Maceio

The Brazilian northeast is composed of nine different states and Alagoas is perhaps the prettiest of these.

Emerald-green waters, coral reefs, lagoons, coconut palms and mangroves

The Brazilian northeast is composed of nine different states and Alagoas is perhaps the prettiest of these, characterized by emerald-green waters, coral reefs, lagoons, coconut palms and mangroves.

The region is steeped in culture and folklore and the capital city Maceio has much to offer visitors. Maceio is a quaint seaside resort town that has retained all its character and vibrancy: the busy port bears witness to Maceio’s former business as a sugar exporter, and today it is a busy but unspoiled urban center that is fast becoming Brazil’s answer to Miami.

In Maceio you can enjoy the best of everything – from historical sights to some of Brazil’s finest beaches, located nearby.

Undoubtedly some guests will wish to take time out from the ship and laze on the soft white sands under the shade of the gently swaying coconut palms.

Those ready for a more stimulation will enjoy immersing themselves in local culture. We have a range of great packages and deals on day trips to create a relaxing day off your luxury MSC cruise ship.

Why not enter the true vacation spirit and opt for a lagoon excursion with a chance to swim in crystal waters. Or take the opportunity to learn about this vacation destination and take the Maceio city tour, visiting the cathedral and local crafts markets that sell intricate lacework and jewellery.

The Théo Brandão Museum exhibits folk and primitive art, while football fans will love the King Pele stadium, named after the legendary Brazilian footballer.

Cruise to Maceio - Brazil - South America with MSC Cruises

Directions


Ship docks right in the centre of town.

Port average temperature

Maceio has a typical tropical climate, with warm to hot temperatures and high relative humidity all throughout the year. However, these conditions are relieved by a near absence of extreme temperatures and trade winds blowing from the ocean. January is the warmest month, with mean maximum of 32°C and minimum of 22°C and more sun, July experiences the coolest temperatures, with mean maximum of 27°C and minimum of 17°C and more rain.

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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 BRMAC01 - DISCOVER MACEIO Duration: 3 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  A panoramic tour that will take you through the main touristic points of Maceio: The traditional Jaraguá borough with its historical and cultural richness, passing by the sound and image museum, the commercial association and Marsílio Dias square. A visit to the traditional “rendeiras”, the broidery lady’s district at the Pontal da Barra all the way to downtown through the Pele stadium, and squares of Montepio dos Artistas, Visconde de Sinimbu´s and Floriano Peixoto. The Bom Jesus dos Martirios church, the former and new governors palace, Deodoro Theater, Alagoas literature academy, among many of the attractions before continuing through the Dom Pedro II square, the deputies council, the Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres cathedral with a short stop at the Jacutinga hill and the view point São Gonçalo do Amarante for a photo stop, where a small chapel of the same name is located. After the panoramic tour through the urban beaches of Maceio, a stop at the hand craft pavilion will be made. Remarks: Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).

Price per person $35.00 Adults $25.00 Children

   


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 BRMAC02 - FRANCÊS BEACH 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  Possibility of swimming  Best seller  This excursion will take you to one of the most beautiful and well known beaches in the southern Alagoas coast and Brazilian coast. The greenish of its waters is the condiment that enlightens all its visitors in this paradisiacal place. It features a special peculiarity; is divided into two distinct parts, one surrounded by coral reefs calmer and more urbanized, while the other is wilder, with high waves. The coral barrier at the urban side makes a smooth sea, ideal for bathing. The local restaurants offer a local cuisine and are a plus for all visitors. At the beach is offered optional boat tours (not included in the value of the excursion). The excursion includes a stop at the Republic memorial with option to buy hand-craft prior to the return to the ship. Remarks: Lunch is not included in this excursion. There are many optional tours sold at the beach by independents, it is advisable to carry Brazilian currency. MSC Cruises cannot be liable or responsible for any optional tour bought during the free time at the beach. The length of the free time will be subject to traffic. Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).

Price per person $35.00 Adults $25.00 Children

   


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 BRMAC03 - GUNGA BEACH & SCHOONER 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  Limited seat  Best seller  One of the most famous Brazilian excursions! A panoramic drive from the pier to “Barra de São Miguel” to board a typical “Schooner” motor boat to sail through amazing sites along the lagoon before disembarking in the paradisiacal “Gunga’s beach”, known for its abundant coconut trees and for its extraordinary nature beauty. The beach, considered one of the ten most beautiful beaches of the Country with a full infra-structure to attend all its visitors. Remarks: Lunch is not included in this excursion, but restaurants are available during the free time. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise.

