MSC Musica South America Cruise

Welcome aboard the 4* MSC Musica for a wonderful tour of the exotic South American countries of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay! This 8-night cruise from Rio de Janeiro visits Buenos Aires in Argentina for an overnight stay before continuing to Punta Del Este in Uruguay and Ilhabela in Brazil. This holiday includes 1 night in a 4* Rio de Janeiro hotel pre-cruise.

Your cruise can be extended with a hotel stay in magnificent Rio de Janeiro before or after your cruise, please call for details.

DESTINATION Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay
FROM Dublin / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
DATE 05 December 2017
DURATION 9 Nights
PRICE from €2,499 pp

Welcome aboard the 4* MSC Musica for a wonderful tour of the exotic South American countries of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay! This 8-night cruise from Rio de Janeiro visits Buenos Aires in Argentina for an overnight stay before continuing to Punta Del Este in Uruguay and Ilhabela in Brazil. This holiday includes 1 night in a 4* Rio de Janeiro hotel pre-cruise.

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 

On arrival in Rio, you will be transferred to the hotel for your 1-night stay before your cruise.

As you’ll be able to appreciate when you cruise the Atlantic Ocean, in its position on the southern shore of the magnificent Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro has, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most stunning settings in the world.
Extending for 20km along an alluvial strip, between an azure sea and forest-clad mountains, the city’s streets and buildings have been moulded around the foothills of the mountain range that provides its backdrop, while out in the bay there are many rocky islands fringed with white sand.

The aerial views over Rio are breathtaking, and even the concrete skyscrapers that dominate the city’s skyline add to the attraction. As the former capital of Brazil and now its second-largest city, Rio has a remarkable architectural heritage, some of the country’s best museums and galleries, superb restaurants and a vibrant nightlife – in addition to its legendary beaches.

The Sugar Loaf Mountain rises where Guanabara Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Its name may simply reflect a resemblance to the moulded loaves in which sugar was once commonly sold. Alternatively, it may be a corruption of the indigenous Tamoya word Pau-nh-Açuquá, meaning “high, pointed or isolated hill”. On the top of Corcoavado Mountain instead the Art Deco statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), arms outstretched in welcome, stands 30m high and weighs over 1000 tonnes. It was supposed to be completed for Brazil’s centenary independence celebrations in 1922 but wasn’t actually finished until 1931.

In clear weather, fear no anticlimax: climbing to the statue is a stunning experience, with the whole of Rio and Guanabara Bay laid out before you.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Depart 18:00

In the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to the port to board the 4* MSC Musica. The ship departs in the evening.

Days 3-4: At Sea: 

 

Days 5-6: Buenos Aires, Argentina: Arrive 10:00 OVERNIGHT Depart 18:00

Buenos Aires is a must-see on your South America cruise. Its heart is the spacious, palm-dotted Plaza de Mayo, the ideal place to begin a tour of the area and explore its historical and political connections; its mismatched medley of buildings includes the famous Casa Rosada, or government house. An amble westwards from the plaza will take you along Avenida de Mayo, the city’s major boulevard, offering an impressive display of Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture. At its western end, Avenida de Mayo opens onto the Plaza del Congreso, presided over by the Congreso Nacional building, the seat of the federal parliament.

Casa Rosada, a typically Argentine blend of French and Italian Renaissance styles, stands on the site of the city’s Spanish fort, begun in 1594 and converted in 1776 to the viceroy’s palace. In 1862, President Bartolomé Mitre moved the government ministries to the building, remodelling it once again.

The final touch was added in 1885, when the central arch was added, unifying the facade. Behind the Casa Rosada, the Plaza Colón features a gigantic Argentine flag and a Carrara marble statue of Christopher Columbus, looking out to the river and towards the Old World.

Your cruise also offers excursions to the north of Buenos Aires, where the four residential barrios of most interest to visitors – Retiro, Recoleta, Palermo and Belgrano – each retain a distinctive character. Nearest to the centre, Retiro and Recoleta – known jointly as Barrio Norte – have chic streets lined with boutiques, art galleries and smart cafés. Recoleta is associated primarily with its magnificent cemetery where, among other national celebrities, Evita is buried.

Both barrios also share an extraordinary concentration of French-style palaces, tangible proof of the obsession of the city’s elite at the beginning of the twentieth century with established European cities

 

Day 7: Punta Del Este, Uruguay: Arrive 09:00 Depart 17:00

When you’re cruising the Atlantic Ocean, Punta del Este is the port of call for you in Uruguay. Situated on a narrow peninsula 140km east of Montevideo, Punta del Este is a jungle of high-rise hotels, expensive restaurants, casinos and designer stores bordered by some of the finest beaches on the coast.
Exclusive and luxurious, between this and the nearby towns of La Barra and José Ignacio, this is the place to be seen for many South American celebrities in summer.

The best thing to do in Punta del Este is what everyone else does: go to the beach. Within striking distance and well worth the trip is the whitewashed Casapueblo, a remarkable villa and art gallery. The beaches are what attract most visitors to Punta del Este, and two of the best are on either side of the neck of the peninsula.

Day 8: At Sea: 

Day 9: Ilhabela, Brazil: Arrive 13:00 Depart 21:00

Without a shadow of a doubt, Ilhabela is one of the most beautiful spots on the Brazilian coast between Santos and Rio. When you step ashore from your cruise ship you’ll feel surrounded by nature.
Of volcanic origin, the island’s startling mountainous scenery rises to 1370m and is covered in dense tropical foliage. With 83 percent of the island protected within the boundaries of the Parque Estadual de Ilhabela, the dozens of waterfalls, beautiful beaches and azure seas have contributed to the island’s popularity.

Old or new, most of the buildings are in simple Portuguese-colonial styles – as far removed from brash Guarujá as you can get. The island is a haunt of São Paulo’s rich who maintain large and discreetly located homes on the coast, many of which have mooring facilities for luxury yachts or helicopter landing-pads.

Day 10: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Arrive 07:00

Following your disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport to get your return flight to Dublin.

I night in a 4* Rio de Janeiro hotel pre-cruise included.

8 Nights accommodation aboard the exceptional 4 Star MSC Musica (See ship info for more info)

Your holiday can be extended with a hotel stay in Rio de Janeiro either before your cruise or after. Please call to discuss.

4* MSC Musica

Step on board the MSC Musica and instantly you are met by the breathtaking central foyer’s three-tier waterfall and it’s transparent piano, suspended above the water on a crystal floor. On board you can go dancing in the Crystal Lounge or enjoy a cigar in the Havana Club cigar lounge. If you would prefer you could try your luck in the Sanremo Casino or enjoying a superb live show in the stunning La Scala Theatre.

Treat yourself in Il Giardino, Italian orf at the Kaito Sushi Bar.

Children and young adults can enjoy special treatment on board with indoor and outdoor play areas, a pool of their own and separate Kids and Teens Clubs.

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
05 December 2017 €2,499 Inside Book Now
05 December 2017 €2,649 Oceanview Book Now
05 December 2017 €2,939 Balcony Book Now
Your cruise can be extended with a hotel stay in fabulous Rio de Janeiro before or after your cruise, please call for details.

Price Inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Rio de Janeiro
  • All transfers
  • 1 night in a 4* Rio de Janeiro hotel pre-cruise
  • 8 nights accommodation on board the 4* MSC Musica
  • Superb dining on a full board basis while onboard
  • Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
  • Taxes and charges
  • One 20kg bag per person

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit €200 per person
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • All inclusive drinks package available to pre-book at €26 per person per night
  • Single supplement on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.