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Cruises to Rio de Janeiro

Think Rio de Janeiro, think carnival city. Think samba rhythms, sunshine, warm hospitality and a true holiday atmosphere.

Think Rio de Janiero, think carnival city. Think samba rhythms, sunshine, warm hospitality and a true holiday atmosphere.

Rio, also known as the Cidade Maravilhosa, or ‘The Marvelous City’ is Brazil’s second largest city and we will certainly help you to have a marvellous day away from your luxury MSC cruise ship!

With so much to see and do, you will want to make the most of your time off the ship. Our program of excursion packages covers the major sights and will help you enjoy the best deals in Rio.

Many first-time visitors to Rio will be keen to view the city’s major landmarks, such as the giant statue of Christ (Christo Redentor) which is located on top of Corcovado Mountain or Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite monolith also situated in the city.

Nature lovers will be bowled over by the beauty of Tijuca Forest, which, at 32 square kilometres is the largest urban forest on the planet. Indeed, many beautiful attractions abound in Rio, not least the city’s famous beaches, from the Copacabana to the Ipanema, two of the most glorious stretches of white sand and perfect for a spot of sun lounging!

If you’re hungry for a real city experience, opt for the grand tour of Rio de Janiero (note to football fans – whatever team you support, a trip to Maracana, the largest football stadium in the world, is a must see).

With its exuberant ambiance set against a backdrop of bewitching beats, we know Rio will be a highlight of your South American cruise vacation.

Cruise to Rio de Janeiro - Brazil - Ocean Voyages - MSC Cruises

Directions


Ship docks at the main cruise terminal located close to downtown Rio de Janeiro. It is approximately a 20-minute ride to Copacabana. A taxi service is available from the port.

Port average temperature

Rio has a tropical savanna climate according to the Köppen climate classification and is often characterized by long periods of rain from December to March. The temperature occasionally reaches over 40°C in inland areas of the city, and maximum temperatures above 30°C occur on a monthly basis. In the main tourist, the temperature is moderated by the cool sea-breezes from the Atlantic Ocean.

The average annual minimum temperature is 20°C, the average annual maximum temperature is 26°C, and the average annual temperature is 23°C. The average yearly precipitation is 1,086 mm. The minimum temperature recorded was 4.8°C in July 1928, temperatures below 10°C are very rare in the city. The absolute maximum reached 43.2°C in January 1984. The temperature varies according to elevation, distance from the coast, and type of vegetation. Winter brings mild temperatures and less rain than the summer.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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 BRRIO01 - CORCOVADO Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Recommended for families  Best seller  We will start our tour departing from the port by bus to “Sambodromo” towards Tijuca National Park. At the Corcovado train station we will board an amazing ride. Through the forest we will be able to appreciate the beauty of the Tijuca forest surrounding the train ride. Once you reach the top of the hill, you will visit the fantastic statue of “Cristo Redentor” and enjoy a wonderful view over the city. After this visit, you will have a panoramic tour of the most beautiful beaches in the world like “Copacabana”. Remarks: Itinerary order may change due to lines in the Corcovado train and traffic conditions. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in all calls during the Brazilian Carnival. The ticket is included in the value of the excursion. The passing by of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro are subject to local parades during the year where avenues by the ocean may be blocked for traffic. There will be a possibility of queues at the train station during summer. This excursion is only available for guests in transit. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014, MSC Poesia March 04th 2014.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO01A - CORCOVADO ending at the airport Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Recommended for families  New  We will start our tour departing from the port by bus to “Sambodromo” towards Tijuca National Park. At the Corcovado train station we will board an amazing ride. Through the forest we will be able to appreciate the beauty of the Tijuca forest surrounding the train ride. Once you reach the top of the hill, you will visit the fantastic statue of “Cristo Redentor” and enjoy a wonderful view over the city. After this visit, you will have a panoramic tour of the most beautiful beaches in the world like “Copacabana” before heading to the airport. Remarks: Itinerary order may change due to lines in the Corcovado train and traffic conditions. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in all calls during the Brazilian Carnival. The ticket is included in the value of the excursion. The passing by of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro are subject to local parades during the year where avenues by the ocean may be blocked for traffic. There will be a possibility of queues at the train station during summer. This excursion is valid only for disembarking guests. This tour is foreseen for disembarking guests from Grand Voyages from Europe and with flights after 5:00pm and ends at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport. The length of this tour does not include the transfer time to the airport (approximately 45 minutes). Luggage: The maximum limit of luggage is 2 (two) average suit cases per person.

