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SPOTLIGHT ON BRAZIL

V6201

Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires on Crystal Symphony
DATES : January 3 - 13, 2016 (10 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,995 Per Person

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The outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer welcome all to the 2016 Olympic Host City of Rio; heralding the start of a voyage to idyllic isles, coastal resort towns en route to Buenos Aires, "Paris of the Southern Hemisphere."

Date Port Arrival Departure
Jan 3, Sunday
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (overnight) »   Embark pm
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.
Jan 4, Monday
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil »   5 pm
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.
Jan 5, Tuesday
Ilha Grande, Brazil » 8 am 10 pm
Literally meaning “Big Island,” Ilha Grande is a natural treasure, virtually untouched by humans. One of the last protected remnants of the Atlantic Rainforest, it is home to a rich and diverse ecosystem, including some of the largest remaining populations of endangered species in the world. The surrounding waters are also protected, so it’s possible to see tropical fish, penguins and whales all swimming together in harmony. Largely undeveloped, there are no roads, let alone cars, on Ilha Grande, but hikers have a choice of sixteen jungle trails that wind through tropical forests, alongside pristine waterfalls and up majestic mountain peaks.
Jan 6, Wednesday
  Ilhabela, Brazil » 8 am 9 pm
Sitting in the Atlantic Ocean 127 miles from São Paulo and 210 miles from Rio de Janeiro, the Ilhabela archipelago presents an antidote to the busy streets and pulsating nightlife  of South America. Attempts have been made to wrangle the wild islands of Ilhabela (Portuguese for “Beautiful Island”) into some semblance of domesticity by establishing coffee plantations. But the island pushed back, insisting it be appreciated for its dense jungle, volcanic peaks, gorgeous beaches and nearly 400 waterfalls. Scuba divers, sailors, hikers, birders and anyone with a hunger for an off-the-beaten-path experience have obliged, taking ferry trips to the isles, from where they often trek even farther to reach remote beaches accessible only by boat. The greater eco-community has recognized the archipelago as a natural treasure as well, setting aside 85% of the land as a park and UNESCO-protected biosphere.
Jan 7, Thursday
São Paulo/Santos, Brazil » 7 am 6 pm
The largest city on the Sao Paulo coast, Santos became a commercial powerhouse thanks to its exportation of coffee. But what made the city internationally famous was the Santos Futebol Club, the home team of legendary soccer player Pelé. While Santos enjoys a reputation as a modern, cosmopolitan port city, visitors can still marvel at many historic sights, such as the canals that are over a hundred years old. Nature lovers will appreciate the largest beachfront garden in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, with a bike bath that extends the entire 3.3 miles of the garden.
Jan 8, Friday
Itajai, Brazil » 8 am 6 pm
The second largest port in Brazil, Itajai has a heritage steeped in the traditions of the Portuguese and German settlers who founded the city. One of Itajai’s annual highlights is the Marejada, a festival that celebrates fishing and seafood. Residents are proud of the many sun-drenched beaches that run along the shoreline, as well as a postcard-perfect rural landscape that has remained unblemished through the years. For sports enthusiasts, the city is also a hub for competitive soccer and rowing.
Jan 9, Saturday
Cruising the Coast of Brazil  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written 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; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Jan 10, Sunday
Punta del Este, Uruguay (overnight) » 10 am  
An upscale playground for the rich and glamorous, Punta del Este is the South American vacation spot for anyone who’s anyone. Exclusive luxury casinos, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs may be the lure for many visitors, but the resort city also offers plenty for those looking for simpler pleasures. Stroll through the heart of the city and you’ll discover galleries, a popular handicraft market, colonial architecture, and the historic lighthouse. Sun worshipers can also enjoy over thirty miles of beaches stretched along the peninsula.
Jan 11, Monday
Punta del Este, Uruguay »   2 am
An upscale playground for the rich and glamorous, Punta del Este is the South American vacation spot for anyone who’s anyone. Exclusive luxury casinos, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs may be the lure for many visitors, but the resort city also offers plenty for those looking for simpler pleasures. Stroll through the heart of the city and you’ll discover galleries, a popular handicraft market, colonial architecture, and the historic lighthouse. Sun worshipers can also enjoy over thirty miles of beaches stretched along the peninsula.
 
Montevideo, Uruguay » 8 am 6 pm
Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay, South America's second-smallest country. Beyond urban limits, 90% of Uruguay's land is devoted to sheep and cattle grazing, as Montevideo is this nation's largest city. Legend tells us that its name originated from the words monte vide eu meaning "I see a mountain," exclaimed by an eager lookout when Magellan's fleet first arrived in 1520. Set in a picturesque location along the River Plate's shores, Montevideo evokes all the flavor of Spain with the massive masonry, hidden patios and palm-shaded plazas that are so reminiscent of that country. Attractions abound. Stroll wide boulevards and leafy parks, view imposing statuary or experience the thrill of an estancia visit.
Jan 12, Tuesday
Buenos Aires, Argentina (overnight) » 8 am  
Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, whose name means city of "favorable winds," is the capital of Argentina. With broad, well planned avenues, charming sidewalk cafés, carefully tended parks, elaborate monuments, noble statues and splendid rococo buildings, it exudes an air of sophisticated elegance.

Until the 1880s, Buenos Aires was a mere village. However, it has now prospered into one of Latin America's most sophisticated centers, with a population of over 11 million.

Buenos Aires has also frequently been dubbed the "Paris of the Southern Hemisphere," due to its superb restaurants, art galleries, museums and European-influenced architecture.

Jan 13, Wednesday
Buenos Aires, Argentina » Disembark am  
Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, whose name means city of "favorable winds," is the capital of Argentina. With broad, well planned avenues, charming sidewalk cafés, carefully tended parks, elaborate monuments, noble statues and splendid rococo buildings, it exudes an air of sophisticated elegance.

Until the 1880s, Buenos Aires was a mere village. However, it has now prospered into one of Latin America's most sophisticated centers, with a population of over 11 million.

Buenos Aires has also frequently been dubbed the "Paris of the Southern Hemisphere," due to its superb restaurants, art galleries, museums and European-influenced architecture.

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