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Oceania Cruises: Amazing Amazon

Date: November 19 - December 11, 2016

Cruise Destination: Rio De Janeiro to Miami

You read about it as a child and longed to sail its mysterious waters as an adult. As you will learn, the mighty Amazon River more than lives up to the hype. Along its banks, ancient traditions and elemental nature combine in fascinating Alter do Chão, remote Boca da Valeria, tribal Parintins and the lush rainforests of Santarém. Thanks to an overnight stay in Manaus, you’ll have plenty of time for a scenic cruise on the Rio Negro, followed by a trek into the unspoiled jungle with an expert guide. You will find that the Brazilian love for life permeates every port of call, from the pulsating energy of beloved Rio de Janeiro to the 16th-century colonial town of Olinda near Recife.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Enjoy a scenic cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for its renowned view. Ride the cog railway through dense forest to Corcovado. Visit the lush botanical gardens, see famed Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and take in a thrilling samba show.

Day 2-3: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

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Day 4: Recife, Brazil

Discover colonial Brazil in Recife and nearby Olinda and step back in time along narrow, winding streets amid meticulously restored homes, churches and lovely plazas. Admire the scenic views from the Malakoff Tower and Olinda's hilltop plaza. Visit the old Dutch fort, the Jewish Historic Archive and a local artist in his workshop and gallery.

Day 5-6: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

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Day 7: Cruising the Amazon River

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Day 8: Alter Do Chao, Brazil (Anchor Port)

Home to Ilha do Amor, one of the most photographed white sand islands in the entire world, Alter do Chão is a charming riverside village. Explore Lago Verde, a grand lagoon that can viewed from rented canoes, or take a boat tour along the Rio Tapajós or the Amazon. You’ll see a number of bird species and might even spot a crocodile or a sloth. Try Serra Pelada if you seek the perfect place for a short but breathtaking hike.

Day 9: Boca Da Valeria, Brazil (Anchor Port)

Go ashore and wander on your own through this tiny settlement at the mouth of the Valeria River. Listen to the screeching of parrots and watch the riots of color they display as they take to the air. Observe Amazonian life up close.

Day 10-11: Manaus, Brazil  

Visit the famed Manaus Opera House. See the old mansions and the Indian Museum, featuring artifacts that chronicle the heritage of the region’s tribes. Journey into the jungle and trek along a rainforest trail. Take a riverboat to the “Meeting of the Waters,” where the dark, clear Rio Negro and the muddy, yellow Rio Solimões join to form the mighty Amazon.

Day 12: Parintins, Brazil (Anchor Port)

Visit this isolated island town, steeped in Indian culture, in the middle of the Amazon River. Its stadium has become the focus of the Boi Bumba Festival, an annual event similar to Carnival. Witness an exclusive performance of this Amazonian folklore story.

Day 13: Santarem, Brazil

See the bustling waterfront, the cathedral, the museum and the famed “Meeting of the Waters” at the confluence of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers. Or see the rivers converge from a boat on the way to Maica Lake, while looking for rare Amazon pink dolphins. Travel into the nearby countryside and take a walk along a fascinating Amazon jungle trail.

Day 14: Cruising the Amazon River

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Day 15: Devil's Island, French Guiana (Anchor Port)

Go ashore to Ile Royale, the site of the infamous French prison, now a historic site slowly returning to nature. Enjoy the ocean breezes and the natural beauty of wild gardens, and watch for the wild macaws that are among the species that have repopulated the islands. Look for the ocean-fed pools where leatherback turtles reside.

Day 16: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

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Day 17: Bridgetown, Barbados

Discover the many beautiful aspects of this island, from its rugged Atlantic coastline to its beautiful Great Houses, cane fields, exquisite gardens and glorious beaches. See the island's spectacular underwater treasures on your own snorkeling expedition.

Day 18: Gustavia, St. Barts (Anchor Port)

Tour this beautiful island and marvel at the rugged coastline and its unspoiled, upscale atmosphere, unique in the Caribbean for its Swedish and French heritage. Enjoy the spectacular beaches and resorts, snorkel or dive in the crystalline waters, or see underwater wonders from a semi-submersible marine vessel.

Day 19: San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

Begin in Old San Juan, a walled enclave of hundreds of restored 16th and 17th century Spanish colonial buildings. Notice the blue-tinged cobblestone streets; they were once ballast on Spanish ships. Elsewhere, tour the medieval Saint John the Baptist Cathedral, the Museum of Art, and Casa del Libro, a repository of priceless documents.

Day 20: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Anchor Port)

Let yourself relax and experience pure Caribbean bliss in Punta Cana, where sugar-fine sands, sapphire surf, verdant green palms and the warm kiss of the tropical sun are sure to leave you in a tranquil state of mind. Visit the turquoise waters of the Hoyo Azul, a freshwater lagoon at the base of a 200-foot cliff. Explore an unspoiled nature park, or dine at one of the world-class resorts lining the sands. Discover the art of growing and harvesting sugarcane, or go for a sail and look for dolphins frolicking alongside your boat.

Day 21-22: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean

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Day 23:  Miami, United States

People-watchers will enjoy South Beach's Ocean Drive, while architecture buffs will love the Art Deco District. If the beaches don't intrigue you, there are world-class museums and shopping venues too. In Miami, there really is something for everyone.

 
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