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Brazil’s cuisine is as diverse and exciting as the country itself and, this evening, you will enjoy dinner at a local steakhouse, also known as a churrascaria. Servers will come to your table with skewers of perfectly prepared meats and slice them directly from the skewer as you watch. This style of dining is known as rodizio and is a much-loved part of Brazilian dining.
After dinner you’ll attend a samba show featuring professional local performers. The history of samba in Brazil is believed to date back to the 17th century and is considered by many to be the soul of the country. The word “samba” is thought to be derived from the Kimbundu term semba, which means “invitation to dance,” and you’re invited to witness this lively, colorful dance for yourself before heading back to the Ocean Explorer.
Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!
Enjoy a boat tour of the Amazon River, where you will see canoes, fishing boats, and other river-craft making their way along the tributaries that lead in and out of the rainforest. After crossing Combu Island, you will reach the Boa Vista do Acará jungle area where you can take part in a leisurely guided walk through the jungle.
Viticulture in Uruguay has quietly emerged over the past few decades, evolving to become part of the world wine market. This optional visit to a local winery will provide a firsthand look at the process of winemaking in this region. You’ll tour the facilities and learn about the history of Uruguayan wine production, before sampling the vintages for yourself during an included tasting experience.
Explore breathtaking Iguassu Falls up close on this exciting boat excursion through the Brazilian side of the falls!
First, a 4x4 vehicle will bring you through the dense rainforest where you’ll view flowers, birds, and butterflies. As you pass through the undergrowth, your jungle guides will point out orchids, palm trees, bromeliads, and centenarian trees. Then, board special speedboats bound for Iguassu’s gorge, where falls thunder in from three sides and where you can snap some amazing photos. Then, get ready to get wet! Your experienced river pilots, who know these waters extensively, will give you a thrilling ride through some of the rapids, guiding you right up next to the splashing cascades. (Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, casual clothes, and prepare to get soaked! If you prefer not to get wet, a dry option is also available.)
The tour is available during your optional trip extension in Iguassu Falls, Brazil.
This fun and immersive excursion will introduce you to Argentina’s rich polo culture. The country is known for its champion polo players, and you’ll learn about the sport’s rich history and tradition during a visit to an estancia (ranch) in the Argentinean Pampas, the vast lowland plains. Here you’ll learn all about the sport and the horses, see the stables, and witness some impressive horsemanship during a live exhibition. While on tour, you’ll also enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch.
The tradition of Carnival in Rio dates back to 1723 and today you’ll get an inside look into the history, culture, heritage, and dance of this epic event, considered by many to be the biggest in the world. You’ll partake in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the warehouse where the extravagant parade floats are stored and learn about the ins and outs of the construction process. Your tour includes a private samba lesson, where you’ll learn about the types of costumes worn by the performers, how they are made, and the significance of each. You’ll even have an opportunity to try on a few and have your photo taken while wearing them. Your behind-the-scenes tour concludes with a private samba lesson where you’ll get to show off your fancy footwork!
Experience Rio at its most dazzling by heading out on the town for a traditional samba show sure to put you in the carnival spirit!
A lively dance of Afro-Brazilian origin, today Samba is the most prevalent dance form in Brazil. We’ll take you to a local samba performance where you can see for yourself the vibrant blend of Portuguese, African, and indigenous influences that have shaped Brazil’s singular music and dance forms. It’s a feast for the senses guaranteed to put a wiggle in your hips!
The tour is available during your optional trip extension to Iguassu Falls.
Our onboard wine tastings are a guest favorite while sailing and have become a staple of both our ocean journeys and river cruises. Savor rich global flavors from varietals that span the best wine regions on earth, as our onboard expert explains the notes and flavors of each one. Whether you are a connoisseur or a novice, wine tastings offer the perfect balance of indulgence and fun, and are a fantastic way to expand your palate.
The optional activity is available on board your vessel.
Join our onboard expert as they guide you on a journey for the palate as you sample delicious, full-bodied whiskeys from all over the world. Taste the intricate barrel-aged flavors of your favorite small-batch Kentucky bourbon, try a classic 25-year-old Scotch, and enjoy local whiskeys from many of the regions we cruise to, all hand-selected from our private collection
Our exclusive, onboard Chef’s Table Dinner is must-do for any traveler looking for an indulgent dining experience. Hosted by our highly-trained Master Chef, you’ll savor an expertly-prepared, multicourse meal that is sure to be a feast for the senses. This memorable, highly sought-after experience is only available on a limited basis, and you certainly won’t want to miss out.
A wine pairing dinner involves the delicate process of combining a meal with select wines with the purpose of elevating the flavors of each dish and providing a wholly unforgettable dining experience. Our skilled onboard chefs will create an exceptional multicourse dinner, with each course designed to pair perfectly with a chosen wine from our private collection. This incredible dining experience is available on a limited basis on every journey.
This optional onboard experience combines Vantage Deluxe World Travel’s indulgent Chef’s Table Dinner with our exclusive Wine-Pairing Dinner for a truly elevated dining event. Hosted by our highly-trained Master Chef and our onboard wine expert, you’ll savor a skillfully-prepared, multicourse meal where each dish is perfectly paired with a select wine chosen from Vantage’s private collection. This is sure to be a truly unparalleled feast for the senses, but it is only available on a limited basis. Reserve now so you don’t miss out.
Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.
Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service prior to your journey, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise.