Sara Macefield is an award-winning journalist, travel writer and Contributing Editor for Cruise International

Cable car going towards the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © iStock
Cable car going towards the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © iStock

Q. I’ve been inspired to visit Rio de Janeiro thanks to the Olympics. Which is the best itinerary that will allow me to explore all the iconic landmarks in the Marvellous City?

A. Winter is the most popular time for cruise ships to visit Rio de Janeiro as this is the Southern Hemisphere summer. Several lines, including Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Princess Cruises visit Rio on sailings to South America, while others such as P&O Cruises and Cunard visit the city as part of longer voyages that sometimes include circumnavigations of South America. Cruise companies stopping at Rio offer a full range of tours to its main sights. Look out for itineraries that stay overnight in the city, so you get more time to explore. For the ultimate Rio flavour, try sailings with the likes of Celebrity Cruises that call at the Samba City during its famous carnival in February.

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