Choosing The Right Trip
- Ship - There are a number of vessels to choose from, ranging from small boats with only 10 person capacity to small cruise ships with space for 200 people. Each offers a different type of experience, level of comfort and activity.
- Route - Patagonia cruises cover the length of the Chilean Fjords from Puerto Montt in the north down to Cape Horn in the south. Most routes go between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, and can be a useful way to cross the border between Chile and Argentina; others take round-trip journeys.
- Highlights - Expedition cruises can take you to spots simply inaccessible by foot. Sights and experiences include glaciers, penguins, whales, general wildlife and Cape Horn landings. Each trip offers a different combination.
- Duration - Choose from a one day whale watching encounter to an 8-night expedition and everything in between, depending on your interests and time constraints.
- Budget - At the cheapest end of the spectrum, you can take a 2-night whale watching cruise for $650 USD per person, or at the other end, you could choose the best cabin on an 8-night cruise for $7,000 USD per person.
Don’t be put off by the word cruise. Regardless of the type of vessel you sail aboard, the focus of cruising in Patagonia is always the adventure. You’ll explore deep into sparkling, mountain-lined fjords on foot and by zodiac boat, witnessing crashing glaciers, curious wildlife and remote islands with no one else around.
The thought of a typical cruise has never appealed to me. But cruising in Patagonia is different. On some cruises you don't even sleep on the ship - you stay on tiny islands surrounded by humpback whales, whereas on others you have a luxurious cabin but are out exploring all day. These are definitely cruises for people who don't like cruises!
Chloe O'Keeffe Patagonia Specialist
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What Our Customers Think
Well our Patagonian adventure is over and I wish we had chosen three weeks there rather than nine days...so many wonderful places to see!
Chris December 2015
We particularly appreciated Chloe's suggestion to add the Australis cruise - brilliant choice.
Heinrich March 2016
I'll tell my grandchildren that I've been to one of the few remaining wildernesses and that interesting life is not dependant on cities... utterly amazing, unspoilt, wonderful scenery and wildlife, more than lived up to expectations.
Colin UK February 2017
The Chilean fjords had just about everything: humpbacks, penguins, sealions; remote location; great scenery; glaciers; boat trip; small group, no crowds.
Stephen UK December 2016
Patagonian Cruise Vessels
There are many different vessels offering adventure cruises of the Patagonian fjords and glaciers, from small sailing and expedition boats to cruise ships. The largest cruise ship has a capacity of 210 passengers, while smaller expedition boats may accommodate 10-20 passengers.
Patagonia Cruises: FAQs
Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be. If you plan in advance and book early, you can snap up a cabin in the cheapest category before anyone else. We work very closely with a range of cruise and operators in Patagonia and know the best early booking discounts. There are some excellent low season rates too, if you’re willing to travel at the start/end of the season.
We offer cruises and boat trips to suit a wide spectrum of budgets, from around $600 USD for a 1 day whale watching trip to $4,000 for the best cabin in high season on a luxury adventure cruise vessel.
Our Adventure Cruises have been described as ‘cruises for people who don’t do cruises’. Basing yourself from a boat is a great way to explore deep into the sparkling, mountain-lined fjords, both on and off the vessel, to watch crashing glaciers calve before you and wildlife going about their business, and experience the peaceful channels as the pioneers once did - with barely anyone else around.
We work with 15 different ships, small boats and sailboats, with capacity of between 10 to 210 passengers. Each ship has a different style and focus and we can talk you through the pros and cons of each, to help you to choose the best cruise for you.
We can help you choose the right cruise to suit you, depending on how active you want to be. All of our cruises and boat trips offer the opportunity to be active, but it’s not compulsory; excursions are optional and there are different effort levels available on some cruises, so that you can mix challenging hikes with more relaxed excursions - the choice is yours.
The most popular Patagonia cruise routes run between Ushuaia (Argentina) and Punta Arenas (Chile), and are a great alternative to flights or bus journeys as they combine border crossings with sightseeing along the way. There are also a number of ‘there and back’ trips, for example from/to Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Ushuaia, Puerto Montt and Puerto Aysen - great if you want to start and end in the same place.
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Booking Your Cruise - How We Can Help You
Find the best cruise for you
We work with 10 different cruise, small boat, and sailing companies throughout Patagonia, offering a range of trips, each with it's own focus. We know each and every one of them inside out and love helping people to find the best one to suit their plans, interests and travelling styles.
Incorporate your cruise into a 2-3 week itinerary
People often want to combine a cruise, small boat trip or sailing adventure into a longer 2-3 week itinerary. We'd be delighted to help you work out which regions offer the types of experiences you're looking for, and the best ways in which to combine them and make the best use of your precious travel time.
Plan and arrange your flights, logistics and accommodation before/ after
If it's just a cruise, small boat or sailing trip that you want to book, but you'd like some help managing the logistics of getting to the right place at the right time, and arranging suitable accommodation and transport, just let us know.