We have done this trip twice,once on the Star and once on the Escape and on both occasions found the experience thoroughly enjoyable. We found the organised trips very expensive, so we made friends with other cruisers (easy to do) and went round the ports of call in a group. There are pickpockets, bagsnatchers and jewllery snatchers, and we have met people who have been robbed whilst ashore, however this is not the norm. My advice is just be vigilant. Do not wear expensive watches or jewellery ashore, carry only the cash you need for your visit, so not to give these people the opportunity to steal. When ashore negotiate a price first for your transport. In Rio we managed to haggle a taxi driver down to $100 for 5 hours for 4 people ($20 each) and he took us to all the sights. We arrived before the organised trips. Brazil is an amazing experience. Enjoy the trip of a lifetime. Hope this information is of use to you.
All being well there are 4 of us going on her return journey in March, we were very interested in your comments,you were quoting dollars is this the best currency to use instead of the local currency,any tips on changing money here or there and any other tips would be greatly appreciated,many thanks,B Maclean .
We are going on the November cruise, you never know we might see you onboard.