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South America Cruise Ships

While not as popular as cruises around the Caribbean further to the north, there is still great demand for voyages around South America – and the majority of luxury cruise lines tend to devote one or two ships to cruises around the continent.

Azamara Club Cruises

Cruises around South America with Azamara take place on the Journey, and tend to sail from Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Destinations include Montevideo and Punta del Este, as well as more secluded areas including Cape Horn, Ushuaia and Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.

Crystal Cruises

Both of Crystal's ships offer tours of South America, with a wide variety of sailings that take in beautiful destinations like Fortaleza, Buzios, Punta Arenas and Lima. You could take an 11-night cruise of South America's eastern coast in March 2017, with bookings available now – or visit South American ports on a much longer world tour sailing round-trip from Miami.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania's South American itineraries take place on the Regatta and the Marina, as well as the Insignia. While the Regatta offers comprehensive voyages around South America, the Insignia and Marina tend to range much wider on their itineraries – from as far afield as Tahiti and Southampton – on extended voyages of a month or more.

Regent Seven Seas

The Seven Seas Mariner handles the vast majority of sailings around South America, although the Navigator also heads to ports Brazil as part of its Caribbean itineraries. Depending on your voyage, a cruise aboard the Mariner could focus on South American ports only, or include them as part of a larger crossing between South America and the Mediterranean.


South American voyages with Seabourn all take place aboard the Seabourn Quest, with more of a focus on cruises around Argentina and Brazil. However some voyages also continue on to Chile, while others sail on to the Caribbean or Madeira and Barcelona.

Silversea Cruises

The majority of Silversea's South American voyages take place on the Silver Galapagos, with frequent 7-night itineraries available along the western coast. Cruises are also available aboard the Whisper, the Cloud and the Shadow, if you'd prefer to see Brazil and Argentina or include South America as part of a longer voyage.

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Emma Taylor

There's so much choice when it comes to luxury cruises in South America. You could explore the coast of Brazil, discover the ancient wonders of Peru, or head south to Argentina and Chile to marvel at the beauty of Patagonia.

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