Destination: South America

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Intent on satisfying cruise lovers eager for new destinations, cruise lines are adding more South America itineraries all the time. (Carnival will offer its first cruises on the continent next January, while Royal Caribbean will significantly expand its South American presence late this year.) Most ships sail between December and April, which is summer on the continent.

Here are South American itineraries planned by major cruise lines through April. Rates are per person, based on double occupancy, and do not include port fees, taxes or airfares to and from ports. For more information on other lines with South American itineraries, visit the "Plan Your Cruise" section of the Cruise Lines International Association Web site at http://www.cruising.org.

CELEBRITY -- The Infinity has a 14-night cruise from Valparaiso, Chile (a port town close to Santiago) to Buenos Aires via Uruguay and Cape Horn on March 1 ($899) and a 14-night cruise from Valparaiso to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., via Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and more on March 30 ($1,149). The Xpedition has seven-night Galapagos Islands cruises from now through the end of April ($2,299).

COSTA -- The Classica has a 10-night cruise to various Brazil destinations Jan. 31 ($1,427), as well as an 11-night Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina cruise Feb. 13 ($1,486). The Victoria has a nine-night cruise from Brazil to Uruguay and Argentina on Jan. 31 ($1,189) and a 22-night cruise to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile on Feb. 18 ($3,059). The Magica has seven-night cruises to various Brazil destinations on Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9 and 16 ($934), as well as a three-night Brazil cruise on Feb. 27 ($339). All cruises leave from Santos, near Sao Paulo.

HOLLAND AMERICA -- The Rotterdam has a 20-day cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Valparaiso via Argentina, Uruguay, the Antarctic Sound and more, on Jan. 27 ($3,599), 16-day cruises from Valparaiso to Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 16 ($2,099) and March 19 ($1,599), and a 16-day cruise in the opposite direction (Rio de Janeiro to Valparaiso) on March 3 ($2,099).

MSC -- The Opera has six- or seven-night Brazil cruises leaving from Santos on Jan. 27 and Feb. 9 and 24 ($1,299), and an eight-night cruise through Brazil and Argentina on Feb. 16 ($1,329).

NORWEGIAN -- The Norwegian Dream has 14-day cruises from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso via Uruguay; Ushuaia, Argentina; and the Chilean fiords on Feb. 3 and March 2 and 30 ($999), as well as 15-night cruises in the opposite direction (Valparaiso to Buenos Aires) on Feb. 17 and March 16 ($799).

ORIENT -- The Marco Polo has a 29-day cruise from Valparaiso to Rio de Janeiro via the Chilean fiords, Uruguay and Argentina on Feb. 3 ($3,799). Shorter segments of this cruise (nine- and 23-day) are also available.

PRINCESS -- The Royal Princess has 14-day cruises from Manaus, Brazil, to Fort Lauderdale that include Amazon River stops on Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 17 and April 14 ($1,369), as well as itineraries going the opposite direction (Fort Lauderdale to Manaus) on Feb. 4 and March 3 and 31 ($2,069). The Star Princess has 12-day cruises from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso via Uruguay, Ushuaia and Cape Horn on Jan. 26, March 6 and 30 ($999), as well as itineraries going the opposite direction (Valparaiso to Buenos Aires) on Feb. 7 and March 18 ($1,057).

REGENT SEVEN SEAS -- The Seven Seas Mariner has a 17-night cruise from Buenos Aires to Manaus via other Brazil stops and Uruguay on Feb. 4 ($8,850), as well as a 12-night cruise from Manaus to Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 21 ($5,995).

ROYAL CARIBBEAN -- Splendour of the Seas has a six-night Brazil-only cruise on Jan. 27 ($999), as well as a 15-night cruise from Santos to Valparaiso via Uruguay, Ushuaia and the Chilean fiords on Feb. 10 ($1,499), a 13-night cruise from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires on Feb. 25 ($1,049), a 13-night Buenos Aires-to-Valparaiso cruise on March 9 ($799) and a 15-night Valparaiso-to-Santos cruise on March 22 ($999).

SEABOURN -- The Seabourn Pride has a 20-day cruise from Buenos Aires to Manaus via Uruguay and various Brazil stops on Feb. 10 ($10,650) and a 16-day cruise from Manaus to Fort Lauderdale on March 1 ($7,585).

SILVERSEA -- The Silver Wind has a 16-day cruise from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires via Uruguay, Ushuaia and Cape Horn on Jan. 22 ($9,175); an eight-day cruise from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 7 ($5,695); and a 15-day cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Barbados ($6,057).

-- S.V.


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