Silversea Luxury Cruises A Florianopolis

Florianopolis was founded in 1726 by immigrants from the Azores, along with German and Italian settlers. With a population of around 370,000 it is the capital of the State of Santa Catarina and a port of call for coastal shipping. Located on Santa Catarina Island, which is joined to the mainland by three bridges, the late-19th century pastel-colored, stuccoed buildings still recall faint “old world” images, while the relaxed small-town atmosphere provides a total contrast to the excitement of cities like São Paulo and Rio. View more

Florianopolis was named after Floriano Peixoto, former Brazilian President who defeated a federalist insurrection in the city in 1849. Among the city’s historic buildings are three fortresses, the Jesuit Monastery and the 200-year-old Palacio Cruz e Souza, which houses the Historic Museum of Santa Catarina. The metropolitan cathedral stands at the highest point and overlooks the main square. The church features a life-size sculpture in wood of the flight into Egypt, originally from the Austrian Tyrol. Other attractions in the city include the Municipal Market and former Customs House, now converted to contain good craft stalls, art galleries and handicraft shops. The natural beauty of the island, its beaches and bays make Florianopolis a popular tourist center. Most visitors head straight for the island’s 42 beaches, with the best ones found on the north and west coasts along with fashionable resorts and some of the best hotel facilities in the country. Pier Information While in Florianopolis, the ship will be anchored off the north coast of Santa Catarina Island. Guests will be taken ashore via ship’s tender to the jetty at the Yacht Club. The center of Florianopolis is 12 miles or a 20 minute drive away. Taxis are available at one of the nearby resort hotels. Shopping Good shopping can be found in Florianopolis on “Felipe Schmidt,” an all-pedestrian street. Jurere Beach Resort features an Open-Air Shopping Center that is accessible from the jetty via a complimentary shopping shuttle by minivans offered by the merchants. Best items to shop for: local handicrafts and resort wear. You may also want to consider buying cassettes or CDs of some of Brazil’s musical artists. Local currency is the Brazilian real. Cuisine Great seafood dishes are the specialty here at the resorts’ restaurants. More rustic eateries can be found at the Municipal Market, where especially the Pirão Restaurant is known for good seafood. Enhance your meal with a cold, local beer and finish off with a cafezinho, the strong sweet Brazilian coffee. Other Sites Apart from exploring downtown Florianopolis you may want to visit any of the island’s 42 beaches. Near the jetty, 2 miles of private beach with calm, clean and clear water with beach front restaurants are available to Silversea guests. Watersports facilities offer speed boats, windsurfers and snorkel equipment for rental. A small, rustic train links the Praia Hotel Resort and the Open Air Shopping Center at the Jurere Beach Resort.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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