Luxury Brazilian shore excursions

Brazil: Christ the Redeemer

As all eyes turn to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup, we discuss what shore excursions are on offer for the more discerning cruise passenger. 

From swimming with pink dolphins in the Amazon to attending a private mass at the chapel at the base of the Christ The Redeemer in Rio. This hugely diverse country is certainly well represented when it comes to cruise line land offerings.

We’ve highlighted a brief sample of our favourite luxury offerings to give you a glimpse of what’s available.

Enjoy – maybe you can convince your guests to take their next trip to Brazil. We’re hoping they won’t need too much persuading!




Half-day Sightseeing Tour of Rio & Sugar Loaf

Brazil: Cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain

Cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain

Start with an approximate one-hour drive through downtown Rio, business district, continuing along the Aterro Parkway driving by the Museum of Modern Art.

The cable car awaits for a thrilling two-stage journey to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

This famous peak offers breathtaking views overlooking Corcovado, the beaches, the Rio de Janeiro-Niteroi Bridge and the city of Niteroi across the bay.




Crystal Cruises 

Private Mass at Corcovado: Christ The Redeemer

Brazil: Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

Ultra luxury line Crystal Cruises invites a select few for a private Mass held in the Our Lady of Aparecida Chapel at the base of the famed Christ the Redeemer statue, which stands proudly on Corcovado, overlooking the city of Rio, Brazil.

After ascending Corcovado’s lofty summit by funicular, step in to this quaint chapel for a once in a life time mass led by Crystal Cruises’ onboard priest.




Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Atlantic Forest by 4-wheel drive

Paraty, Brazil

Paraty, Brazil

Come off the luxury ship in Paraty and enjoy a drive in the impressive forests. The journey allows contact with the amazing eco-system that has made Brazil so famous.

First stop on the three hour tour will be a Gold trail and hike up to the Toboga waterfall, which adrenaline seeking locals use as a natural waterslide.

Following this guests will be taken for a tour at a cachaca distillery, making a typical Brazilian rum from sugar cane.

There’s also an opportunity to taste of course!




Pink dolphin encounter

Wildlife: Amazon River Dolphin

An Amazon River Dolphin (Photo by Joachim S. Muller)

Board a speedboat from the pier in Anavilhanas and set out on a 45-minute scenic cruise to a community on the shores of Acajatuba Lake.

Some years ago, two local girls began feeding the resident pink dolphins from a floating pier and these beautiful cetaceans have since become very accustomed to having human visitors, and are extremely friendly.

Guests will have the opportunity to see, touch, feed and even swim with the dolphins if they wish.


After your dolphin encounter, check out the village lifestyle as you browse for local handicrafts before returning to the pier by speedboat.


Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted

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