Price per person $99.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO02 - SUGAR LOAF Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Recommended for families  Best seller  Before the visit of Sugar Loaf, you will have a panoramic tour of the historical center of Rio, with the stop at San Sebastian Cathedral. The excursion includes a photo stop in front of the biggest stadium in the world “Maracanã'” and at the famous “Sambodromo”, the temple of the Carnival Samba. With the cable car you will reach the top of the Sugar Loaf hill, one of the most famous symbols of Rio. From the top amazing views of Guanabara Bay, Niteroi and even the famous statue of the Christ. Remarks: This excursion will visit a catholic church, therefore knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the church. Itinerary order may change due to lines in the Sugar Loaf. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period. The passing by of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro are subject to local parades during the year where avenues by the ocean may be blocked for traffic. The Sambodromo complex is under construction and photo stops at the Sambodromo is subject to traffic conditions. This excursion is only available for guests in transit. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014, MSC Poesia March 04th 2014.

Price per person $99.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO02A - SUGAR LOAF ending at the airport Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Recommended for families  Before the visit of Sugar Loaf, you will have a panoramic tour of the historical centre of Rio, with the stop at San Sebastian Cathedral. The excursion includes a photo stop in front of the biggest stadium in the world “Maracanã'” and at the famous “Sambodromo”, the temple of the Carnival Samba. With the cable car you will reach the top of the Sugar Loaf hill, one of the most famous symbols of Rio. From the top amazing views of Guanabara Bay, Niteroi and even the famous statue of the Christ. You will have a remarkable memory when arrive in the airport. Remarks: This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period. The tickets are included in the value of the excursion. There will be a possibility of queues at the train and cable car station during summer. This excursion is valid only for disembarking guests. This tour is foreseen for disembarking guests from Grand Voyages from Europe and with flights after 5:00pm and ends at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport. The length of this tour does not include the transfer time to the airport (approximately 45 minutes). Luggage: The maximum limit of luggage is 2 (two) average suit cases per person.

Price per person $118.00 Adults $83.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO04 - BEACH TRANSFER COPACABANA & IPANEMA Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  No guide available  Recommended for families  Best seller  Enjoy your day in Rio by visiting its most famous beaches. You will be transferred to Copacabana or Ipanema, two of the most renowned beaches of the Brazilian metropolis for free time in one of the two beaches to walk around its boutiques or relax in the sun or swim in the ocean. Remarks: The stop at the mall is only available if it rains, otherwise guests may walk. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Shops are closed on Sundays and holidays. This tour is not guided. This excursion is only available for guests in transit. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014, MSC Poesia March 04th 2014.

