Most cruises to South America are on traditional, ocean-going cruise ships, but expedition-style cruises of the Galapagos Islands are also offered. Traditional cruises of South America are available from September through May and vary greatly in length. Galapagos cruises are ten to 13 nights in length and are offered year-round.
As South America is a vast continent, weather and climate can differ substantially. The best time to travel will depend on the specific countries you will visit. Since it is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere: summer takes place from December to March. This is also the peak travel season in South America. Those who prefer milder weather should visit during the shoulder months of October and April.
Holidays can be very busy travel times in South America. Guests wanting fewer crowds should avoid traveling during Easter, Christmas or Carnival.