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Americas Explorer: Montréal to Buenos Aires - 2022

Montréal • 62-night small ship cruise with Québec, Baie-Comeau, Gaspé/Percé, Îles de la Madeleine, Charlottetown, Pictou, Halifax, Lunenburg, Bar Harbor, Boston, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, New York City, Norfolk, Wilmington, Charleston, Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, Nassau, Samaná (Dominican Republic), Basseterre (St. Kitts), Les Trois-Îlets (Martinique), Soufrière (St. Lucia), Bridgetown (Barbados), Île Royale/Devil’s Island (French Guiana), Santarém, Manaus, Rio Pucuruí, Fortaleza, Salvador, Vitória, Armação dos Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande, Paraty, Santos, Itajaí/Camboriú, Rio Grande, Punta del Este, Montevideo • Buenos Aires
  • CRUISE ON THE OCEAN EXPLORER, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART EXPEDITION VESSEL THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • GAIN DEEPER INSIGHTS INTO YOUR DESTINATIONS WITH TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS BY AN ONBOARD RESIDENT LECTURER
  • DISCOVER THE ARCHITECTURAL HIGHLIGHTS AND INVIGORATING CITYSCAPES OF MONTREAL
  • WANDER THE STREETS OF OLD QUÉBEC, THE HISTORIC CENTER OF QUÉBEC CITY AND A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • CAPTURE THE HUES OF AUTUMN SPLENDOR AS YOU CRUISE THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER
  • VISIT THE PICTURESQUE FISHING VILLAGE, ROCKY COASTLINE, AND LIGHTHOUSE OF PEGGY'S COVE
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Discover the eastern seaboards of North and South America on a voyage that also elucidates the coastal gems and rich cultures of several Caribbean islands. There are so many unique experiences on this cruise, from the quaint — touring Peggy’s Cove, Martha’s Vineyard, and Charleston — to the downright exotic as you explore Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, teeming with wildlife. What’s more, this thoughtfully curated cruise was deliberately designed to introduce Canada and New England in prime leaf-peeping season before heading into the balmy Caribbean and summertime in tropical South America. You’ll explore Uruguay’s ritzy Punta Del Easte, Brazil’s spellbinding Costa Verde, and more off-the-beaten path ports that larger ships can’t reach, before concluding your tour in lively Buenos Aires.

Cruising aboard our 5-star Ocean Explorer, you’ll find indulgent amenities and unforgettable enrichment, thanks to expert talks by a handpicked Resident Lecturer and onboard performances. On the Caribbean and Amazon portions of your cruise, you’ll be joined by a 5-member Expedition Team, who will lead your more rugged discoveries — piranha fishing, hiking, nature walks, and more. Get up-close with locals along the Amazon River, embark the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, and get a private polo lesson in Argentina. With 78 included features and Cultural Discoveries, this is the definitive journey of the Americas.

Montréal to Buenos Aires

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DAY 1:

Depart home for Montréal, Québec, Canada

Fly to Montréal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. Or depart earlier for a fascinating pre-trip extension to Ottawa, Canada’s sophisticated capital. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. 

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 2:

Experience the magic of Montréal

Set out to explore this remarkable city, situated on an island in the St. Lawrence River. This UNESCO City of Design (one of only a few in the world), is home to more than 50 national historic sites, and it boasts a lively downtown arts and cultural scene. View many of its gems, including historic Old Montréal’s stunning architecture, and the magnificent neo-Gothic Notre Dame Basilica, one of the crown jewels in Québec's rich religious heritage. Then, a scenic drive takes you from Montréal’s downtown district to the top of Mont Royal for commanding views of the city and the St. Lawrence River. Afterwards, visit Parc Jean-Drapeau, an artificial island that hosted Expo 67 World’s Fair and is today home of Montreal’s Grand Prix Formula One race track.

You’ll have a special lunch at a nearby sugar shack, where the dishes typically feature one of Canada’s biggest exports: maple syrup. The balance of the day is free for you to relax, explore, and dine as you wish.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day tour of Montréal, a UNESCO City of Design

Cultural Discovery:

  • Sugar shack lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 3:

Explore Montréal as you please and embark the Ocean Explorer

Enjoy the morning and early afternoon at leisure, exploring Montréal’s rich and engaging culture on your own. Perhaps you’ll visit the Museum of Contemporary Arts in the Place des Arts. Browse the shops in the historic Bonsecours Market. Or enjoy a relaxing stroll along the riverfront of Vieux Montréal. For lunch, you might sample a decadent plate of Québécois poutine, French fries doused with pork gravy and cheese curds.

This afternoon, you embark the Ocean Explorer. There’ll be time to settle in and perhaps have a drink on deck and give the breathtaking cityscape one final glimpse before you depart on your experience. In the dining room, savor a special Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Scenic Sailing:

  • Bid au revoir to Montréal and enjoy your last views of the dazzling city and Mount Royal as you set sail towards your next exciting destination

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 4:

Uncovering Québec City’s French heritage

Often called the most French city outside of France, Québec City is considered a loyal sentry that guards the province’s unique culture. You’ll set out today to discover its Upper and Lower Towns. From the Dufferin Terrace, in the shadow of the palatial Château Frontenac, enjoy sweeping views of the St. Lawrence and the surrounding Laurentian Mountains. You’ll also admire the 17th- and 18th-century stone architecture of the Place Royale in the Old Town, home to the oldest Catholic church in North America. See the Plains of Abraham, where the French surrendered to the British in 1759, and gaze upon more impressive vistas from Cap Diamant. Continue via the shop-lined Grande-Allée to Montmorency Falls, a roaring and scenic cascade that feeds the St. Lawrence, for a photo stop.

This afternoon is free to return to sites that interest you for further exploration. This evening, join your fellow travelers for an informative lecture on board.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Québec City tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

Cruise the St. Lawrence and stop in Baie-Comeau

As we cruise, we’ll make a stop in Baie-Comeau, where our tour will give you an overview of its history, the grand nature of its landscape, and the living experience of lumberjacks! Your tour begins with a photo stop at the magnificent Havre St. Pancrace lookout (a fjord 600 meters high!) before continuing to a typical lumberjack village known as Village forestier d’Antan. Your discoveries continue with a tour of Baie-Comeau’s heritage area and its beautiful natural setting. Starting with Place La Salle, discover this quaint commercial artery, host to site of historical and social interest for the past 78 years. In this cultural hub, you’ll find souvenir stores, art galleries, fine restaurants and a microbrewery. Admire the magnificent scenery and Champlain Street where the former Premier of Canada, Brian Mulroney, spent his childhood.

Included Feature:

  • Baie-Comeau tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

The magnificent coastal beauty of Gaspé and Percé Rock

Early this morning, you’ll round the Gaspé Peninsula as the St. Lawrence River opens up to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Arrive in Gaspé around breakfast time, where you have time to explore its charming streets. Venture out on a breathtakingly scenic coastal drive and small boat excursion to view the remarkable Rocher Percé, or Percé Rock, part of a UNESCO Global Geopark. This sheer hulk of limestone rock lies just off the shore of its namesake fishing village. One of the most astonishing natural sites in Québec, its massive size (1,421 feet long, 300 feet wide, and up to 289 feet tall) calls to mind a supertanker run aground. You’ll also cruise around Bonaventure Island, where more than 200 bird species reside, including puffins, razorbills, and one of the largest colonies of northern gannets in the world. There’ll also be time to explore the former fishing village of Percé, graced with art galleries and shops with regional crafts.

