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SONG OF SOUTH AMERICA

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Miami to Rio de Janeiro on Crystal Symphony
DATES : November 23 - December 9, 2013 (16 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $5,690 Per Person

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Across a deep blue sea, the coastal treasures of Brazil beckon with white sand beaches, a thriving nightlife and the seductive sounds of the samba in Rio.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Nov 23, Saturday
Miami, Florida, USA »   9 pm

It has the largest city population in Florida, is the third most visited American city among international travelers and showcases an Art Deco Historic District encompassing one of the largest neighborhoods entered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Miami certainly boasts its share of impressive characteristics, even before adding to the list its gorgeous beaches, spirited Cuban population and ritzy enclaves of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

Miami wasn't always the glamorous and energetic city you see today. Until the late 1800s, it was mostly swamp, disconnected from the rest of the country thanks to its position on the edge of the continent and lack of the essential link of the day: a railroad. All that changed in 1896, when the railroad in northern Florida was extended to the latent tropical paradise of the south.

The rest, as they say, is history, as Miami has since seen recurrent booms fueled by surges of immigration, perennially good weather and an insouciant refusal to do anything halfway. Admire the full glory of Miami Beach with a stroll along South Beach's famous Ocean Boulevard, where splendidly restored art deco buildings compete with fashion models and sun worshipers for attention. For a taste of Cuban cuisine and culture, visit Little Havana on the mainland (Miami Beach is separate both in its municipality and its geography: it sits on a barrier island four miles off the coast, and is reached by a causeway). Also outside mainland Miami are the acres of rare tropical plants nurtured to their fragrant and beautiful best in Fairchild Tropical Gardens. The aforementioned slice of heaven known as Coral Gables lies to the southwest. A gem of 1920s city planning, the city unfurls impressive boulevards and features the alluring Venetian Pool, where waterfalls and underwater caves offer the chance for a uniquely refreshing dip.

Nov 24, Sunday -
Nov 26, Tuesday
Cruising the Caribbean Sea  »

Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish:  pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.

Nov 27, Wednesday
Barbados/Bridgetown, British West Indies » 8 am 5 pm
Barbados offers sun-drenched beaches, clear blue-green waters and cool trade winds. Inland are lovingly preserved plantation houses, lush sugar cane fields and fragrant gardens. This charming former British colony is one of the most stable independent Caribbean nations. Reminders of British rule abound, from cricket fields to Lord Nelson's statue and the original Trafalgar Square. Don't miss Bridgetown's bustling Careenage and the shops on Broad Street, which offer exceptional deals on luxury imports from Britain.
Nov 28, Thursday
Cruising the Caribbean Sea  »

Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish:  pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.

Nov 29, Friday
Devil's Island, Iles du Salut, French Guiana » 8 am 1 pm

Devil’s Island (Ile du Diable) is one of the three infamous penal colonies of the Iles du Salut archipelago (Islands of Salvation), the other two being Ile Royale and Ile St. Joseph.

The penitentiary was first opened by Emperor Napoleon III's government in 1852, and became one of the most infamous prisons in history before closing in 1946. Each island served a different purpose of the penal colony: Ile Royale was the site of the administrative center, the wardens’ accommodations and for prisoners deemed less dangerous. The more troublesome convicts of hardened thieves and murderers were kept at Ile St. Joseph. On the almost inaccessible Devil’s Island, political prisoners such as Alfred Dreyfus were held in isolation.

A great many of the more than 80,000 prisoners sent to the harsh conditions at disease-infested Devil's Island were never seen again. Other than by boat, the only way out was through a dense jungle; accordingly, very few convicts ever managed to escape. The prisoner who became world famous was Henri Charriére, immortalized in the movie Papillon, for supposedly being the only convict ever to have escaped from the “green hell.”

Nov 30, Saturday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean  »

Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish:  pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.

Dec 1, Sunday
Belém, Brazil » 8:30 am 7:30 pm
Right at the mouth of the mighty Amazon River, Belém has both the exotic allure of the rain forest and the faded charm of an Old World capital. Stroll the broad, tree-lined boulevards, visit the vast, fascinating jungle market on the waterfront, tour lavish churches and palaces that were built during the 19th-century Rubber Boom, or see Amazon wildlife and Indian ways at the Goeldi Museum.
Dec 2, Monday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean  »

Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish:  pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.

