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South America: A Grand Voyage

Spirit of Discovery departing Southampton

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The destination for lovers of the outdoors...

“Marvel at the wonder of the sprawling Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the most famous archaeological site on the continent.”

Embark on the voyage of a lifetime as you circumnavigate South America in search of captivating landscapes, ancient civilisations, and characterful cities…. This is a cruise for the adventurous. After making a memorable Transatlantic crossing you’ll arrive in Brazil, a land of natural wonders, rhythm-filled cities, and indigenous folklore. Spend a week cruising the Amazon River, home to the world’s largest rainforest, an exotic landscape filled with staggering levels of biodiversity.

Next, take in a trio of thriving and vibrant cities: samba-fuelled Rio de Janeiro, eclectic Montevideo, and dynamic Buenos Aires. As you continue to travel south, call at the Falkland Islands, before navigating the notorious southern tip of South America, Cape Horn. Discover the unparalleled wilderness of Patagonia, and Chile’s Lake District, with its vast glaciers, sapphire-blue lakes and ancient forests – both playgrounds for lovers of the outdoors. In Ecuador, call at cities backed by the dramatic Andes mountain range, or perhaps take the adventure of a lifetime and visit the Galapagos Islands for face-to-face wildlife encounters with marine iguanas, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies. Next, transit the iconic Panama Canal, before visiting the verdant Azores and Portugal’s vibrant capital Lisbon as you make your way home with unbeatable memories to treasure.

Discover South American culture on board

  • An insight into local cuisines from a VIP Chef
  • A taste of local music and culture, with performances from local musicians
  • A range of expert speakers to bring your destinations to life

Overnight stays

  • Manaus, Brazil
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Stanley, Falkland Islands
  • Callao, Peru


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Southampton, England

Southampton, England

Embark Spirit of Discovery.

Depart 2000.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Known as the ‘green pearl of the Atlantic’, the island of Madeira is a subtropical paradise of laurel forests, jagged peaks, inspirational gardens and dramatic coastlines. The island’s capital, Funchal, offers elegant squares, a striking cathedral, and narrow lanes lined with beautifully tiled buildings to explore. Perhaps admire the panoramic views as you ascend up to the suburb of Monte by cable car, sample the sweet Madeira wine at one of the pavement cafes, step out onto the glass-bottomed skywalk at Cabo Girao over Europe’s highest sea cliff, or enjoy an afternoon of refined indulgence at Belmond Reid's Palace Hotel, the perfect place for afternoon tea.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Mindelo, Cape Verde

Mindelo, Cape Verde

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Cruise to the isolated Cape Verde archipelago located in the central Atlantic, 300 miles from the coast of Africa. As the capital of the island of São Vicente, one of ten islands that make up the volcanic chain, Mindelo has a bustling, lively atmosphere. Explore the pretty harbour town, with its characterful cafes, tiny shops and traditional Portuguese architecture. From the port head to the fish market to watch the local fishermen unload their daily catch, and listen for the sounds of soulful Morna melodies, the national music of the islands, escaping from nearby cafes and bars.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

The Amazon River

Cruise the Amazon River

Spend the day cruising the mighty Amazon River, the world’s largest river by discharge volume. The surrounding rainforest is home to one third of all known species in the world, with new species discovered every year. Perhaps experience the remarkable sights and sounds of the Amazon on a smaller cruise, spending two to three nights reaching the more inaccessible areas of the river, bringing you closer to characterful settlements and unique wildlife.

Parintins, Brazil

Parintins ⚓, Brazil

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Founded some 200 years ago, Parintins is considered to be the most cultural city of the Amazon and is famous for its folklore festival, and as you step ashore you’ll be welcomed by traditional Boi Bumba dancers. The area surrounding the city has a rich biodiversity, so is perfect for venturing in to the rainforest in search of endemic wildlife. Parintins is also great for picking up souvenirs to take home for friends and family, with local markets offering everything from handcrafted masks to Amazonian paintings.

Manaus, Brazil

Manaus, Brazil

Arrive 0800 on January 21. Depart 2100 on January 22.

Look forward to an overnight stay in Manaus, considered the gateway port to the Amazon rainforest. Founded in 1669 by the Portuguese, the city became one of the wealthiest in the region during the height of the rubber boom in the 19th and 20th centuries, and today, this metropolis in the forest blends modern architecture with rural beauty. Perhaps seek out the beautiful cathedral and ornate opera house.

The Amazon River

Cruise the Amazon River

Spend the day cruising back along the Amazon River. Admire the views from the top deck as you cruise, and keep your eyes peeled for colourful flora and unusual wildlife.

The Meeting of the Waters near Santarem

Santarem ⚓, Brazil

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Tapajós’, Santarém is situated at the confluence of the Tapajós and the Amazon rivers meet – you can spot the exact point as, astonishingly, the rivers flow together but don't mix, creating two stripes of different coloured river. The coastline along the river has over 62 miles of natural beaches where you could choose to spend the day relaxing, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, embark on a boating adventure in the hope of spotting pink river dolphins and a host of birdlife, monkeys and sloths along the banks.

