South America Cruises 2019 - 2020

South America

One of the most magical cruise destinations in the world, South America is a land of contrasts. From the tropical beaches of Columbia to the misty fjords of Chile, you can experience just about every landscape imaginable. Dive into the heart of the rainforest on an exotic Amazon River cruise, or experience an awe-inspiring natural paradise on a Galapagos cruise. Whether it’s dolphins in Ecuador or penguins in Patagonia, you’ll also have a chance to encounter South America’s diverse wildlife on your cruise.

Nestled between lush green forests and snow-capped fjords are South America’s port cities, each with its own unique character and pulse. From the tango capital of Buenos Aires to Carnaval hotspot Rio de Janeiro, there’s never a dull moment in a South American city. Visit the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, or the modern metropolis of Montevideo. Wherever you go, you’ll never forget the experiences you had on a South America cruise.

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  Popular Itineraries
Explore Historic Montevideo from Buenos Aires
Explore Historic Montevideo from Buenos Aires
13 Nights with the Azamara Quest
 February 2021
p.p.from $3,998
Discover Charming Buenos Aires from San Antonio
Discover Charming Buenos Aires from San Antonio
14 Nights with the Celebrity Silhouette
 December 2020 - March 2021
p.p.from $2,436
8-Day Cruise to Delightful Galapagos Islands
8-Day Cruise to Delightful Galapagos Islands
7 Nights with the Celebrity Flora
 May 2019 - December 2020
p.p.from $9,319
Spectacular San Diego from Callao with ms Amsterdam
Spectacular San Diego from Callao with ms Amsterdam
14 Nights with the ms Amsterdam
 October 2019
p.p.from $1,654
Picturesque Santa Marta from Miami with Sirena
Picturesque Santa Marta from Miami with Sirena
14 Nights with the Sirena
 March 2020
p.p.from $3,599
  Luxury Cruises
Breathtaking Roatán 19-Day Getaway
Breathtaking Roatán 19-Day Getaway
18 Nights with the Marina
 March 2019
p.p.from $5,149
Mesmerizing Lisbon from Buenos Aires with Marina
Mesmerizing Lisbon from Buenos Aires with Marina
18 Nights with the Marina
 April 2020
p.p.from $5,299
Historic Madeira with Marina
Historic Madeira with Marina
38 Nights with the Marina
 March 2020
p.p.from $11,399
Picturesque Santa Marta from Miami with Sirena
Picturesque Santa Marta from Miami with Sirena
14 Nights with the Sirena
 March 2020
p.p.from $3,599
Seven Seas Mariner Adventure from Buenos Aires to Miami
Seven Seas Mariner Adventure from Buenos Aires to Miami
30 Nights with the Seven Seas Mariner
 December 2019
p.p.from $17,999
  Hot Offers
Picturesque Buenos Aires from Barcelona with Celebrity Silhouette
Picturesque Buenos Aires from Barcelona with Celebrity Silhouette
16 Nights with the Celebrity Silhouette
 November 2020
p.p.from $1,217
Cruising from Rio de Janeiro to Rome 18-Day Expedition
Cruising from Rio de Janeiro to Rome 18-Day Expedition
17 Nights with the MSC Fantasia
 March 2019
p.p.from $1,047
Traveling from Santos to Genoa 18-Day Expedition
Traveling from Santos to Genoa 18-Day Expedition
17 Nights with the MSC Fantasia
 March 2019
p.p.from $1,167
Discover Sensational Jeju from Buenos Aires
Discover Sensational Jeju from Buenos Aires
14 Nights with the Celebrity Eclipse
 March 2019
p.p.from $1,618
9-Day Trip to Beautiful Punta del Este
9-Day Trip to Beautiful Punta del Este
8 Nights with the MSC Fantasia
 February 2019 - February 2019
p.p.from $1,361
Top South America Ports
Buenos Aires, Argentinafrom
$499

As the booming capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is one of the most well-known South American cities. The presidential palace Casa Rosada as well as other beautiful 19th-century buildings surround the Plaza de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires. When you're in town, be sure to shop for high-quality leather, eat out at a parilla, an Argentine steakhouse, and dance the night away to the fiery rhythms of tango!

Highlights of Buenos Aires
  • See where the city first began with a visit to the Plaza de Mayo city square
  • Test out the acoustics at the world-famous Teatro Colón opera house
  • Stop and smell the roses at the rose garden in Parque Tres de Febrero
Rio de Janeiro, Brazilfrom
$421

Rio de Janeiro is a metropolis in southeastern Brazil, where samba music can be heard year round. A seaside city, Rio is world-famous for its beaches, such as Copacabana. Atop Mount Corcovado, stands a major icon of the city and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: the 125-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer statue. The city's lively Carnaval festival is one of the largest in the world with flashy costumes and parade floats.

Highlights of Rio de Janeiro
  • Take a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain and grab a panorama view of the city
  • Snap a selfie with the towering Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Hit the beach and visit Copacabana or Ipanema
Cartagena, Colombiafrom
$982

South America's most popular cruise port, Cartagena is a must-see stop on any Panama Canal or southern Caribbean cruise. The city is safe and tourist-friendly, and most tourist places will speak English and accept U.S. dollars. Beautiful parks, museums and shops welcome visitors, and beautiful Spanish cathedrals and castles lurk around every corner. For beach lovers, there are plenty of sandy beaches and coral reefs within easy access of the city. And for shopaholics, kiosks and tourist shops dot the inner city.

Highlights of Cartagena
  • Visit one of the many Spanish cathedrals and marvel at the ornate sculptures and altars
  • Taste some authentic Columbian coffee and take home your favorite as a souvenir
  • Visit the Chocolate Museum and see how Columbian cocoa becomes artisan chocolate – great for families!
Montevideo, Uruguayfrom
$499

Montevideo is the seaside capital of Uruguay, boasting beautiful beaches such as Playa de los Pocitos and La Rambla. The city's old town, Ciudad Vieaja, features both colonial houses, like Casa Rivera, as well as glamorous art deco architecture. Montevideo's main square, Plaza de la Independencia, will lead you to plenty of picture-perfect landmarks: Palacio Salvo, Solís Theatre, the Obelisk of Montevideo, and much more!

Highlights of Montevideo
  • Dine at one of the many steakhouses around Mercado del Puerto, the old port market
  • Shop til you drop on Avenida 18 de Julio, the city's main commercial strip
  • Learn about the cowboys of Uruguay at the Museo del Gaucho
Ushuaia, Argentinafrom
$1,443

Ushuaia is located at the "End of the World", on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, South America's southernmost point. Its location makes the resort town a major gateway to Antarctica. The town offers stunning natural views as it is enclosed by the Beagle Chanel and the Martial Mountains. Visitors can also partake in a tour to Isla Yecapasela, "Penguin Island", to observe the nearby penguin colonies.

Highlights of Ushuaia
  • Traverse Tierra del Fuego National Park on the popular End of the World train
  • Learn about the history of Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego at the Maritime Museum
  • Witness the impressive Antarctic environment firsthand
Punta Arenas, Chilefrom
$1,443

Situated near the southernmost point of the Patagonia region of Chile is Punta Arenas. The city sits on the banks of the Strait of Magellan, the most important natural passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Punta Arenas attracts many nature lovers as the city acts as a springboard into the local wilderness and Antarctica. The city boasts a memorial to the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan at Plaza Muñoz Gamero.

Highlights of Punta Arenas
  • Take a trip to Los Pingüinos Natural Monument to visit the vast penguin colonies
  • Study a replica of one of Magellan's galleons at the Museo Nao Victoria
  • Stroll through the beautiful Cemetery of Punta Arenas
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