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You can never go wrong with our 100% custom South America Cruises. From the glaciers in Patagonia to the dense Amazon Rainforest, and the Antarctic tundra to the volcanic archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, much of the most spectacular scenery in South America is best viewed from the water. There is no better idea than a South America Cruise this 2019.

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Explore our best South America Cruises. The beautiful continent of South America is the perfect setting for a magnificent South America Cruise. Choose from a tropical getaway to the Galapagos Islands in the South Pacific Ocean, an exotic adventure along the mighty Amazon River or to the world-famous Falkland Islands, or a spectacular journey through Patagonia and Antarctica. We offer a wide variety of excellent value South American Cruises that will make you fall in love with life on the water.

Our best South American Cruises await! Cruise vacations are some of the best ways to explore South America. We offer a wide variety of cruises to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest, Patagonia, and Antarctica. If you don’t know where to start, browse our cruise itineraries below and choose your favorite cruise line that features a number of ports of call to iconic South America destinations.

For a cruise around the Galapagos Islands, choose between luxury cruise lines such as the M/C Petrel Catamaran, the M/Y Coral or the Galapagos Islands Legend Cruise.  While you are at it, learn all about The Best Galapagos Islands to Visit and explore the 7 Best Islands in South America. Learn about the history of the pristine Galapagos Islands, where Darwin founded his theory of evolution, and where animals do not fear people. Instead, they walk around with the rest of us. There’s no better way to island-hop the Galapagos, than aboard a Galapagos Cruise.

If the Amazon Rainforest is what you’re most interested in, take a look at our popular Amazon Rainforest River Cruises. Hop aboard the Tucano River Cruise in Brazil, the Delfin Amazon Cruise in Peru, or the Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise or Anakonda Cruise in Ecuador. Each of these South American Cruises takes travelers to a different part of the Amazon, showcasing how truly diverse the mighty jungle really is. If you’re looking for a recommendation to start, the Tucano River Cruise is our favorite!

For the adventure seeker, we recommend our Patagonia Cruises. South American Cruises around Cape Horn and other destinations in Patagonia are a comfortable way to take in the incredible scenery of the region. We offer 4-star and 5-star luxury cruises that take guests past Chilean Fjords and towards Ushuaia, also known as “The End of the World,” or all the way across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. We even give guests the option to fly cruise South America, on any of the Australis Cruises. See some of the most spectacular sights in the world from inside the vessel or during exciting shore excursions: massive glaciers, ice fields, and cute penguin colonies.

The best time to cruise South America depends on where you’re going. Take a Galapagos Cruise during the warmer season from December to June. However, the time of the year does affect the type of wildlife you will see. Embark on an Amazon River Cruise when the water level is the highest during the rainy season, January to June. Combine a Patagonia and Antarctica Cruise during the summer months from late October to late March.

For more information on how to plan your South America Cruise, contact us today and any of our Expert Travel Consultants would be happy to help. Seamlessly combine a land-based tour package with all the highlights that South America has to offer. Don’t just visit South America, cruise South America.

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Thinking about a South America cruise? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests.

What is the best time to cruise South America?

This depends on which part of the continent you wish to cruise. The main destinations for cruises in South America are the Galapagos Islands, River Amazon and Patagonia.

The main attraction of a Galapagos cruise is the wildlife. At all times of year there is a lot of wildlife present and a different species will be breeding or nesting – so from that side, there is no one time better than another. One consideration is the weather – temperatures are highest and there is most rainfall from around December to March. This is also the time with the calmest seas and warmest water. June to September is a cooler and drier time of year though it is windier and the seas are rougher, something which travelers who suffer seasickness should keep in mind.

For the Amazon River cruises, there are two distinct seasons – the high water and the low water season. In general the best time for an Amazon cruise is during the high water season which is from around December to May. At this time ships can travel up smaller and more remote channels of the river.

Patagonia cruises mostly run only from around October to April avoiding winter. Day length is greatest in December and January and this is also usually when some of the best weather can be expected though it is changeable all year.

What is the cheapest month to go on a cruise?

Generally this is the opposite of the best time to take a cruise! See the question above. In the Galapagos, there is not much variation in price, though in September and October some ships go into dry dock and special offers may be a little more common in these months than others. Christmas and New Year tend to be the most expensive time of year on most cruises, however this is a good time for all cruises in South America, so don’t rule it out. In Patagonia, it is usually cheaper to take a cruise at the start or end of the season and the weather is not necessarily worse in these months – so this is definitely worth considering. There is little difference in price on Amazon cruises between the high and low water seasons.
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