Solo Season: Rio Carnival & River Plate

Experience the excitement, dancing and amazing costumes of the Rio Carnival on this incredible 46 night cruise to South America including three nights in Rio – with no extra supplement for single travellers! (Book by 1st March 2017 for no single supplement offer)

From the wonderful setting of the 4* Fred. Olsen Balmoral this amazing cruise visits Madeira, Tenerife and Praia in Cape Verde before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and staying at Fortaleza, Maceio, Santos (Sao Paulo), Salvado & Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Montevideo & Punta del Este in Uruguay, and Buenos Aires in Argentina. She then sets sail across the Atlantic again calling at Mindelo in Cape Verde, Lanzarote and Lisbon in Portugal before returning to Southampton, 46 nights after she departed!

FROM Dublin / Southampton, UK
DATE 23 January 2018
DURATION 46 Nights
PRICE Was €9,789 now from €6,399

Experience South America at its finest and discover sun, sea, sand and samba on this cruise adventure of a lifetime. Discover tropical paradises, sprawling metropolises, glamourous resorts, and be part of a spectacular celebration in one of the most iconic cities on earth.

Your holiday begins at a leisurely pace, taking in the vibrant flora and spectacular volcanic scenery of Madeira, Tenerife and Cape Verde before embarking on a relaxing transatlantic crossing to beautiful Brazil. Enjoy the sunshine on Fortaleza’s beaches, and discover paradise in Maceió, which boasts glorious white-sand beaches and incredible coral reefs; then call into Rio during the annual carnival for a compelling cultural experience. Immerse yourself in the euphoric atmosphere of this world-famous celebration, where brightly decorated floats and locals dressed in flamboyant costumes move through the city to the sound of entrancing Samba beats. Plus, with a 3-night stay in Rio, there’s time to discover iconic landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach too.

In Uruguay, marvel at some of the country’s finest architectural wonders – such as the Palacio Salvo and Metropolitan Cathedral – in Montevideo’s historic Ciudad Vieja district; and soak up the sunshine in the glamourous resort of Punta del Este, a popular destination with the rich and famous. In between these calls you’ll enjoy an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, allowing extra time to discover the seductive Argentinian capital’s multitude of historic monuments; enjoy a traditional tango dancing performance; and even take a tour to the mighty Iguazu Falls. Back in Brazil, the superb museums and galleries, historic churches and soaring skyscrapers of Sao Paulo await discovery on a tour from Santos; while in Salvador you could explore the UNESCO-listed historic heart of the city before setting sail across the Atlantic once again. En route back to Southampton, you’ll call into Cape Verde, Lanzarote and Lisbon for some sunshine and scenery – the perfect end to this incredible voyage.


Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Southampton, United Kingdom: Depart Late PM

Following a flight from Dublin to Southampton, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Balmoral where you will begin your journey.

Days 2-4: At Sea

Day 5: Funchal, MadeiraEarly AM to Late PM

Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this ‘floating garden’ with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit.

Day 6: Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Early AM to Late Night

Tenerife’s wonderful climate and resorts have been attracting tourism for decades and rightly so. Santa Cruz is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks. A tour to the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical and intriguing Pyramids of Guimar is a must.

Days 7-8: At Sea:

Day 9: Praia, Cape Verde: Early AM to Early PM

Loacted in Cape Verde, the volcanic archipelago of ten islands and five islets is a hidden gem. This destination was a Portuguese territory until independence in 1975, and is as unique and unspoilt as its remote location, 400 miles off the west coast of Senegal, would suggest.

Days 10-12: At Sea:

Day 13: Fortaleza, Brazil: Early AM to Late PM

One of Brazil’s biggest but least famous cities, Fortaleza has developed into a major tourist centre, with the spectacular beaches becoming a magnet for both Brazilian and international tourists.

Day 14: At Sea:

Day 15: Maceio, Brazil: Early AM to Late PM

Beautiful Maceio is an archetypal Brazilian coastal city, boasting gorgeous white sand beaches, natural pools and fascinating coral reefs. Rapidly developing, Maceio has long been a popular holiday resort for Brazilians; however it’s becoming increasingly popular with visitors from around the globe who come to enjoy the sunshine and vibrant nightlife.

Days 16-17: At Sea:

Days 18-21: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Early AM OVERNIGHT x3 Depart Late Night

The city of Carnival and Samba, Copacabana and Ipanema, more than fulfils its romantic promise. Planted between lush, forest-covered mountains and breathtaking beaches, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) has many charms at her disposal, a rich melting pot of cultures.

