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South America Cruises

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Photo: marchello74/Shutterstock)

About South America Cruises

With a region as varied as South America, it's hard to know where to begin. Amazon River cruises bring you close to the rainforest and the indigenous people who live there. The Galapagos Islands off of Ecuador are a must-do for outdoor lovers; add a trek to Machu Picchu before or after. And finally, a Round-the-Horn cruise takes passengers from Brazil south to the tip of Argentina before exploring the fjords of Chile.

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  • What is the best time to cruise to South America?

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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

7 Night
South America - BrazilDetails

2,505 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 12, 2023
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Marina
Marina

21 Night
South America CruiseDetails

738 Reviews
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Mar 15, 2024
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Insignia
Insignia

22 Night
South America CruiseDetails

210 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 5, 2025
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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

14 Night
South America - Buenos AiresDetails

2,505 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Azamara Club Cruises

14 Night
South America CruiseDetails

988 Reviews
Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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32 Night
South America CruiseDetails

988 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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18 Night
South America CruiseDetails

988 Reviews
Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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16 Night
South America CruiseDetails

309 Reviews
Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Feb 17, 2023
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24 Night
South America CruiseDetails

738 Reviews
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 21, 2024
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73 Night
Grand South America & Antarctica VoyageDetails

535 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 7, 2023
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Cruise Critic Favorite

16 Night
South America Repo CruiseDetails

1,883 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Dec 7, 2023
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14 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

1,598 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Feb 25, 2023
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14 Night
14 Nt Patagonia & Argentina HolidayDetails

1,883 Reviews
Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Dec 23, 2023
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40 Night
Grand South America & Antarctica VoyageDetails

535 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 7, 2023
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10 Night
South America - Buenos AiresDetails

2,505 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 31, 2024
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More about South America

What is the best time to cruise to South America?

Most South America cruises run from November through early May. Since the seasons are opposite of the U.S., this is essentially summer in South America.

Which cruise lines go to South America?

South America is a huge continent encompassing many different regions, so cruise line presence will vary depending on where you intend to cruise. Holland America, Celebrity and Princess Cruises are among the mainstream cruise lines with offerings throughout the region, luxury lines like Oceania and Crystal frequent South American ports and expedition lines like Hapag-Lloyd and Lindblad can take you further south.

What are some things to do in South America?

Depending on your itinerary, you can do a tremendous amount in South America, from cruising the Amazon River or exploring the Galapagos to climbing up to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro or visiting Machu Picchu. For more: South America Cruise Tips.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to South America?

Yes, passports are required for South America cruises.

What should I pack for a cruise to South America?

What you pack will vary greatly depending on where and when you visit South America. Check the local weather and pack for any possible conditions. Some locations, like Machu Picchu in Peru, are at a very high altitude; to avoid altitude sickness be sure to hydrate (maybe pack a reusable water bottle) and follow local recommendations.

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