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
Traveling from San Diego to Galveston with Disney Wonder
Traveling from San Diego to Galveston with Disney Wonder
14 Nights with the Disney Wonder
 November 2019
p.p.from $2,460
Iconic Fort Lauderdale from New York with Carnival Cruise Lines
Iconic Fort Lauderdale from New York with Carnival Cruise Lines
12 Nights with the Carnival Sunrise
 October 2020
p.p.from $1,072
15-Day Sail to Spectacular Oranjestad
15-Day Sail to Spectacular Oranjestad
14 Nights with the Carnival Freedom
 January 2021
p.p.from $1,401
15-Day Trip to Magnificent Ocho Rios
15-Day Trip to Magnificent Ocho Rios
14 Nights with the Carnival Freedom
 November 2020
p.p.from $1,361
Mesmerizing Puerto Limón with Carnival Cruise Lines
Mesmerizing Puerto Limón with Carnival Cruise Lines
13 Nights with the Carnival Legend
 May 2020
p.p.from $1,222
  Luxury Cruises
132-Day World Cruise to/from San Francisco
132-Day World Cruise to/from San Francisco
132 Nights with the Seven Seas Mariner
 January 2020
p.p.from $71,599
Luxury World Cruise from Miami with Seven Seas Mariner
Luxury World Cruise from Miami with Seven Seas Mariner
132 Nights with the Seven Seas Mariner
 January 2020
p.p.from $71,599
Visit Picturesque Callao from Rio de Janeiro
Visit Picturesque Callao from Rio de Janeiro
32 Nights with the Marina
 February 2020
p.p.from $10,699
Luxury World Cruise from Miami to Barcelona
Luxury World Cruise from Miami to Barcelona
118 Nights with the Seven Seas Mariner
 January 2021
p.p.from $64,999
Breathtaking Sydney from Miami with Seven Seas Mariner
Breathtaking Sydney from Miami with Seven Seas Mariner
52 Nights with the Seven Seas Mariner
 January 2021
p.p.from $33,499
  Hot Offers
Iconic Fort Lauderdale from New York with Carnival Cruise Lines
Iconic Fort Lauderdale from New York with Carnival Cruise Lines
12 Nights with the Carnival Sunrise
 October 2020
p.p.from $1,072
15-Day Sail to Spectacular Oranjestad
15-Day Sail to Spectacular Oranjestad
14 Nights with the Carnival Freedom
 January 2021
p.p.from $1,401
15-Day Trip to Magnificent Ocho Rios
15-Day Trip to Magnificent Ocho Rios
14 Nights with the Carnival Freedom
 November 2020
p.p.from $1,361
Mesmerizing Puerto Limón with Carnival Cruise Lines
Mesmerizing Puerto Limón with Carnival Cruise Lines
13 Nights with the Carnival Legend
 May 2020
p.p.from $1,222
Sensational Oranjestad with Carnival Glory
Sensational Oranjestad with Carnival Glory
14 Nights with the Carnival Glory
 February 2020
p.p.from $1,462
Top South America Cruise Ports
Buenos Aires, Argentinafrom
$599

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
$418

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
$824

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
$599

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
$1,581

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
Callao (Lima), Perufrom
$1,264

The Pacific town of Callao is located in the Lima metropolitan region just ten miles west of the Peruvian capital. Callao services the country by both air and sea as the city acts as the nation's main seaport and airport. Due to the city's naval history, Callao was a major Spanish town in colonial times. Several islands line the coast of mainland Callao, such as the Palomino Island, a pristine habitat for sea lions and seabirds.

Highlights of Callao
  • Look out over the harbor from the fortress Castillo de Real Felipe
  • Enjoy a walk around the square Plaza Miguel Grau
  • Study the colorful murals surrounding Callao Monumental
Salvador da Bahia, Brazilfrom
$420

Salvador is a Brazilian city rich in architectural styles, cultures, and seaside activities. The city boasts Portuguese colonial buildings, baroque churches, and art deco facets. During the day, visitors can enjoy the charming Pelourinho neighborhood, filled with cobblestone streets and squares. After sunset, the party starts to heat up in Rio Vermelho, Salvador's nightlife district, filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Highlights of Salvador
  • Look out over the All Saints' Bay from the Santo Antônio da Barra fort
  • Delight in Afro-Brazilian specialties made from black-eyed peas
  • Visit around Carnaval to enjoy samba music and lively street festivities
Punta Arenas, Chilefrom
$1,581

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
San Antonio, Chilefrom
$1,264

San Antonio is a bustling port city in Chile's Valparaiso region. The area around it is known as the "Coast of Poets," as several famous artists and poets lived there - including Pablo Neruda. With its mild Mediterranean climate and sweeping sandy beaches, San Antonio is also the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.

