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South America from Santos Cruise

  • Departure DateSat 15th Jan 2022
  • MSC Cruises MSC Seaside
  • 7 Night Cruise From Santos
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Itinerary

  • Santos, Brazil
  • Ilha Grande
  • Salvador
  • Maceio
  • Buzios
  • Santos, Brazil

Highlights

    • Santos (Sao Paolo): Enjoy a relaxing stroll along Beach Edge Gardens and admire the beautiful plants and flowers and wonderful scenery in the distance

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Excellent!

Faizal Khan has been wonderful to deal with. He is very knowledgeable and has excellent customer services skills. He made the booking process very smooth and managed to get us a competitive deal.

M Lewis / June 2021

excellent !

I received excellent customer service from both Ryan Duggan and Beth Higson , they went the extra mile to ensure our trip was exactly as we had wished it. Many thanks

Mr Steve McQuade / June 2021

Fantastic service

My consultant was Amy Darbyshire and I feel like I won the jackpot. Nothing was too much trouble. Lots of ideas, options, price cues etc The service was incredible. If Amy promised to call or email information it happened. I am incredibly grateful to all the help she gave me and I’ve now booked my dream holiday thanks to her.

Toni / June 2021

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Day 1 - Santos, Brazil

Arrive: Sat 15 January 2022 / Depart: Sat 15 January 2022 at 18:00

Santos, one of Portugal’s first New World settlements, was founded in 1535. Today your MSC ship will be docking in Latin America’s largest port, through which passes a large proportion of the world’s coffee, sugar and oranges. The city stands partly on São Vicente island, its docking facilities and old town facing landwards, with ships approaching by a narrow, but deep, channel. Its compact centre retains a certain charm that’s massively popular with local tourists, and there is a good deal of historical and maritime interest around the city. On an MSC South America cruise excursion to the city centre you’ll find the ruins of some of Santos’s most distinguished buildings along Rua do Comércio. Although sometimes only the facades remain, some of the nineteenth-century former merchants’ houses that line the street are gradually being restored, the elaborate tiling and wrought-iron balconies offering a hint of the old town’s lost grandeur. MSC South America cruises also offer excursions to the local Santos Futebol Clube. It’s best known as the club for which the great Pelé played for most of his professional life (from 1956 to 1974); their stadium, the Vila Belmiro, is open to the public when there’s no game on. In addition to honouring Pelé at the club’s small museum, you can take an hour-long guided tour including the players’ bar and dressing rooms. Santos’s beaches are across town from Centro on the south side of the island. The beaches are huge, stretching around the Atlantic-facing Baía de Santos, and popular in summer.

Day 2 - Ilha Grande

Arrive: Sun 16 January 2022 at 07:00 / Depart: Sun 16 January 2022 at 14:00

As you approach the low-lying, whitewashed colonial port of Vila do Abraão in Ilha Grande with your MSC cruise ship, the mountains rise dramatically from the sea, and in the distance there’s the curiously shaped summit of Bico do Papagaio (“Parrot’s Beak”), which rises to a height of 980m and can be reached in about three hours. There’s really very little to see in Abraão itself, but it’s a pleasant enough base from which to explore the rest of the island. Ilha Grande comprises 193 square kilometres of mountainous jungle, historic ruins and beautiful beaches, excellent for some scenic tropical rambling. The island is a state park and the authorities have been successful at limiting development and maintaining a ban on motor vehicles. Ilha Grande offers lots of beautiful excursions along well-maintained and fairly well-signposted trails, but it’s sensible to take some basic precautions. Carry plenty of water with you, and remember to apply sunscreen and insect repellent at regular intervals. According to legend, the pirate Jorge Grego was heading for the Straits of Magellan when his ship was sunk by a British fleet. He managed to escape with his two daughters to Ilha Grande, where he became a successful farmer and merchant. However, in a fit of rage, he murdered the lover of one of his daughters, and shortly afterwards, a terrible storm destroyed all his farms and houses. From then on, Jorge Grego passed his time roaming the island, distraught, pausing only long enough to bury his treasure before his final demise. If there is any treasure today, though, it’s the island’s wildlife: parrots, exotic hummingbirds, butterflies and monkeys abound in the thick vegetation.

