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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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Oosterdam
Oosterdam

22 Night
South America & Antarctica HolidayDetails

1,022 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 20, 2022
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Sapphire Princess
Sapphire Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

32 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 5, 2023
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Marina
Marina

12 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Feb 14, 2022
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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

6 Night
South America - Brazil Details

2,464 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 13, 2022
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17 Night
Panama Canal & Inca DiscoveryDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 19, 2022
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12 Night
Patagonia & Argentina CruiseDetails

Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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14 Night
South America - Santiago Details

Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 1, 2023
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12 Night
Argentina & Patagonia HolidayDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Dec 21, 2022
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18 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 19, 2023
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14 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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22 Night
South America & AntarcticaDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 11, 2023
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14 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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26 Night
South America CruiseDetails

371 Reviews
Leaving:Montevideo
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 22, 2022
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14 Night
South America PassageDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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14 Night
South America - Buenos Aires Details

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 18, 2022
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10 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Montevideo
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Dec 25, 2021
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33 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Dec 2, 2022
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16 Night
Southern QuestDetails

668 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jan 7, 2022
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20 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Lima
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Dec 19, 2021
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28 Night
Amazon ExplorerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 19, 2022
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7 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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8 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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12 Night
Argentina & Patagonia CruiseDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Mar 11, 2023
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25 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Nov 15, 2022
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7 Night
South America - Brazil Details

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 12, 2023
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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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