One of my most fantastic experiences was a cruise that included three wet and wild days at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Carnival (or Carnaval) in Rio is surreal. It is one nonstop party where even Rio's infamous pickpockets take time off.
Well, you can indulge in the wild wonders of Carnival in Rio on Silversea's new, enchanting Silver Muse, which is heading south from Ft. Lauderdale on a 69-day Grand Voyage on Jan. 3, 2018 (which is coming up soon, believe it or not).
The spiffy vessel will completely circumnavigate South America, visiting 34 ports in 14 countries while experiencing the mystery and pulsating rhythm of this vast continent on an intimate, ultra-luxury voyage that sounds simply divine.
The Grand Voyage 2018 combines the luxury of sailing aboard an intimate, elegant ship with the excitement of discovering fascinating destinations. Highlights include a crossing of the Panama Canal, cruising Chile's majestic fjords, a three-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro in time for Carnival, plus overnight calls in Valparaiso, Punta Arenas, Buenos Aires and Manaus, nestled in the heart of the Amazon.
"Grand Voyage 2018 is perfectly tailored to travelers who have the time and passion to indulge in travel on a grand scale. It combines adventure and immersive cultural experiences with leisurely days wrapped in the exquisite luxury and impeccable service of our beautiful new Silver Muse," said Mark Conroy, Silversea's managing director for the Americas.
As usual, passengers will enjoy free drinks from Champagnes and Cognacs and beyond, have their tips covered, get transportation in ports and savor culinary experiences. Through Silversea's association with Slow Food Italy, a selection of Ark of Taste products, such as Ecuador's Nacional cacao, Peru's native potatoes, Chile's Merkén chili peppers, and sugarcane products from Santa Rita, Brazil, will be sourced locally by Silversea chefs to introduce guests to the remarkable flavors of these cultural treasures, which are being catalogued by the Ark of Taste to help ensure their preservation.
Exclusive added-value benefits
The cruise will include a gala Bon Voyage dinner and overnight stay at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. 2; a "Panama Hat Party" event at the Montecristi Golf Club in Manta, Ecuador, on Jan. 12, showcasing the talents of local artisans; and a box-seat view of the Carnival Winners' Parade at the Sambadrome in Rio on Feb. 17.
In addition, full-voyage guests will enjoy a generous array of benefits, including:
- $2,000 onboard spending credit (per suite)
- Free unlimited Wi-Fi
- Baggage valet service
- Visa service (U.S., Canada and select markets)
- Commemorative gifts
Fares for Grand Voyage 2018 start at $36,955 per guest, based on double occupancy. For further information and the complete itinerary, please contact a Cruiseable travel expert at 1-877-322-3773 or send a query by email.