Price per person $39.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO06 - GRAND TOUR CORCOVADO & SUGAR LOAF Duration: 7.5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Snack included  Recommended for families  Best seller  This is an amazing combination of the best that the city of Rio de Janeiro has to offer. Departing from the port towards the Tijuca National Park where we will board the famous tourist train to take you to the famous “Christ the redeemer statue”, considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. The statue is 39.6 meters (130 ft.) tall, including its 9.5 meter (31 feet) pedestal, and 30 meters (98 ft.) wide. It weighs 635 tons (700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700 meters (2,300 ft.) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city, It is one of the tallest of its kind in the world. A symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931. Once we reach the top of the hill you will enjoy a wonderful view over the city. After the Christ, we will have a panoramic tour of the most beautiful beaches in the world like “Ipanema” and “Copacabana”. Then you will continue the excursion with a visit of Sugar Loaf. With the cable car to reach the top of the hill we will visit the two mountains with also another great view of the Guanabara Bay and Niteroi. Without doubt this is the best excursion in Brazil. Remarks: This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period. The tickets are included in the value of the excursion. There will be a possibility of long queues at the train and cable car station during summer both to go up to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf and to return. The queues and traffic may affect the time available to stay in Corcovado and Sugar Loaf but there will be a minimum of 30 minutes stay in each destination. Itinerary, length of stops, passing by the beaches and duration of the tour may be affected due to the long queues and traffic. A lunch box will be offered and delivered on board the ship to all guests in this excursion. For all calls where the length of stay in port is less than 8 hours, the tour will have duration of 6 hours without the lunch box. MSC Poesia Carnival call - March 03rd: we do not recommend this excursion to those guests wishing to go to “Sambódromo” parade in the evening as there will not be enough time. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014.

Price per person $159.00 Adults $111.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO06A - GRAND TOUR CORCOVADO & SUGAR LOAF ending at airport Duration: 7 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Recommended for families  This is an amazing combination of the best that the city of Rio de Janeiro has to offer. Departing from the port towards the Tijuca National Park where we will board the famous tourist train to take you to the famous “Christ the redeemer statue”, considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. The statue is 39.6 meters (130 ft.) tall, including its 9.5 meter (31 feet) pedestal, and 30 meters (98 ft.) wide. It weighs 635 tons (700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700 meters (2,300 ft.) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city, It is one of the tallest of its kind in the world. A symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931. Once we reach the top of the hill you will enjoy a wonderful view over the city. After the Christ, we will have a panoramic tour of the most beautiful beaches in the world like “Ipanema” and “Copacabana”. Then you will continue the excursion with a visit of Sugar Loaf. With the cable car to reach the top of the hill we will visit the two mountains with also another great view of the Guanabara Bay and Niteroi. This is without a doubt, the best excursion in Brazil. Remarks: This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period. The tickets are included in the value of the excursion. There will be a possibility of queues at the train and cable car station during summer. This excursion is valid only for disembarking guests. This tour is foreseen for disembarking guests from Grand Voyages from Europe and with flights after 8:00pm and ends at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport. The length of this tour does not include the transfer time to the airport (approximately 45 minutes). Luggage: The maximum limit of luggage is 2 (two) average suit cases per person.

Price per person $180.00 Adults $126.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO06L - GRAND TOUR CORCOVADO & SUGAR LOAF with lunch Duration: 8 hours - 2013/2014
New  This is a combined excursion to get the most of Rio de Janeiro. You will departure from the port by bus to Tijuca National Park to board the famous tourist train to take you to Corcovado. Once you reach the top of the hill, you will visit the fantastic statue of “Cristo Redentor” and enjoy a wonderful view over the city. From the Christ, we will follow to a delightful lunch in a typical barbecue restaurant. Enjoy the famous Brazilian barbecue along with an international buffet. After lunch, you will have a panoramic tour of the most beautiful beaches in the world like “Ipanema” and “Copacabana”. Then you will continue the excursion with a visit of Sugar Loaf; with the cable car to reach the top of the hill, one of the most famous symbols of Rio. From there you will enjoy the beautiful view of this wonderful city. Remark:The itinerary can be changed according to traffic conditions and operational issues. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Expect long lines at the attractions. The Corcovado train and Sugar Loaf cable car tickets are included in the value of the excursion. The excursion will start and end at the port. The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in all calls during the Brazilian Carnival, please consult the Shore Excursion office once onboard. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Poesia December 31th 2013, March 03rd 2014, March 04th 2014, April 24th 2014; MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014; MSC Orchestra March 11th 2014.

