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Fall in love with the romantic city of Buenos Aires, a Latin American capital with European flair. Before embarking on a cruise from Buenos Aires, spend some time experiencing the rich culture of the city. Take a private tango lesson with your sweetheart, or catch an opera show at the historic Teatro Colón. Stroll through the kitschy Caminito neighborhood, or go museum hopping and explore the over 150 museums in the city. Search for the perfect steak dinner at a classic parrilla and pair it with a glass of the region’s famous red wine.
From Buenos Aires, you’ll embark on a South America cruise to some of the most exciting destinations on the continent. Explore the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, and the chic beach town of Punta del Este. Marvel at the unrivaled landscapes of Argentina’s Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn. Discover the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Buzios, and Rio de Janeiro, or embark on an unforgettable cruise to Antarctica.
On cruises from Buenos Aires, you’ll have the chance to travel to Antarctica, a remote continent with unparalleled landscapes. Marvel at the unique scenery full of sparkling icebergs, stunning mountains, and towering glaciers. Keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales, elephant seals, and penguins. Sail past far-off ports like Elephant Island, Paradise Bay, and Schollaert Channel that look as though they’ve been untouched by humans.
Discover the wonders of Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords during a cruise around Chile. In Puerto Montt, see active volcanoes, pristine lakes, and snow-capped mountains. Feel like you’re at the end of the world at Punta Arenas, one of the gateways to Patagonia. Spot glaciers and lush forests while sailing through the Chilean Fjords. Disembark in Valparaiso, where you can explore the city’s famed funicular elevators or visit nearby Viña del Mar and its beautiful beaches.
On a cruise from Buenos Aires to Uruguay, spend a day in the capital of Montevideo, where you’ll find an eclectic art scene, golden sand beaches, and a number of wineries just outside the city. In Punta del Este, soak in the sunshine and embrace the laid-back atmosphere of this chic coastal town.
Explore the best Brazil has to offer on one of our South America cruises from Buenos Aires. Stop in festive Rio de Janeiro, where Ipanema Beach and the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer welcome you with open arms. Explore the bustling metropolis of Sao Paulo, a multicultural hub with soaring skyscrapers and an enviable culinary scene. Unwind on one of the golden sand beaches in the resort town of Buzios, and discover the hidden gem of Ilhabela, a small island with lush jungles and turquoise waters.
On a cruise from Buenos Aires, you’ll discover the awe-inspiring continent of South America aboard Celebrity Infinity, one of our luxury cruise ships. Unwind in luxuriously appointed accommodations. Marvel at the stunning South American coastline from the comfort of your stateroom’s veranda or one of the expansive decks on board. In between ports, dine at world-class restaurants, indulge in a spa treatment, or relax at the ship’s pool or solarium.
Our cruise itineraries that embark in or disembark from Buenos Aires include fascinating ports of call in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and even Antarctica. Sign up for curated shore excursions that will immerse you in local culture and history. Explore South America’s captivating capitals and breathtaking natural wonders. Whether you’re on board or off, a vacation with Celebrity Cruises is bound to be an unforgettable one.
Cruises from Buenos Aires depart from the Benito Quinquela Martín Passenger Terminal, located just half a mile from the heart of the city. Shuttles are readily available to transport passengers from one side of the terminal to the other. The Buenos Aires cruise port is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including souvenir shops, free Wi-Fi, and a currency exchange.
La Recoleta Cemetery is no ordinary resting place. Don’t miss a chance to walk through the grounds among the rich and famous of Argentina. See the graves of Eva Peron and generations of Argentine presidents and leaders in ornate marble mausoleums in every major architectural style.
Caminito is one of Buenos Aires’s enduring landmarks that provides travelers with an authentic glimpse of what life is like in Argentina. It’s a street museum in the neighborhood of La Boca, and the brightly colored buildings attract plenty of visitors along this “little path.” If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a steak dinner or admire beautiful street art, Caminito is the place to be.
