One of the world’s largest and most influential cities, Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires offers Royal Holiday Cruises visitors an elegant slice of South American life. Because it is the commercial and cultural heart of Argentina, visitors will have many opportunities to shop for high-end labels as well as traditional arts and crafts while they peruse the many world-class museums, galleries, and historical sites scattered throughout the city. Foodies will enjoy the famously succulent local beef, while dancers will revel day and night to the sultry tango. With so much style and energy, beautiful Buenos Aires has something to offer every Royal Holiday Cruises guest.
Reminiscent of Paris, the elegant neighborhood of La Recoleta offers Royal Holiday Cruises members countless charming cafes and restaurants, as well as a number of European-style boutiques that will appeal to shoppers. This district also encompasses the impressive Recoleta Cemetery, with its great gates, maze-like passages, and elaborate mausoleums in every architectural style imaginable.
The Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires
A superb art exhibition venue, The Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) is a cornerstone of cultural life in this vibrant city. Its central exhibit is a far-ranging collection of over 500 works by influential Latin American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Plaza de Mayo
For over 400 years, Plaza de Mayo has been the backdrop of many of Argentina’s most significant historical moments, including the original 1810 uprising that eventually resulted in Argentina’s independence from Spain. The main monument that Royal Holiday Cruises visitors will see here is the great Pyramid May, which was erected in honor of that revolution. Surrounding the Plaza are the former town hall, the Casa Rosada (the seat of the government), and the great Metropolitan Cathedral.
Superior tango accompanies the fine food at Rojo Tango. More than a few celebrities have come here to watch the beautiful dance troupe perform a fun “history of tango” show, which includes jazz-inspired pieces, racy numbers, and songs from popular musicals.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Housing the world’s largest collection of Argentinean Art, this immense stone building contains 24 different galleries to inspire artistically inclined members of Royal Holiday Cruises. Three entire rooms are dedicated solely to Argentinean art, while the rest display mostly European art from before the 20th century. A second story will eventually contain the Museum’s extensive collection of 20th-century works.
The grand Teatro Colon is easily the rival of any opera theater in Europe or elsewhere, both in terms of shear opulence as well as technical construction. In fact, Pavarotti claimed that the magnificent theater’s only flaw was that its acoustics are so perfect that the audience can hear every little mistake. With a colorful history of its own involving the murder of one of its architects and other such intrigues, the ornate venue has hosted a great number of world-caliber performers and shows since its inaugural show in 1908.
With fun waiters who speak at least a little of several languages, El Sanjuanino is a kitschy favorite of Royal Holiday Cruises tourists, expatriates, and even a few colorful locals. The delicious empanadas, game meats, and stews are prepared in huge wood-fired ovens, and the house wine is as tasty as it is inexpensive.