World renowned for its culture and carnival atmosphere, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City) is breathtaking, charming and exciting in equal measure. Positioned beautifully between lush green mountains and out-of-this-world beaches, it’s no wonder Rio is one of the most iconic cities on the planet.

Home to the famous Copacabana beach, stunning Sugarloaf Mountain and glorious Christ the Redeemer statue, there are plenty of places to visit and admire in Rio. Whether you want to relax on the sand, hike to the peaks or visit one of the world’s most important religious monuments, Rio de Janeiro can cater to everyone.

The city of Carnival and Samba, Copacabana and Ipanema, more than fulfils its romantic promise. Planted between lush, forest-covered mountains and breathtaking beaches, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) has many charms at her disposal, a rich melting pot of cultures.

Marvel over the impressive views from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, keep an eye out for the impressive 124ft Christ the Redeemer statue in the distance. You can also visit this iconic landmark by cable car or perhaps spend your time unwinding on the famous Copacabana Beach!

The main city is a lively place to be, with the energetic rhythms of Samba pouring out into the streets from bars and restaurants alike, you will be spoilt for choice when choosing which spot to have your first Caipirnha aperitif.

Days 22-23: At Sea

Day 24: Montevideo, Uruguay: Early AM to Late PM

Stretched along the banks of the beautiful Rio de la Plata, Montevideo – South America’s southernmost capital city – is a truly incredible place to visit. With its stunning natural landscapes to explore, exciting city centre to enjoy and vibrant culture to discover, Uruguay’s fantastic capital caters to all.

Days 25-26: Buenos Aires, Argentina: Early AM OVERNIGHT depart Late PM

Stretched out along the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is the first sight of Argentina for many people – and what a sight it is. Enticing and exciting, the city has a complex cultural heritage inspired by a number of European countries. This complexity is mirrored by the diverse architecture, unique urban landscape and boulevards lined with cafes, shops and galleries.

Day 27: Punta del Este, Uruguay: Early AM to Late PM

Punta del Este is a truly glamorous resort with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbour, high rise apartment buildings and luxurious brands. Celebrity spotters can fill their days chasing stars here and most visitors find their way to La Gorlero, the city’s best known avenue for a spot of people-watching and a gentle stroll.

Days 28-29: At Sea

Day 30: Santos (Sao Paolo), Brazil: Early AM to Late PM

The biggest city in South America, Sao Paulo is also one of its most cosmopolitan. The art and architecture of the city reflect the European, Asian and African influences of the people who live there.

Days 31-32: At Sea

Day 33: Salvador, Brazil: Early AM to Late PM

The festival city of Salvador is one of Brazil’s ‘must visit’ cities. Known as Brazil’s ‘Capital of Happiness’, the endless carnivals, parties and celebrations are a joy to behold. The city’s culture and vibrant atmosphere is like no other and the blend of music, dance, food, drink and impressive architecture makes visiting Salvador a truly unforgettable experience.

Days 34-38: At Sea

Day 39: Mindelo, Cape Verde: Early AM to Late PM

The Cape Verdes were previously a Portuguese colony and there are many traces of this colonial heritage in Mindelo.

Days 40-41: At Sea

Day 42: Arrecife, Lanzarote: Early AM to Late PM

Arrecife is a bustling port, with the biggest fishing fleet in the Canaries. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries the city was regularly attacked by pirates: to defend against these raiders, the court of Spain built two splendid castles overlooking the harbour. Castillo San Gabriel is the older of the two, built in 1590. It now houses the island’s Ethnographic Museum, which tells the fascinating story of the original inhabitants of the island, the Gaunche.

Day 43: At Sea

Day 44: Lisbon, Portugal: Early AM to Late PM

Days 45-46: At Sea

Day 47: Southampton, UK: Early AM

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

46 Nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on the Balmoral)


Balmoral is the largest and newest cruise ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board.

The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants – Avon and Spey – are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers.

There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.

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Price inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Southampton
  • Return Transfers airport / port
  • 46 nights accommodation aboard the 4* Fred. Olsen Balmoral
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • All onboard entertainment
  • One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Booking remarks

  • Book by 1st March for no single supplement offer
  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance available on request (conditions apply)
  • Drinks packages available to prebook – only €12 per person per night
  • Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Balmoral
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
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