As you sail on to your next destination, gain more insight during a lecture from one of our onboard experts.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Scenic drive around Gaspé with boat excursion to Percé Rock

Scenic Sailing:

  • Take in all the incredible beauty of the Gaspé Peninsula, known as the “Cradle of Canada.” Be sure to bring your camera to capture the incredible sights of the sharp cliffs, jagged coastline and stunning mountain vistas

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Culture, heritage, and beauty in the Magdalen Islands

Arrive this morning in the Magdalen Islands, les Îles de la Madeleine, a pristine archipelago of red cliffs and dunes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Learn about their culture and heritage, passing through Havre aux Maisons, Cap aux Meules, and other charming villages to view traditional, brightly colored houses and barns of French, Acadian, and New England influence. Stop by the Fumoir d’Antan, where you witness the enduring tradition of smoking herring. You can even have a sample if you wish. At the Dune du Sud, walk a scenic beach overlooked by dramatic red sandstone cliffs. Conclude your rewarding tour in La Grave, a picturesque fishing and yachting harbor. This haven for artists and craftspeople is dripping with maritime flavor. You’ll stop by the Atelier Côtier, where local sand from the beaches is transformed into remarkable sculptures.

After lunch, take advantage of your shipboard amenities, perhaps relaxing by the infinity pool or enjoying a cocktail on deck. Another onboard lecture today uncovers more of the region’s fascinating history and rich culture.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Heritage tour of the Magdalen Islands

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Visit a traditional smokehouse and sample smoked herring
  • Learn how local sand sculptures are made at Atelier Côtier

Scenic Sailing:

  • Today, enjoy dramatic views of the coastline, admiring the white sandy beaches and tall red sandstone cliffs

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Rustic charms of Charlottetown, capital of Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada's tiniest and most charming province, is famous for its green fields, red earth, and white-sand beaches. In historic Charlottetown, you’ll follow a trail through the same historic streets the delegates walked when they gathered in 1864 for the conference that led to the Confederation of Canada. Then, drive along the North Shore to the lovely coastal village of North Rustico. Continue to Prince Edward Island National Park, home to Cavendish Bay and the farmstead that inspired L. M. Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables. In Rustico Harbor, learn about the PEI fishery and savor a bountiful lobster lunch.

Stimulate your mind and your curiosity during an onboard lecture this afternoon. This evening, enjoy another memorable meal prepared by your chef.

Included Features:
  • Full-day tour of Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island National Park with lobster lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Delve into the past of Pictou, Nova Scotia

This morning, your small ship moors in the tiny village of Pictou, an old industry town founded by Scottish immigrants in the 18th century. A visit to the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry reveals the area’s rich past. Do some hands-on learning at the museum’s interactive exhibits in the rigging shop and carpentry shop. Stop by the Hector Heritage Quay Interpretive Center to view a replica of the Hector ship, which brought 189 Scottish immigrants to Pictou in 1773. After, there’ll be free time to explore on your own; the Hector is just a three-minute walk from our mooring.

You'll be enthralled during an onboard lecture today. Then, get into the rhythm during an evening of local entertainment.

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Pictou

Cultural Discoveries:
  • Scottish history and music presentation

Scenic Sailing:
  • Discover all the splendor of Nova Scotia today with its beautifully rugged landscape and picturesque lighthouses

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Visit historic Halifax and enjoy lunch in the iconic Peggy’s Cove

Our illuminating tour of Halifax begins with a visit to Peggy’s Cove, the beloved fishing village on St. Margaret’s Bay. Admire its pretty lighthouse set upon the rocky coast. Then, enjoy a lobster demonstration with a local fisherman.

After time to browse the shops and galleries, savor a lobster roll for lunch with lovely views of the cove. Later, visit the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where you’ll hear the compelling tale of how 121 of the RMS Titanic victims were recovered and buried here. Return to Halifax to tour its picturesque Citadel, a star-shaped fortress constructed in 1856 to defend the city from invading forces. The unique building's current residents are the 87th Highlander Regiment, which regularly performs reenactments inside the square. We’ll also pay a visit to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Outside, admire the fine Italianate façade; inside, peruse a rich collection of regional, national, and international art. You'll have the afternoon free to explore the town’s colorful homes, eclectic waterfront district, and iconic lighthouse, or learn more with another fascinating lecture on board.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day tour of Halifax

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Lobster demonstration with a local fisherman

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Explore the preserved British colony of Lunenburg

A historic gem of Nova Scotia, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg’s historic district boasts the layout and appearance of its original British colonial settlement. Today’s excursion begins in Mahone Bay, a charming waterfront town of shops and galleries known for the iconic Three Churches, whose images reflect in the bay. Then, return to Lunenburg for a walking tour, beginning with a stroll on the campus of Lunenburg Academy. In the Old Town, soak in its unique architectural character; 40 buildings here are on Canada’s Register of Historic Places, including St. John’s Anglican Church, a stunning example of Carpenter Gothic. Then, learn about the history of the cod industry at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay

Scenic Sailing:

  • As you depart today, soak up your last views of the UNESCO-designated Lunenburg, admiring the colorful, Colonial-era houses against the backdrop of the blue waters

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Behold the breathtaking beauty of Acadia National Park

Call on Bar Harbor this morning, situated on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Long a seaside haven for the elite — from the Astors to Martha Stewart — it is more widely known as the gateway to the stunning Acadia National Park. After a drive past Bar Harbor’s Victorian mansions, you’ll follow Acadia’s 27-mile park loop, one of the most scenic routes in the eastern United States. Spectacular coastal, mountain, and forest views appear at every turn. As you pass stunning sights like Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs, and the Highseas Estate mansion, built in 1912, keep watch for some of the park’s 50 species of mammals, including moose and white-tailed deer. Pause to admire Jordan Pond and the pair of distant rocky summits known as “The Bubbles.” This land was donated to the parks system by John D. Rockefeller and is still graced by romantic stone-cut bridges and lovely carriage trails built by his family. If weather permits, you’ll marvel at sweeping views from atop Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard.

Included Feature:

  • Acadia National Park adventure with visit to Jordan Pond

Scenic Sailing:

  • As the rocky coast of Maine comes into view, enjoy picture-perfect views of the fall foliage

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Discover Boston’s highlights, including Cambridge and Harvard University

Birthplace of a nation, Boston is steeped in American history. You’ll bid your ship farewell this morning and head out to see its major sites — Back Bay with its lovely Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library; Public Garden and Boston Common; and the historic brick-lined lanes of Beacon Hill. After time to browse the Italian North End and its renowned Old North Church from where Paul Revere hung the tell-tale lanterns, cross the Charles River to Cambridge for a stroll through Harvard Yard. 

Included Feature:

  • Highlights tour of Boston and Cambridge

Scenic Sailing:

  • Sail past the Boston Harbor Islands this morning and bask in the gorgeous Boston skyline as you pull into port

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Explore Cape Cod and ride the trolley around Provincetown

Provincetown (or “P-Town,” as locals call it) was the fertile fishing ground where the Pilgrims first dropped anchor before settling in Plymouth. Set at the curving tip of Cape Cod, it still is an important fishing community that over the years has been known for its spectacular beaches and tolerant, live-and-let-live vibe. For this reason, it has been a longtime resort, artists’ colony, and popular summer haven for the LGBTQ community. Famous residents have included Tennessee Williams, Norman Mailer, Eugene O’Neill, Kurt Vonnegut, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Julie Harris, Anthony Bourdain, and many more. You’ll get acquainted during this morning’s tour.

