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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  • City Tour - Half Day

    MAC01

    City Tour - Half Day
      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adult price from AUD $35Price per person

      • Children price from AUD $29Price per person

      • Adult price from NZD $35Price per person

      • Children price from NZD $29Price per person

    • Lagoons & Islands - Half Day

      MAC04

      Lagoons & Islands - Half Day
        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adult price from AUD $69Price per person

        • Children price from AUD $49Price per person

        • Adult price from NZD $69Price per person

        • Children price from NZD $49Price per person

      • Praia do Frances - Half Day

        MAC02

        Praia do Frances - Half Day
          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adult price from AUD $39Price per person

          • Children price from AUD $32Price per person

          • Adult price from NZD $42Price per person

          • Children price from NZD $32Price per person

        • Schooner to Gunga Beach ( 6 hrs With
          lunch )

          MAC03

          Schooner to Gunga Beach ( 6 hrs With lunch )
            • Duration
              6 h

            • Adult price from AUD $69Price per person

            • Children price from AUD $49Price per person

            • Adult price from NZD $69Price per person

            • Children price from NZD $49Price per person

          • CONHEÇA MACEIO E PRAIA DO FRANCES

            SCENIC ROUTE

            MAC10

            CONHEÇA MACEIO E PRAIA DO FRANCES
            • Long route by bus

            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              5 h

            • Adult price from AUD $55Price per person

            • Children price from AUD $39Price per person

            • Adult price from NZD $55Price per person

            • Children price from NZD $42Price per person

          • PRAIA PARIPUEIRA

            SEA & SUN

            MAC05

            PRAIA PARIPUEIRA
            • Long route by bus

            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              5 h

            • Adult price from AUD $45Price per person

            • Children price from AUD $35Price per person

            • Adult price from NZD $45Price per person

            • Children price from NZD $35Price per person

          • VEICULO COM MOTORISTA E GUIA - 9 LUGRES

            SOMETHING SPECIAL

            MAC08

            VEICULO COM MOTORISTA E GUIA - 9 LUGRES
            • Long route by bus

            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              4 h

            • Adult price from AUD $445Price per person

            • Children price from AUD $445Price per person

            • Adult price from NZD $462Price per person

            • Children price from NZD $462Price per person

          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.