Day 1: Puerto Rico, San Juan
Departing from San Juan means you will arrive deep in the heart of the Caribbean, allowing you to avoid the long sea days associated with most Caribbean cruises. Arrive in San Juan today and enjoy time to explore Puerto Rico’s capital in depth. You might take a stroll around El Viejo San Juan, or Old San Juan, with its colonial charms, easy island tempo and authentic culture. Wander its narrow lanes, literally paved with history, laid with blue adoquín stone once used to ballast Spanish galleons. As we are docked here overnight, you will have ample time to explore the city. This evening, stroll the Old Town’s azure byways romantically illuminated by street lamps.
Day 2: Puerto Rico, San Juan
Enjoy a final day in San Juan and immerse in nature as you explore the El Yunque Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the US national forest system. See beautiful orchids, listen to the jungle sounds of the coqui tree frogs and picturesque waterfalls as you explore the rainforest up close. Bid Puerto Rico farewell this evening as you set sail for Barbados.
Day 3: Cruise the Caribbean Sea
As you cruise these legendary waters, the distinct light of the Caribbean sun plays on the sea like dazzling diamonds. Once a busy route for ships from the Old World ferrying supplies and people to the New World, the Caribbean today exudes tranquility and calm. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Tonight, perhaps savor an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi’s or sample international fare in the World Café.
Day 4: Bridgetown, Barbados
Relish the intense Caribbean beauty of Barbados today when you call on its capital, Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover ample evidence of British rule here, from cricket matches and afternoon tea to the Commonwealth’s third oldest Parliament. Marvel at spectacular vistas from the heights of the Highland Adventure Center, descending to sea level for a tour of Bridgetown. Or, head underground to explore the stalactites and stalagmites of Harrison’s Cave.
Day 5: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Spend another relaxing day cruising Atlantic waters. As you sail, you might take a swim in the Infinity Pool. Join new friends for afternoon tea in the Wintergarden. This evening, enjoy an evening of wine pairings and thoughtfully prepared dishes at the Chef’s Table.
Day 6: French Guiana (Îles du Salut), France
Call on Île Royale (Royal Island) today, one of the three Îles du Salut that belong to mainland French Guiana. These three “Islands of Salvation” were a much-feared penal colony for the most notorious French criminals. Among the ruined prison buildings, you can learn about two of the most famous prisoners sent to Île du Diable (Devil’s Island), visible from Île Royale: the accused, and later exonerated, traitor Captain Alfred Dreyfus and Henri Charrière, whose escape was made famous by the film Papillon, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.
Day 7: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Begin your day with coffee and a real Norwegian waffle at Mamsen’s gourmet deli. Later, perhaps you will swim in the Infinity Pool or mingle with newfound friends over tea in the Wintergarden. This evening, enjoy soft piano music in the Living Room or lively jazz in Torshavn.
Day 8: Cruise the Amazon River
This morning, you will be anchoring offshore of equatorial Macapá, capital of Brazil’s Amapá state near the mouth of the Amazon. Your captain will receive clearance from Brazilian authorities, then you will set sail for the mighty Amazon River.
Day 9: Santarém, Brazil
Visit the small city of Santarém, at the confluence of the Tapajós and Amazon Rivers. Because of poor road conditions, its people rely heavily on these waterways for transport. Most nearby villages can only be reached by river, and it is common to see families plying these waters in small boats. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady or tour the Casa da Farinha, an old cassava flour mill that is now an agricultural farm. Alternately, you might try your hand at fishing for piranha on nearby Maica Lake.
Day 10: Parintins, Brazil
Today you will call on Parintins on the river island of Tupinambarana. Disembark to attend an extravagant folklore performance, the Boi Bumbá. This unique theatrical tradition combines costumes, drumming and Amazonian, African and European rhythms to tell the story of a resurrected bull. The performance is part of an annual folklore festival held each June, Brazil’s largest celebration after Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, and is presented to us off season.
Day 11: Manaus, Brazil
Arrive in Manaus today, 1,000 miles upriver from the Atlantic. The most populous city in the Amazon basin, Manaus prospered greatly from the rubber trade. Admire the elegant Amazon Theater adorned with a striking tiled dome, the Rio Negro Palace and the colorful facades of the Old Town. You might also tour the confluence of the Amazon and Black rivers by small boat. An overnight stay here gives you plenty of time to explore this fascinating city.