Come aboard an old-fashioned trolley to ride around the town. You’ll see the impressive Town Library, which is housed in an old, Italianate-style church built in 1860 and which also includes the Heritage Museum. At the Pilgrim Monument, you can admire the country’s tallest granite building, a 252-foot-high tower that offers commanding sea views. The museum at its base commemorates the Pilgrim’s 5-week sojourn here, during which time they drew up the Mayflower Compact that codified the first laws of the new colony. The Cape Cod National Seashore boasts some of the country’s most stupendous seascapes, and at the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center; you will enjoy wonderful views of them — as well as exhibits on local flora and fauna.

After lunch, you will have free time to explore on your own. Poke around the eclectic shops and art galleries, or perhaps enjoy the bustling harbor scene at MacMillan Pier.

Included Feature:

  • Trolley tour of Provincetown

Scenic Sailing:

  • Later today, bid farewell to Provincetown as you set sail

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 15:

See the legendary summer resort of Martha’s Vineyard

Beautiful Martha’s Vineyard is famous as an affluent summer resort, and you can certainly do some celebrity-watching here. But your eyes will also be drawn to the sweeping natural beauty, historic towns and charming architecture. If some of it looks familiar, perhaps that’s because the movie Jaws was filmed here.

Today’s tour starts with historic Oak Bluffs, once a religious revival summer camp. Then, head along the coast to Edgartown, a quaint, white-clapboard village that was originally an important whaling center. Ride though the farmlands of West Tisbury, and the hills of Chilmark, where celebrities such as Ted Danson, Carly Simon, James Taylor, and Bill Murray have homes. Back in Oak Bluffs, you’ll have lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Perhaps you will explore Oak Bluffs on your own to get a feel for the laid-back charm that is synonymous with Martha’s Vineyard. You can see the colorful Flying Horses, the country’s oldest, continuously-operating platform carousel that was brought here from Coney Island in 1874. Nearby is Wesleyan Grove, better known as the Campground. Back in the mid-1800s, Methodist families would set up tents in this 34-acre site to enjoy revival meetings and summer Bible study groups. The tents eventually gave way to cottages that are painted lovely pastel hues and adorned with elaborate millwork. Today, these lovely gingerbread cottages are part of the National Historic Register. You can also learn about Oak Bluff’s history as one of the country’s first resorts for affluent African Americans.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Martha’s Vineyard

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 16:

Delve into history in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is famous as the summer “watering hole” for America’s wealthiest families during the Gilded Age. It is also a yachting center that hosted the America’s Cup races from 1930 to 1983, and the first US Open sites for tennis and golf. Less well-known is the town's colonial heritage, when it was an important whaling and trading port, notably as a center of the slave trade. Your tour points out the historic wharves, Touro Synagogue (the country’s oldest synagogue), the sweeping vistas of Ocean Drive, Hammersmith Farm (Jacqueline Bouvier’s childhood home, where she later held the reception for her wedding to John F. Kennedy), and more.

A highlight of the day will be your visit to the Breakers, the opulent Italian Renaissance-style mansion that was built as a summer residence by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Set on elegant Bellevue Avenue, it has a vast back lawn overlooking the Cliff Walk and the sea, and is filled with lavish period furnishings and art. Your tour provides a fascinating, intimate glimpse into the lives of America’s wealthiest and most powerful families during the late 1800s through the turn of the century.

The afternoon is free for you to explore Newport at your leisure. Your onboard Concierge will be able to provide recommendations based on your interests!

Included Feature:

  • Newport city tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 17:

Discover the best of the Big Apple, New York City

Enjoy breakfast as we arrive in New York City, then set out to explore. Your tour showcases some of the city’s most famous attractions and landmarks. See where world economies rise and fall on Wall Street, including the New York Stock Exchange building in the heart of the financial district. Nearby, you’ll pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial, where the victims of the World Trade Center bombing are honored. Also nearby is St. Paul’s Chapel, the oldest surviving church in New York City, built in 1766. At Battery Park, you’ll catch glimpses of the Statue of Liberty.

Your tour continues as you make your way towards Midtown, passing through Chinatown, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and more. Ride past the elegant New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, and then see Rockefeller Center, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park and Grand Central Station. You’ll be back on board in time for lunch and a free afternoon, with a scintillating port talk and dinner back on board. Your evening is free; ask your Concierge in advance to help with tickets for a Broadway show, musical performances, gallery shows, and more.

Included Feature:

  • New York City tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 18:

Explore New York as you like it

The morning is yours to delve deeper into the best of New York. There is so much to choose from, you’ll be grateful for the guiding hand of your Vantage Concierge, who can help you plan your time. We'll sail on to our next destination in the early afternoon.

Scenic Sailing:

  • Be sure to have your cameras ready as there may be no more iconic skyline in the world than New York City’s. Soak up its million dollar views as you head towards your next thrilling destination

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 19:

Travel back in time at Nautical Norfolk and Colonial Williamsburg

Strategically set at the core of the historic Hampton Roads region, Norfolk is surrounded on three sides by water and is home to the world’s largest naval base, as well as one of NATO’s two Strategic Command headquarters. You’ll arrive around breakfast time, then head out to explore the region’s historic colonial roots.

From 1699 to 1780, the colonial city of Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia colony, which at the time stretched as far west as the Mississippi and as far north as the Great Lakes. Today, the city is a living history museum with about 80% of the original layout and buildings restored to their 18th-century appearance. You’ll visit the Colonial Williamsburg site today and enjoy a light lunch here. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with actor-historians who demonstrate colonial livelihoods. After enlightening colonial cooking and craft demonstrations, you’ll enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day tour of Colonial Williamsburg

Cultural Discoveries:
  • Demonstration of colonial cooking and crafts

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 20:

Cruise Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast

A full day to relax and enjoy the 5-star amenities of your deluxe ship. Perhaps you’ll take a soak in the hot tubs, join a yoga class, or enjoy a soothing massage. During an onboard lecture, you can learn about the rise and fall of plantation life — a wonderful preparation for your upcoming discoveries in Wilmington and Charleston.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 21:

Revisit antebellum life in Wilmington, North Carolina

If you’re up on deck this morning, take in the beautiful coastal scenery as your ship makes its way up the wide Cape Fear River to Wilmington. This historic port city boasts a beautifully restored waterfront, and exquisite architecture which you’ll see on today’s tour.

This morning’s trolley tour spotlights Wilmington’s National Register Historic district, some 230 blocks worth of beautifully preserved architecture from many different eras. You’ll also learn about the many movies and television shows filmed around here. In fact, Wilmington has the country’s largest full-service filming studio outside of Hollywood. A highlight will be your visit to the Bellamy Mansion, a 10,000-square-foot, 22-room antebellum masterpiece. Built in 1859 in the Italianate style, it features finely detailed plaster, iron, and millwork, carefully crafted by enslaved and freed black artisans. The grounds feature lovely gardens as well as separate slave quarters. Afterward, you’ll revisit a different era when you step aboard the Word War II battleship USS North Carolina, which is permanently docked in Wilmington.

