Celebrity Cruises plans return to South America

MIAMI -- Celebrity Cruises' Mercury will return to South America next winter with three modified itineraries.

  • On Dec. 9, Mercury departs Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a 13-day Panama Canal voyage with visits to Oranjestad, Aruba; Manta, Ecuador; Callao (Lima), Peru, and Arica and Valparaiso, Chile.
  • On Dec. 23 and March 3, Mercury will depart on 13-day Valparaiso-to-Rio de Janeiro cruises. The ship will call at Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia, Puerto Madryn and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Rio de Janeiro.
  • The pool deck on Celebrity Cruises' Mercury.

  • On March 17, Mercury offers a 13-day cruise from Rio de Janeiro to La Guaira (Caracas), Venezuela. The ship also visits Santos, Buzios, Salvador, Porto Seguro and Ilhabela, Brazil; Buenos Aires, and Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Other itineraries include:

  • Rio de Janeiro to Valparaiso, Jan. 6. Port calls include Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia and Puerto Montt. The reverse itinerary departs March 3.
  • Valparaiso to Buenos Aires, Jan. 20. The ship visits Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; Puerto Madryn, and Montevideo. The reverse cruise sails Feb. 17.
  • Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, roundtrip from Buenos Aires, Feb. 3. The cruise stops at Montevideo and Santos before a three-day visit to Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval.
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