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January 12, 2017 Carnival Tickets and Hotels for Your Upcoming Rio Cruise
We’re very excited about showing you the best of South America onboard Oceania Regatta next month. After a very long month of negotiations, we finally have some great deals on Carnival tickets as well as post-cruise hotels in Buenos Aires available. Please take a minute to read this entire email.
In the next two weeks, we’ll send you more information on shore excursions and how to register for your cruise. But for now, please review the following:
- Carnival Tickets on Sale Now
- Buenos Aires Post Cruise Hotel Packages
- Visa Requirements for Brazil and Argentina
Rio Carnival Tickets Now On Sale
We have just received our allocation of Carnival tickets. The good news is that we have excellent seats, with two options for you. The bad news is that they are fairly expensive (although cheaper than last year), and you have to make a decision very quickly. We must have all ticket reservations by Tuesday, January 17.
We have two types of Sambadrome tickets available, for both Sunday and Monday nights (February 26 & 27). Both nights are excellent nights to see this spectacular parade of samba schools. The entire night runs from 9 PM well into the morning (around 6 AM). Most of you won’t stay all night – but if you can it’s worth it!
The best sections for viewing are 7, 8, and 9 as they are more “central” to the overall experience. There are a lot of ticket brokers out there, but please be careful as there are a lot of fraudulent sites out there. Several of our guests had issues with invalid tickets last time. Our prices include roundtrip transfers to and from the ship.
You can see a visual map of the Sambadrome here:
Reserved Grandstand Seats (Section 9) $370
These seats have an excellent full view and are the general area reserved for tourist viewing. Seats are reserved in the upper section of the Sambadrome
Reserved Box Seat Chairs (or “Frisas” in Sections 8 or 9) $770
These seats are by far the best, comprised of boxes reserved in the first few rows, between 10 and 30 feet from the street. Seats are in boxes of 6, and are reserved both by box and seat. Please note that we cannot accept requests for a particular section. It is also possible that non-Atlantis guests may be occupying some boxes. Our seats would be in the third and fourth rows.
Reserved Box Seat Chairs (Frisas) Front Row in section 7 - $890
Same as above but first row seats right in front of the action.
Prices above are per person, per night, and all include roundtrip transportation to the Sambadrome, along with English-speaking guides. There will be multiple departure times arranged, so it will be easy to leave the event at your leisure. Of course, many guests stay all night!
Additionally, please note that all reserved seat requests will be filled in the order they are received. If you wish to sit near your friends, please make sure that all tickets on the same order. Finally, please note that the Frisas hold exactly 6 guests. We will make every attempt to keep groups together, but it’s possible that you might be separated, or combined with other guests, including guests not on this cruise.
Finally, please note that there is no way to watch the Sambadrome parade except from within the Sambadrome. There is no public “street parade” available.
All tickets purchased are non-refundable, regardless of the status of your cruise reservation. These are a separate purchase, and are not subject to Atlantis’ normal cancellation policies. Should you cancel your cruise reservation, you can still designate another guest onboard to pick up your tickets.
Post Cruise Hotel Information
We are thrilled to offer some extraordinary rates in Buenos Aires at two exceptional hotels in the heart of the city. The Hilton Buenos Aires has been our favorite for the past three cruises with a perfect location, modern rooms, exceptional amenities, and more. The Park Hyatt is a sensational luxury property that we have a limited number of rooms at. There’s never been a better time to indulge given these excellent rates!
Please note that our hotel rates include full breakfast for 2 guests, transfers from the ship, and all taxes. Note that most online rates do not include these amenities and often are in fact higher. Should you find a lower rate, please contact us and we’ll see if the hotel will match it or modify our contract.
Buenos Aires Post Cruise
|March 7–9, 2017||Hilton||Park Hyatt|
|2 Night Program|
- Rates are per person, based on Double Occupancy
- Transfers are included from the ship to hotel
- Full breakfast is included
- All taxes and porterage are included
To purchase either Carnival Tickets and/or Hotel Packages, the easiest way is to use the following online form:
You will need your Atlantis Booking number:
Alternatively, you may contact your travel agent, or call us on 310-859-8800.
Visa Requirements for Brazil and Argentina
Brazil requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to your place of residence in the United States. There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry into Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa.
- Visa applications are not accepted more than 90 days before your arrival, or within 30 days
- Visa processing takes at least 5 business days
- Visa must be paid (are you sitting down) with a US Postal Service Money Order. No other form of payment is allowed.
- Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your date of travel, and you must have at least one blank visa page.
- Applications must be made in person, or by a 3rd party (friend, relative, visa agency, etc.). They do not process visas by mail.
- The visa cost is $160, which is the same fee the US charges Brazilian citizens to enter the USA.
You can find the nearest Brazilian consulate here:
We highly recommend using a visa processing service to make this process easier. While there are many excellent services out there, we have a great relationship with Visas & Passports to Go. They are a gay owned and operated agency with fantastic service in Washington D.C. You can access them at www.vp2go.com or 800-598-7240. Be sure to mention that you are traveling on the Atlantis cruise!
To visit Argentina, U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business. Thanks to a recent agreement with the US government, no “reciprocity fee” is required either. However, a fee does apply for Australian and Canadian passport holders. Residents of all non-US countries should check with the local Argentinian embassy for visa requirements.
Thank you for reading this very long email!
So what happens next? Stay tuned for details on booking shore excursions, our cruise vacation guide, and more for this amazing cruise.
Thank you for selecting Atlantis for your vacation. We look forward to seeing you next month for a fantastic time in Rio and beyond!
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