Exciting, passionate, and musical, Rio de Janeiro welcomes Royal Holiday Cruises guests to enjoy all the fine food, amazing natural beauty, and energetic nightlife that “The Marvelous City” has to offer. While here, visitors can listen to smooth bossa nova and dance the samba, lazily stroll along famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, and marvel at the magical view from the immense Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking the pulsing city, gorgeous bay, and verdant rainforest park. Alternatively, Royal Holiday Cruises visitors can simply set off on their own and enjoy whatever adventure they discover in this vibrant world city of more than 6 million.
Ipanema attracts just about every sort of beach-lover imaginable, from families to beach-sports enthusiasts– even the Brazilian Olympic volleyball team practices here on occasion. In addition, the beach’s boardwalk kiosks sell a variety of snacks to tempt Royal Holiday Cruises members.
Christ the Redeemer Statue
A truly iconic symbol of Rio de Janeiro, the mighty stone Christ the Redeemer statue stands atop Corcovado Mountain and has overlooked the city since the statue’s completion in 1931. At 130 feet tall, the great sculpture is not only an impressive symbol of Christianity, but also the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world.
Sugar Loaf Mountain
A 1,300-foot conical stone monolith overlooking Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf Mountain affords Royal Holiday Cruises tourists one of the most scenic views in Rio de Janeiro.
Always buzzing with activity, the famous Copacabana is the epicenter of Rio’s beach culture. While it is well-heeled Brazilians who make their homes here, beach-goers of all sorts flock to the area to enjoy the sun and sand. At the beach, visitors can mingle with a wide cross-section of humanity, from infants, to strolling seniors, to seriously athletic players of “futevolei,” a type of volleyball played without hands.
Green and mountainous, Tijuca Forest National Park is the largest urban forest in the world. Encompassing over 12 square miles, the park offers plenty of rainforest greenery for Royal Holiday Cruises visitors to enjoy. Aside from its natural beauty and countless plant and animal species, this hand-planted forest contains some of Rio’s most famous sights, such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and the great Christ the Redeemer statue.
A nonprofit shop that promotes the fine handiwork of artisans from all over Brazil, O Sol offers an excellent opportunity for Royal Holiday Cruises members to pick up a uniquely Brazilian souvenir or two.
Palacio do Catete
The former official residence of Brazil’s presidents, this elegant granite and marble villa is adorned with beautiful parquet floors and ceiling bas reliefs. Now a museum, the site offers visitors a glimpse into the era of Brazilian history from 1889, when the monarchy was displaced by The Republic of Brazil, to 1985, when the military regime was unseated.
The Sao Conrado Fashion Mall
Rio’s most sophisticated shopping center, the Fashion Mall, sells Brazilian and international fashions to discerning Royal Holiday Cruises clientele who are not afraid to spend a little for exceptional high-street designs.
Covering 340 acres, the great Botanical Garden is home to thousands of varieties of plants and trees, and nearly 150 bird species. The grounds also host a number of historical museums, several cafes, a gift shop, and plenty of cool shade in which to escape Brazil’s tropical heat.
Once Rio’s top high-society meeting place, this exquisitely adorned cafe dates to the belle époque. It serves a huge variety of decadent treats, including sweet and savory pastries, coffee, cocktails, and more for Royal Holiday Cruises guests to enjoy.