(South America Cruises)
Brighten up those late autumn days with a sun-filled 16-night cruise getaway from Miami to Rio de Janeiro. Relax in luxury as you transition south across the Atlantic Ocean, passing through the Caribbean as you make a stop in Barbados, followed by a stop at the secluded Devil's Island in French Guiana, with relics of its penal colony past. From there, it's pure Brazilian bliss. Explore the magnificent beaches of six different Brazilian coastal cities, including Fortaleza, Natal, and Salvador, with an incredible conclusion to your voyage as you disembark in the vibrant megacity Rio de Janeiro.
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Discover the cosmopolitan beauty of Miami along Florida's fabled Gold Coast. Stroll through carefully preserved Art Deco neighborhoods and witness the trendy lifestyle that is South Beach. Enjoy open-air shopping in the Bayside Marketplace and shop for a bite to eat in Coconut Grove, with its harborside cafes and quaint, artistic settings.
The 50,000-ton, 940-guest Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious and luxurious cruise ships at sea. On-board amenities include grand lounges, a full-service fitness facility, a Caesars Palace at Sea Casino, a lavish spa, expansive decks, two pools, award-winning cuisine and entertainment, in addition to exquisitely-appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandas.
A day spent at sea, relaxingly lounging with a drink in hand, or making use of the ship's facilities.
The city of Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. The Bridgetown Port (or "Deep Water Harbour" as its also known) is the major port of entry for cruises that sail all over the Caribbean. The present day location of the city was established by English settlers in 1628 following a prior settlement at St. James Town. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and in 2011, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison were added as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
The most notorious of the three Salvation Islands, Devil's Island functioned for generations as a French penal colony. Once known as the "Dry Guillotine" because so many prisoners died there, the island today seems haunted by the spirits of former prisoners. Henri Charriere, better known as "Papillon," claimed to be the only prisoner ever to escape the Island.
Gateway to the mysterious world of the Amazon, the 371-year-old city of Our Lady of Bethlehem (now shortened to Belem) bears all the gifts of the jungle. Vendors in dug-out canoes bring tropical fish, fruit, Amazonian handicrafts and religious artifacts to Ver-O-Peso, Brazil's largest outdoor market. See the 18th century Baroque Merces Church, one of Belem's many beautiful churches.
With more than half a century of activities, the Harbor of Fortaleza, also known as Harbor of Mucuripe, is one of the most important and strategic maritime terminals of the country. Its privileged location (on the bay of Mucuripe, in Fortaleza, Ceará), keeps it near the North American and European markets, allowing it to meet the demand of navigation companies with regular lines with destiny to harbors of the United States, Canada, Central America, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa and countries from the Mercosul, as well as itineraries to other Brazilian harbors through cabotage navigation.
The Port of Salvador is Brazil’s third largest city and the main port and capital of the State of Bahia in northeastern Brazil. Lying at the tip of a peninsula separating Todos os Santos Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, the Port of Salvador is about 1200 kilometers southwest of Rio de Janeiro. It was the first capital of Portugal’s Brazilian colony, and it is one of the oldest cities in the country.
Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, and balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival.
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