Panama Canal & Mexico – from Miami – Emerald Princess – 31 January 2023
South America is, of course, too big to sample on a single cruise (it’s so big, in fact, that the weather variations run the absolute gamut, from steamy and sultry in the equatorial Amazon to brisk and nippy down in the Cape Horn/Beagle Channel region). Though all of Brazil and even Antarctica. Itineraries are on the rise, there are two primary routes — and not only do they rarely connect but they also are incredibly different. Around-the-horn cruises typically sail between Buenos Aires and Valparaiso and feature lots of fjords, the wild beauty of Patagonia, and Cape Horn — the southernmost point on the continent.
Best Time to Go
Because South America is in the southern hemisphere, its seasons are opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. As a result, cruise lines’ South America season typically runs from November (late spring) to early May (mid-autumn). Regardless, prepare for varied climates that can change from hour to hour and day to day. The further south you go, and the farther from the equator, the less summer you’ll experience; in December (the beginning of summer), the mountains of Ushuaia, for instance, were still gorgeously snow peaked.