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Punta del Este

No cruise vacation would be complete without a touch of glitz and glamour, which is why, on our South America cruises, calling at Punta del Este - the ‘St. Tropez of South America’ - is an essential itinerary stop for our luxury cruise liners.

A touch of glitz and glamour

No cruise vacation would be complete without a touch of glitz and glamour, which is why, on our South America cruises, calling at Punta del Este - the ‘St. Tropez of South America’ - is an essential itinerary stop for our luxury cruise ships.

And travelling by cruise ship provides the perfect opportunity to arrive in style at this glamorous resort town, vacation playground of the rich and famous and with frequent celebrity visitors such as Antonio Banderas and Tony Curtis.

This eastern spit of land separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Rio del la Plata has come a long way since it origins as the small fishing village of Cabo Santa María.

Today called Punta del Este, this area is known worldwide as a scenic resort area with miles of beautiful beaches, luxury hotels and restaurants, glittering nightlife and fashionable summer residents.

For decades, Punta del Este was an exclusive resort for wealthy South Americans, and although it remains pricier than other destinations in the area, it is still more affordable than comparable European cities.

Renowned for offering varied and exciting excursion deals for every destination, we are sure that from among our packages for Punta del Este you will find something to tempt you off your luxury ship!

Choose to mingle with the glitterati and relax at the famous Conrad Hotel or get away from it all on a panoramic city tour – read on below for more fabulous day trip options.

Cruise to Punta del Este - Uruguay - South America - MSC Cruises

Directions


Guests are tendered ashore. The town centre is a 10-block walk from the pier area. A taxi service is available

Port average temperature

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.

PUNTA DEL ESTEMonths
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Average high °C25.225.12421.218.214.814.414.71618.42123.8
Averagelow °C18.118.417.614.912.19.58.78.89.911.414.116.4
 BRPDE01 - PUNTA DEL ESTE & CASAPUEBLO 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  Limited seat  Best seller  Punta Del Este is world-renowned not only because of its natural resources but also for its famous visitors, such as Bush, Tony Curtis, Antony Queen, and Antonio Banderas among many others. You’ll enjoy a panoramic tour by bus through a residential and natural area such as; Cantegril, Parque de Golf and San Rafael. A photo stop at the beach before heading to Punta Ballena, where you will have an inside visit of Casapueblo, home and atelier of the famous painter Carlos Paez Vilaro. The walls of Casapueblo, in a Mediterranean style, expose the wonderful collection of one of the most important contemporaneous artists. It is, without a doubt the most famous Punta Del Este excursion. Remarks: The entrance ticket to Casa Pueblo is included in the value of the excursion. The order of the tour may vary and the visit to Casa Pueblo may occur before or after the sightseeing portion of the tour. This excursion is not available for call: MSC Magnifica November 24th 2013 and MSC Poesia December 18th2013.

Price per person $49.00 Adults $34.00 Children

   


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 BRPDE02 - CITY TOUR PUNTA DEL ESTE & RALLI 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  Punta Del Este is a world-renowned seaside resort, where well-known people from all over the world gather. Punta del Este has a an active and high styled social life and a vast cultural, artistic and sport programs takes place every year.- A panoramic tour passing by the residential areas, such as, ‘’Cantegril’, ‘’Parque du Gold’’ and the ‘’Hotel San Rafael’, where the major congress are hold. The Tour will include a visit to “Ralli Museum” where there are works of South American painters and Dali sculptures. You will have approximately 30 minutes free time in downtown Punta Del Este at Av. Francia for souvenirs prior to the return to the ship. Remarks: The entrance to the Rally museum is included in the value of the excursion. The order of the tour may vary and the visit to the museum may occur before or after the sightseeing portion of the tour. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Poesia December 09th 2013, December 17th 2013, January 13th 2014, February 17th 2014, MSC Magnifica December 24th 2013, January 01st 2014, MSC Orchestra December 25th 2013.

