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Buenos Aires Cruise Port Guide

Plaza de Mayo is a major Buenos Aires attraction; credit Wikimedia Creative Commons license
Plaza de Mayo is a major Buenos Aires attraction; credit Wikimedia Creative Commons license
Buenos Aires is a popular embarkation port for South American cruises for good reasons.

The largest city in Argentina has a wide range of cultural and historical attractions that date back to the 16th century. Plus it's quite a famous beach and resort destination.

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A search of 207 cruises in South America during a 12-month period on a major travel booking site found that 46 of them embarked from Buenos Aires. Exactly half of them lasted six to nine nights and another 10 lasted 10 to 14 nights.

The least expensive cruise was less than $70 a night for an interior cabin on Costa Cruises. The most expensive was $200 a night on MSC Cruises.

The dominant cruise lines are Costa and MSC. Celebrity, Norwegian, Holland America, Azamara, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas offer a handful of cruises out of Buenos Aires.

Choosing a date is easy. Most of the cruises take place in December and January during the warmest months of the southern hemisphere summer. A much smaller number are available in November, February and March.

Attractions and Shore Excursions


Buenos Aires was established by Spanish conquerors in the 16th century, so it has a strong New World history.

A guided “best of Buenos Aires" shore excursion is the least expensive way to explore Buenos Aires in the shortest amount of time. These tours, which usually last about four hours, will cost $50 to $100 per person depending on the length and mode of transportation. Private tours will usually cost $150 to $200 per person.

Tour highlights may include the historic Plaza de Mayo, the grand Recoleta Cemetery, the Evita Peron Museum and drives through famous districts including San Telmo, La Boca and Palermo.

Plaza de Mayo, three miles south of the cruise port, is a historic city square and site of many famous events in Argentina's history.

Recoleta Cemetery, with the graves of many famous people from Argentina, is famous for its beauty. It is three miles west of the port.

The Evita Museum is a 1923 mansion memorabilia from Eva Peron, the famous and hugely popular wife of Argentina President Juan Perón. The museum is four miles west of the cruise port.

Cruise Weather / Best Times to Go


The most popular time to take a cruise out of Buenos Aires is December and January during the peak summer months of the southern hemisphere.

Average daytime temperatures in Buenos Aires are in the low to mid 80s Fahrenheit or high 20s Celsius, according to the Argentina National Meteorological Service.

But the summer is also the rainy season. Average rainfall is about five to six inches a month, which is a bit high for a cruise port. The frequency of rain is better news. Buenos Aires rain falls on average about eight to nine days a month, which is low for a cruise port.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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March 04, 2020
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