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South America’s size lends itself to a whole host of cruising opportunities: a short blast around the Horn, an intimate adventure to visit the Indigenous communities of the Amazon — or the chance to step foot on Antarctica.
Surrounded by two oceans — the Atlantic and Pacific — and topped by the Caribbean Sea, it comes as no surprise that a cruise is one of the best ways to get the most out of everything this diverse continent has to offer.
Multigenerational families, adventurous solo travelers, long-term voyagers and those who prefer the finer things in life will all find something to suit them on a cruise to South America.
We’ve taken the time to siphon out the best cruise liners heading to South America this year so you don’t have to. We used our own first-hand experiences, as well as the opinions of travel blogs, online reviews and travel websites, to bring you the most up-to-date information.
With so much to see on this vast continent, cruises with well-curated and carefully chosen itineraries came top of our list. Afterward, we checked out the full range of facilities offered such as cabins, restaurants and daily entertainment, and assessed the quality and range of shore excursions. Finally, we made sure the price point reflected the quality of what was on offer so you can be sure you’re getting the best value.
Summer in South America falls during our colder months, making it the perfect destination to escape those winter blues. The cruising season begins around late November and continues until early May. There’s no need to worry about peak season and overcrowding, the continent is so big that you’ll rarely see another cruise ship docking in the same port as you.
Do remember, that South America is vast, and while this is generally the best season to cruise for the best overall weather conditions, you might find temperatures in the south to be a little cooler, and there may even still be some snow on the mountains.
Shore excursions around South America attract those in search of isolated natural beauty, wildlife encounters, and the odd vibrant city here and there.
Choosing when, where and how to spend your time in South America can be overwhelming. When you’ve decided on what to do, check out these latest deals that can help you to save money on your cruise fare.
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