Step into Buenos Aires history at the San Telmo Market, which is heavily influenced by Italian architecture and has been in operation since 1897. Grab a bite, shop for antiques, browse souvenirs and trinkets, or just admire the splendor of this glamorous indoor market.
Lovers of music, culture, and the arts will find all three in spades at the stunning Teatro Colón, where the acoustics and the architecture are world renowned. At this local institution, come for an opera or dance performance before departing on one of our cruises from Buenos Aires.
Indulge in some retail therapy near the Buenos Aires cruise port at Galerias Pacifico, which is one of the most ornate malls in the world. The Galerias offers an impressive mix of international fashion, luxe decor and jewelry, leather goods, and more.
Take a guided walk through the breathtaking mansion of the President of Argentina at the rosy pink Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires. Inside, you’ll find stylish black-and-white tiled floors decorated with glamorous red carpet. Learn about the history and government of Argentina during your time at this must-see palace.
Named the most beautiful bookshop in the world, El Ateneo Grand Splendid is located in the heart of Buenos Aires. Head here for a relaxed afternoon of browsing, whether you’re shopping for the perfect read for one of our Buenos Aires cruises or simply catching the perfect snapshot of this Instagrammable spot.
Where can I eat in Buenos Aires?
While the city of Buenos Aires is a culinary haven where risks are encouraged, it also gets the classics right, like empanadas at Cumana, or expertly cooked beef at La Cabrera. In fact, grilled meats are practically an art form in Argentina, so be sure to sample a variety of parrillas, or steakhouses, while you visit.
Salvaje Bakery is the place to go for pastries and fresh bread. Try a typical Argentine breakfast while you’re there, which usually consists of a cortado and a medialuna, or flaky croissant. Argentina is the fifth-largest wine-producing country in the world, so be sure to splurge on a bottle of Argentine red over a medium-rare steak during your time here.
What’s the culture and history of Buenos Aires?
The city of Buenos Aires was founded twice. The first time was in 1536 by Spanish explorer Pedro de Mendoza, who originally named the city Puerto Nuestra Señora Santa Maria del Buen Aire after the patron saint of sailors, who always brought “good wind.” After a failed attempt to settle into this new land, Mendoza eventually left Buenos Aires and returned to Spain. It wasn’t until several decades later when another Spaniard called Juan de Garay arrived in the city and oversaw a successful settlement by the Spanish in 1580.
In the ensuing 17th and 18th centuries, Buenos Aires became a major international trading port. Its success in global trading helped fuel a massive growth period in the city, and by 1810, Buenos Aires was strong enough to achieve its independence from Spain.
With 13 million residents, known as Porteños, Buenos Aires is the largest city in Argentina and an urban hub for arts, culture, and cuisine. European-influenced architecture and its reputation as a melting pot of cultures give Buenos Aires a cosmopolitan feel. Each neighborhood, from La Recoleta to La Boca, showcases a different side of this fascinating city. Tango and dance are a staple of the culture here.
Where can I go shopping in Buenos Aires?
Buenos Aires is filled with places to shop, from upscale boutiques to bargain markets and vendor stalls peddling handmade goods. Visit Galerias Pacifico for all types of shopping, and San Telmo Market, where you can try on clothes while surrounded by Italian Renaissance art and architecture and grab a bite at the massive food courts.
How can I get around Buenos Aires?
Walking is the best way to get around the heart of the city. A free public bike system is also a good option for those who enjoy exploring on two wheels. The quick and efficient Subte, or underground metro system, has six different lines ready to take you through the city. You won’t have to wait long to catch a traditional yellow taxi, either.
What are the local currency and tipping customs?
The currency of the region is the Argentine peso, and you’ll find carrying cash or a debit card will get you far in Buenos Aires. Credit cards are commonly accepted at restaurants, hotels, and bars as well. There may be a charge if you use a credit card in some places, which is meant to encourage locals and travelers alike to carry cash. You can find ATMs throughout the city if you need to get some extra pesos. It’s common practice to tip 10% to 15% for tour guides and servers. Round up to the nearest peso when paying your taxi driver.