan ruins, quaint colonial towns, and white-sand beaches are also not to be missed. Can you think of a more ideal cruise destination? Cruises to this part of the world often offer travellers a combination of destinations in South American, the Caribbean and in the USA.

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Our Recommendations
  Antarctica Expeditions
Around Antarctica and the Cape
Around Antarctica and the Cape
20 Nights Antarctic Ocean, ...
 Coral Princess
 19.01.2020
p.p.from $7,559
Expedition with the ms Zaandam from Buenos Aires
Expedition with the ms Zaandam from Buenos Aires
22 Nights with the ms Zaandam
 December 2019 - February 2020
p.p.from $6,099
Cruise with the ms Volendam from Fort Lauderdale
Cruise with the ms Volendam from Fort Lauderdale
41 Nights with the ms Volendam
 05.01.2020
p.p.from $8,350
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale via Fortaleza
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale via Fortaleza
77 Nights with the ms Volendam
 05.01.2020
p.p.from $13,849
Sail with Silversea from Ushuaia
Sail with Silversea from Ushuaia
12 Nights with the Silver Explorer
 December 2019 - March 2020
p.p.from $16,200
  Cruises to Australia
Sailing from London to Brisbane
Sailing from London to Brisbane
57 Nights with the Sea Princess
 02.07.2020
p.p.from $14,199
Voyage with the Sea Princess to Sydney from London
Voyage with the Sea Princess to Sydney from London
55 Nights with the Sea Princess
 02.07.2020
p.p.from $13,699
Trip from Brisbane with the Sea Princess
Trip from Brisbane with the Sea Princess
107 Nights with the Sea Princess
 14.05.2020
p.p.from $23,999
New York to Sydney Adventure
New York to Sydney Adventure
38 Nights South America, ...
 Sea Princess
 19.07.2020
p.p.from $11,399
Sail with Princess Cruises from Sydney
Sail with Princess Cruises from Sydney
107 Nights with the Sea Princess
 12.05.2020
p.p.from $23,999
  Fly Cruises
Central Park to the Everglades
Central Park to the Everglades
21 Nights Panama Canal, ...
 Norwegian Dawn
 07.11.2019
p.p.from $5,889
Buenos Aires & Rio Carnival
Buenos Aires & Rio Carnival
13 Nights South America
 MSC Musica
 17.02.2020
p.p.from $5,339
South America Sensations
South America Sensations
20 Nights South America
 Coral Princess
 18.02.2020
p.p.from $6,899
South America Celebration
South America Celebration
18 Nights with the Celebrity Eclipse
 14.02.2020
p.p.from $6,559
Sophistication through South America
Sophistication through South America
21 Nights South America
 Queen Victoria
 28.02.2020
p.p.from $7,699
Our Recommendations
Harvey
59 day sail on board the Island Princess from Fort Lauderdale
Want to see the best of the continent? This Fort Lauderdale return is the cruise for you. Explore culturally rich cities along the way, like Callao, home to one of the oldest cathedrals, Mother Church, that was built in 1833.
Our advice:
Brush up on your camera skills as the scenery is breathtaking!

  • Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale
  • Panama Canal,South America,Canada and the USA East Coast
  • 09.01.2020

from $13,136
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Kerryn
Expedition with Celebrity Cruises from Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Calling all adventurers! Set sail on a jam packed trip around the Galapagos Islands. There are spectacular sights around every corner, from native herons to lava ridges. With lectures from experts on board the Celebrity Xploration, there is a unique chance to get familiar with the local wildlife.
Our advice:
Bring your sun hat for when you enjoy your Early Riser breakfast.

  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • South America,Pacific
  • March 2019 - June 2019

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Gail
37 day sail on board the ms Volendam from Buenos Aires
Get into the true spirit of tango on board the MS Volendam as you sail from Buenos Aires in Argentina. There are heaps of cruising days for you to enjoy extensive wine tasting and take part in cooking lessons at the Culinary Arts Center with the ship's top chefs, giving you a taste of the South American culture.
Our advice:
Enjoy some of Brazil's most beautiful beaches in Fortaleza.

  • Buenos Aires - Fort Lauderdale
  • Amazon River,South America,Canada and the USA East Coast
  • 15.02.2020

from $7,349
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Top Ports in South America
Cartagena, Colombiafrom
$1,299

Cartagena was founded in 1533 and is located on the Caribbean coast in northern Colombia. The walled Old Town boasts some of the most beautiful colonial architecture in South America with cobblestones and colourful facades. It also happens to be one of the safest places in Columbia making it great for cruisers. Make sure not to miss the San Felipe de Barajas Castle and the Palace of the Inquisition.

Highlights of Cartagena
  • Old Town UNESCO World Heritage site
  • San Felipe de Barajas Castle
  • Plaza de La Trinidad
Rio de Janeiro, Brazilfrom
$79

Rio de Janeiro is famous for many things. The statue ‘Christ the Redeemer’ on the Sugar Loaf is instantly recognisable and has become a symbol of the city and of Brazil more widely. Rio de Janeiro is also surrounded by beautiful beaches, such as the Copacabana and Joatinga. Carnival is the cultural main event on Brazil’s calendar and the most colourful and lively one is found in Rio de Janeiro.

Highlights of Rio de Janeiro
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Copacabana beach
  • Pão de Açúcar
Buenos Aires, Argentinafrom
$559

Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, is a flamboyant and colourful cruise destination. Old European colonial grandeur meets Latin flair in this metropolis. Cruisers can experience this through the architecture, cuisine and one of many tango performances which take place throughout the city. This traditional Argentinian dance combines nostalgia with the passion typical of Latin America

Highlights of Buenos Aires
  • Parque 3 de Febrero
  • Tango at a Milonga
  • Palacio Barolo
Montevideo, Uruguayfrom
$889

Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is the city with the highest quality of life in South America. The city centre offers a mix of old and modern with the colonial buildings of the old town and modern skyscrapers homing financial and political institutions. For those looking to have a more relaxed and laid back stay, Montevideo is surrounded by beautiful, pristine, uncrowded beaches.

Highlights of Montevideo
  • Plaza de la Independencia
  • The old town, Ciudad Vieja
  • Iglesia Stella Maris
Ushuaia, Argentinafrom
$2,210

Ushuaia, the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego, is Argentina's southernmost city. The Tierra del Fuego National Park offers spectacular scenery alongside the popular ‘End of the World’ train ride through the park. Wonder at the beautiful sights of the city and the natural surroundings from the Martial Glacier. History buffs should make sure to visit the Maritime Museum.

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
Salvador da Bahia, Brazilfrom
$419

Known as Brazil's capital of happiness, the city of Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia. The city was declared a World Heritage Site in the year 1985 due to its historical monuments from the 17th and 19th century. The city is well known for its Portuguese colonial architecture found in its Pelourinho neighbourhood. It’s is also renown for its African influence which can be best experienced in the unique music and cuisine. The city is also considered the home of the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira.

Highlights of Salvador
  • The Pelourinho neighborhood
  • Laguna Verde
  • igreja nosso senhor do bonfim church
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.