Cruises leaving from European ports and heading to Brazil can be somewhat limited, though a few cruise lines do book these trips. If you can't find a cruise that leaves from your preferred departure port or if the cruises don't stop in the Brazilian cities of your choice, consider flying to a port with a cruise itinerary more to your liking. Many cruises leaving from Florida make far more stops in Brazil than Transatlantic cruises.
Southampton to Buenos Aires
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offers cruises from Southampton, England, to Brazil, with the shortest ones lasting 23 or 24 nights. The cruises from Southampton to Buenos Aires are aboard the ship Black Watch, taking you to three ports of call in Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Recife, and Salvador, before heading on to Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Black Watch is not a mammoth ship and has only about 448 cabins. It features balcony suites, several swimming pools and spas, a card room, several bars, and a more intimate feel than cruising on the ships with 1,000-plus rooms.
Route to the Rainforest
This cruise, also run by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, provides a chance to see some of inland Brazil, as opposed to just ports of call. The 36-day cruise leaves from Southampton, with stops in the Canary Islands, Tobago, Antigua and the Azores, before taking passengers to the rainforest of Brazil.
The trip has the option of staying overnight in an Amazon guest house. The cruise takes place aboard the Boudicca, a 449-cabin ship with a historical British theme. The ship is the sister ship to the Black Watch. Unlike the Southampton to Buenos Aires cruise, this cruise includes a return to the port of departure.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has a 16-day cruise that departs from Barcelona, Spain, and ends in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The cruise includes stops in two Spanish ports, a night in Lisbon, and a stop in the Canary Islands before heading to its three Brazilian ports of call.
The trip aboard the Splendour of the Seas is also available as a return trip back to Spain, however, is booked as a separated cruise. Among its amenities, the ship features a casino, a rock climbing wall, an indoor and outdoor pool with retractable roof, and a spa.