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South America Cruises

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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.

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Volendam

40 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

594 Reviews
Leaving:Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Celebrity Infinity

14 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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74 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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22 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

1,095 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Azamara Quest

21 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Azamara Voyages
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Celebrity Infinity

13 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Diamond Princess

31 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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14 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Marina

17 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Marina

18 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Lima
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Le Champlain

10 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Ponant
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Oosterdam

31 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Diamond Princess

18 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Seven Seas Navigator

34 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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MSC Sinfonia

20 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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MSC Orchestra

8 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

381 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Seabourn Venture

10 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Manaus
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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Westerdam

22 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Volendam

34 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Celebrity Infinity

12 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Sapphire Princess

33 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Viking Jupiter

17 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

262 Reviews
Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Marina

12 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Oosterdam

31 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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17 Night
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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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