An abundance of colour, charisma and unique splendour await at this fabulous port of call. The city of Rio de Janeiro is nearly always towards the top of a cruise passenger’s wish list of itineraries and it is certainly not hard to see why. The entrance into the cruise port alone is simply stunning; the backdrop of utter magnificence makes for the perfect gateway to the city before heading for some of the iconic attractions. Otherwise known as "Cidade Maravilhosa" or the “Marvellous City”, it is an awe inspiring destination with so much to see and do it is hard to decide what to begin with. The city lives up to its nickname whichever way you turn.
The amazing landscapes, blissful surroundings and pulsating essence creates an unforgettable adventure and if you’re looking for a day to soak up the shimmering sunshine then head for one of the world’s most renowned beach scenes; Copacabana and Ipanema. These areas are truly spectacular and present the perfect base to laze away, making a venture into the sea the most strenuous part of the day. Here the full flavoured vibrancy features in every part of life and whilst spending the day under the sunshine, combine it with the treat of Latin culinary flair. Delicious food and wine choice here is absolutely superb with a range of restaurant and bars across the sea fronts that would be enough on their own to welcome passengers.
For breath taking views head for the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a breath taking photograph opportunity. The cable car journey to the top provides the perfect chance to capture the backdrop. Alternatively the main attraction of the destination is without a doubt a trip to the top of Corcovado Mountain in the Parque Nacional de Tijuca. This iconic landmark leads guests to the foot of the 30 metre high statue of Christ the Redeemer; one of the greatest sights in the world and a truly spectacular setting. Staying closer to sea level, be sure to head for Praca Floriano. Set in the heart of the city, this famous square welcomes guests to discover a world of charming structures including Teatro Municipal opera house and the cities impeccable art gallery, considered the best in the region; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a drink and perhaps indulge in the surroundings of samba flair then head for Floriana Square. This is Rio de Janeiro’s social life at its best and provides an outstanding location to enjoy the unique charisma at its finest. The shopping opportunities here are also fantastic, especially along the 19th century Rua da Carioca, a sensational area to pick up a momentous souvenir.
Excursion opportunities here will offer the finest sights the city has to offer at a pace that suits you. From a panoramic coach trip to a walking tour of the heart of the city, there is something for all to enjoy. A shuttle service is often in place to one of the famous beach scenes for a day of relaxation or opt for the best of Rio tour to take in both Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. Depending on the cruise operator there may also be a chance for exclusive excursions such as a helicopter tour of the city including a fly past the heights of the Corcovado Mountain.
For a touch of Samba flair, enjoy a trip by night encompassing a dinner as you take in the native dance or alternatively opt for a more serene Guanabara Bay schooner cruise. Enjoy the breath taking views from the water as you pass by the famous beaches of Flamengo, Botafogo and Urca before arriving to see the beautiful views of Fiscal Island.
Rio de Janeiro is not to be missed and is sure to excite everyone aboard a South America and World Cruise sailing arriving into this glorious port of call. There is so much available to see that however you wish to spend your day, this enchanting destination will provide a world of entertainment like never before.