Situated near the coast of Ecuador, Guayaquil is the country’s largest city and serves as one of the primary cruise ports for South America. When taking a cruise from Guayaquil, you’ll have the option of exploring this wonderful port city. With a great downtown area, a promenade, parks, museums, local markets, and colonial architecture, it won’t be hard to find an enjoyable way to spend your time here. There are plenty of landmarks, monuments, and sights that you definitely don’t want to miss out on experiencing! Also, keep your eyes peeled for iguanas – they like to roam Guayaquil’s parks, and are really fascinating to see up close!
Currently, only a limited selection of cruises include Guayaquil in their itinerary.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Guayaquil, Ecuador. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Guayaquil, Ecuador. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Guayaquil, Ecuador:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Guayaquil, along with a brief description:
♦ Malecon 2000
Malecon 2000 is a 1.5-mile boardwalk that runs along the Guayas River, where you can easily witness some of Guayaquil’s most significant landmarks from. It is also located in close proximity to restaurants, museums, gardens, and even an IMAX theater. If you are spending some time in Guayaquil before or after your cruise, this is a great place for travelers of all ages and tastes to spend time outdoors and take in the fresh South American air. You can easily spend a few hours here exploring everything this area has to offer.
♦ Parque Seminario
Also known as Seminary Park, this is a small urban park located in the middle of Guayaquil where you can roam amongst iguanas, and even purchase small bags of lettuce to feed them with! There is also a small fish and turtle pond where you can check out the local marine life. This park is conveniently located near Malecon 2000, making it an easy stop. There is also a beautiful church located right across the street, as well as some nearby restaurants, easily allowing you to make a day of this fabulous free attraction.
♦ Santay Island
Santay Island is a 2-hectares island where about 56 families live in eco-villages. Visitors can easily access this island by foot, bike, or ferry. The biggest attraction of this island is a crocodile station, where you can safely witness giant crocodiles living in a natural lagoon. It’s also a great place for watching birds and wildlife. There are over 80 bird species that inhabit this area, as well as snakes, iguanas, raccoons, bears, and fish. This island is free to visit and a great way to spend time before or after your cruise from Guayaquil.
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