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SOUTH AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

Rainforest, Rivers and Ancient Ruins


From the lush jungles of the Amazon to the swaying palms of the Caribbean, the cruising options to this region are impressive and plentiful. 

South America is a diverse continent showcasing natural beauty, delicious cuisine, lively culture and endless fun. Combining land, sea and river cruise packages will enable you to visit key cities and sights. These include the stunning UNESCO World Heritage listed Iguazu Falls in Argentina, the magical Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the mysterious Nazca Lines of Peru and the biodiverse wonderland that is the Amazon River, to name a few.

The landscape changes dramatically further south where you can explore the Chilean Fjords with its snow-capped volcanoes and the vast Atacama Desert.

Larger cruise lines stop in various ports around South America, while companies like Avalon waterways offer small ship cruises up the Amazon River through the heart of Peru.

The Galapagos Islands is much like a living museum of natural history, home to an abundance of fascinating animal life that is virtually untouched by humans. Snorkel with sea lions,  hike along lava tunnels and learn about protected species, migration and breeding patterns.

Economy and luxury cruise options abound for The Galapagos – with Silversea offering 63 itinerary options alone! The most difficult part is trying to decide which other countries you might like to add on while you’re there.

Patagonia is home to stunning fjords & glaciers – a highlight on many South American itineraries.

The Caribbean is offers over 7000 islands, reefs and cays to explore. Be as relaxed or adventurous as you please – search for sea turtles in the tranquil waters off Barbados, explore a coffee plantation in Jamaica, soak up the sun at a private cay, dance to your own beat in Cuba and explore colorful towns rich in culture and cuisine across The Caribbean.

The Bahamas is a popular tropical cruise destination where the temperature is warm and the cocktails are cold. Adventure and watersports abound. Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay can be found here.

Bermuda is home to 350 islands with magnificent beaches, world-class golf courses, quaint buildings and great food. Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Bermuda “Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic” 18 times since 1994.

The Panama Canal is a man made 48-mile (77 km) waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean – a stunning short cut between oceans.

Mexico offers a fiesta of flavours, sights and sounds. Think soft sandy beaches, rum, music and dancing. In a place where family and food is culturally important, you will find yourself sampling the fresh flavours of handmade tortillas and salsas, all served with a smile by friendly locals.

Stop by Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Costa Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Catalina Island and more. Combine your cruise with a stay in an all-inclusive hotel for the ultimate Mexican holiday. Princess Cruises Norwegian Cruise Lines offer some great itineraries along the Mexican Riviera. We love the offering by Disney Cruises and Royal Caribbean in island areas.

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