ONBOARD THE SILVER SHADOW -- The standard coach tour to Sao Paulo,
Brazil, features a stop in one of the city's most prominent art
But on our Silver Shadow shore excursion, our guide, Vincent
Rizzo, took us instead to Pinocoteca do Estado, a funky museum
filled with modern art created by Brazilian artists.
In the museum's outdoor cafe, Rizzo treated us to a powerful
Brazilian coffee. Then, on to lunch.
"Have you eaten at a rodizio?" Rizzo asked before directing the
one of Brazil's unique eat-till-you-burst steakhouses, where we
blended into the local crowd.
Silversea Cruises caters some of the most affluent travelers on
the high seas. So, when the Silver Shadow sailed into Santos, the
gateway port to the sprawling metropolis of Sao Paulo, it was no
surprise that several couples skipped the bus tour and opted for a
Bronwyn Turner, the ship's shore excursion director, said a
private car, driver and guide costs $520 for a full day in Sao
Paulo. A group of nine friends, meanwhile, ordered a minibus.
The Silversea shore excursion desk can help clients put together
last-minute tour plans; the line contracts with licensed,
reputable, local guides.
"We can make private arrangements in any port," Turner said.
"Obviously, in some [small] ports with 20 houses, it's a bit
Turner said clients who want to wait until they're on board to
arrange shore excursions should let the excursion director know a
day or two in advance.
"We give a deadline, but we always have people that morning"
asking for a private car and driver, Turner said. "I always try to
find one." -- R.T.
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