Price per person $199.00 Adults $139.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO07 - JEEP TOUR TO CORCOVADO Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Recommended for families  Leave the pier by open jeeps and reach Corcovado hill, located in the Tijuca forest, the largest urban forest in the world; you will admire one of Rio’s most famous postcards: Christ the Redeemer chosen as one of the seven world wonders. The excursion will pass by through the traditional Santa Teresa borough with its pleasant atmosphere due to the mansions from the beginning of the century that today houses some of the most important art Centre’s with lots of craftsmanship galleries not to mention it is the only district that you can find the old English trolleys which still works as a meaning of transportation for the locals. We will head to the Corcovado hill to see admire some of the most traditional Brazilian beaches; Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon with its salt and fresh water, the botanical garden and the centennial palm trees. From the top you will also be able to see the Maracanã stadium, Guanabara Bay and the Sugar Loaf. On the return to the pier we will pass by the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Remarks: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival. Jeeps are parked outside the terminal in Rio de Janeiro and depending where the ship docks alongside the pier, guests may have to take a shuttle bus from the ship to the terminal and may have to walk up to 500 meters to the entrance of the terminal to meet the vehicle. Guests in Jeep tours will be escorted by the tour guide all the way from the ship to their vehicle. This excursion is only available for guests in transit. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014, MSC Poesia March 03rd 2014.

Price per person $99.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO09 - NIEMEYER VISION, NITEROI & MUSEUM Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Today we will have the opportunity to learn about Rio de Janeiro architecture and about one of its majors names “Oscar Niemeyer”. We will start by scenic drive through the downtown area of Rio and visit the Candelaria Church, one of the prettiest and oldest churches in the city. Heading to Niteroi we will pass by the Sambodromo “samba stadium” to cross the 14km long “Rio-Niteroi Bridge” with a stunning view of the Bay to visit the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum that was designed by Niemeyer. We will follow along the 3, 5 km called Niemeyer’s path (the famous Brazilian architect) where several master pieces designed by Niemeyer are being built in honor to this great architect. We will arrive at the new Niteroi Ferry Boat Station (also designed by Niemeyer) to take the ferry boat through Guanabara Bay back to Rio de Janeiro. Upon our arrival back in Rio, we will we will then take our bus back to pier. Remarks: This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). There are two ferry stations, the new one designed by Niemeyer and the old station, both next to each other. On weekends calls the new station is closed and the tour will arrive in the old station. The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period. This excursion is only available for guests in transit. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014, MSC Poesia March 03rd 2014, MSC Orchestra December 09th 2013.

Price per person $75.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO10 - URBAN SAFARI BY JEEP Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Recommended for families  Travel around Rio de Janeiro in a unique experience – by jeep! Our journey will consist in seeing most of the famous sights in Rio. We will start by Candelaria Church and Lapa Arch’s, and then we will pass by Sambodromo, where Rio’s Carnival biggest Parade happens. On our way, we will stop for photos at Maracanã Stadium and follow to Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas and Ipanema. A photo stop in the famous Copacabana beach is a must. We will return to the Pier passing by Aterro do Flamengo. Remarks: This excursion is not advisable for guests with physical challenges. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period, please consult the Shore Excursion office once onboard. The Sambodromo complex is under construction and photo stops at the Sambodromo is subject to traffic conditions. Jeeps are parked outside the terminal in Rio de Janeiro and depending where the ship docks alongside the pier, guests may have to take a shuttle bus from the ship to the terminal and may have to walk up to 500 meters to the entrance of the terminal to meet the vehicle. Guests in Jeep tours will be escorted by the tour guide all the way from the ship to their vehicle. This excursion is only available for guests in transit. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014

Price per person $65.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 BRRIO13 - Van with driver & tour guide (9 seats) Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014

Price per person $460.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRRIO14 - Van with driver & tour guide (9 seats) Duration: 8 hours* - 2013/2014
Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 31th 2013, January 01st 2014

Price per person $820.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.