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About South America Cruises

Choosing the best time for South America cruises depends on what you are hoping to find. For example, in June, the Galapagos Islands offer cool, dry weather, but at that same time, the Amazon basin is around 90ºF, while snow and ice makes southern Patagonia impassable. This drastic variation in climate means that there is no offseason in South America as a whole, though as a general rule, the summer season is when you will find the continent most hospitable.

The most popular months to visit South America are during the height of summer, which is roughly from December to March, and many tourist destinations will be packed. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil are particularly busy, and the world famous Rio de Janeiro carnival in February sees millions of visitors arriving in the city from across the globe.

In the southern part of the continent, the least expensive months to visit are between September to December and between March and June, when the weather is generally colder and there are fewer tourists. You should be prepared to pay higher prices if you want to visit during the peak season months, particularly in major cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.

There are a number of major international ports in South America, including Buenos Aires in Argentina, Montevideo in Uruguay and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. On the west coast, Lima in Peru is also a major port, along with Punta Arenas, the gateway to Chilean Patagonia.

South America cruises offer plentiful opportunity for shore excursions. In Argentina, visitors can enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires - the Paris of South America - visit an authentic horse ranch or go kayaking with sea lions. In Brazil, cruise passengers can take in the nightlife of Rio de Janeiro or the grandeur of Sugar Loaf mountain, and on the west coast, visitors can explore the stunning Machalilla National Park in Ecuador or stop to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley.

There are plenty of options for travelers who want to enjoy the cruises to South American. Avalon Waterways offer a fascinating Treasure of Galapagos cruise along the west coast of the continent that takes in Machu Picchu and the Amazon, and intrepid explorers can try the National Geographic Islander Cruise from Lindblad Expeditions, which stops at Sacred Valley, Quito and the Galapagos Islands.

Silversea cruises are an alternative option for holiday-makers with a slightly higher budget, and offer real extravagance on board. These ships, such as the Silver Cloud Expedition, have a slightly smaller capacity, so guests can rest assured they'll receive special treatment and enjoy the perfect luxury cruise experience.

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7.3
Good
MSC Fantasia
Night South America
Wed Feb 27 - Sat Mar 2 (3 nights)
MSC Cruises
Rio de Janeiro Ilha Grande Ilhabela Rio de Janeiro
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Rio de Janeiro
2
Ilha Grande
3
Ilhabela
4
Rio de Janeiro
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8.2
Excellent
Costa Fascinosa
Sun Feb 24 - Sun Mar 3 (7 nights)
Costa Cruises
Buenos Aires Montevideo Ilha do Maia Buzios Cabo Frio Rio de Janeiro
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Buenos Aires
2
Montevideo
5
Ilha do Maia
6
Buzios
7
Cabo Frio
8
Rio de Janeiro
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7.3
Good
MSC Fantasia
Night South America
Sun Feb 24 - Wed Feb 27 (3 nights)
MSC Cruises
Rio de Janeiro Ilha Grande Ilhabela Rio de Janeiro
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Rio de Janeiro
2
Ilha Grande
3
Ilhabela
4
Rio de Janeiro
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6.2
Good
MSC Seaview
Night South America Cruise
Tue Feb 26 - Sat Mar 2 (4 nights)
MSC Cruises
Santos, Brazil AT Sea Buzios, Brazil Ilha Grande, Brazil Santos, Brazil
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Santos, Brazil
2
AT Sea
3
Buzios, Brazil
4
Ilha Grande, Brazil
5
Santos, Brazil
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8.2
Excellent
Costa Fascinosa
Fri Feb 15 - Sun Feb 24 (9 nights)
Costa Cruises
Buenos Aires Ilha do Maia Rio de Janeiro Buzios Ilhabela Montevideo Buenos Aires
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Buenos Aires
4
Ilha do Maia
5
Rio de Janeiro
6
Buzios
7
Ilhabela
9
Montevideo
10
Buenos Aires
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7.7
Good
Costa Favolosa
Sun Feb 24 - Sat Mar 2 (6 nights)
Costa Cruises
Santos Buzios Salvador Ilhabela Santos
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Santos
2
Buzios
4
Salvador
6
Ilhabela
7
Santos
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7.7
Good
Costa Favolosa
Sun Feb 10 - Sat Feb 16 (6 nights)
Costa Cruises
Santos Ilheus Salvador Ilhabela Santos
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Santos
3
Ilheus
4
Salvador
6
Ilhabela
7
Santos
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7.7
Good
Costa Favolosa
Sat Feb 2 - Sun Feb 10 (8 nights)
Costa Cruises
Santos Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Montevideo Santos
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Santos
4
Buenos Aires
5
Buenos Aires
6
Montevideo
9
Santos
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8.2
Excellent
Costa Fascinosa
Sun Feb 24 - Sun Mar 10 (14 nights)
Costa Cruises
Buenos Aires Montevideo Ilha do Maia Buzios Cabo Frio Rio de Janeiro Ubatuba Ilhabela Ilhabela Punta Del Este Buenos Aires
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Buenos Aires
2
Montevideo
5
Ilha do Maia
6
Buzios
7
Cabo Frio
8
Rio de Janeiro
9
Ubatuba
10
Ilhabela
11
Ilhabela
14
Punta Del Este
15
Buenos Aires
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8.1
Excellent
Costa Fascinosa
Wed Feb 6 - Fri Feb 15 (9 nights)
Costa Cruises
Buenos Aires Ilha Grande Rio de Janeiro Buzios Ilhabela Montevideo Buenos Aires
DAY DESTINATIONS
1
Buenos Aires
4
Ilha Grande
5
Rio de Janeiro
6
Buzios
7
Ilhabela
9
Montevideo
10
Buenos Aires
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