Travel to Rio was not on our bucket list, as I had been there on the Battleship Missouri in 1953. The trip was a complete surprise due to a Fire Aboard the Quest, one of Azamara’s two luxury cruise ships in the South China Sea in March 2012. This comprehensive story, with pictures, is posted at the above link. Azamara’s compensation for the pain and suffering offered full reimbursement for the current cruise, all related expenses, a free four-star week in Singapore, and a free cruise of equal value during the following year. A cruise in a suite from Rio to Miami was our compensation. Four nights on the beach South of Rio just prior to the cruise during Carnival was a bonus. The above picture was taken of a tourist image in Rio’s cruise ship terminal just prior to boarding.