Recife is one of the largest and most important cities on the north east coast of Brazil.

A unique coastal environment, vibrant culture and entertainment

Recife is one of the largest and most important cities on the north east coast of Brazil. An historic city dating back to 1535, Recife is characterised by its laid-back holiday ambiance, great urban beaches along a unique coastal environment, vibrant culture and entertainment.

Portuguese is spoken here and ‘Recife’ (pronounced ‘hee-see-fee’) means ‘reef’, in reference to the reefs that are found off-shore and which you can swim around during your stay here.

There are many ways to spend your vacation time off the luxury MSC cruise ship; those looking for total relaxation can kick back on ‘Boa Viagem’, not only the best local beach, but arguably one of the finest in Brazil. Alternatively, you could take a trip back in time to the historic, 16th century towns of Igarassu and Itamacara where our day trip combines history with a trip to the Marine Manatee Center, giving you a chance to see these quiet, large grey mammals in a natural environment (makes a great day out for kids, too).

City slickers may prefer to spend their day off ship exploring Recife itself; discover the ‘Venice of Brazil’ by boat, shop for souvenirs, visit the sights including the old gaol and pretty colonial churches in a great guided tour that will help you quickly get a feel for this fun destination.

Whatever you choose, remember that MSC excursion packages always include great deals on local sights, which will help you enjoy your time in Recife even more!

Cruise to Recife - Brazil - South America - MSC Cruises


Ship docks in the commercial harbor and there is a shuttle service to the city centre. There is no cruise ship terminal with associated services.






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