Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular tropical tourist destinations. There is no better place to experience such a deep sense of history and culture. A wonderful vacation spot, you can partake in many exciting things to do in Rio. Whether you are surfing on the waves at Prainha beach, hiking the lush rainforest trails of Tijuca, or immersing yourself in the city, you will be amazed at all of the opportunities you have for an unforgettable experience here. Many of the city’s attractions are walkable from the cruise port. There are also tons of shopping opportunities for the finest products in designer clothing and leather goods.
The cruise lines that currently offer cruises from Rio de Janeiro include Azamara, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, and Silversea. The best time to take a cruise from Rio de Janeiro is between December and March, when warm weather is abundant.
Azamara offers 8- to 9-night South America cruises from Rio de Janeiro aboard its two beautiful ships Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Quest. Costa Cruises features a handful of 16- to 18-night Transatlantic voyages aboard Costa Fascinosa and Costa Pacifica, with a couple of 8-night South America cruises also onboard Fascinosa. Cunard Line does 19- and 36-night Central America cruises from Rio de Janeiro onboard Queen Victoria, while Holland America Line does a 16-night South America voyage onboard Zaandam. MSC Cruises features a wide range of cruises from Rio de Janeiro, ranging from 3- to 22-nights. Destinations include South America or repositioning. Oceania Cruises travels to the same destinations from here, featuring a couple longer itineraries onboard ships Insignia and Marina.
If a luxury cruise from Rio de Janeiro is what you’re looking for, consider your wish granted! Crystal Cruises will be featuring a 10-night expedition cruise onboard their newest vessel, Crystal Endeavor. Regent Seven Seas offer a bunch of South America cruises (ranging from 10- to 26-nights) and occasionally travels to Northern Europe. Luxury cruise line Seabourn will offer cruises from Rio de Janeiro to South America aboard its new all-suite ship Seabourn Venture. If you are looking for a one-way repositioning cruise from Rio de Janeiro, Silversea offers a bunch onboard Silver Moon and Silver Shadow.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines feature cruises leaving from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Select a cruise line to view upcoming cruises that they're offering from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro, along with a brief description:
♦ Sugarloaf Mountain
For some of the best views in Rio, pay a visit to Sugarloaf Mountain. A spectacular scene awaits you at the top, a panoramic view of Rio’s harbor among the treetops of Tijuca National Park. There’s no need to hike, as a cable car is available to take you to the top (don’t miss the views at sunset). At the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain is a local beach and a picturesque neighborhood where you can spend some time during your trip to the top. This once-in-a-lifetime activity is a must for anyone’s bucket list.
♦ Church Architecture
Take a step back in time downtown as you tour the many gorgeous churches, dating back to the 1600s. Some of the most noteworthy churches located downtown are Convento do Santo Antonio, Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Candelaria, Mosteiro de Sao Bento, and Cathedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro (a more modern church). This is a great way to immerse yourself into Rio de Janeiro history before or after your cruise.
♦ Jardim Botanico
Spend your day wandering the most beautiful botanical gardens in Rio. Located in close proximity to Corcovado Mountain and the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, this is your chance to escape the hustle of the city and retreat into the company of luscious Amazonian and Brazilian rainforest plants. The entrance to this garden is famously known as the Royal Avenue of Palms.”
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