Famous for its iconic vistas of white sand, green hills, Christ the Redeemer statue and striking high-rise buildings, Rio de Janeiro is the popular face of Brazil. However, it is more than just that: behind the glamorous, scantily-clad beachgoers is a fun city that moves to its own Latin beat. The city knows how to party, but also offers cultural attractions, exciting outdoor pursuits, a glorious food scene and endless music.
The spectacular natural harbour of Guanabara Bay is an unforgettable place to sail through on a cruise from Rio de Janeiro. Imagine making your way past the rugged hills, the imposing Christ statue and the white stretches of Copacabana and Ipanema Beach on your way out into the South Atlantic - what a way to start your holiday!
Rio de Janeiro cruise lines and destinations
There is a good range of different cruise lines offering cruises out of Rio, so different cruising styles can be catered to. MSC Cruises brings a little European flair to the table, while Princess Cruises has your mainstream North American cruise experience. Cunard and Holland America both depart the city and provide a more traditional style of ocean voyage. Other major cruise lines which are known to stop off in the Brazilian wonder that is Rio include the P&O cruise line, Celebrity cruises, cruises with Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruises.
South American ports, of course, feature heavily on the itineraries of cruises departing Rio de Janeiro. Some head north to Salvador, the longer voyages continuing into the Caribbean or across the Atlantic to Europe. Cruises heading south are either round-trip coastal cruises taking in the coasts of Brazil and Argentina, or world cruise sectors heading around Cape Horn and into the Pacific.
Rio de Janeiro cruise port
Cruises to and from Rio dock at the Pier Maua, where there is a cruise terminal well-equipped to deal with passengers from numerous ships. It has check-in and customs facilities, stores and eateries, a 24-hour bank, a taxi rank and WiFi.
The pier is not far from downtown Rio, and you can walk from there to the Avenida Presidente Vargas, one of the main throughways which connects some major landmarks including the Centro train station. Copacabana is more than 10 kilometres from the pier, reachable via the metro system, and the RIOgaleÃ£o - Tom Jobim International Airport is more than 20 kilometres away. Unless you have a shuttle arranged, it's safest to get between the port and airport by taxi - make sure it is a legitimate yellow taxi, or radio taxi which will offer a fixed rate.