After your tour you’ll have free time to enjoy this pretty city on your own. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk, a waterfront promenade lined with parks, shops and cafés. If you are a craft beer enthusiast, Wilmington boasts many well-regarded microbreweries. It also boasts many fine nearby beaches such as Carolina Beach, known for its colorful boardwalk. You can also visit the Railroad Museum, or perhaps borrow one of the bikes or kayaks on board your ship to explore the Cape Fear area.

Included Features:

  • Trolley tour of downtown Wilmington
  • Guided tour of the Bellamy Mansion
  • Guided tour of the USS North Carolina

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 22:

Soak up the color and culture in Charleston, South Carolina

For the past six years in a row, Charleston was voted the “#1, best city in the world” by readers of Travel + Leisure. Once you experience its stunning waterfront setting, exquisite Georgian architecture in every color of the rainbow, historic attractions, fine beaches and of course, some of the best cuisine in all of North America, you will agree that the title is well-deserved. Begin exploring with a panoramic city tour of some of Charleston’s most important attractions. You’ll see the Battery, the Citadel, Old City Market, and Hampton Park, and enjoy spectacular views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse.

From downtown Charleston you’ll proceed to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, named one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel + Leisure magazine. The house was built in 1676, and the garden is the oldest in the country, created in 1680. You’ll explore the manor house, filled with priceless antiques; and also see the Conservatory, where many plants native to Barbados are cultivated. There is also a petting zoo, wildlife observation tower, a Biblical garden, Audubon Swamp Garden, and a horticultural maze. A highlight will be your 45-minute “nature train” tour, which takes you by tram through the plantation's wetlands, lakes, forests, and marshes. Naturalist guides will help you spot alligators, turtles, egrets, and herons, and provide the backstories of the slaves and indigenous people who once lived in the cabins and woodlands surrounding the main house.

Back in Charleston, spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring at your leisure. You might visit the Old Slave Mart Museum, a moving museum depicting the city’s notorious role in African-American history. Or, browse the shops along King Street to find Charleston souvenirs like a Brackish bowtie made entirely of feathers or a handcrafted Gullah sweetgrass basket. Along the way, get a taste of Charleston's famed shrimp and grits or Low Country bouillabaisse!

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Charleston

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 23:

Tour Amelia Island and Fort Clinch

This morning your ship drops anchor in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida’s northernmost barrier island. After breakfast you’ll set out on a tour of the island, which draws visitors with its dramatic history as the only United States location to have had eight flags flown over it. In the historic district of Fernandina Beach, you'll pass blocks of colorful storefronts and 19th-century mansions from the Gilded Age. Then, follow the boardwalk out to Fort Clinch Beach to admire the coastline. You’ll be back on board in time for lunch and a relaxing afternoon as your ship sets sail for the Bahamas.

Included Feature:

  • Guided tour of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach

Scenic Sailing:

  • Fernandina Beach’s stunning coastline comes into sight as you arrive on Amelia Island

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 24:

Cruise to the Caribbean

Relax with a day at sea: refresh, renew, and relish in your ship’s deluxe amenities. Perhaps you’ll join a morning workout class, or lounge by the pool. You could enjoy a facial at the spa, meet friends in the lounge for a game of bridge, attend a lecture on the history of the Bahamas, or simply soak in the hot tub with the cocktail of the day — the choice is yours!

Scenic Sailing:

  • It will be a beautiful day at sea so take the time to be outside and breathe in the fresh air and delightful breezes

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 25:

Get into island time in Nassau, Bahamas

You’ll know you’re in the Bahamas as the water gets bluer and brighter. In fact, the Bahamas lays claim to the clearest water on Earth. Enjoy the views as you approach Nassau, the capital of this beautiful archipelago. After breakfast you’ll disembark ship and then enjoy a sightseeing tour that acquaints you with the history and laid-back culture of the island, which is called New Providence.

In downtown Nassau, you’ll see Rawson and then Parliament Square, with its pink stucco Georgian neo-classical buildings that house the Supreme Court, Senate Chambers, and House of Assembly. Then, cross the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge to Paradise Island to get a look at the spectacular Atlantis Hotel Resort & Casino. Leaving here, you’ll pass the Queen’s Staircase, 66 limestone steps that connect Fort Fincastle to the lower town. It was carved out of the sheer rock by slaves in 1793. You’ll also see the Government House and Graycliff, a stunning mansion built in 1740 that is now a famous hotel. After a photo stop at historic Fort Charlotte, you’ll pass other landmarks such as the College of the Bahamas, Sir Harry Oakes Monument and Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, and others. You’ll also pass colorful Arawak Cay, a jumble of multi-colored shacks and cafés that are collectively known as “Fish Fry.” You'll have some time at your leisure before heading to your hotel, with lunch on your own — perhaps you'll come back to enjoy the famous conch fritters, fried chicken, and tropical conch salad, and to hear a local storyteller share some Bahamian lore.

During your tour you’ll stop at the historic 1789 Buena Vista Estate, home of the John Watlings Distillery where you will enjoy a self-guided tour and rum tasting. Upon departing the distillery you’ll visit Aradastra Gardens, a lush tropical setting where you’ll be introduced to some local denizens such as monkeys, flamingos, snakes, lorikeets, flamingoes, and other native species. The rest of your day is free.

Included Feature:

  • Nassau city tour

Cultural Discoveries: 

  • Tour with rum tasting at John Watlings Distillery
  • Exotic animal encounters at Aradastra Gardens

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 26:

Relax aboard the Ocean Explorer

Treat yourself to your ship’s amenities as you cruise into the legendary Caribbean Sea. Take advantage of this time to read a book from our library or enjoy a soothing massage at the spa. The time is yours! This afternoon, attend the first in our series of onboard lectures by experts in their fields. Learn about local culture, Caribbean history, and the breathtaking natural world. In the elegant dining room this evening, savor a special Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture
Scenic Sailing:
  • We are out on the open waters today, so be sure to enjoy the panoramic views of the Caribbean

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 27:

Indulge in the natural riches of the Dominican Republic in Samaná

Immerse yourself in the colors and textures of “DR” today during an enlightening tour that reveals the island’s flavors, bucolic way of life, and remarkable history. Samaná is a lush, laid-back slice of this island, and you'll get to see its beaches and natural glory on a tour today, as well as meet with some locals. Back on board, relax by the infinity pool in the late afternoon sun. Tour of Samaná, Dominican Republic

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Samaná, Dominican Republic


Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 28:

Relax on board with a day at sea

Enjoy a day at sea as the Ocean Explorer plies the historic waters of the Caribbean. Visit the spa, get in a workout at the gym, lounge in the swimming pool, relax on the sun deck catching up with a great book, and enjoy the fabulous cuisine our chefs are cooking up. Gain more insight about your upcoming destinations from your onboard lecturer.

