Maceio

A burgeoning beach resort
Belle époque buildings and enticing museums
The stunning Praia do Francês

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Maceio

Luxuriant palm groves and foamy surf waves

On your South America cruise to Brazil, you’ll come across the big and burgeoning beach resort of Maceió, its striking beaches and clear, turquoise waters attracting cruisers from all over the world.
It’s also smack in the middle of a far longer strip of some of the best beaches in the country, all easily accessible on day trips. When you arrive with your MSC cruise in Maceió, you’ll start off in the affluent and lively resort area that starts at Pajuçara, a few kilometres to the east of downtown, built along a spectacular beach.

While the city centre itself, the commercial and administrative heart of the city just inland from a more polluted (and generally deserted) stretch of sand and the grubby port district, is somewhat down-at-heel it does have a smattering of belle époque buildings and enticing museums. However, what you’ll want to discover on your MSC South America cruise excursion is the amazing beaches.

Sixteen kilometres south of Maceió, the coast road loops around Praia do Francês, which even by Alagoan standards is something special. An enormous expanse of white sand, surf and thick palm forest, it even boasts several pousadas or inns, and a burgeoning restaurant scene.

Most folks end up at the northern end, a protected lagoon formed by a large reef offshore; surfers take in the pounding waves at the less busy and unsheltered end. Beach bars line the northern section, while Avenida Dos Corais and Rua da Algas run parallel to the sand and are lined with shops and restaurants. Given its proximity to Maceió, it’s no surprise Francês has effectively become a city beach – so expect a lively atmosphere.

Must see places in Maceio

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  • DISCOVER MACEIO

      • Varighed
        3 h

      • Fra voksenDKK172Pris per person

      • Fra barnDKK129Pris per person

      MAC01

      A paDNKamic tour that will take you through the main touristic points of Maceio: The traditional Jaraguá borough with its historical and cultural richness, passing by the sound and image museum, the commercial association and Marsílio Dias square. A visit to the traditional “rendeiras”, the broidery lady’s district at the Pontal da Barra all the way to downtown through the Pele stadium, and squares of Montepio dos Artistas, Visconde de Sinimbu´s and Floriano Peixoto. The Bom Jesus dos Martirios church, the former and new goverDNKs palace, Deodoro Theater, Alagoas literature academy, among many of the attractions before continuing through the Dom Pedro II square, the deputies council, the Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres cathedral with a short stop at the Jacutinga hill and the view point São Gonçalo do Amarante for a photo stop, where a small chapel of the same name is located. After the paDNKamic tour through the urban beaches of Maceio, a stop at the hand craft pavilion will be made. Remarks: Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).
    • FRANCÊS BEACH

        • Varighed
          5 h

        • Fra voksenDKK199Pris per person

        • Fra barnDKK149Pris per person

        MAC02

        This excursion will take you to one of the most beautiful and well known beaches in the southern Alagoas coast and Brazilian coast. The greenish of its waters is the condiment that enlightens all its visitors in this paradisiacal place. It features a special peculiarity; is divided into two distinct parts, one surrounded by coral reefs calmer and more urbanized, while the other is wilder, with high waves. The coral barrier at the urban side makes a smooth sea, ideal for bathing. The local restaurants offer a local cuisine and are a plus for all visitors. At the beach is offered optional boat tours (not included in the value of the excursion). The excursion includes a stop at the Republic memorial with option to buy hand-craft prior to the return to the ship. Remarks: Lunch is not included in this excursion. There are many optional tours sold at the beach by independents, it is advisable to carry Brazilian currency. MSC Cruises cannot be liable or responsible for any optional tour bought during the free time at the beach. The lDNKth of the free time will be subject to traffic. Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).
      • GUNGA BEACH & SCHOONER

          • Varighed
            6 h

          • Fra voksenDKK332Pris per person

          • Fra barnDKK239Pris per person

          MAC03

          One of the most famous Brazilian excursions! A paDNKamic drive from the pier to “Barra de São Miguel” to board a typical “Schooner” motor boat to sail through amazing sites along the lagoon before disembarking in the paradisiacal “Gunga’s beach”, known for its abundant coconut trees and for its extraordinary nature beauty. The beach, considered one of the ten most beautiful beaches of the Country with a full infra-structure to attend all its visitors. Remarks: Lunch is not included in this excursion, but restaurants are available during the free time. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise.
        • MUNDAU LAGOONS AND ISLANDS

            • Varighed
              4 h

            • Fra voksenDKK332Pris per person

            • Fra barnDKK239Pris per person

            MAC04

            With 600 kilometers square, the Mundau lagoon represents one of the most important eco systems of the State of Alagoas, besides the historical, economic and cultural aspects. A 30 minutes’ drive will take us to “Pontal da Barra”, a typical fisherman village where the famous “rendeiras”, the lace maker ladies from Maceio. We will board a motor boat (schooner type) to start sailing on the lagoon channel and it’s amazing nature and beauty compose by nine islands where fishermen and lace makers lives, rich fauna and flora, fishes and crustaceous, not to mention passing by the secluded beaches. We will make a stop at the little green beach for a swimming where the lagoons approaches the sea. Free time for relax or sunbathe. Then we will return to “Pontal da Barra” where we will board the bus and return to the ship. Remarks: Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).
          • PARIPUEIRA BEACH

