South America Cruises

Travelers in search of awe-inspiring mountain peaks, stunning natural beauty, colorful cosmopolitan cities, and centuries’ worth of history and culture might believe they’d need to take several different trips to see it all. They’d surely be surprised, then, to find that they could experience all of this and more on a Crystal Cruise to South America. When you book a Crystal Cruise to South America, you’ll enjoy one of the most incredible trips imaginable. From cruising along the Amazon River to exploring the ruins of ancient cultures, there is something for everyone on a South American cruise. The only way to improve on the magical journey is to experience it from the pinnacle of comfort and convenience, aboard one of Crystal’s world-class luxury cruise ships.

Crystal Serenity & Symphony

Depending on which cruise you’ve selected, your Crystal Cruise to South America will take you on board the Crystal Serenity or Crystal Symphony. The Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, with amenities that include grand lounges, full-service fitness facilities, and a Feng Shui inspired spa for each of its 940 guests to enjoy. The Crystal Serenity is the newest addition to the fleet and raises the already lofty standards of Crystal Cruises to even greater heights. With an expanded space-to-guest ratio and elegantly appointed staterooms, each room has an unobstructed view of the ocean and surrounding land.

Things to Do in South America

Because South America is a massive continent which spans thousands of miles, there are certainly more opportunities for adventure than a cruiser could hope to experience in a single trip. There are generally two primary South American cruises: the Round-the-Horn voyage and the Amazon River cruise. Cruisers interested in taking the historically significant trip to Cape Horn will have the opportunity to see the glorious Chilean fjords, as well as Patagonia. Seeing Patagonia, with its colonies of penguins, killer whales, and glaciers is widely described as a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s a must-see for anyone interested in natural beauty.

The other primary cruising destination in South America is the Amazon River. Considered one of the world’s greatest trips, cruising the Amazon River is another truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Experience the natural beauty of the jungle with all of the exotic wildlife that call it home. On a cruise through the Amazon, there are countless opportunities for adventure. For example, you can take a canoe ride and experience the jungle up close, or perhaps you’ll take a tour that’ll expose you to an impressive range of exotic animals. Amazon River cruises will also typically visit the cities of Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro, making it the perfect option for cruisers that also want to visit some of South America’s largest cities.

South America Cruise Tips

There are several important things to consider when traveling to South America. For all cruisers, it’s important to plan for the weather conditions you’re likely to experience. Remember that in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. As a result, the cruising season will go from November through May. On Amazon River cruises, it rains almost year round, so it’ll be imperative to bring plenty of water resistant clothing and shoes that won’t slip on wet surfaces. For cruisers traveling around Cape Horn, the weather in areas further south can be significantly cooler.

Another consideration for Round-the-Horn travelers is rough seas, so bringing some motion sickness medication as a contingency is generally a good idea. Finally, cruisers whose itineraries stop in Rio de Janeiro and other destinations along Brazil’s East Coast, should be extremely wary of the crime rate. It’s best to stick with a group or go on scheduled tours to prevent falling victim to petty theft and other types of crime. 

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