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Salvador

Arrive: Tue 18 January 2022 / Depart: Tue 18 January 2022

High above the enormous bay of Todos os Santos (All Saints), where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, Salvador de Bahia has an electric feel from the moment you arrive. This is the great cultural and historical centre of Brazil, where Afro-Brazilian heritage is strongest and where capoeira, candomblé and samba de roda were created. MSC South America cruises offer excursions to the centro histórico of this magical place, a melange of narrow cobbled streets, peeling purple walls, grand Baroque churches, kids kicking footballs, rastas, locals sipping bottled beer on plastic chairs, the wafting aroma of herbs and the almost constant beating of drums, especially as the sun sets. Beyond the old town Salvador is a vast, sprawling city, with a vibrant beach life, modern skyscrapers and plenty of favelas. The centro histórico is the traditional heart of Salvador; it’s built around the craggy, 70m-high bluff that dominates the eastern side of the bay, and is split into upper and lower sections. Cidade Alta (or simply “Centro”) is strung along its top, linked to the less interesting Cidade Baixa (the old commercial centre, aka “Comércio”) by precipitous streets and the towering Art Deco lift-shaft of the Elevador Lacerda. Cidade Alta is the cultural centre of the city, and the section known as the Pelourinho is the groovy old district with colourful and hilly winding streets, its most vibrant and beguiling neighbourhood. The best spot to begin a walking tour of the city is at the Praça Municipal, the square dominated by the impressive Palácio do Rio Branco, the old governor’s palace which was in use until 1979. The fine interior is a blend of Rococo plasterwork, polished wooden floors and painted walls and ceilings.

Day 5 - Maceio

Arrive: Wed 19 January 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Wed 19 January 2022 at 14:00

On your South America cruise to Brazil, you’ll come across the big and burgeoning beach resort of Maceió, its striking beaches and clear, turquoise waters attracting cruisers from all over the world. It’s also smack in the middle of a far longer strip of some of the best beaches in the country, all easily accessible on day trips. When you arrive with your MSC cruise in Maceió, you’ll start off in the affluent and lively resort area that starts at Pajuçara, a few kilometres to the east of downtown, built along a spectacular beach. While the city centre itself, the commercial and administrative heart of the city just inland from a more polluted (and generally deserted) stretch of sand and the grubby port district, is somewhat down-at-heel it does have a smattering of belle époque buildings and enticing museums. However, what you’ll want to discover on your MSC South America cruise excursion is the amazing beaches. Sixteen kilometres south of Maceió, the coast road loops around Praia do Francês, which even by Alagoan standards is something special. An enormous expanse of white sand, surf and thick palm forest, it even boasts several pousadas or inns, and a burgeoning restaurant scene. Most folks end up at the northern end, a protected lagoon formed by a large reef offshore; surfers take in the pounding waves at the less busy and unsheltered end. Beach bars line the northern section, while Avenida Dos Corais and Rua da Algas run parallel to the sand and are lined with shops and restaurants. Given its proximity to Maceió, it’s no surprise Francês has effectively become a city beach – so expect a lively atmosphere.

Day 6 - At Sea

Day 7 - Buzios

Arrive: Fri 21 January 2022 at 09:00 / Depart: Fri 21 January 2022 at 17:00

On a peninsula north of Cabo Frio, Armação dos Búzios, or just Búzios, is an immensely scenic resort full of high-spending beautiful people, and a very popular port of call on holidays to Brazil with MSC Cruises. Armação, the main settlement, is built in a vaguely colonial style, its streets lined with restaurants, bars and chic boutiques, and has been nicknamed “Brazil’s St Tropez”. It comes then as little surprise to find that it was “discovered” by none other than Brigitte Bardot, who stumbled upon it while touring the area in 1964. Búzios consists of three main settlements, Manguinos, Armação and Ossos, each with its own distinct character. Manguinos, on the isthmus, is the main service centre, with a tourist office, a medical centre and banks. Midway along the peninsula, linked to Manguinos by a road lined with brash hotels, is Armação, an attractive village where cars are banned from some of the cobbled roads. Most of Búzio’s best restaurants and boutiques are concentrated here, along with some of the resort’s nicest pousadas, or inns, and there’s also a helpful tourist office on the main square, Praça Santos Dumont. When you step ashore from your MSC cruise, a fifteen-minute walk along the Orla Bardot – which follows the coast from Armação, passing the lovely seventeenth-century Igreja de NossaSenhora de Sant’Ana on the way –, brings you to Ossos, the oldest settlement, comprising a pretty harbour, a quiet beach and a few bars, restaurants and pousadas. Within walking distance of all Búzios’ settlements are beautiful white-sand beaches – 27 in total – cradled between rocky cliffs and promontories, and lapped by crystal-clear waters. The beaches are varied, with the north-facing ones having the calmest and warmest seas, while those facing the south and east have the most surf.