Day 12: Manaus, Brazil
Enjoy another day to discover this elegant cultural center on the Amazon. Join a local guide for a jungle trek that will teach you the many ways the rainforest sustains life. Or, discover the raw beauty and exotic natural wonders of Lake Janauari Ecological Park.
Day 13-14: Cruise the Amazon River
Cruise the waters of the mighty Amazon River, the world’s second longest at almost 4,000 miles from source to mouth. Near Manaus, witness the fascinating Meeting of the Waters, where the blue Black River and the sandy-hued Upper Amazon converge. For almost four miles, these differently colored waters run side by side without mixing, creating a mesmerizing vista. More than 3,000 species of fish inhabit the river. You might spot some off the bow, in addition to caiman, giant otters and the Amazon River dolphin. Attend an onboard talk to learn more about the remarkably diverse natural world the Amazon supports.
Day 15-16: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Spend the next two days on board your ship. Learn more about your upcoming destinations during a port talk, and explore your ship. Unwind in The Spa where you can enjoy the Snow Grotto and Sauna, or by taking a dip in the Infinity Pool. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or take in a recent movie in one of our three theaters—two indoor and one under the stars at the Main Pool.
Day 17: Recife, Brazil
Discover the colonial architecture that remains in Recife Antigo, the old city, and see how this colorful heart of the vibrant coastal metropolis delights its visitors with winding streets full of cafés, shops and restaurants. See the opulently decorated baroque churches, the New World’s oldest synagogue, and the former provincial stock exchange, now converted to a marketplace for artisans. Nearby Olinda, one of the oldest cities in Brazil, is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its beautiful architecture and exceptional parks.
Day 18: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Spend another relaxing day cruising Atlantic waters. As you sail, you might take in an illuminating enrichment lecture or enjoy a cocktail in the Explorers’ Lounge.
Day 19: Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
As the first capital of Brazil, Salvador de Bahia’s roots go back to the 16th century. The city has preserved many Renaissance buildings while retaining its eclectic blend of European, African and South American influences. Enjoy a walking tour to explore this diverse and vibrant city, as you stroll through the maze of bustling streets lined with pastel-colored houses, quiet and secluded courtyards, sun-drenched plazas and richly decorated churches and public buildings.
Day 20: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Perhaps you will get a morning workout at the Fitness Center and soothe your body with a hot sauna and a few minutes amid the refreshingly chilled air of the Snow Grotto. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers’ Lounge and an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant.
Day 21: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Cidade Maravilhosa, or “Marvelous City,” is blessed with a stunning setting so unique that UNESCO gave it World Heritage Site status. Gaze at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue perched atop Corcovado mountain and admire the azure-blue waters as they lazily wash the sun-kissed beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Take a cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain and marvel at the panoramic vistas below.
Day 22: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Discover more of Rio de Janeiro and its beautiful surroundings that have given rise to an exuberant, joyful culture full of rhythm and color. And while Rio’s spectacular Carnival festival is a high point of the year, locals find plenty of other reasons to celebrate. Soak up the atmosphere as you stroll through Rio’s downtown and marvel at the numerous examples of neoclassical architecture, including the Municipal Theater, elaborately modeled on the Opéra National de Paris.
Day 23-24: Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Share a cappuccino in the Viking Bar with new friends, enjoy a visit to The Spa or relax on the Sun Deck. Tonight, dine at The Chef’s Table, where you can enjoy a multicourse tasting menu complete with wine pairings. Finish the day with a drink in Torshavn.
Day 25: Montevideo, Uruguay
Uruguay’s capital city boasts perhaps the highest quality of living of any city in South America. Rich in parks, sweeping vistas and architectural styles, Montevideo is blessed with a subtropical climate, guaranteeing warm summers and mild winters. A panoramic tour features highlights such as the Legislative Palace, a grand neoclassical building, the Ciudad Vieja, or Old Town, and the Batlle y Ordóñez Park with the iconic La Caretta Monument
Day 26: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Disembark your ship this morning as your journey comes to a close, or extend your stay in Buenos Aires