            HAV & SOL
            • Lang bustur

            • Kan indeholde et mindre antal trin, ujævne overflader og/eller længere perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

              Sværhedsgrad
              Let

            • Varighed
              5 h

            • Fra voksenDKK219Pris per person

            • Fra barnDKK172Pris per person

            MAC05

            Enjoy the best of the DNKthcoast! The Paripueira beach, known for its calm waters and shallow, is ideal for families with children. With extensive and fine sand line offering a walking at the beach experience or just to relax under the sun. The beach also offers restaurant situated by the sea, which acts as a support to guests on excursion. Located on the beach of Costa Brava, the Restaurant Mar & Cia is the starting point to learn about the natural pools that are part of the Environmental Protection Area of the Coral Coast, the largest unit of marine conservation in Brazil. The restaurant has all the infrastructure and beach lounge area with kids playground, for an unforgettable day of leisure and gastronomic flavors of the region; including the restaurant Mar & Cia, in partnership with SEBRAE/AL, is under implementation certification of PAS - Safe Food Program. Besides concert live music and folklore to complete the day at leisure, small craft shops, beachwear and souvenirs make the visit memorable. Remarks: Paripueira natural pools depend on the tide to be visited and it may not be available during your excursion. We advise guests to carry Brazilian currency if intending to buy local optional tours. There are many optional tours sold at the beach by independents and MSC Cruises cannot be liable or is responsible for any optional tour bought during the free time at the beach. LDNKth of the free time at the beach may vary depending on traffic. Concerts live music and folkloric may not occur during their visit, as they are subject to days and times stipulated by the restaurant Mar & Cia. Not all languages are available; please check with the tour desk what languages are available for this tour during your cruise. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).
          • DISCOVER MACEIO & FRANCES BEACH

            NATURSKØNNE VEJE
            • Lang bustur

            • Kan indeholde et mindre antal trin, ujævne overflader og/eller længere perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

              Sværhedsgrad
              Let

            • Varighed
              5 h

            • Fra voksenDKK265Pris per person

            • Fra barnDKK199Pris per person

            MAC10

            You will departure from Maceio Port directly to “Frances Beach”, the most beautiful and well known beach in the southern Alagoas coast. The greenish of its waters will enchant all visitors. This paradisiacal place has a special feature: it is divided in two parts: one surrounded by coral reefs calmer where it makes a smooth sea, and the other is wilder, with high waves, for surfers. The beach offers local restaurants with a varied menu to attend and satisfy all visitors. After swimming and lunch, we will return to Maceio for a sightseeing tour through the main sights of this city, where we will pass by the Avenida Siqueira Campos, Estádio de futebol Rei Pele, Cemitério Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Praça da faculdade, Quartel da Policia Militar, Antigo Presídio de Maceió, Praça do Artistas, Calçadão do comercio, Marco Zero da Cidade, Catedral Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, Rua do Sol, Igreja Nossa Senhora Do Rosário, Praça dos Martírios, antigo e novo Palácio do Governo, Rua Cincinato Pinto, Teatro e Praça Marechal Deodoro, Tribunal de Justiça, Academia Alagoana de Letras, Rua barão de Penedo, ladeira da catedral. A short stop in Morro da Jacutinga, Mirante e Capela de São Gonçalo de Amarante na Praça Rosalvo Ribeiro. We will continue down the hill of the old road, passing through Maceio Shopping, Avenida Alvaro Calheiros until the urban beaches of this beautiful city. After this paDNKamic tour, we will stop at Pavilhão do artesanato for visiting and shopping. Note: This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).;
          • VAN WITH DRIVER & TOUR GUIDE (9
            SEATS)

            NOGET SÆRLIGT
            • Lang bustur

            • Kan indeholde et mindre antal trin, ujævne overflader og/eller længere perioder, hvor man er nødt til at stå op

              Sværhedsgrad
              Let

            • Varighed
              4 h

            • Fra voksenDKK2232Pris per person

            • Fra barnDKK2232Pris per person

            MAC08

            Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passDNKer. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks DNKlish or Portuguese. The service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages.;

          The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
           
          Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

          North Brazil

          Nature reserves and colonial atmospheres
          Nature reserves and colonial atmospheres

          Brazil’s north-east has definitely benefited from the nation’s economic boom and is now a region on the rise.

          Despite having the most dazzling coastline in South America, a buzzing beach scene and an exuberant culture that blends samba, reggae and African influences, the area, divided politically into eight separate states, has not been spoilt by tourism. 

          A cruise to Brazil’s north-east will show you the major cities along the coast: some, such as Recife, Olinda, São Luís and Fortaleza, have a deep colonial heritage; others, such as Maceió and Natal, have developed mostly in recent decades. All of these cities have their own city beaches plus more idyllic and deserted resorts hidden up and down the coast. The Ilha de Fernando de Noronha, hundreds of kilometres offshore, is one of the finest oceanic wildlife reserves in the world, an expensive destination but perfect for ecotourism.

          The smallest Brazilian states and long ignored by travellers, Alagoas and Sergipe have developed rapidly in recent years. Though lacking the romance of Rio and Salvador, the two state capitals of Maceió and Aracaju offer fine beaches and a smattering of history, while some genuinely well-preserved colonial towns are a short bus ride away.