Price per person $62.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 BRMAC04 - MUNDAU LAGOONS AND ISLANDS 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  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  With 600 kilometers square, the Mundau lagoon represents one of the most important eco systems of the State of Alagoas, besides the historical, economic and cultural aspects. A 30 minutes’ drive will take us to “Pontal da Barra”, a typical fisherman village where the famous “rendeiras”, the lace maker ladies from Maceio. We will board a motor boat (schooner type) to start sailing on the lagoon channel and it’s amazing nature and beauty compose by nine islands where fishermen and lace makers lives, rich fauna and flora, fishes and crustaceous, not to mention passing by the secluded beaches. We will make a stop at the little green beach for a swimming where the lagoons approaches the sea. Free time for relax or sunbathe. Then we will return to “Pontal da Barra” where we will board the bus and return to the ship. Remarks: Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).

Price per person $62.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 BRMAC05 - PARIPUEIRA BEACH 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  Possibility of swimming  Enjoy the best of the northcoast! The Paripueira beach, known for its calm waters and shallow, is ideal for families with children. With extensive and fine sand line offering a walking at the beach experience or just to relax under the sun. The beach also offers restaurant situated by the sea, which acts as a support to guests on excursion. Located on the beach of Costa Brava, the Restaurant Mar & Cia is the starting point to learn about the natural pools that are part of the Environmental Protection Area of the Coral Coast, the largest unit of marine conservation in Brazil. The restaurant has all the infrastructure and beach lounge area with kids playground, for an unforgettable day of leisure and gastronomic flavors of the region; including the restaurant Mar & Cia, in partnership with SEBRAE/AL, is under implementation certification of PAS - Safe Food Program. Besides concert live music and folklore to complete the day at leisure, small craft shops, beachwear and souvenirs make the visit memorable. Remarks: Paripueira natural pools depend on the tide to be visited and it may not be available during your excursion. We advise guests to carry Brazilian currency if intending to buy local optional tours. There are many optional tours sold at the beach by independents and MSC Cruises cannot be liable or is responsible for any optional tour bought during the free time at the beach. Length of the free time at the beach may vary depending on traffic. Concerts live music and folkloric may not occur during their visit, as they are subject to days and times stipulated by the restaurant Mar & Cia. Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).

Price per person $39.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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 BRMAC06 - Van with driver only (10 seats) Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  No guide available  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 service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Orchestra November 07th2013, MSC Poesia November 18th2013, MSC Magnifica December 05th 2013.

Price per person $299.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRMAC07 - Van with driver only (10 seats) Duration: 8 hours* - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  No guide available  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 service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Orchestra November 07th2013, November 27th 2013, MSC Poesia November 18th2013, MSC Magnifica December 05th 2013.

Price per person $399.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRMAC08 - Van with driver & tour guide (9 seats) Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  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 service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages.

Price per person $499.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRMAC09 - Van with driver & tour guide (9 seats) Duration: 8 hours* - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  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 service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages.This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Orchestra November 07th2013, November 27th 2013, MSC Magnifica December 05th 2013. Calls where the length of stay in the port is less than 8 hours but over 4 hours, the service can be available for the length of the call with the 8 hours price.

Price per person $599.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRMAC10 - DISCOVER MACEIO & FRANCES BEACH 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  Possibility of swimming  New  You will departure from Maceio Port directly to “Frances Beach”, the most beautiful and well known beach in the southern Alagoas coast. The greenish of its waters will enchant all visitors. This paradisiacal place has a special feature: it is divided in two parts: one surrounded by coral reefs calmer where it makes a smooth sea, and the other is wilder, with high waves, for surfers. The beach offers local restaurants with a varied menu to attend and satisfy all visitors. After swimming and lunch, we will return to Maceio for a sightseeing tour through the main sights of this city, where we will pass by the Avenida Siqueira Campos, Estádio de futebol Rei Pele, Cemitério Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Praça da faculdade, Quartel da Policia Militar, Antigo Presídio de Maceió, Praça do Artistas, Calçadão do comercio, Marco Zero da Cidade, Catedral Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, Rua do Sol, Igreja Nossa Senhora Do Rosário, Praça dos Martírios, antigo e novo Palácio do Governo, Rua Cincinato Pinto, Teatro e Praça Marechal Deodoro, Tribunal de Justiça, Academia Alagoana de Letras, Rua barão de Penedo, ladeira da catedral. A short stop in Morro da Jacutinga, Mirante e Capela de São Gonçalo de Amarante na Praça Rosalvo Ribeiro. We will continue down the hill of the old road, passing through Maceio Shopping, Avenida Alvaro Calheiros until the urban beaches of this beautiful city. After this panoramic tour, we will stop at Pavilhão do artesanato for visiting and shopping. Note: This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).

Price per person $39.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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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.