Many people associate cruises with the Caribbean, and it’s true that a huge percentage of cruise lines and ships visit the Caribbean Islands all through the year, allowing millions of people to enjoy amazing island getaways, relaxing on soft sands and warm waters beneath the shade of tall palm trees, but there are plenty of other amazing cruise destinations to choose from, with the countries of South America standing out as excellent examples.


From the amazing Andes of Peru to the varied landscapes of Chile, the brilliant beaches of Brazil, and the stunning landscapes of other nations like Argentina and Uruguay, there's a lot to be discovered down in South America. Many major cruise lines, including Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Celebrity Cruises, offer varied routes all around the shores of South America. Read on to learn all about a few of the best South America cruises you might like to choose if you’d like to explore this beautiful continent yourself.

- Princess Cruises - 18 Night Brazilian Adventure - Coral Princess

If you're looking for a good South American cruise departing from the United States, this '18 Night Brazilian Adventure' cruise from Princess Cruises is a great option. It's also an excellent value cruise, with some amazing prices available for staterooms. This cruise sets off from the port of Fort Lauderdale in Florida and offers a full exploration of Brazil and neighboring countries like Argentina and Uruguay, making a total of six stops overall. For this cruise, you'll be able to enjoy the features and facilities of the excellent Coral Princess.

A Sun-class cruise ship designed for 2,000 guests and around 900 crew members, the Coral Princess has been ranked as one of the top mid-sized cruise ships in terms of service and facilities, so you're guaranteed to have a great journey when you travel on board this vessel. You'll have a huge range of accommodation options to choose from on board, including balcony rooms, ocean view rooms, suites, and mini-suites, along with restaurants, bars, a casino, kids' club, shops, art gallery, auctions, sport courts, swimming pools, live shows, and more.

This cruise leaves Florida and heads down towards South America, stopping off at Bassette at St Kitts and the French island of Martinique for some Caribbean fun in the sun before arriving on the shores of South America. There, you'll stop off at the wonderful beaches of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil before taking in the nation's vibrant, never-sleeping capital city of Rio de Janeiro. Next, you'll visit two more capital cities: Montevideo and Buenos Aires. In Montevideo, Uruguay, you'll be able to visit key landmarks like the Palacio Salvo and Plaza Independencia, while Buenos Aires, Argentina offers many additional historic and cultural sites to explore and uncover.

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- Princess Cruises - 16 Night Andes & South America - Royal Princess

For another amazing South American cruise you'll never forget, choose the '16 Night Andes & South America' cruise from Princess Cruises. Designed for all kinds of travelers and featuring a long list of amazing stops along the way, this wonderful cruise takes in several countries around South and Central America, with a key focus on the awe-inspiring Andes Mountains.

You'll feel like just like a King or Queen as you step aboard the Royal Princess, one of the best and biggest ships in the Princess Cruises fleet. On board this amazing vessel, you'll find lots of great shops, dining options, bars, lounges, accommodation types, features, activities, and amenities to ensure that you always have something fun to do or see at any time of day or night.

This astonishing South America cruise sets off from Santiago, the capital city of Chile, and makes a total of seven stops along its incredible journey. The first stop will be a Coquimbo in Chile, followed by a trip over the border to Pisco, Peru. There, you can admire the Pisco River and the Tambo Colorado ruins before continuing on to Callao, offering easy access into the nation's capital: Lima. Next, you'll head around to Costa Rica, stopping off at Punta Arenas for some amazing beaches and warm waters, and similar beautiful scenery can be found at the next stop of San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua. The cruise ends with two final stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and San Pedro, California.

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- Norwegian Cruise Line - 14 Night South America Westbound - Norwegian Sun

For a full featured South American adventure, choose the '14 Night South America Westbound' cruise from Norwegian Cruise Line. This two week expedition makes a long list of stops and cruises past some astonishingly beautiful scenery. You'll be speechless and awe-inspired as you move from one port to the next, visiting some of the most beautiful places in South America aboard one of Norwegian's finest vessels.

The Norwegian Sun immediately stands out with its beautiful golden sun painted right on the side. This ship really shows off why Norwegian is such a beloved name in the cruise business, coming fully equipped with an extraordinary range of amazing amenities and features, including over a dozen different dining areas with a wide range of culinary styles from French to Mexican, multiple bars, lounges, dance and music areas, live shows, swimming pools, and much more.

This cruise sets off from Buenos Aires in Argentina and makes a total of eight stops. The first stop is at the Uruguayan capital city of Montevideo, followed up by a trip to Puerto Madryn in Argentina. Next, you'll head off to the wonderful Falkland Islands for a stop off at Port Stanley, followed up by some leisurely cruising through iconic waters around Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel. You'll visit the beautiful beaches and lush vegetation of Ushuaia, Argentina, followed by Punta Arenas in Chile before a trip along the Strait of Magellan and around to Chile for stops at Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Montt, and San Antonio.

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