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Cruises to Santos (Sao Paulo)

Santos (Sao Paulo) (Photo:Will Rodrigues/Shutterstock)

About Santos (Sao Paulo)

Santos, the gateway to the Brazilian capital of Sao Paolo, has long been nicknamed "the coffee port." Though no coffee (except for a few show trees) actually grows in Santos, the city is synonymous with the bean and ties its history to the growth of Brazil's coffee trade (military officer Francisco de Melo Palheta brought the first coffee plant to Brazil in 1727).

In the mid- 19th century, coffee production exploded in the countryside around Santos and Sao Paolo, buoyed at first by millions of slaves and then by the end of the century by European immigrant workers. For 150 years, Brazil has been the world's largest coffee producer (arabica and robusta are the dominant varieties) growing about a third of the world's crop.

Santos is the busiest port in Latin America, shipping 25 percent of the country's exports. Home to 400,000 residents, Santos welcomes more than four million visitors per year, with 1.3 million of those arriving by cruise ship.

Visitors find wide, tree-lined boulevards and the longest beach garden in the world. Santos is also synonymous with soccer great Pele, and the stadium where he played is one of the city's noteworthy attractions. Santos also holds a world record for the tallest cemetery.

The city enjoys a tropical rain forest climate with warm temperatures throughout the year, though the summer months (December to March) draw the most visitors.

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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

7 Night
Cruise to Santos (Sao Paulo)Details

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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 12, 2023
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Seven Seas Splendor (Photo: Regent Seven Seas)

67 Night
Cruise to Santos (Sao Paulo)Details

15 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Dec 4, 2023
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Seven Seas Mariner (Photo: Regent)

10 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Dec 10, 2022
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Volendam

74 Night
Cruise to Santos (Sao Paulo)Details

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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7 Night
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Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 11, 2022
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31 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Dec 18, 2022
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18 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jul 16, 2022
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24 Night
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Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Aug 3, 2022
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20 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 20, 2022
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13 Night
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Leaving:Santos
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Apr 3, 2023
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25 Night
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Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jul 29, 2023
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27 Night
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 6, 2022
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15 Night
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Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 18, 2022
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25 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 7, 2023
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9 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Apr 4, 2023
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Why go to Santos (Sao Paulo)?

Pros:

Visit the Coffee Museum and try a Brazilian cappuccino in the onsite cafe

Cons:

Beware of pickpockets

Bottom Line:

Explore museums and hit the beach in Latin America's largest port city

Santos (Sao Paulo) Cruise Port Facilities?

The full-service terminal offers several cafes and snack bars, stores, tour desks, currency exchange, Internet access and ATM's.A statue of Our Lady of Fatima, elected by the harbor workers as their patron saint, sits at the entrance to the port. While the "Old Town" of Santos is within walking distance of the port and has been "revitalized," visitors should still exercise caution.

Good to Know?

Don't wear flashy jewelry. Pickpockets in the area have been known to rip necklaces, bracelets and rings off tourists.

Getting Around?

By Shuttle: Many of the cruise lines offer shuttle buses into town, stopping at a central location like the Praiamar Shopping Center.

By Taxi: Taxis line up outside the cruise terminal. They are metered and can take you on the 10-minute drive into the center of town or further afield. If you're interested in taking a taxi to Sao Paolo, be sure to negotiate a price first; about $200 roundtrip is the going rate.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The local currency is the Brazilian real. Many shopkeepers and taxi drivers take U.S. dollars. There is a currency exchange in the main cruise terminal as well as several ATM's near gate L. Check xe.com and oanda.com for current exchange rates.

Language?

Portuguese is the national language of Brazil and is spoken in Santos. Some locals, who work directly with tourists, speak English.

Where You're Docked?

The port of Santos covers 8.7 miles, though the cruise operations are concentrated in the Concais Terminal. In the high season, there can be a half-dozen or more ships in port, and generally it is necessary to take a shuttle bus from shipside to the cruise terminal.


Santos (Sao Paulo) Cruise Reviews
We booked with cruise line. The tour was about 4 hours and we visited a few highlighted places of Santos, and went up to the summit to have a great view of the city. It is about 4 hours long which is very nice. Read More
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Findingflow
Not a very attractive port and a long way from São Paulo. We had a little walk around but not too much to see.Read More
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croninkay
Did the tourist tram and pele museum which were cheap but the old town doesn't have much to see.Read More
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teamflames
Best part was the coffee museumRead More
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