Set Sail to Rio’s Carnival w/New Crystal Cruises Itinerary

by  Elissa Garay | Dec 15, 2011
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Yuri de Mesquita Bar/iStock

Make way for some revelry à la Rio during the annual Carnival celebration, courtesy of Crystal Cruises’ brand-new “Samba Serenade” sailing, set to embark on February 20. The luxury cruise line's 12-night itinerary debut will feature five maiden calls in Brazil (Buzios, Ilha Grande, Paraty, Santos/São Paulo, and Itajai), kicking off with an overnight stop in Rio during the height of the samba- and caipirinha-fueled Carnival festivities. The cruise then continues on to Uruguay, where guests can explore wineries in Montevideo, or lap up the high life on the glamorous beaches of Punta del Este, before rounding out the trip in legendary Buenos Aires.

What's more, Crystal Cruises can make special arrangements (for a fee) for fully escorted tours during the Rio Carnival portion of the itinerary, inclusive of tickets for grandstand seating, front-row box suites, or luxury VIP sky box suites. Or, step things up a notch with an option to join in on the festivities firsthand, with a secured spot in the actual parade, fully costumed, alongside performers in one of the samba schools!

The fun-filled cruise adventure will occur aboard the 922-passenger Crystal Symphony, one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, outfitted with a fitness center, casino, spa, nightclub, lap pool, Jacuzzi, and more, in addition to heralded onboard cuisine and entertainment.

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