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Cruise to Carnaval and Explore the Amazon on Maasdam in 2014

It’s the world’s largest party, and guests on Maasdam‘s 49-day “Amazon and Carnaval Explorer Voyage” departing Feb. 7, 2014, will be front and center for all of the dancing, singing and excitement of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval.

From the Samba Parade to the Sambadrome, there’s plenty of time to experience it all with two nights and three days at port.

The famous Samba Parade is a highlight of Carnaval.

The famous Samba Parade is a highlight of Carnaval.

The round-trip Fort Lauderdale, Fla., cruise sails down to Rio and back, with plenty special highlights along the way. The ship will cross the equator three times during the voyage and venture deep into the heart of the Amazon River for a seven-day exploration, including an overnight at Manaus with the opportunity to take in an evening performance at the Teatro Amazonas Opera House or overnight at the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge.

The Amazon River.

The Amazon River.

Manaus, Brazil.

Manaus, Brazil.

The cruise calls at 25 ports, including all three of the “ABC Islands” — Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao — Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, French Guiana, St. Maarten and Trinidad and Tobago.

Brazil takes center stage on this cruise, with stops at 14 Brazilian ports: Belem, Recife, Maceio, Vitoria, Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Rio de Janeiro, Armacao dos Buzios, Salvador de Bahia, Fortaleza, Santarem, Boca da Valeria, Manaus, Parintins and Alter Do Chao.

Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil.

Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil.

In addition to Carnaval, Rio is overflowing with things to see and do. Guests who seek the sun can visit the famous beaches of Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana, while the adventurous can take a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. But no sight is more famous in Rio than the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain.

Guests who want to see more of Brazil’s beauty outside of Rio can take a memorable two-night overland tour to the stunning Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls by Mattie Wisse.

Iguazu Falls by Mattie Wisse.

Shorter segments of Maasdam’s Amazon and Carnaval Explorer Voyage are available for guests with less time. The 23-day segment departs Fort Lauderdale for Rio de Janeiro Feb. 7, and the 26-day segment departs Rio de Janeiro for Fort Lauderdale March 2 and includes the Amazon River cruising and two-night call at Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval.

If 49 days isn’t enough, guests can extend their holiday with a pre- or post-cruise stay in Fort Lauderdale at the The Harbor Beach Marriott Resort with transfers to or from either Fort Lauderdale or Miami Airport.

Will you be joining us for this extended South America adventure? Let us know what you would do if you were in Rio for three days in the comments below!

2 Comments
  • Louise

    Wonderful cruise, we have done it and are considering doing it again.

  • Denise Gabbard

    Beautiful– this looks like a Bucket List addition for my husband and myself. Any tips on seasickness?

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