Cruise Your Way To The Rio Carnival

The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is one of those events that every traveller should experience in their lifetime. Not only do you get to discover the sights and sounds of one of the most incredible cities in the world, but you’ll be able to see it when it’s at its best. Vibrant lights, colourful faces and Latino spirit fills the air and allows guests to experience a true taste of Brazil and its incredible culture.

Azamara Cruise Line

The Cruise…

When it comes to travelling to this region, there is no better way to do it than aboard a luxurious cruise ship and there are a handful of cruise lines which offer this amazing adventure. Take Azamara Cruises for example, every year this cruise line offer guests the chance to enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the Rio Carnival and 2013 is no exception. In fact, 2013 is a great year to be climbing aboard for a South American adventure as they have just introduced a newly renovated all-inclusive programme, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy fine-dining, beverages and excursions included in the original fare.

The Itinerary…

If you are planning on booking a cruise during the Carnival season then you can expect to visit a host of South American destinations before you sail into Rio. Just some of the destinations that you tend to find on a typical itinerary include; Buenos Aires in which you’ll find a beautiful city dubbed as the Paris of South America; Montevideo is a place is 19th century Beaux Arts buildings, historic monuments and parks; Punta Del Este is ideal for relaxing on the beach or enjoying water adventures; and Ilhabela is a beautiful island situated just off the coast of Sao Paulo and offers gorgeous beaches and lush rainforests. The ship will typically end up in Rio in which you can spend a few days enjoying the iconic sites of the city and of course allowing you to enjoy the carnival.

The Rio Experience…

The Carnival officially begins with the crowing of ‘King Momo’ who represents the ‘King of Carnivals’. This takes place on the Friday before Lent and then festival fever spreads throughout the city in the bars, shops and along the streets as Rio gets set for a weekend of none-stop partying. Visitors from all over the world come and experience the festival and the samba parade is most definitely an exciting attraction to watch. This impressive parade is a competition between samba schools around the local community and you can see it all on a front row seat in the Sambadromo. The magnificent stadium is the place to watch the Cariocas as they sing, dance and parade around offering a lively extravaganza full of Brazilian flavour.

With feathers, sequins, vibrant colours, face paints, extravagant costumes, salsa and samba and plenty of friendly faces, the Rio Carnival is an event that most definitely goes on the bucket list so make sure it goes on yours.

James King is a travel expert, cruise enthusiast and freelance writer for Six Star Cruises , who has been professionally writing for 2 years. James is always seeking new and exciting adventures to further his knowledge, experience and expertise.