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Explore Latin America by cruise ship. Here are some of the cruise holiday highlights for 2014

Nicaragua is the emerging Central America destination of choice for several cruise lines in 2014, with San Juan Del Sur offering a laid-back mix of beautiful beaches, trekking and world-class sport fishing.

Meanwhile, Cuba is gaining popularity with Havana the natural gateway into this remarkable country.

Expect colour and the sound of samba everywhere, from the crumbling colonial buildings to the rainforests, mountains and beaches that are only just being discovered by tourists.

As well as the Rio Carnival, Brazil will be the flavour of the year thanks to the FIFA World Cup and building excitement for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Cunard has a Southampton to Auckland 69-night cruise calling at Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil.

There are also stops in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile – before sailing to Australia and New Zealand. Prices start from £6,979pp (cunard.co.uk).

Meanwhile, Oceania Cruises’ Regatta has a new 16-day Festive Panama Canal cruise from £3,397pp cruise only, with a stop in Nicaragua (oceaniacruises.com).

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