If you’re into tropical beaches, Portuguese culture, art, and architecture, then Salvador is the ideal starting point for your next South America cruise! This lively city is filled with Afro-Brazilian culinary, musical, and literary traditions, all wrapped up in a culturally diverse country! You can discover local markets, beautiful beaches, historic churches, interesting museums, a few ruins for the history-lover, and a few hiking activities for the nature enthusiast. Don't miss out on the mouthwatering local cuisine while you’re in town! With so many incredible things to do, see, and experience, you might consider spending some additional time in Salvador before or after your cruise.
There are two excellent cruise lines that currently feature cruises from Salvador. Costa Cruises features a few South America itineraries onboard their midsized ocean liner, Costa Fascinosa. MSC Cruises also does a few South America itineraries beginning in Salvador on their feature-filled ships, MSC Grandiosa, MSC Preziosa, and MSC Seaview. Depending on which cruise line you book with, voyages range in length from as little as 2- to as many as 18-nights! A great time to visit Salvador for ideal weather is between July and September.
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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).
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 Salvador, along with a brief description:
♦ Lacerda Elevator
One of the most popular and exciting attractions in Salvador is Lacerda Elevator, an urban elevator connecting the lower and upper city. This 236-foot tall elevator features two art deco-style towers, and four lifts that can accommodate up to 27 people. Though a ride up only takes 30 seconds, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the bay and surrounding area, especially during the sunset!
♦ Model Market
If you’re looking to visit a historic market in Salvador, look no further than Model Market. This is where you can go to primarily purchase local pieces of art, though you will also find items such as jewelry, handicrafts, and other souvenirs. There are also a few stalls selling local food and beverages, making it easy for you to try some local cuisine. Plus, it’s located close to the bay and Lacerda Elevator, so you can also spend some time by the water and enjoy the great scenery.
♦ Basilica of Senhor do Bonfim
Of all the Catholic churches in Salvador, the Basilica do Senhor do Bonfim is among the most famous. This 18th century church consists of brick and stone with a Rococo-style façade and two bell towers. The church’s interior consists of a Neoclassical-style altar, wooden ceiling painted with a mural, and a few rooms that showcase the artwork of Jose Teofilo de Jesus. Outside of the church, you may come across street vendors selling Fita do Senhor do Bonfim, a popular souvenir bracelet printed with the phrase “Remembrance of the Lord of Bonfim of Bahia.”
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