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 BRPDE03 - PUNTA DEL ESTE & LAPATAIA FARM 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  Tasting included  Departing from the port we will start with a panoramic drive through this international destination, passing by the residential area such as “Cantegril”, “Parque du Gold” and the “Hotel San Rafael in Beverly hills until we reach the Gorlero Avenue before heading to the famous Lapataia farm, where you will be able to observe plants and animals such as wild pigs, swans, rabbits, donkeys and horses. Your tour guide will explain all the process of the milk production from the farm all the way to the supermarket shells. Guests will learn all about the milk sweet (Dulce de Leche) one of the most famous Uruguayan deserts. Lapataia farm was designed as an Eco tour with short narrated walks about the flora and fauna of this amazing country. Do not miss the opportunity to take the real “Dulce de Leche” and take away your small gift. Remarks: A small gift of “Dulce de Leche” will be given to each guest. On Sunday’s visits, the production machinery will not be working and guests will see the production line through the glasses. This excursion is not available for call: MSC Poesia November 26th, November 29th, December 18th 2013, March 21th 2014, March 23th 2014, March 26th 2014, April 04th 2014, April 06th 2014, April 20th 2014; MSC Magnifica December 24th 2013, January 01st 2014, March 11th 2014, March 18th 2014, March 25th 2014; MSC Orchestra December 25th 2013.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 BRPDE04 - Van with driver only (8 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: Rates valid within Punta del Este limits, 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 Spanish and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Spanish. 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.

Price per person $500.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRPDE05 - Van with driver only (8 seats) Duration: 6 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: Rates valid within Punta del Este limits, 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 Spanish and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Spanish. 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. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Magnifica December 12th 2013, December 18th 2013, January 07th 2014, January 14th 2014, January 21th 2014, March 25th 2014

Price per person $700.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRPDE06 - Van with driver & tour guide (7 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: Rates valid within Punta del Este limits, 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 Spanish and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Spanish. 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.

Price per person $700.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRPDE07 - Van with driver & tour guide (7 seats) – Duration: 6 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: Rates valid within Punta del Este limits, 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 Spanish and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Spanish. 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. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Magnifica December 12th 2013, December 18th 2013, January 07th 2014, January 14th 2014, January 21th 2014, March 25th 2014. Calls where the length of stay in the port is less than 6 hours but over 4 hours, the service can be available for the length of the call with the 6 hours price.

Price per person $900.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRPDE10 - BIKINI BEACH IN LA BARRA 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  Looking for something different in Punta Del Este? A day at the beach may be what you are looking for! A panoramic transfer will take you from the pier all the way to “Bikini Beach”, located 30 minutes from Punta Del Este in “La Barra” the night life place of Punta Del Este, Considered the most glamorous beach in Punta Del Este, famous as a destination to the celebrities and jet-sets. You will have approximately 2 and a half hour to explore the beach and the city or even the local casino Mantra (located about 20 minutes walking from the beach) or perhaps do a little shipping in the main street. With crystal clear water and white sand, you may just enjoy the beach and relax under the sun. Remarks: Due to the amount of visitors during summer, the transit time to the beach and the length of free time in the beach will depend on the traffic. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion does not include stops for shopping or souvenirs. Please note that most of the stores and restaurants only open after 10:00am. This Excursion is only valid for cruises with embarkation in Buenos Aires: MSC Poesia.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $39.00 Children

   


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 BRPDE15 - DISCOVER PUNTA DEL ESTE Duration: 3 ½hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  New  Arriving at the pier by tender, you'll board your coach for a lovely drive through the city's residential districts. This famous South American seaside resort is the playground for the regional jet set and a world renowned site of many film festivals and international conferences. Often referred to as the St. Tropez of Uruguay, this popular resort area, with its miles of pristine beaches, is an international favourite. One of the more interesting features of Punta Del Este is that visitors can actually see the sun rise and set in the same waters due to its location on a peninsula that extends into the ocean. Your tour will first take you along the magnificent beach areas of Playa Mansa and Playa Brava Portezuelo and then through the tree-lined residential districts of San Rafael, Cantegrill and Beverly Hills, where you can see many of the city's beautiful mansions and well-tended private gardens. Your route also passes by the Tudor-styled San Rafael Casino. A brief photo stop will be made at Punta Ballena, before returning to the Pier, where you'll find a wonderful panoramic view of the peninsula and Casa Pueblo. Notes: There will be no time to enter the Casa Pueblo, only a photo stop and the entrance ticket to Casa Pueblo is not included in the tour. Although this tour is recommended for guests with walking difficulties, buses are not equipped with hydraulic elevators for wheelchairs. This excursion includes approximately 30 minutes free time depending on the traffic conditions at the beach board walk for stroll, pictures and enjoyment. There are kiosks in the beach boardwalk, therefore we advise guests to carry currency in cash if wishing to buy ice cream, coffee or drinks. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Poesia December 18th 2013, MSC Orchestra December 25th 2013.

Price per person $45.00 Adults $32.00 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.