Day 8 - Santos, Brazil

Arrive: Sat 22 January 2022 at 07:00 / Depart: Sat 22 January 2022

Santos, one of Portugal’s first New World settlements, was founded in 1535. Today your MSC ship will be docking in Latin America’s largest port, through which passes a large proportion of the world’s coffee, sugar and oranges. The city stands partly on São Vicente island, its docking facilities and old town facing landwards, with ships approaching by a narrow, but deep, channel. Its compact centre retains a certain charm that’s massively popular with local tourists, and there is a good deal of historical and maritime interest around the city. On an MSC South America cruise excursion to the city centre you’ll find the ruins of some of Santos’s most distinguished buildings along Rua do Comércio. Although sometimes only the facades remain, some of the nineteenth-century former merchants’ houses that line the street are gradually being restored, the elaborate tiling and wrought-iron balconies offering a hint of the old town’s lost grandeur. MSC South America cruises also offer excursions to the local Santos Futebol Clube. It’s best known as the club for which the great Pelé played for most of his professional life (from 1956 to 1974); their stadium, the Vila Belmiro, is open to the public when there’s no game on. In addition to honouring Pelé at the club’s small museum, you can take an hour-long guided tour including the players’ bar and dressing rooms. Santos’s beaches are across town from Centro on the south side of the island. The beaches are huge, stretching around the Atlantic-facing Baía de Santos, and popular in summer.

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Ship Cabins

Inside Aurea

Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 14 sq.m. to 28 sq.m** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea.

Inside Bella

Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 14 sq.m. to 28 sq.m** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea.

Inside Fantastica

Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 14 sq.m. to 28 sq.m** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea.

Bingo Oustide

Bingo Oustide

Outside Bella

Window with sea view Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. 17 sq.m.* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella and Fantastica

Outside Fantastica

Window with sea view Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. 17 sq.m.* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella and Fantastica

Balcony Aurea

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Surface from approx. 16 to 25 sq.m* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Balcony Bella

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Surface from approx. 16 to 25 sq.m* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Balcony Fantastica

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Surface from approx. 16 to 25 sq.m* Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Family 2 connecting balcony cabins

Family Cabins comprise two or three connecting cabins each with its own bathroom and balcony: Super Family Plus Combination of 3 connected balcony cabins: each cabin measures approx. 17sq.m. and each balcony measures approx. 5sq.m. They can comfortably accommodate from 6 to 10 people. Super Family Combination of 2 connected balcony cabins: each cabin measures approx. 17 sq.m. and each balcony measures approx. 5 sq.m. They can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people. Available Experience: Fantastica

Grand Suite Aurea

Double bed which can be converted into two single beds (on request) Air conditioning. Large wardrobe. Bathroom with bathtub or shower. Interactive TV. Telephone. Wifi connection available (for a fee). Mini bar and safe Surface from approx. 32 to 49 sq.m. Spacious balcony (up to 21 sq.m.). Some suites can comfortably accommodate up to 5 people. Suites 11001, 12001 and 14001 offer two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Suite Aurea

Balcony* Sitting area with sofa Spacious Wardrobe Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 17 sq.m. to 32 sq.m Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Fantastica and Aurea

Suite Fantastica

Balcony* Sitting area with sofa Spacious Wardrobe Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 17 sq.m. to 32 sq.m Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Fantastica and Aurea

Suite with Whirlpool Bath

Balcony with its own private whirlpool bath Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Spacious wardrobe Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity areas with hairdryers Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Surface approx. 28 sq.m SUITE WITH WHIRPOOL BATH FOR FAMILIES: Can accommodate up to 5 people Available Experience: Aurea

Super Bingo

Double bed which can be converted into two single beds (on request) Air conditioning, large wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, interactive TV, telephone, wifi connection available (for a fee) Mini bar and safe. Surface approx from 302 to 355 sq. ft.

Two-Bedroom Grand Suite Exp. Aurea

Balcony Sitting area with sofa or separate living area 2 bedrooms, one with double bed and one with two single beds Walk-in wardrobe Two bathrooms, one with bathtub and one with shower, vanity areas with hairdryers Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Surface approx. 49 sq.m TWO-BEDROOM GRAND SUITE FOR FAMILIES: Can accommodate up to 5 people Available Experience: Aurea

Yacht Club Deluxe Suite

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Spacious wardrobe Bathroom with shower or bathtub, vanity area with hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Surface approx. 25 sq.m.* MSC YACHT CLUB DELUXE SUITE FOR FAMILIES: Can accommodate up to 5 people Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

Yacht Club interior Suite

Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Spacious wardrobe Bathroom with shower or bathtub , vanity area with hairdryer Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Surface approx. 21 sq. m.* Discover a world of privileges with MSC Yacht Club

Yacht Club Royal Suite

Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Interactive TV, telephone, safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 15 sq.m. to 28 sq.m** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea.

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Excellent!

Faizal Khan has been wonderful to deal with. He is very knowledgeable and has excellent customer services skills. He made the booking process very smooth and managed to get us a competitive deal.

M Lewis / June 2021

excellent !

I received excellent customer service from both Ryan Duggan and Beth Higson , they went the extra mile to ensure our trip was exactly as we had wished it. Many thanks

Mr Steve McQuade / June 2021

Fantastic service

My consultant was Amy Darbyshire and I feel like I won the jackpot. Nothing was too much trouble. Lots of ideas, options, price cues etc The service was incredible. If Amy promised to call or email information it happened. I am incredibly grateful to all the help she gave me and I’ve now booked my dream holiday thanks to her.

Toni / June 2021

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