Highlights of San Antonio
  • Visit the house of Pablo Neruda, which is now a museum
  • Hike through the El Yali National Reserve, which boasts several unique species of bird
  • Take a winery tour at one of the nearby vineyards
Puerto Montt, Chilefrom
$1,581

The port city of Puerto Montt is situated between the Andes mountains and the Patagonian fjords. Its location offers both locals and visitors amazing panoramas of the surrounding wilderness, such as views of the active volcano Calbuco. Local seafood is served up in the city, and handicrafts can be purchased at the market right at the port. Just outside of city limits is the Caleta de Angelmó Market.

Highlights of Puerto Montt
  • Admire the active volcano Calbuco from Reloncaví Estuary
  • Peer upon Plaza de Armas square from Puerto Montt's 19th-century neoclassical wooden cathedral
  • Study the complementary works of art at the Casa del Arte Diego Rivera
Santos, Brazilfrom
$351

Located approximately 45 miles away from São Paulo is the city of Santos, Brazil. Cruise passengers will be able to take a lot from the coastal town. Visitors can soak up the sun or hang ten at pristine beaches like Enseada Beach and Astúrias Beach. Museum-lovers also have some entertainment options. The Museu do Mar is a fascinating maritime museum, and the Museum of Modern Art has plenty of thought-provoking exhibitions. Considering that Santos is a coffee port, visitors should definitely take some time to enjoy some of the best brewed coffee in the world.

Highlights of Santos
  • Give your skin a glowing tan on Enseada Beach
  • Get up close and personal with the wildlife at the Municipal Aquarium of Santos
  • Visit the gorgeous Basilica of St. Anthony
Punta del Este, Uruguayfrom
$617

Located on a narrow peninsula in southeastern Uruguay is the seaside city of Punta del Este. The city is famous for its beaches, such as Brava Beach, which is the perfect surf spot, and Mansa Beach on the west coast, which is great for family outings due to its tranquil, shallow waters. Punta del Este is designated as a “resort city” as the area is filled with stately villas, yacht harbors, luxury apartment buildings by the sea, and fine dining restaurants, easily making it the most expensive city in all of Uruguay.

Highlights of Punta del Este
  • Enjoy the beautiful art and the stunning sunset at Casapueblo
  • Get friendly with sea lions and fur seals on Isla de Lobos
  • Delight in locally sourced grilled meat and fish at El Chancho y La Coneja
Port Stanley, Falkland Islandsfrom
$1,748

Named after the British politician Lord Stanley, Port Stanley became the capital of the Falkland Islands in July 1845. Situated on the biggest island, East Falkland, visiting cruise passengers can partake in various tours and excursions, including nature walks, trips to neighboring islands, and wildlife tours. A visitor favorite is a tour to see the local penguins that inhabit the island.

Highlights of Port Stanley
  • Go on a tour and explore the local wildlife
  • Visit the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral
  • Hop on a boat and sail off to the surrounding islands
Recife, Brazilfrom
$929

Recife is a city in northeastern Brazil, situated right on the Atlantic Ocean. The landscape in and surrounding the city features mountains, stunning beaches as well as oyster and coral reefs. Additionally, rivers, bridges, islets, and peninsulas have shaped and carved the area. Located on its own island neighboring the harbor is the town’s 16th-century historic center, Recife Antigo. Enclosed by reefs, the wildly popular Boa Viagem Beach is just to the south, filled with modern restaurants and hotels.

Highlights of Recife
  • Go to the spot on Marco Zero’s plaza, where the Portuguese founded the city
  • See the castle-like buildings, gardens, and art at the Ricardo Brennand Institute
  • Take a lovely stroll through Jaqueira Park
San Martin, Perufrom
$1,684
San Martin is the gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley, the Inca palace complex at Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Archipelago.
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