While the Caribbean and the Mediterranean remain the most popular cruise destinations, an increasing number of holiday-goers are opting to cruise the sunny waters of South America. Many are jumping at the chance to witness breath-taking scenery, experience the fascinating history of ancient civilizations and get to know a truly vibrant, passionate culture.
If you’ve always longed to travel to South America, but struggle to know where in the vast continent to begin, a cruise is your answer. Here are some of the best South American cruises currently on the market.
Sailing with P&O Cruises (P and O stands for Peninsular and Oriental, by the way), you leave from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The first stop-off on this breath-taking cruise journey is the bustling city of Montevideo. Loud, colourful and rich with culture, Uruguay’s capital is a force to be reckoned with.
While it will be tempting to get swept up in Montevideo’s magnetic charm, the next portion of this cruise is the star of the show. Indeed, the seas around Chile’s rugged mountain ranges, nicknamed the Chilean Fjords, will captivate you with their majestic beauty.
Amazon River Grand Adventure
This 28-day, Princess Cruises round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is without a doubt the grandest South American cruise itinerary available. It weaves in and out of the Caribbean, stopping off in St. Maarten, St. Lucia and Tobago, before heading south to Brazil and the Amazon River.
This fascinating tour also gives you the chance to explore ‘Devil’s Island’, the infamous former prison on French Guinea’s Isle Royale. For fans of the acclaimed non-fiction ‘Papillion’, this cruise offers an incredible look at the prison island where the book is set.
Starting from Argentina’s bustling capital, Buenos Aires, this unique Celebrity Cruises itinerary takes you along the shores of Argentina, Chile and, eventually, Antarctica. You’ll cruise along Paradise Bay, through the stunning Gerlache Strait and past the remote Elephant Island.
As you sail away from the Earth’s southernmost continent back toward Brazil, you’ll stop off in Port Stanley, the historic and scenic capital of the Falkland Islands.
So, what are you waiting for?