Scenic Sailing:
  • Step out on deck or view the gorgeous beauty of the Caribbean from the ship’s multilevel observation lounge and lobby

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 29:

Ride the rails to a historic fortress on St. Kitts

Dock this morning in Basseterre, the capital of the sovereign nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. These lush islands were first colonized by France and Britain in the 1620s and became independent in 1983. Today, you’ll venture to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Erected by the British, this was the largest fortification ever built in the Western Caribbean. You’ll arrive at the fort via a splendid two-hour rail trip aboard the open-air carriages of the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, a thrilling experience through lush countryside and past sweeping vistas awash in the Caribbean’s azure waters and distant emerald-hued islands. After visiting the fort, you’ll have the afternoon at your leisure to explore St. Kitts on your own. Today’s onboard lecture illuminates more of the islands’ rich culture and heritage.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

Cultural Discovery:

  • Ride the St. Kitts Scenic Railway

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 30:

Discover Martinique, the "Island of Flowers" and birthplace of an empress

The French island of Martinique boasts a fascinating culture born of its Carib and French colonial heritage. We anchor offshore today and tender to shore for a drive to Les Trois-Îlets and Pagerie Museum: birthplace and childhood home of the future Empress Josephine, who became the first wife of Napoleon in 1804. We’ll also visit the Clement plantation, where the presidents of France and the United States met in 1991, before admiring the vibrant tropical blooms of the 16-acre Botanical Garden. At an old distillery, you’ll find the insight about the island’s rum production, domestic plantation life, and Creole architecture to be downright intoxicating. Peek into one of its aging cellars, fragrant with wood and alcohol, and enjoy a rum tasting before returning to the ship.

After lunch onboard, venture out to discover Martinique at your leisure — your onboard Concierge will be able to provide recommendations on where to go! This evening, get into the rhythm of the islands when local performers bring their talent to the onboard lounge.

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Martinique

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Tour and rum tasting at a local distillery
  • Evening onboard entertainment: local performance

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 31:

Volcanic splendors of St. Lucia

Arrive in Soufriére this morning, the scenic and pastel-hued capital of St. Lucia tucked into a natural amphitheater. A scenic drive showcases its beautiful colonial architecture. Continue to Sulphur Springs Park, the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano where pools of bubbling hot springs create an otherworldly landscape. Then, stop to admire the vivid, exotic hues and melodious birdsong at the Diamond Botanical Garden and Waterfall. Later, visit the island’s Old Sugar Mill. Its waterwheel, built in 1765, once crushed sugarcane and limes and even generated the island’s first electricity. During your visit, jive to the rhythms of a local band over a refreshing drink and snacks.

Following your lunch on board, the afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps explore more of St. Lucia with a tour set up by your onboard Concierge or stroll the streets of Soufrière in search of a handcrafted souvenir. As you leave St. Lucia behind, you will cruise past the island’s most famous landmark — the twin volcanic spires of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included Feature:

  • Scenic driving tour of St. Lucia

Cultural Discoveries: 

  • Visit a centuries-old sugar mill
  • Refreshments accompanied by a local band’s live performance

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 32:

Barbados: Brimming with British charm

Few places other than Barbados blend calypso music and cricket so seamlessly, thanks to its rich British heritage. This is one of the Caribbean’s most stunning islands, as you’ll have ample time to discover during a stay here. Your explorations begin in the island’s northern reaches at Animal Flower Cave, the only accessible sea cave on the island. After admiring its beauty, stop in Tent Bay at the Atlantis Historic Inn. You might spot faraway fishing boats hauling in their catch as you relax in the warm sun over a refreshing drink. At St. John’s Parish Church, perched 800 feet above the sea, enjoy stunning views of the ocean and the town of St. John. One of the island’s most fascinating residents was a descendant of the Byzantine Imperial family, today buried in the cemetery here after his 1678 death. Conclude your tour with lunch at Sunbury House, dating to 1650. This grand manse is brimming with antiques and echoes of plantation life, including the Caribbean’s largest collection of carriages and some of the first optical machinery in the West Indies. You’ll anchor overnight in Bridgetown which, together with its Garrison, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy — check with our Concierge for suggestions on what to see and do in Barbados. Perhaps you’ll lounge on one of its warm white sand beaches or explore Bridgetown’s history on a stroll around the Careenage, the city’s original harbor around the Constitution River. This evening, we’ve invited some talented performers on board to regale you with lively entertainment.

Included Feature:

  • Scenic tour of Barbados

Cultural Discovery:

  • Evening onboard entertainment: local performance

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 33:

Experience the magnificence of Harrison’s Cave

Head out this morning to visit what many call the Caribbean’s most spectacular natural sight — Harrison’s Cave. What makes this cavernous chamber so spellbinding is the crystallized limestone from which it was formed over millennia. An electric tram takes you down into its depths, a stunning canvas of stalagmites, stalactites, gurgling streams, and waterfalls plunging into emerald pools.

Your onboard lecturer provides more insight and illumination about the natural and cultural wonders of the Caribbean. You cruise out of Barbados before the dinner hour. Be sure to take a cocktail up to the Observation Lounge or the sun deck to bid this spectacular island farewell.

Included Feature:

  • Scenic tour of Harrison’s Cave with electric tram ride

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAYS 34-35:

Two days of bliss and relaxation at sea

You have two days to indulge in the amenities of the Ocean Explorer. Relax by the swimming pool, visit the spa for a soothing treatment, or perhaps get a workout in the gym. At mealtime, savor incredible culinary creations thoughtfully prepared by your onboard chefs. In the evening, head up to the Observation Deck for some of the most magnificent stargazing you’re ever likely to experience. Each day, you’ll learn about your upcoming ports along the coast of South America and the Amazon during onboard lectures by local specialists.

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Onboard lectures
Scenic Sailing:
  • It will be two beautiful days at sea; take the time to be outside, breathe in the fresh air of the Caribbean, and enjoy the delightful breezes

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 36:

Devil’s Island, French Guiana

Home to one of history’s most feared penal colonies, Île du Diable, or Devil’s Island, today is one of coastal South America’s most enthralling sites. This was where France sent its most notorious criminals; the prison was long considered inescapable until the two convicts broke out against all odds — depicted in the novel by Henri Charrière and its film adaptation Papillon. You have time on your own here to explore the prison’s buildings and grounds — made all the more atmospheric by resident monkeys cavorting in the canopy and distant bird calls echoing through the forest.

After a fascinating morning, set sail along the French Guiana and Brazilian coasts. Attend another onboard lecture to learn about this lush and biodiverse region.

Included Feature:

  • Explore Devil’s Island prison

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAYS 37-38:

Ply Atlantic waters, cross the equator, and cruise up the Amazon

Enjoy these two days treating yourself to the indulgences on board the Ocean Explorer as the outside world fades away. Lounge by the infinity pool, lose yourself in a book from our library, enjoy a calming treatment at the spa, and savor refined cuisine from breakfast to dinner. As you cruise, the observation lounge offers incredible views.

You’ll achieve a travel milestone on Day 16 as you cross the equator. Our staff and crew will help you mark the occasion with a fun ceremony, honoring a tradition with ties to naval and maritime trade ships. Later, head up to the top deck as you approach the mouth of the Amazon River. By some accounts, the Amazon estuary stretches some 200 miles along Brazil’s coast. The waters you’ll cruise along this breathtaking and iconic waterway have coursed their way from as far away as Peru and Bolivia. Setting a course upriver into this realm of mystery, you’ll want to get your first glimpse of the rainforest’s wild beauty.

