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Cruises to Recife

Stretching across three islands, Recife's cityscape is accented with scenic inlets, canals and bridges, in addition to its famous beaches. What began as a scattering of fishing shacks in the 16th century is now a vibrant city that boasts delicious cuisine, colourful markets and a lively nightlife. Just to the north of Recife, you can dive into the history of the region with a trip to Olinda. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the small town offers incredible vistas as you tour its 16th and 18th century historic sites. For those interested in the tradition of Brazil's Carnival, stop by the unique Mamulengo Museum to glimpse some of the handmade puppets used in the town's famous parades.


  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Recife.
  • Time Zone
    BST (Brasilia Standard Time)
  • Language
    In Recife, Portuguese is the local language spoken. Say "quanto isso custa" to ask how much something is and "linda" to say beautiful. Excuse me is "com licença."
  • Currency & Shopping
    Brazilian Real is the local currency used in Recife. Shopping highlights: Founded in 1871, Mercado do Sao Jose (Saint John's Market) is both historic and offers a diverse shopping experience where you can browse numerous shops for local goods and handmade crafts.
    • Famous For
      Nicknamed the “Venice of Brazil,” Recife is dotted with scenic inlets, canals and bridges—a wonderful setting for walking tours.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Recife is named for the offshore recifes (reefs) that protect its coast and calm the waters of its picturesque beaches where you can recline into relaxation.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      When in Recife, Cartola is must-try local popular dessert that’s made of caramelized bananas topped with a mild cheese and granulated sugar and cinnamon.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      Restaurants, bars and colourful 19th century homes border the traffic-free square of Pátio de São Pedro, in addition to the awe-inspiring Concatedral de São Pedro dos Clérigos cathedral.


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