South America offers travellers a range of cruise destinations. From the glitter of Rio and Buenos Aires to the penguins and whales of the Straits of Magellan, to the Amazon, to the intriguing colonial history. South America is one of the most exciting destinations in the world.
Most South American cruises are "Round the Horn" - travelling between Buenos Aires and Valparaiso around the Cape Horn.
The following destinations depart from South American ports, but are considered their own cruise destinations:
Speciality and expedition cruises travel to the remote communities in these areas in basic, but comfortable, ferries.
Major cruise lines visit this continent between September and March. For cruises that sail round Cape Horn this is the southern summer and in general cruise ships that do South American itineraries return to Europe or Alaska for the northern summer cruise season. Specialty cruises operate year round.