Over these two relaxing days, our onboard lecturer will keep you informed and enlightened about the wonders of the Amazon you’re likely to witness during fascinating lectures.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Participate in an equator crossing ceremony

Scenic Sailing:

  • As we cruise the Atlantic Ocean, be on the lookout for the coast as we approach the mouth of the Amazon, enjoying the sight of sea birds up above
  • Marvel at the Amazon’s extraordinary variety of lush, green vegetation as we glide through the Amazon. Bird lovers, be on the lookout as the Amazon has some of the world’s highest biodiversity

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 39:

Try piranha fishing and nature cruise out of Santarém

After lunch, you’ll arrive at the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers, where the city of Santarém rises on the banks. The people of this small market town rely on boats to get around; the 60 miles of white-sand beaches on the river have earned it the nickname “the Amazonian Caribbean.”

During your stay, you’ll view a rare natural phenomenon along the river and learn how the locals fish for the famous piranha. You head downriver on a small local boat to witness the Meeting of the Waters, where the Amazon and the Tapajós converge. Each waterway has its own distinct color and they run side by side, one deep blue and one milky brown, for several miles. Soon, you arrive at Lake Maica, a natural outlet of the Amazon and home to abundant wildlife and birdlife. Your captain will cut the motor here so you can cast a line into the water in hopes of catching and releasing piranha fish. Or, just sit back and take in the lush flora and plentiful fauna of the Amazon. After resuming our journey upstream, learn more about the Amazon’s natural wonders from your onboard lecturer.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Piranha fishing tour on a local boat

Cultural Discovery: 

  • Try catching and releasing piranha during your tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 40:

Uncover Parintins and Boca dos Botos

Continue taking int the Amazon’s splendor as we visit Parintins. Located just west of Santarém, the town is renowned for its Festival de Parintins, or Parintins Folkloric Festival, second only to Carnival. Today, you’ll explore this municipality, which is known for its rich biodiversity. Due to its central location in the Amazonas, during low tide you’ll discover its riverside beaches along the Uaicurapá River and the Amazon. Tour this incredible province, getting to know ancient architecture with signs of past Japanese migration, Serra da Valéri, and Boca dos Botos, where you’ll likely spot pink dolphins. If you’re up to it, you can also take a tricycle around Parintins!

Included Features:

  • Tour of Parintins
  • Ride tricycles around the city

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 41:

Discover Manaus, gateway to the Amazon

You might find that Manaus has a fascinating contradictory feel; it is a city in the middle of a jungle, and despite its size, it is only accessible in a practical sense by boat or plane. And though seafaring vessels dock here, the ocean is 900 miles away. It’s all part of the intrigue of the Amazon!

Today you’ll get acquainted with the largest city in the Amazon basin during an included tour that features the Manaus Opera House. This stunning vision in pink — opened in 1896 at the height of the rubber barons’ prosperity — was built with European bricks, French glass, and Italian marble.

If you’re in the market for exotic fruits, Amazon herbal medicines, and local handicrafts, you’ll love rubbing elbows with the people of Manaus during a visit to the Mercado Adolpho Lisboa. Fashioned after the Les Halles market of Paris in 1882, it is the city’s oldest market and a scintillating way to immerse yourself in the culture. Produce from the surrounding countryside and fish from the river are delivered every morning. Cross the street to see how all these goods arrived—aboard the armada of fishing boats and cargo boats bobbing on the Amazon’s waters. Dinner is back on the Ocean Explorer.

Included Feature:

  • Manaus city tour

Cultural Discovery: 

  • Visit the oldest market in Manaus

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 42:

Scenic Amazon cruising

Take in the splendor of the Amazon during a full day of cruising today. We’ve included binoculars in your cabin to help you seek out the wildlife that thrives amidst the forest. Birdsong and the screech of monkeys provide a soundtrack to your exploration as the sunlight glitters on the water. You may also take advantage of the ship’s amenities, perhaps swimming in the infinity pool, admiring breathtaking views from the observation lounge, and indulging in a treatment in the spa. This afternoon, learn about the remarkable biodiversity of the Amazon during a fascinating lecture by an onboard naturalist.


Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 43:

Fish for piranha and take a nature cruise out of Santarém

Arrive this morning at the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers, where the city of Santarém rises on the banks. The people of this small market town rely on boats to get around; the 60 miles of white-sand beaches on the river have earned it the nickname “the Amazonian Caribbean.”

Spend the morning on a spectacular nature cruise, viewing a rare natural phenomenon along the river and learning how locals fish for the notorious piranha. You head downriver on a small local boat to witness the Meeting of the Waters, where the Amazon and the Tapajós converge. Each waterway has its own distinct color and they run side by side, one deep blue and one milky brown, for several miles. Soon, you arrive at Lake Maica, a natural outlet of the Amazon and home to abundant wildlife and birdlife. Your captain will cut the motor here so you can cast a line into the water in hopes of catching and releasing voracious piranha fish. Or, just sit back and take in the lush flora and plentiful fauna of the Amazon.

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Piranha fishing tour on a local boat

Cultural Discovery: 

  • Try catching and releasing piranha during a local boat ride

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 44:

Sail the Amazon River and the Brazilian coast

Lose yourself to the rhythm of the Amazon as you follow its course to the Atlantic. Consider that you’re drifting along waters that have flowed and gathered here from as far away as Peru and Bolivia. Its watershed covers 40% of the South American continent and the streams and brooks and lesser rivers that have spilled into the river you’re cruising have nourished the world’s largest rainforest. By the time it reaches the ocean, the Amazon fans out into an estuary that, by some accounts, stretches some 200 miles along the coast.

Relax on board as you sail the Brazilian coast. Take a dip in the swimming pool as the forest drifts past, visit the spa, get a workout in the gym, and watch the river open up to the wide Atlantic Ocean from the observation lounge. At mealtime, savor incredible culinary creations thoughtfully prepared by your onboard chefs. In the evening, head up to the Observation Deck for some of the most magnificent stargazing you’re ever likely to experience. Over these three relaxing days, our onboard naturalists will keep you informed and enlightened about such wonders of the Amazon during fascinating discussions.


DAY 47:

Discover Fortaleza's countless cultural treasures

Around midday, you arrive in Fortaleza, capital of the Brazilian state of Ceará. Despite its size, there’s a light and airy quality to this culture-rich city kissed by soft-sand urban beaches and dotted with stately colonial-era buildings. You’ll tap into the city’s distinctive musical rhythms during an included tour that features the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral, adorned with stunning stained-glass windows; the José de Alencar Theater, named for the region’s beloved poet; a drive along the palm-fringed beach past the sophisticated residences of Aldeota; and a stop at the Espigão de Pedras bridge. You’ll also stop to peruse the countless cultural treasures at the Central Market, a lively emporium of Fortaleza’s handmade lace, embroidery, hammocks, and other crafts. There’ll be time to make the short stroll from the ship into downtown afterward.

Included Feature:

  • Fortaleza city tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit Fortaleza’s Central Market

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAYS 48-49:

Cruise coastal Brazil

Treat yourself to more of your ship’s amenities as you cruise around the easternmost coast of Brazil. Take advantage of this time to read a book from our library or enjoy a soothing massage at the spa. The time is yours! During your time at sea, onboard lecturers will captivate you with talks about Brazilian culture and history and our chefs will continue to amaze you with their culinary expertise.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 50:

Marvel at the colonial treasures of Salvador

Dock this morning in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil’s unparalleled colonial gem and the country’s former capital. Its colorful Renaissance city plan and outstanding new-world monuments earned it a prestigious place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your city tour passes Brazil’s famed lighthouse, the Farol da Barra. In the Pelourinho district (the Old Town), walk along charming cobbled lanes from the Municipal Square to Terreiro de Jesus square and view the splendid baroque cathedral, once the home of the largest Jesuit seminary outside Rome. Gaze upon its ornate interior, then visit Largo do Pelourinho Square and the San Francisco Church.

