South & Central America Cruises

Discover vibrant colour from coast to coast on one of our South and Central America cruises; from the golden deserts of Chile to the emerald green rainforests of Brazil.

WHY CRUISE IN SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA?

Discover incredible destinations in Southern & Central America.

The diversity of the landscapes we cover on our South and Central America cruises will take you on an unforgettable journey. You can explore the hazy volcanic peaks of Costa Rica and the coffee plantations of Colombia, before moving onto the thrilling cityscapes of Brazil and the Mayan ruins in Mexico.

In Chile, you can feast on succulent olives in Arica at the world-famous olive oil production farm, and browse the Asoagro Market to find fresh, sun-ripened fruit and vegetables. If you’re looking for an adrenaline fix, you can ski in Punta Arenas while gazing out to sea.

In Argentina, discover the “Paris of South America” – Buenos Aires. Take in the atmosphere at the world’s oldest barrio, San Telmo, and admire the grand 19th-century buildings in the Plaza de Mayo.

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SOUTH AMERICA CRUISES

South & Central America Cruise Highlights

Culture

From vibrant cityscapes to ancient civilisations and latin roots, on a South America cruise fall for the charms of this entrancing continent. Dance and music are deep rooted within South American culture. Find your rhythm in Rio de Janiro where you can learn to Samba and discover the creativity that goes into curating the incredible costumes and floats for the Rio Carnival. Overlooking the city, here is where you’ll also find the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Uncover the mystery of the Inca empire at Machu Picchu. Set high on the slopes of the Andes, we offer multi-days adventures to this historic site. In Buenos Aires meander around the colourful La Boca area, famous for the tango and passion for football.

Natural Wonders

South America is host to some of the world’s most captivating scenery. A land of soaring mountains, deserts, misty cloud forests and glaciers set the scene for incredible adventures. Experience the full force of Iguazu fall’s famous 300 cascades in Argentina, whilst from Chile you can venture into the Atacama Desert. Take in the unspoilt beauty of the Tierra del Fuego national park in Ushuaia, located right at the tip of the continent it’s known as ‘the end of the world’. Hike or canoe alongside its expansive lakes and spot native wildlife on the way. Not forgetting South America’s coastlines which are fringed with white sandy shores. In Rio de Janiro sip on a coconut at Copacabana beach.

Cusine

With a melting pot of flavours and culinary traditions, South America is a foodie’s paradise - each country offering its own twist. Famed for its grassed fed beef, steak reins supreme in Argentina which goes down well with a fine glass of Malbec, whilst in Lima you’ll find an exciting fine dining scene. Citrus infused ceviche is popular across the continent as well as street food favourite - Empanadas. Once you’ve worked up a thirst, in Uruguay you can take a beautiful journey into the countryside to learn the art of wine making or in Peru try a classic Pisco Sour cocktail. For those with a sweet tooth, savour the taste of Alfajores - a popular South American cookie sandwich filled with creamy Dulce de Leche.

 

 

Wildlife

Thanks to its dramatic and varied landscape, on a South American cruise you can enjoy incredible encounters with wildlife, whichever country you visit. Discover native South American animals such as the vibrant toco toucan and lion tamarins. From Ushuaia, take a scenic catamaran tour of Beagle Channel over to Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lion Island) and don’t miss the colony of Magellanic penguins near Gable Island. Inland trek into the Brazilian rainforest, a richly bio-diverse region. Here you can spot three toed sloths, jaguars and spider monkeys to name just a few of the fascinating species that call the rainforest home.  

South & Central America Destinations

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA COUNTRIES

  • Brazil

    Brazil’s appeal is far and wide. Attractions extend from captivating city metropolises, colonial towns and awe inspiring natural beauty from it’s rainforests to perfect white sand beaches. On a cruise to Brazil we visit the home of the Mardi Gras carnival; Rio de Janiro as well as  Ilhabela, Buzios and Salvador de Bahia.

  • Argentina

    On an Argentina cruise we’ll journey to some of the most remote places on earth such as Ushuaia right at the tip and Puerto Madryn with its quirky Welsh influence. It’s home to the UNESCO Valdes Peninsula and is a well-known spot for whale and dolphin watching. We also visit the vibrant capital of Buenos Aires where there’s plenty of art, history and culture to soak up.

  • Uruguay

    A Uruguay cruise has plenty to offer. The cosmopolitan capital of Montevideo is a well kept secret. Surrounded by wine country, it boasts several UNESCO world heritage sites. Relax on the soft sands of Playa Verde beach or sightsee in the old city. In Punta Del Este, you can visit the La Mano sculpture or visit the unique white stone hillside village of Casapubelo.

  • Peru

    Peru is one of the most popular South American countries to visit. Explore the beautiful colonial center of Lima or the colourful Barranco district, home to fine artists and some of the city’s best coffee shops. On our Peru cruises we also visit Pisco which shares its name which the national beverage. We also run multi-day trips to Machu Picchu on select sailings.

