South America Discovery with Iguazu Falls and Rio Carnival Experience

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Cruise Holiday Overview

  • Ship Sapphire Princess®
  • Duration 24 NIGHTS
  • Departure 27 February 2025
  • Cruise type Cruise & Touring
  • Cruise code AME2248

INCLUDES FULLY ESCORTED TOUR OF IGUAZU FALLS

INCLUDES TICKETS TO RIO CARNIVAL

Fly to Rio de Janeiro for the Rio Carnival, experience an unforgettable tour of Iguazu Falls, and set sail on a Sapphire Princess® cruise with hotel stays in Buenos Aires and Santiago.

Embark on the South American adventure of a lifetime, experiencing the infectious rhythms of the Rio Carnival with seats at the Sambadrome, a tour of the iconic Christ the Redeemer, and the raw natural energy of Iguazu Falls from its Brazilian and Argentinian sides.

Enjoy a one-night hotel stay in the birthplace of the tango, Buenos Aires, before joining the majestic Sapphire Princess® for a 14-night cruise of Argentina, Uruguay, the Falklands, and Chile. Experience an awe-inspiring voyage around the mythical Cape Horn and Amalia Glacier, a towering curtain of ice at the edge of Chilean Patagonia. Disembarking in Santiago, your voyage ends with a one-night stay in Chile’s capital.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Full-Board Cruise

14 night full-board cruise on board Sapphire Princess®

Overnight in port in Buenos Aires

Fully Escorted Tours

Tour of Christ the Redeemer

Grandstand tickets to Rio Carnival including transfers to and from the event

Walking tour of Iguazu Falls including both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the falls

Hotel Stays

3 night five-star stay in Rio de Janeiro at the Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

3 night four-star hotel stay in Iguazu at the Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort & Convention

1 night five-star hotel stay in Buenos Aires at the DoubleTree by Hilton Buenos Aires

1 night four-star hotel stay in Santiago at the Best Western Premier Marina Las Condes

All hotel stays include breakfast

All Flights, Taxes & Transfers

Overnight flights

The departure date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.
Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.

Your Voyage

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Overnight to Rio de Janeiro

Your holiday begins as you fly from Australia to your destination.

Day 2
Rio de Janeiro: Hotel Stay

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro for an exhilarating three-night hotel stay. The vibrant neighbourhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema beckon with their lively atmosphere and inviting shores, while the historic streets of Santa Teresa add a touch of charm.

Overnight: Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Day 3
Rio de Janeiro: Tour & Hotel Stay

Embark on a fully escorted tour that takes you on board a cog train to the top of Corcovado Mountain, through the lush Tijuca rainforest. Here, you’ll stand at the feet of the towering Christ the Redeemer statue.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Day 4
Rio de Janeiro: Tour & Hotel Stay

Enjoy Grandstand tickets to the Rio Carnival, one of the world’s largest and most famous celebrations, showcasing vibrant costumes, samba music, and dance parades. Join millions of revellers in Rio de Janeiro for a truly unforgettable experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Day 5
Iguazu: Hotel Stay

Transfer to the airport and fly to Iguazu Falls to uncover the ‘greatest curtain of water on Earth’ during a three-night hotel stay. Over the next three days you’ll be immersed in the spectacle of the revered natural attraction.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort & Convention

Day 6
Iguazu: Tour & Hotel Stay

Your Iguazu Falls tour begins with a half-day visit to its Brazilian side. As you stroll along the walkways, take in incredible panoramic views of all 275 waterfalls – the perfect way to begin your photo collection of this stunning natural wonder.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort & Convention

Day 7
Iguazu: Tour & Hotel Stay

You’ll explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls during a full-day walking tour. Begin at The Devil’s Throat, strolling along the catwalk through rainforest teeming with colourful wildlife, to the large balconies located on the edge of the falls.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort & Convention

Day 8
Buenos Aires: Hotel Stay

Today you’ll fly to bustling Buenos Aires for a one-night hotel stay. Absorb the sights of the ‘Paris of South America’, a city that blends European grandeur with Latin American flair, paying visits to the lively Boca neighbourhood and colonial San Telmo.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Buenos Aires

Days 9 - 10
Buenos Aires: Embark Ship & Overnight in Port

Today you’ll embark Sapphire Princess® in Buenos Aires. Indulge in world-class cuisine, unwind in stylish accommodations, and immerse yourself in a range of activities, including rejuvenating spa treatments and captivating live performances.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sapphire Princess®

Day 11
Montevideo

Experience the vibrant charm of Montevideo, where history and modernity coexist in perfect harmony. Explore its colonial architecture, indulge in its rich culinary delights, and embrace the warm spirit of Uruguay’s capital city.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sapphire Princess®

Day 12
Relax At Sea
Day 13
Puerto Madryn

Embark on a captivating journey to Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Dive into the crystal-clear waters, encounter magnificent marine life, and witness the breath-taking spectacle of Southern Right whales. Ignite your sense of wonder here.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sapphire Princess®