Conclude your tour with a demonstration of capoeira, a regional acrobatic dance that incorporates elements of the martial arts. Then there’ll be time to browse the paintings, pottery, beads, and handicrafts at the local market. This afternoon, enjoy another fascinating lecture on board.

Included Features:

  • Coach and walking tour of Salvador de Bahia
  • Visit Terreiro de Jesus square and the Cathedral of Salvador

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Capoeira demonstration during your tour
  • Visit a local market

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 51:

Relax with a day at sea

The indulgent amenities of the Ocean Explorer are yours once again as you continue your southward expedition along Brazil’s coast. This will be your final full day on board, so if you haven’t yet treated yourself to the spa, this is your time! And you’re sure to find the Observation Lounge the ideal spot for reflection as you ply the waters of the Atlantic. 

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 52:

Visit Vitória’s mountaintop convent

You have today to explore one of the oldest cities in Brazil and one of the nation’s best state capitals to live in. Vitória is set on Honey Island in Vitória Bay and enjoys a picturesque setting at the foot of sloping hills. Your included tour takes you to the mainland over the Third Bridge to Vila Velha, where the 16th-century Penha Convent has long stood as a symbol of faith from atop its high mountain perch. A shuttle takes you halfway up, and you can choose to walk the remaining 365 steps, or to enjoy the breathtaking 360 views from this vantage point.

After a photo stop at a couple of the city’s urban beaches, pause at the Cooperativa da Paneleiras de Goiabeiras to see firsthand how local artisans bring shape to lovely clay pots. En route back to the ship, admire Vitória’s blend of old and new architecture in its downtown area. Back on board, attend another enlightening lecture from one of our experts.

Included Feature:

  • Scenic tour of Vitória

Cultural Discovery:

  • Clay pot making demonstration at a local artists’ cooperative

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 53:

Delight in the beaches of Armação dos Búzios

Enjoy a preview of Rio de Janeiro today when you call on Armação dos Búzios, the buzzing resort town favored by the glamorous jet-setters of the capital. French actress Brigitte Bardot made Búzios famous when she visited in 1964 and transformed the little fishing village into the St. Tropez of South America. Ever since, it is the place for members of high society to be seen. More than 23 beaches grace this peninsular region. On an included tour by open-air trolley, you’ll see many of them, including the wild and scenic Brava Beach, the pink sands of Forno Beach, and the unique rock formations of Point Lagoinha — known as the Brazilian Himalayas. There’ll be time to linger and to swim if you wish, after which you may browse the posh shops downtown.

This afternoon, you can spend more time on the water when you take our shipboard paddleboards or kayaks out to explore. Learn what cultural and historic treasures wait for you in Rio during today’s onboard lecture. Tonight, thrill to the beat of a lively samba show when local entertainers join you on board!

Included Feature:

  • Trolley tour of Búzios

Cultural Discovery:

  • Evening onboard entertainment: Local samba performance

Active Feature:

  • Opportunity for paddle boarding or kayaking at sea

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 54:

Explore Rio de Janeiro, a cidade maravilhosa

After breakfast this morning, you’ll see Rio’s iconic sites. Ascend to the spectacular Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. The 125-foot soapstone figure has an arm span of 98 feet. Then, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and admire its modernist design inspired by Mayan pyramids. Head from the sacred to the footloose when you next visit Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, celebrated in song and frequented by the city’s carefree partygoers. Enjoy lunch at one of Rio's local cafés — Confeitaria Colombo. The old-style café — set in a cavernous ballroom crowned with a stunning stained-glass ceiling — has been serving delicious meals and decadent desserts to local cariocas for over 120 years.

Included Features:

  • Visit Christ the Redeemer
  • Cog train ride up Corcovado Mountain

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lunch at Confeitaria Colombo, a 120-year-old local café

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 55:

Ilha Grande: Island penitentiary turned lush paradise

Arrive this morning on the lush shores of Ilha Grande, or Big Island, the largest of a breathtaking archipelago of 360 islands dotting the Bay of Kings. Along with Paraty, Ilha Grande was named a new UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2019. Once home to a prison and leprosarium, this largely unspoiled paradise — free of vehicles and other signs of civilization — is today ringed by sand beaches and blanketed in Atlantic forest and palms. You’ll join your guide for a walk into Abraão Village, stopping at the San Sebastian church. Then, follow the footpaths into the woodlands of the state park, hearing tales of the island’s buccaneer days and its once-prosperous coffee and sugar barons as you pass through the ruins of what was once a leprosarium and then the Cândido Mendes high-security prison, before it closed in 1994. Keep your eyes and ears open for howler monkeys, sloths, and countless birds. There’ll be time for a refreshing swim at Black Beach in the natural pools of an aqueduct.

After lunch, learn what cultural and historic treasures await during an onboard lecture. Enjoy the afternoon at the poolside or pampering yourself with a spa treatment. Dinner tonight is on board, featuring a festive Brazilian show to set the mood for this expedition!

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Ilha Grande
Cultural Discoveries:
  • Visit the former Cândido Mendes high-security prison
  • Evening onboard entertainment: Brazilian cultural show

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 56:

Exploring the colonial treasures of Paraty

Step back in time today when you explore Paraty, a remarkably preserved Portuguese colonial town along Brazil’s lush, green coastal corridor, and a new UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with Ilha Grande). Once a port for the export of gold to the Old World, Paraty enjoys a stunning setting surrounded by tropical islands and soaring mountains. Your walking tour along narrow cobbled lanes leads you into its heart. Admire original 18th-century architectural gems, including the 1722 Santa Rita de Cássia Church and the colonial mansion that hosts the House of Culture, which provides a fascinating chronicle of the town’s role in Brazil’s past. Pause to peruse charming boutiques and art galleries as you explore, perhaps meeting some artists in residence.

As you sail on to your next destination after lunch on board, gain more insight into Brazil’s fertile coast during a lecture from one of our onboard experts.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Paraty
Cultural Discoveries:
  • Observe local artists and craftsmen at work in local art galleries
Scenic Sailing:
  • Grab your camera and GoPro during your afternoon departure — in addition to views of the coastline, its colonial architecture, and lush vegetation, you’ll be delighted by the seabirds that approach the Ocean Explorer!

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 57:

Discover the vibrant urban center of Santos

Today, enjoy a glimpse of one of Brazil’s major urban centers. Built on the prosperity of the coffee industry, today Santos is home to the largest beachfront garden in the world. A city tour reveals its cosmopolitan air and rich history. Visit the Coffee Museum, located in a former palace. Stop by the Museum of the Santos Football Club, proud to have called Pelé its star player for 18 years. And explore the aquarium, Brazil’s largest.

Another onboard lecture today uncovers more of the region’s fascinating history and rich culture.

