South & Central America Cruises

Discover vibrant colour from coast to coast on one of our South and Central America cruises; from the golden deserts of Chile to the emerald green rainforests of Brazil.

South & Central America Destinations

Our stunning destinations.

South & Central America Ports of Call

WHY CRUISE IN SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA?

Discover incredible destinations in Southern & Central America.

The diversity of the landscapes we cover on our South and Central America cruises will take you on an unforgettable journey. You can explore the hazy volcanic peaks of Costa Rica and the coffee plantations of Colombia, before moving onto the thrilling cityscapes of Brazil and the Mayan ruins in Mexico.

In Chile, you can feast on succulent olives in Arica at the world-famous olive oil production farm, and browse the Asoagro Market to find fresh, sun-ripened fruit and vegetables. If you’re looking for an adrenaline fix, you can ski in Punta Arenas while gazing out to sea.

In Argentina, discover the “Paris of South America” – Buenos Aires. Take in the atmosphere at the world’s oldest barrio, San Telmo, and admire the grand 19th-century buildings in the Plaza de Mayo.

South & Central America FAQs

Answering your questions about South & Central America.

Learn more about South and Central America and what you can expect when you cruise with us with these answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Central and South America have it all; from rugged mountains for hiking to idyllic beaches. The hot climate and delectable cuisine don’t hurt, either.

Cruising in these region takes care of all of the potential fiddly planning and logistics for you – every day you'll wake up to an exciting new destination. You'll also have the unique and unforgettable opportunity to sail through the Panama Canal, the body of water which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in South and Central America. Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru is a once in a lifetime experience while exploring the Mayan ruins in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula helps you to become absorbed in the history and culture of the region. And of course, you can't miss Brazil's thrilling and lovably chaotic capital, Rio de Janeiro.

Bring along plenty of shorts and T-shirts to keep you cool in South and Central America’s warm climates. Swimming gear is essential, as is insect repellent. It’s a good idea to also pack some layers to keep you warm in the evenings, and some smarter clothing for dining in the restaurants onboard.

South America straddles five time zones, which range from UTC-5 to UTC-2. The time zones in Central America range from UTC-6 to UTC-5.

Cuisine varies widely between the regions in South and Central America. The street food in Mexico is internationally renowned, with common dishes including spicy tacos, tamales and quesadillas oozing with cheese. In Brazil, you’re likely to find lots of beans and red meat on the menu. A typical dish is Feijoada, a hearty casserole using pork ribs and beans.

South and Central America are generally considered safe places to visit, although guests are encouraged to take care over their belongings and personal safety.

The most commonly spoken languages throughout South and Central America are Spanish and Portuguese. In Spanish, hello is “hola”, and in Portuguese, olá.

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS

The best of Southern & Central America, handpicked by us.

Discover the incredible vibrancy and diversity of South and Central America and get inspired for your cruise by checking out our gallery of photographic highlights.

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  • Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro.
  • The incredible fjords on the southern coast of Chile.
  • The famous Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Manzanillo, Costa Rica.
  • Colourful houses line the streets of Buenos Aires.
  • Soak up the warm sunshine and bight colours of Cartagena, Colombia.

WHEN TO VISIT SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA

Best time to visit South & Central America, with Celebrity Cruises.

It's advisable to visit Central America during the dry season, which is generally between January and March. When it comes to South America, the shoulder season is between October and November, when there'll be fewer crowds and great wildlife viewing opportunities. High season is between December and March.

Every year before lent, the biggest carnival in the world takes place – the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Every day, up to two million people fill the streets – expect dazzling parades, opulent costumes and plenty of music and dancing. The highlight of the carnival is the Samba Parade, held in the appropriately named Sambadrome, in which twelve samba schools compete for the championship.

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