Day 14
Relax At Sea
Day 15
Falkland Islands (Stanley)

Stanley, Falklands: A British village fallen from the sky. Colourful homes, Lady Elizabeth wreck, and abundant penguin colonies. Discover wildlife that fascinated Darwin in this distant outpost of vibrant charm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sapphire Princess®

Day 16
Cape Horn: Scenic Cruising

Witness the untamed beauty of Cape Horn, Chile. With its rugged landscapes, dramatic cliffs, and historical significance, it’s a place that invites you to connect with the power of nature and the spirit of maritime exploration.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sapphire Princess®

Day 17
Ushuaia

Embark on an extraordinary journey to Ushuaia, the gateway to Tierra del Fuego. Explore its mythical past, indulge in thrilling activities, and immerse yourself in the breath-taking landscapes of the world’s southernmost city.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sapphire Princess®

Day 18
Punta Arenas

Discover the captivating wonders of Punta Arenas, Chile. From its windswept landscapes to the vibrant culture, this gateway to Patagonia beckons adventurers. Immerse yourself in its rich history and embark on thrilling expeditions.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sapphire Princess®

Day 19
Amalia Glacier: Scenic Cruising

The colossal Amalia Glacier in Chilean Patagonia beckons with its awe-inspiring beauty. This frozen giant stands as a testament to the grandeur of nature, captivating visitors with its blue-tinged walls and shimmering icy peaks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sapphire Princess®

Day 20
Relax At Sea
Day 21
Puerto Montt

Experience the magic of Puerto Montt, Chile. Explore its picturesque landscapes, from snow-capped volcanoes to emerald lakes. Immerse yourself in local culture, and let the beauty of this gateway to Patagonia captivate your soul.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sapphire Princess®

Day 22
Relax At Sea
Day 23
Santiago: Disembark & Hotel Stay

Your holiday draws to a close in Santiago where you’ll disembark for a one-night hotel stay before you fly home. Nestled in the Andes mountains, the capital of Chile is known for its cultural heritage and wine.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Best Western Premier Marina Las Condes

Days 24 - 25
Santiago: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Tour Highlights

Christ the Redeemer
Experience a fantastic tour visiting Rio's iconic sights. Ride a cog train to Corcovado Mountain, explore Tijuca rainforest, and gaze at Christ the Redeemer statue. Enjoy panoramic city views with insightful commentary from your guide. Christ the Redeemer, a religious symbol or architectural beauty, welcomes all to this vibrant city.
Rio Carnival
Rio Carnival more than lives up to its reputation as the largest and most spectacular festival on Earth.  Experience the electric atmosphere with tribune seats at the Sambadrome to witness competing samba schools, revel in the party atmosphere, and immerse yourself in the rich traditions and spirit of this iconic event.
Iguazu Falls (Argentinian Side)
At 82 meters high, this natural wonder features basalt rock platforms eroded over millions of years, creating captivating cascades. Starting at Devil's Throat, explore rainforest catwalks with toucans. The Higher Path offers clifftop views, while the Lower Path reveals rapids and lower falls. Perfect for endless photography.
Iguazu Falls (Brazilian Side)
The whole area is surrounded by stunning rainforest landscapes – home to toucans, jaguars, howler monkeys and more. As you walk along the catwalks, take in incredible panoramic views of all 275 waterfalls – it’s the perfect way to complete your photo collection of this stunning natural wonder.

Sapphire Princess®

Offering a variety of accommodation options, including Oceanview staterooms, Sapphire Princess® provides the ultimate means by which to travel with ease and comfort across the ocean. Your appetite will most certainly be satisfied, too, as this Gem-class ship offers a variety of restaurants and bars to indulge in on your cruise.

This is without even considering the breadth of entertainment Sapphire Princess® has to offer, including live music and theatre shows, all of which will give you a spectacular experience on board before you have even reached your first destination.

There are so many places to unwind on board Sapphire Princess®, from its range of swimming pools and hot tubs to the peaceful spa. With 18 decks to explore on board this wondrous ship, your voyage will be filled with enchantment and excitement.

  • Occupancy 2670
  • Tonnage 115,875 tons
  • Length 951 ft (289.90 m)

Life on board Sapphire Princess®

Choosing Sapphire Princess® for your cruise means being able to enjoy a wealth of entertainment options and leisure facilities, not to mention a variety of dining options to suit every taste and preference.

dining

To say you will be spoilt for choice for high-class restaurants, bars, and eateries during your time on board Sapphire Princess®, would be quite the understatement. Whether you are most in the mood at any one time for a quick bite to eat or a formal dinner, you will be splendidly catered-for.