  • Chile

    We visit six ports in Chile, meaning you’ll really get to experience its beautiful diversity. Highlights include the Vicente Perez National Park which can be reached from Puerto Montt, home to the Petrohue rapids and Orsono Volcano. Arts and culture abound in Santiago, and in Arica you can take an Atacama coastal walk. Our cruises to Chile depart from Buenos Aires.

  • Guatemala

    On our Guatemala cruises we stop at port of Puerto Quetzal, a gateway to the historic city of Antigua, about 1h 30 mins away by road. Known for its colourful Spanish colonial buildings and surrounded by volcanoes the scenery is beautiful and Unique. In Guatemala you can also venture into the rainforest, or visit the Tikal National Park.

  • Mexico

    We sail along both the eastern and western coasts of Mexico with itineraries that visit the Mexican riviera, the Yucatan Peninsula and Caribbean Sea. Experience some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world, discover ancient Mayan history, explore underground caves, bustling cities and delicious cuisine. Some of our most popular ports in Cozumel, Costa Maya and Cabo San Lucas.

  • Colombia

    Discover the essence of Latin America with a visit to Cartagena in Colombia. Pastel plazas, cobbled streets, Spanish colonial history dating back to the 16th century and friendly locals make Cartagena the perfect stop for a mix of old and new on one of our Central America cruises.

  • Falkland Islands

    Located off the coast of Argentina, a cruise to the Falkland Islands offers a fascinating blend of war and maritime history, rugged coastal scenery and plenty of opportunities to spot unique wildlife including penguins, birds and seals.

  • Panama

    The Panama canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in Central America. Not only will you sail through this engineering masterpiece, but you’ll discover other tropical destinations along the way steeped in culture, history and natural beauty. From the colourful city of Cartagena, the spectacular beaches of Cabo San Lucas and jungle rainforests.

  • Costa Rica

    Located in Central America between Panama and Nicaragua, Costa Rica is synonymous with surf, sand and sun, not forgetting the exotic rain and cloud forests.

South America Cruise Departure Ports

  • The charismatic capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is famed for its grand architecture, café culture, music, food and of course the Tango. With so much to enjoy in this beautiful city, it’s the ideal destination to start your South America cruise. From Buenos Aires cruise to Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Antarctica.

  • San Antonio lies in the Valparaiso region of Chile and is known as the gateway to the more centrally located city of Santiago. Set In the foot hills of the Andes, enjoy its history and colonial architecture, wine tours and trekking. Our Cruises from Chile will take you to some of South America’s popular destinations, from San Antonio to Buenos Aires on the East coast.

Ships Visiting South & Central America

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South & Central America FAQs

Answering your questions about South & Central America.

Learn more about South and Central America and what you can expect when you cruise with us with these answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Central and South America have it all; from rugged mountains for hiking to idyllic beaches. The hot climate and delectable cuisine don’t hurt, either.

Cruising in these region takes care of all of the potential fiddly planning and logistics for you – every day you'll wake up to an exciting new destination. You'll also have the unique and unforgettable opportunity to sail through the Panama Canal, the body of water which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in South and Central America. Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru is a once in a lifetime experience while exploring the Mayan ruins in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula helps you to become absorbed in the history and culture of the region. And of course, you can't miss Brazil's thrilling and lovably chaotic capital, Rio de Janeiro.

Bring along plenty of shorts and T-shirts to keep you cool in South and Central America’s warm climates. Swimming gear is essential, as is insect repellent. It’s a good idea to also pack some layers to keep you warm in the evenings, and some smarter clothing for dining in the restaurants onboard.

South America straddles five time zones, which range from UTC-5 to UTC-2. The time zones in Central America range from UTC-6 to UTC-5.

Cuisine varies widely between the regions in South and Central America. The street food in Mexico is internationally renowned, with common dishes including spicy tacos, tamales and quesadillas oozing with cheese. In Brazil, you’re likely to find lots of beans and red meat on the menu. A typical dish is Feijoada, a hearty casserole using pork ribs and beans.

South and Central America are generally considered safe places to visit, although guests are encouraged to take care over their belongings and personal safety.

The most commonly spoken languages throughout South and Central America are Spanish and Portuguese. In Spanish, hello is “hola”, and in Portuguese, olá.

WHEN TO VISIT SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA

Best time to visit South & Central America, with Celebrity Cruises.

It's advisable to visit Central America during the dry season, which is generally between January and March. When it comes to South America, the shoulder season is between October and November, when there'll be fewer crowds and great wildlife viewing opportunities. High season is between December and March.

Every year before lent, the biggest carnival in the world takes place – the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Every day, up to two million people fill the streets – expect dazzling parades, opulent costumes and plenty of music and dancing. The highlight of the carnival is the Samba Parade, held in the appropriately named Sambadrome, in which twelve samba schools compete for the championship. Enjoy a South America cruise holiday in 2021

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