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Listen to music and watch Samba dancers in the Platforma show, a 2-hour nightly recreation of Rio's infamous Carnival. Watch performers in outrageously colorful costumes and a capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) demonstration with the accompaniment of live percussion. Upgrade your evening to include a dinner of barbecued meats at the Platforma Restaurant. Round-trip transportation from the Rio de Janeiro cruise port is included.


  • Rio de Janeiro shore excursion to 2-hour Plataforma Show
  • Experience the energy of Carnival with samba dancers, live drumming, colorful costumes, and a vibrant light show
  • See traditional folk dances and music styles that express Brazil’s cultural roots
  • Upgrade to a dinner option that includes a Brazilian BBQ
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Plataforma Samba Show

Plataforma Samba Show

Following pickup from the Rio cruise port, travel to the Platforma performance venue in Leblon. Find your seat in a prime location and sit back, ready to enjoy the 2-hour spectacle.

Watch performers dance to samba and other folkloric songs that capture the roots of Brazil's vibrant culture. As the drummers play popular music, watch a capoeira demonstration, Brazil's unique martial art that incorporates dance. The show ends near midnight, after which you'll enjoy transportation back to the Rio cruise port.

Please note: This shore excursion is a night tour and is designed for ships which depart at midnight or the following day.

Optional Upgrade: Buffet Dinner
Sit down for a delicious buffet dinner at the La Platforma Brazilian steakhouse, including a variety of barbecued meats, local specialties, seafood, and salads. Dessert and drinks are available for purchase.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Rio de Janeiro port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Dinner was very good and authentic Brazilian BBQ. The show was very entertaining and the performers were very personable when we were arriving - Taking photos with us before and after the show.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

I enjoyed the show, the musicians are fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Enjoyed it very much.

Guy B

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

The show gives a panoramic view of the roots of the samba, from the native and African influences up to the modern day spectacular Carnival. While it starts off on the slow side, it picks up momentum as it progresses.

Shay United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

The trip was great, enjoyed the show. Only wish was getting there a little earlier to select seats. On our arrival 15 minutes before most seats were taken.


4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

This is a good show and we went for a good dinner before the show

Harriet S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2012

We loved the Plataforma Samba show in Rio. But, the ride from the cruise pier took about 2 hours because of all the stops we made on the way! This was not good! We recommended this to some others on our cruise ship, and they were not happy about that bus ride. We all recommend that if you want cruise passengers to take your excursions, that you arrange for a separate bus pick-up from the cruise pier.


3 star rating: Worth doing January 2017

This tour/transport was with Gray Line which is the worst company ever. Although the guide was sweet and waited for us right at the entrance of the ship, we then spent over an hour in a bus just waiting to pick up another group of people. That is not fair and frankly stupid. They could have arranged for other transport for the other group. The show was at 10.30pm and we got picked up at 8.00pm for no reason. We could have had more time on our ship to have dinner etc but instead we were rushed. I really enjoyed the Samba show, I highly recommend it. The cast was talented and energetic. But DO NOT do this with Gray Line. You are better off organising the transport on your own and it would have worked out cheaper too.

Bob C

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

The show was excellent. The logistics were terrible. For a 10 PM show we were picked up at 8 and rode around downtown RIO for 1.5 hours for no apparent reason.


3 star rating: Worth doing January 2013

The theatre itself is a bit tired and the seating is in chairs around a raised stage - feels more like a school hall. The actual show is worth it for the costumes. It is a lot of fun if you accept it for what it is - Broadway it isn't ! But glad we did it.

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