FOCUS ON: RIO DE JANEIROThe Carnival City
The iconic city Rio de Janeiro is recognised by many as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, combining a melange of vibrant cultures, picturesque surroundings and excitement around every corner.
What to expect in Rio
Located in a privileged setting of extreme beauty, Rio lies on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by the ever distinctive bulbous mountains. From the palm-lined white sands of Copacabana Beach, you can take in the breathtaking views of Sugarloaf Mountain and wander the city sights beneath the gaze of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
This buzzing metropolis has the tropical formula for paradise; open air cafes line the streets, dense rainforests lead on to the idyllic beaches, Samba rhythms spill out from dance halls in a festive spirit, and an infectious love of the city is shared by all of its citizens.
Visit the city during the world-famous Rio Carnival and experience the energetic atmosphere of the best party on the planet. The streets come alive with pulsating beats and spectacular parades; this euphoric event gives an insight into the true culture and history of Brazil. Read more about Rio Carnival & world festivals.
With a thriving present and fascinating past, Rio de Janeiro continues to go from strength to strength. Vibrant street art is dotted across the city, transforming local communities into colour-rich canvases, laying president for an ever brighter future.
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Cruising to Rio
Cruising into Rio’s Guanabara Bay is an unforgettable experience. Once you step foot on land your Brazilian adventure begins!
Brazil’s second largest city is a fantastic cruise destination, passengers can spend the day visiting the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, taking a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain’s summit for panoramic views across the city and wander through the city’s many parks.
After a day exploring its time unwind and take in the latest Samba sounds around Lapa or relax on Rio’s famous Copacabana Beach. Many cruises to Rio will include an overnight stay before or after your cruise allowing guests to fully discover all of the exotic sights, sounds and immerse themselves in the Cidade Maravilhosa - "Marvelous City".
This intriguing and beautiful city has so much to see and explore. Rio features on many South American cruise itineraries, so be sure to add on a Rio de Janeiro hotel stay, before or after your cruise, to give you more time to discover all of the exotic sights, sounds and atmosphere that make this city magnificent.
See below for more cruise information about Rio and Brazil.