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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.

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

  • Which cruise lines go to South America?

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Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Eclipse

12 Night
Patagonia & Argentina CruiseDetails

1,861 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Sapphire Princess
Sapphire Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

18 Night
South America CruiseDetails

976 Reviews
Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Celebrity Infinity
Celebrity Infinity (Photo: Celebrity)

12 Night
Patagonia & Argentina CruiseDetails

1,577 Reviews
Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Infinity
Celebrity Infinity (Photo: Celebrity)

14 Night
Ft Lauderdale To Rio De JaneiroDetails

1,577 Reviews
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Nov 28, 2022
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Virgin Voyages

14 Night
South America - SantiagoDetails

2,480 Reviews
Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 1, 2023
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16 Night
Central & South America VoyageDetails

11 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jan 27, 2023
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14 Night
South America - Buenos AiresDetails

2,480 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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32 Night
South America CruiseDetails

976 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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24 Night
South America CruiseDetails

204 Reviews
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 15, 2023
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15 Night
South America CruiseDetails

720 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Dec 3, 2023
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17 Night
South America CruiseDetails

976 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Dec 2, 2022
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17 Night
Panama Canal & Inca DiscoveryDetails

1,029 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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12 Night
Argentina & Patagonia HolidayDetails

1,577 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Dec 21, 2022
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14 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

1,577 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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31 Night
South America Inca & Panama Canal DiscoveryDetails

1,029 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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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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