Dec 3, Tuesday
Fortaleza, Brazil » 12 n 6 pm
This city of red-tiled roofs is the state capital of Ceará and one of northeast Brazil's chief commercial centers. Its population of almost two million inhabitants has access to miles of unspoiled beaches. Fortaleza's original street layout was designed by a 19th-century French architect who dreamed of turning it into Brazil's Paris of the North. Today, this sprawling city's commercial, administrative and religious areas are still clearly defined. In recent years, there have also been great strides in developing tourism and many luxury hotels now dot the coastline. Shoppers will revel in the Ceará, where they'll discover regional handicrafts, ranging from wicker furniture, macramé hammocks and straw baskets to ceramics, delicate handmade laces and coveted Brazilian embroideries.
Dec 4, Wednesday
Recife, Brazil » 2 pm 11 pm
Formerly known as Pernambuco, Recife was renamed for the great coral reef that lies off its shores. Due to its numerous waterways and countless bridges, it has also been dubbed the "Venice of Brazil" by visitors and locals alike. This cosmopolitan city of Dutch and Portuguese influence boasts a number of elegant Baroque churches and a parade of colonial mansions. Nearby, the palm-fringed beach at Boa Viagem is lined with seafood restaurants and inviting cafés. These enticing venues form the hub of Recife's buoyant social life. Other highlights include the 16th-century town of Olinda, which lies perched on hills high over the sea. And the great buys in local arts and crafts are not to be missed.
Dec 5, Thursday
Maceió, Brazil » 8 am 4 pm
Nicknamed “The Paradise of Waters,” the seaside resort city of Maceió is a vibrant and sophisticated destination that has retained its quaint charm and laid-back atmosphere. Given the nickname, it’s not surprising that the white-sand beaches are Maceio’s main attraction. The colorful reefs off the coast become natural pools at low tide, perfect for snorkeling and swimming, or for a relaxing drink in one of the floating bars. For shoppers, Maceio is famous for its handmade lacework, crafted by local artisans using an intricate technique that results in one-of-a-kind clothing and home textiles.

Dec 6, Friday
Salvador, Brazil » 8 am 5 pm
Salvador is the oldest Portuguese-built city in Brazil and lies draped around the perimeter of Todos os Santos. Early Portuguese mariners reported that this inlet was so large, it could simultaneously shelter every ship in the world! The city of Salvador has two distinct levels. The Lower City consists of the bustling waterfront while the Upper City is quieter, quainter and evocative of its 250-year-old heritage. Connecting the two levels is the Lacerda Elevator, a popular means of transportation for both locals and visitors alike. Salvador was Brazil's first capital city and a major Portuguese colonial slave port. Its past was so prosperous that it was once revered as the economic, religious and political center for the entire South Atlantic region. This rich past has left the city with such elegant gifts as the Church of Sáo Francisco, known as one of the country's best-preserved architectural marvels. Once ashore, you will discover miles of golden-sand beaches, heritage structures and teeming marketplaces offering an abundance of Bahian handicrafts.
Dec 7, Saturday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean  »

Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish:  pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.

Dec 8, Sunday
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (overnight) » 10 am  
Vibrant Rio lies cradled in the outstretched arms of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, which stands atop Corcovado Mountain. At the feet of this magnificent landmark lies one of the world's most magnificent bays. Golden beaches with such alluring names as Copacabana and Ipanema stretch as far as the eye can see. There are close to two dozen such bays, which serve as a playground for some of the world's most beautiful people. All along this waterfront, which swirls with mosaic art, are five-star hotels, elegant shops, popular restaurants and a lifestyle to match. Winding its way along this magnificent mile or so is a constant parade of handsome Cariocas, as the local people are known.
Dec 9, Monday
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil » Disembark am  
Vibrant Rio lies cradled in the outstretched arms of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, which stands atop Corcovado Mountain. At the feet of this magnificent landmark lies one of the world's most magnificent bays. Golden beaches with such alluring names as Copacabana and Ipanema stretch as far as the eye can see. There are close to two dozen such bays, which serve as a playground for some of the world's most beautiful people. All along this waterfront, which swirls with mosaic art, are five-star hotels, elegant shops, popular restaurants and a lifestyle to match. Winding its way along this magnificent mile or so is a constant parade of handsome Cariocas, as the local people are known.
All itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
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