Included Feature:

  • Santos city tour
Scenic Sailing:
  • As you cruise into Santos, enjoy views of its skyline and bustling port

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 58:

The natural and cultural splendors of Camboriú

One of Brazil’s most popular resort towns welcomes you today. Brazilians from all over the country come to Camboriú for the beaches, the lively culture, the mouthwatering seafood, and the vistas of steep slopes draping down to the sea. To get a bird’s-eye view of it all, you’ll embark on an ecological tour and board the city’s famous teleférico, or cable car, to the Atlantic Forest Station. Take a walk into these magnificent hilltop woods with an interpretive guide and ample opportunities to take in stunning panoramas. Your cable car continues to Laranjeiras Beach. Feel free to bring your suit along; there are changing rooms there if you’d like to go for a swim.

More Brazilian history and culture stimulates your mind and your curiosity during an onboard lecture this afternoon. In the evening, enjoy another divine meal prepared by your chef.

Included Feature:

  • Camboriú city tour
Scenic Sailing:
  • As you approach Camboriú, you’ll enjoy views of this popular beach resort and its hilly landscape.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 59:

A day at sea along the Brazilian coast

The indulgent amenities of the Ocean Explorer are yours as you continue your expedition along Brazil’s Costa Verde, or Green Coast. Perhaps you’ll treat yourself to the spa. And you’re sure to find the observation lounge the ideal spot for reflection and for looking for seabirds as you ply the waters of the Atlantic. You’ll turn your attention again to Brazil’s colorful culture and history during an onboard lecture today.

Scenic Sailing:

  • Be on the lookout for seabirds and shorebirds that may approach the Ocean Explorer as it sails into the South Atlantic.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 60:

The rich arts and culture of Rio Grande

Dock this morning in one of Brazil’s most important maritime ports and host to what some believe is the longest uninterrupted beach in world, Praia do Cassino, at about 160 miles long. The city was founded by the Portuguese in 1737; this gem is often overlooked by cruise lines. And that’s a shame, as you’ll discover during a city tour. On your walking tour, admire some of its elegant historic buildings, including the neoclassical Customs House and the Baroque Cathedral São Pedro. At the Museum of Sacred Art in the Chapel of San Francisco, view a collection left by the Jesuits, the area’s first European settlers. At Praça Tamandaré, admire some of the city’s beloved public sculptures. A stop at the Oceanographic Museum rounds out your enriching tour.

This afternoon, enjoy another fascinating lecture on board.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Rio Grande city tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 61:

Cruising coastal Brazil

Treat yourself to more of your ship’s amenities as you cruise Brazil’s lush coast. Take advantage of this time to read a book from our library or enjoy a soothing massage at the spa. The time is yours! As you approach Uruguay, our onboard lecturer continues to astonish you, while our chefs will keep surprising you with their culinary expertise.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 62:

Lifestyles of the rich and famous in Punta del Este

Often compared to Miami and Cannes for its resort style and well-heeled visitors, Punta del Este is the jewel of Uruguay at the wide mouth of Río de la Plata. Head into this posh resort town and set out on a scenic panoramic tour through tiny residential neighborhoods and past stunning beaches. Stop to visit Casapueblo, the self-built curvilinear home and studio of the late artist Carlos Páez Vilaró perched on a cliffside overlooking the Atlantic. A picturesque coastal road leads you back to the pier.

After your Punta del Este explorations, learn about Uruguay’s cultural treasures during an onboard lecture.

Included Feature:

  • Scenic tour of Punta del Este
Cultural Discovery:
  • Onboard lecture
Scenic Sailing:
  • Arriving and departing Punta del Este will offer some great views of the area’s islands and picturesque beaches

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 63:

Uncover the international spirit of Montevideo

Around breakfast time, arrive in Montevideo, consistently ranked at the top of “quality of life” lists among Latin American cities. Get acquainted with the vibrant and sophisticated cultural capital on a far-reaching city tour that takes in the major monuments, parks, and gardens. At Independence Square, begin a walking tour that features the cathedral, City Hall, the Government House, and the renowned Teatro Solís. Then, drive along the celebrated 18 de Julio Avenue, stopping to view the Legislative Palace, built with 52 types of local marble and 12 different kinds of wood. Continue to El Prado, an elegant neighborhood of sprawling botanical gardens and colonial mansions. At the Plaza Virgilio, enjoy sweeping views of the city.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring on your own. Perhaps you’ll walk to Plaza Cagancha and make a stop at Mercado de los Artesanos, or Craftsmen Market, to pick out a souvenir amid the swirl of local art and handcrafted goods. Alternatively, your onboard Concierge may help you set up a tour catered to your interests. This evening, be delighted by a dance show on board!

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Montevideo city tour by coach
Cultural Discovery:
  • Evening onboard entertainment: local dance show

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 64:

The UNESCO treasures of Colonia del Sacramento

Visit the oldest city in Uruguay today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Colonia del Sacramento, spread on a small peninsula on the Río de la Plata. A rich Spanish and Portuguese past whispers from its remarkably preserved colonial buildings. As you stroll its cobbled streets, stop to view the Matriz Church; the Calle de los Suspiros, or Street of Sighs, named for its breathtaking historic authenticity; the Puerta del Campo city gate; and the Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo.

A final captivating talk on board ship rounds out our lecture series.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day excursion to Colonia del Sacramento
Cultural Discovery:
  • Onboard lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 65:

Buenos Aires: Latin America with more than a hint of Europe

Wake up early for your last sunrise aboard and enjoy the scenery and downtown skyline as we enter Buenos Aires, the sultry capital of Argentina.

You'll disembark the Ocean Explorer — we hope you enjoyed your expedition on Vantage's first small ship oceangoing expedition vessel! This richly cosmopolitan city feels a lot like Europe — graced with splendid architecture and a hint of glamour. But its spirit is distinctly Argentine. A city tour reveals its most magnificent sites. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, La Boca (a neighborhood full of colorfully painted homes), and the neoclassical Catedral Metropolitana, the church home of Pope Francis. No Buenos Aires visit is complete without a visit to the famous Café Tortoni, and we’ll lunch in this institution today. Founded in 1858 by an enigmatic Frenchman, the café’s European ambience, intricate moldings, and marble-topped counters have lured artists and scholars alike for more than 150 years. After, check into your hotel and have the afternoon and evening free to pursue your own interests.

Included Feature:

  • Buenos Aires city tour
Cultural Discovery:
  • Lunch at Café Tortoni

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 66:

Discover the pleasures of polo in the Argentinean Pampas

Today you will be introduced to Argentina’s rich polo culture. The country is known for its champion polo players, and you’ll learn about the sport’s rich history and tradition during an excursion to an estancia (ranch) in the Argentinean Pampas, the vast lowland plains. At a renowned polo ranch, you’ll learn about the sport and horses, and witness some impressive horsemanship during a private exhibition of two chukkers. You’ll also enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch. Back in Buenos Aires, the balance of the day and evening is at leisure. Tonight, get a last taste of Argentina during a special dinner featuring a sensual tango performance!

Included Features:

  • Full-day Argentinean polo heritage tour
Cultural Discovery:
  • Learn about mate and gaúcho during your tour
  • Dinner with private tango performance

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 67:

Explore Buenos Aires on your own and return home

Flights from Buenos Aires typically depart late in the evening, so you’ve got another day to take in the wonders of the city!

Later, you’ll transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Please note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew.

Important: Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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