Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Rio Carnival & River Plate Adults Only Cruise ex Southampton Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 23 Jan 2018
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Cruise Description

46 Night Adults Only Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Experience South America at its finest and discover sun, sea, sand and samba on this cruise adventure of a lifetime. Discover tropical paradises, sprawling metropolises, glamourous resorts, and be part of a spectacular celebration in one of the most iconic cities on earth.

Your holiday begins at a leisurely pace, taking in the vibrant flora and spectacular volcanic scenery of Madeira, Tenerife and Cape Verde before embarking on a relaxing transatlantic crossing to beautiful Brazil. Find paradise at Fortaleza’s Jericoacoara beach, and in Maceió, which boasts glorious white-sand beaches and incredible coral reefs; then call into Rio during the annual carnival for a compelling cultural experience. Immerse yourself in the euphoric atmosphere of this world-famous celebration, where brightly decorated floats and locals dressed in flamboyant costumes move through the city to the sound of entrancing Samba beats. Plus, with a 3-night stay in Rio, there’s time to discover iconic landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach too.

In Uruguay, marvel at some of the country’s finest architectural wonders – such as the Palacio Salvo and Metropolitan Cathedral – in Montevideo’s historic Ciudad Vieja district; and soak up the sunshine in the glamourous resort of Punta del Este, a popular destination with the rich and famous. In between these calls you’ll enjoy an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, allowing extra time to discover the seductive Argentinian capital’s multitude of historic monuments; enjoy a traditional tango dancing performance; and even take a tour to the mighty Iguazu Falls. Back in Brazil, the superb museums and galleries, historic churches and soaring skyscrapers of Sao Paulo await discovery on a tour from Santos; while in Salvador you could explore the UNESCO-listed historic heart of the city before setting sail across the Atlantic once again. En route back to Southampton, you’ll call into Cape Verde, Lanzarote and Lisbon for some sunshine and scenery – the perfect end to this incredible voyage.

Highlights of this cruise:

Funchal, Madeira
Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tenerife’s wonderful climate and resorts have been attracting tourism for decades and rightly so. Santa Cruz is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks. A tour to the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical and intriguing Pyramids of Guimar is a must.

Praia, Cape Verde
Loacted in Cape Verde, the volcanic archipelago of ten islands and five islets is a hidden gem. This destination was a Portuguese territory until independence in 1975, and is as unique and unspoilt as its remote location, 400 miles off the west coast of Senegal, would suggest.

One of Brazil’s biggest but least famous cities, Fortaleza has developed into a major tourist centre, with the spectacular beaches becoming a magnet for both Brazilian and international tourists.

Maceio, Brazil
Beautiful Maceio is an archetypal Brazilian coastal city, boasting gorgeous white sand beaches, natural pools and fascinating coral reefs. Rapidly developing, Maceio has long been a popular holiday resort for Brazilians; however it’s becoming increasingly popular with visitors from around the globe who come to enjoy the sunshine and vibrant nightlife.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The city of Carnival and Samba, Copacabana and Ipanema, more than fulfils its romantic promise. Planted between lush, forest-covered mountains and breathtaking beaches, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) has many charms at her disposal, a rich melting pot of cultures.

Montevideo, Uruguay
Stretched along the banks of the beautiful Rio de la Plata, Montevideo – South America’s southernmost capital city – is a truly incredible place to visit. With its stunning natural landscapes to explore, exciting city centre to enjoy and vibrant culture to discover, Uruguay’s fantastic capital caters to all.

Buenos Aires
Stretched out along the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is the first sight of Argentina for many people – and what a sight it is. Enticing and exciting, the city has a complex cultural heritage inspired by a number of European countries. This complexity is mirrored by the diverse architecture, unique urban landscape and boulevards lined with cafes, shops and galleries.

Punta del Este, Uruguay
Punta del Este is a truly glamorous resort with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbour, high rise apartment buildings and luxurious brands. Celebrity spotters can fill their days chasing stars here and most visitors find their way to La Gorlero, the city’s best known avenue for a spot of people-watching and a gentle stroll.

The biggest city in South America, Sao Paulo is also one of its most cosmopolitan. The art and architecture of the city reflect the European, Asian and African influences of the people who live there.

The festival city of Salvador is one of Brazil’s ‘must visit’ cities. Known as Brazil’s ‘Capital of Happiness’, the endless carnivals, parties and celebrations are a joy to behold. The city’s culture and vibrant atmosphere is like no other and the blend of music, dance, food, drink and impressive architecture makes visiting Salvador a truly unforgettable experience.

The Cape Verdes were previously a Portuguese colony and there are many traces of this colonial heritage in Mindelo.

Arrecife, Lanzarote
Arrecife is the gateway to the island of Lanzarote.

Lisbon, Portugal
Spread out over seven hills on the north of the River Tagus, Lisbon is a delightful mix of palaces, art-nouveau cafés, museums, gardens, ancient castles and splendid bridges. Don’t miss a visit to the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian Peninsula!