Giant otter on The Amazon River

Cruise the Amazon River

Continue cruising along the Amazon River towards the Atlantic Ocean. The river is home to rare species including giant otters and the Amazonian manatee.

Spend the day at sea.

Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza, Brazil

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Famed for its lively atmosphere and sunny beaches, Fortaleza gives an easy initiation into Brazil's flamboyant way of life. Admire the neo-Gothic architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza, seek out souvenirs at the central market, take a stroll along the Beira-Mar boardwalk and discover Fortaleza’s growing gastronomic scene.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Salvador, Brazil

Salvador, Brazil

Arrive 0800. Depart 2300.

Founded by the Portugese in 1549, Salvador was the first capital of Brazil, and today this enchanting colonial city is the heart of the country’s Afro-Brazilian community with African culture permeating through music, cuisine and religion. Stroll through the colourful streets soaking up the vibrant atmosphere in the UNESCO-listed old town, Pelourinho, and be sure to experience the alluring coastline for which the state of Bahia is known.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Arrive 0800 on February 3. Depart 1100 on February 4.

Set amidst dramatic scenery, this extraordinary city has a fascinating history. Fought over by the Portuguese and French in the 16th century it went on to become a colonial capital in the 18th century and the country’s cosmopolitan cultural capital today. Rio is famed for its Carnival, and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the samba-fuelled nightlife and soccer as much as for the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and the stunning Sugarloaf Mountain. With an overnight stay, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all the city has to offer, so prepare for an assault on your senses in the Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvellous City.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

The city's fascinating cultural heritage, reflecting European and Latin American influences, is apparent in its tango houses, jazz bars, galleries and museums. Highlights include Plaza de Mayo, the colonial town hall, the colourful La Boca region and Recoleta, arguably the world’s most ostentatious cemetery, packed with lavish mausoleums.

Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Admire the colonial architecture of Montevideo's old town or stretch out and relax on its golden sands. Be sure to see the sights of the Uruguayan capital, including Independence Square, the Congress Building, the white sands of Carrasco and mansions along the Rio de la Plata, which encapsulate the city’s European charm and elegance, with broad boulevards, fountains, stately squares, and sidewalk cafes. Perhaps head out of the city to discover Uruguay’s Canelones wine region, home to over 60% of the country’s wine production or join a tour of the city complete with a tango lesson.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Stanley ⚓, Falkland Islands

Arrive 1100 on February 11. Depart 2100 on February 12.

This capital of the Falkland Islands is a true home from home, complete with Victorian buildings, an Anglican cathedral and a lighthouse. Christ Church is the world’s most southerly Cathedral, with the arch in front said to be the most photographed sight in the islands: it is made from the jawbones of two blue whales. The Historic Dockyard Museum has extensive displays on the 1982 conflict with Argentina, as well as exhibits about the islands’ history, flora and fauna. An overnight call here gives you the opportunity to take an excursion to some of the more remote parts of this unique archipelago.

Spend the day at sea.

Cape Horn

Cruise Cape Horn

Sail around Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America and one of the most challenging nautical routes in the world!

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive 0900. Depart 1800.

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and the perfect base for exploring surrounding glaciers, wildflower meadows and snow-capped mountains. The city was used as a penal colony until 1947 when it became a naval base, and has retained a frontier-town buzz. Perhaps look out for seals and walruses in the Tierra del Fuego National Park or take a tour along the magnificent Beagle Channel taking in breathtaking views of jagged glacial peaks.

Spend the day at sea.

Puerto Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

The door to the Antarctic, Punta Arenas is situated between the Andes and the Strait of Magellan. Join an excursion to Magdalena Island, an uninhabited island in the heart of the Strait, home to a colony of over 350,000 Magellanic penguins. You’ll have time to explore and view penguins nesting in burrows they dig in the sand – don't forget your camera on this trip! Alternatively, take a stroll along the waterfront and learn more about the city that began as a penal colony, evolving into a wool-production centre during the sheep-farming boom in the 19th-century, thanks to its ideal location on maritime export routes. Today you’ll find a busy port with a mishmash of corrugated iron-roofed buildings and European architecture.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Puerto Chacabuco ⚓, Chile

Arrive 0800. Depart 2200.

This small town on the west fjordland coast of Chile is encompassed by green valleys, the towering Andes mountains and magnificent glaciers. The nearby Rio Simpson National Reserve provides the opportunity to witness dramatic canyons and rivers with incredible views of the Aysen Sound. The reserve is home to a variety of exotic wildlife including puma, pudu and foxes.

Spend the day at sea.

Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt, Chile

Arrive 0800. Depart 2200.

