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South America Cruises

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Photo: marchello74/Shutterstock)

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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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

7 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

2,466 Reviews
Leaving:Rio de Janeiro
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Westerdam
Westerdam
Westerdam

14 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

1,059 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Azamara Quest
Azamara Quest
Azamara Quest

16 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

668 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Azamara
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Aurora
Aurora
Aurora

65 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises
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Royal Caribbean

Celebrity Infinity

13 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Santiago
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Silver Origin

7 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Galapagos
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Volendam

40 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Volendam

74 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Marina

18 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Celebrity Infinity

14 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Infinity

12 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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MSC Orchestra

8 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

370 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Celebrity Infinity

12 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Infinity

14 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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MSC Orchestra

8 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Sapphire Princess

32 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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MSC Orchestra

9 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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MSC Sinfonia

20 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Westerdam

17 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Diamond Princess

14 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Celebrity Infinity

12 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Sapphire Princess

17 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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MSC Seaside

7 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Santos
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Celebrity Xploration

7 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

3 Reviews
Leaving:Galapagos
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Xploration

7 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Galapagos
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Silver Dawn

21 Night
Cruise to South AmericaDetails

Leaving:Lima
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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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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