Restaurants:

  • Alfredo’s Pizzeria
  • Horizon Court
  • International Café
  • Prego Pizzeria
  • Trident Grill
  • Sabatini’s
  • Sterling Steakhouse
  • International Dining Room
  • Pacific Moon Dining Room
  • Santa Fe Dining Room
  • Savoy Dining Room
  • Vivaldi Dining Room

Bars:

  • Churchill Lounge
  • Crooners
  • Explorer’s Lounge
  • Lobby Bar
  • Mermaid’s Tail
  • Oasis Bar
  • Outrigger Bar
  • Skywalkers Nightclub
  • Tradewinds Bar
  • Wake View Bar
  • Wheelhouse Bar
  • Vines Wine Bar

Facilities

entertainment

You won’t lack for entertainment options on board Sapphire Princess®, with all of the below being possibilities during your cruise:

  • Broadway-style musical shows
  • Live music
  • Princess Theatre
  • Movies Under the Stars®

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Cabins & Suites

Sapphire Princess® offers such a breadth and depth of high-class accommodation options, that you really can be sure of finding the perfect room for you and any fellow travellers.

Interior Prices from $10,999pp

Interior cabins are sleek in their aesthetic, formidably equipped, and utterly comfortable… while still being the most affordable accommodation option on board Sapphire Princess®. That’s quite the combination.

  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Desk and chair
  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Digital safe
  • Bathroom with shower
  • 24-hour room service
Cruise Code: AME2248
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Oceanview Prices from $11,999pp

An Oceanview cabin could be the ideal stateroom for you, particularly thanks to the natural light and inspiring views of the sea that it provides through a picture window or porthole.

  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Desk and chair
  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Digital safe
  • Bathroom with shower
  • 24-hour room service
Cruise Code: AME2248
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balcony Prices from $13,499pp

Sapphire Princess®’ Balcony staterooms offer outdoor space and views of the ocean that will inspire you for the duration of your cruise.

Choosing this stateroom means benefitting from a:

  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Desk and chair
  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Digital safe
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Balcony with two chairs and a table
  • 24-hour room service
Cruise Code: AME2248
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Mini-Suite Prices from $14,999pp

Substantially larger than a Balcony stateroom, a Mini-Suite offers everything that the traveller would be able to expect from the aforementioned type of cabin, and a lot more.

The benefits of a Mini-Suite on board Sapphire Princess® include:

  • Two televisions
  • Refrigerator
  • Desk and chair
  • Queen bed or twin beds
  • Digital safe
  • Bathroom with bathtub and shower head
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Balcony with two to four chairs, an ottoman, and a table
  • Separate sitting area
  • Sofa bed
  • 24-hour room service
Cruise Code: AME2248
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Your Hotel Stays

Rio de Janeiro

Included Hotel

Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana (Or Similar)

Check into a beacon of luxury in the midst of Rio’s vibrant Copacabana Beach. Hilton Rio de Janeiro’s modern facade overlooks the breathtaking coastline, within easy reach of Sugarloaf Mountain and the renowned Christ the Redeemer statue. Rooms blend elegance with comfort, state-of-the-art facilities and views of either the city or ocean. Cool off at the infinity-edge rooftop pool, a perfect retreat after exploring the city. A buffet breakfast is served with stunning views of the beach, while the hotel’s fitness centre and spa provide sanctuaries of calm.

Iguazu

Included Hotel

Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort & Convention (Or Similar)

Nestled in the heart of Brazil’s enchanting Iguazu Falls region, Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort is an idyllic haven for discerning travelers. With its lush tropical surroundings, luxurious amenities, and warm Brazilian hospitality, this resort promises an unforgettable escape. Guests can unwind in the rejuvenating thermal pools, savor delectable international cuisine, and explore the breathtaking natural wonders of the area. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort caters to your every need, offering an exquisite blend of comfort and serenity amidst the stunning beauty of South America’s most iconic waterfalls.

Buenos Aires

Included Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Buenos Aires (Or Similar)

The five-star DoubleTree by Hilton Buenos Aires offers modern amenities and a prime location in the heart of Argentina’s capital. With comfortable rooms and suites, guests enjoy a restful stay complemented by contemporary design. The hotel features a fitness centre, rooftop pool, and dining options showcasing local and international cuisine. Its central location provides easy access to key attractions like the iconic Obelisco and the vibrant neighbourhoods of San Telmo and Puerto Madero. Whether for business or leisure, DoubleTree by Hilton Buenos Aires aims to provide a memorable and enjoyable experience for guests.

Santiago

Included Hotel

Best Western Premier Marina Las Condes (Or Similar)

Located in the sophisticated Las Condes area beside the Andes Mountains, you’ll enjoy a modern stay in Santiago at the Best Western Premier Marina Las Condes. Featuring a rooftop swimming pool and hot tub, your stay offers incredible panoramic views of both the city of Santiago and its surrounding mountains. And after a long day’s exploration, its two restaurants will serve up wonderful cuisine to satisfy your hunger with Rosso serving Chilean and international cuisine and Capriccio serving up a more casual dining experience of pizza and beer.

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