Regarded as the gateway to the Chilean ‘fjords’, take in views of the Andes from this port city that lies north of Chiloé Island. Explore the city with its wooden neoclassical style cathedral, visit the handicraft and fish markets at Angelmo or maybe learn about Puerto Montt’s rich German heritage at the German Colonial Museum. Alternatively, take a scenic tour through Chile’s Lake District and discover Lake Llanquihue, South America’s third largest natural lake, the impressive snow-capped Osorno volcano, and the emerald green Todos los Santos Lake.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Valparaiso is the main port and second city of Chile, built across 40 hills covered with brightly painted houses. It was declared an UNESCO world heritage site in recognition of the city's history, heritage and vibrant culture. Perhaps ride the funicular railway into the hills to marvel at the views below.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Callao, Peru

Callao, Peru

Arrive 0800 on March 1. Depart 1300 on March 2.

Callao is the main port of Peru and home to an 18th-century fortress, cathedral and attractive plazas. From here, you could embark on the adventure of a lifetime and make your way over to the isolated and incredibly biodiverse Galapagos Islands for the ultimate bucket list experience. Callao is also the gateway to Lima, the capital of Peru. From high-rise buildings and shopping centres to colonial architecture and museums, Lima is a bustling metropolis, considered the culinary capital of Latin America. With an overnight mooring here, you'll have plenty of time to explore this jam-packed city, discover the history of the Incan empire and perhaps even visit Machu Picchu on an overland tour. The most famous archaeological site on the continent, this awe-inspiring ancient city remained hidden in the Andean mountain-tops until 1911 when it was ‘rediscovered’ by Hiram Bingham.

Spend the day at sea.

Machala, Ecuador

Machala, Ecuador

Arrive 0800. Depart 2100.

Dubbed the ‘banana capital of the world’, Ecuador’s fourth largest city is surrounded by banana plantations, with over 80% of the country’s banana export going through the neighbouring port, and a festival dedicated to the banana takes place each year. Parque Juan Montalvo is the main plaza in the city centre and is in easy reach of all the best restaurants and bars. Perhaps take a day trip to the nearby Jambeli Island for sunny beaches, or head further afield to Isla del Amor, offering excellent birdwatching opportunities.

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive 0500. Depart 1600.

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s most important port and largest city. It is also the gateway to the city and capital of Quito which lies at an altitude of 2,850 metres. Built on the remains of an Inca city, this extraordinary and beautiful city represents one of Spanish America’s finest historic centres and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Panama City, Panama

Flamenco Marina ⚓, Panama

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Anchor in the resort of Flamenco Marina located just outside of Panama City. Head into the city and contrast the modern skyline with the colonial architecture of Casco Viejo, the historic old town with its colonial Spanish architecture and colourful buildings. You’ll weigh anchor early the next morning for your transit along the iconic Panama Canal.

Panama Canal

Transit the Panama Canal

Arrive 0600. Depart 2000.

One of the world's greatest feats of engineering, this 50-mile-long waterway famously connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Marvel at the astounding natural beauty as you spend the whole day cruising this scenic stretch.

Colón, Panama

Colón, Panama

Arrive 2300 on March 9. Depart 2000 on March 10.

At the Caribbean end of the Panama Canal lies Colón, a city founded in 1850 during the California Gold Rush to meet the demands for a fast route to California. As the world's second largest duty-free port, the Zona Libra is the city’s biggest attraction, with a host of international stores offering the opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy. Outside the city are the canal’s impressive Gatún Locks and Gatún Dam, where you can marvel at the mechanics of the engineering wonder that is the Panama Canal, and Fuerte San Lorenzo, a well-preserved fort built in 1595 by the Spanish to fend off pirates.

Spend the day at sea.

Cartagena de Indias, colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

Arrive 0800. Depart 2000.

Cartagena de Indias was founded in 1533 and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique military, civil and religious architecture, built by the Spanish during the 15th and 16th centuries. Set within 13-kilometres of old stone walls, Cartagena’s old city is a maze of cobbled alleyways overlooked by balconies adorned with blossoming flowers, and streets packed with churches, plazas, palaces and mansions. Soak up the atmosphere and savour the architectural details as you stroll around the old town, perhaps stopping to sample Colombian street food such as arepas and patacones from stalls along the way. For an excursion with a difference, why not canoe through the mangroves of La Boquilla? Drifting through a network of natural tunnels formed by the mangrove trees, keep your eyes peeled for pelicans and herons, and possibly even a raccoon!

Tayrona National Park

Santa Marta, Colombia

Arrive 0800. Depart 2000.

Combine a little sightseeing with some time on the beautiful golden beaches, or take a trip to Tayrona National Park.

Spend the day at sea.

Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

UNESCO-listed Willemstad has narrow-gabled, 18th-century houses in all manner of colours and is a copy of Amsterdam, just with the Caribbean climate thrown in! The island is home to some of the Caribbean’s most impressive diving and snorkelling spots and the beautiful sandy beaches are perfect for relaxing. Take a guided tour of the Curacao Liqueur Distillery to discover the history of the blue drink from the region, or perhaps explore the limestone Hato Caves, home to long-nosed fruit bats, cave paintings, waterfalls and unusual rock formations.