Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Spend three nights getting up close to 15 of the most spectacular glaciers in the region
- Disembark the ship to explore the moraines by foot and travel by motorboat deeper into this action-packed glacial environment
- Experience the spellbinding Amalia and El Brujo Glaciers and delve into the wilderness of the White Narrows
- Board the ‘Capitan Constantino’ icebreaker and carve your way through the Calvo Fjord to see colossal glaciers descending from the Southern Ice Field
- With 4 gourmet meals a day, eating well is an important part of this cruise
Day 1: Set off from Puerto Natales
Check in from 16:00 at the pier, then meet your fellow travellers and your guides for afternoon tea and your safety briefing. At around 18:00 you will set off down ‘Ultima Esperanza’ Sound, leaving behind Puerto Natales and any signs of civilisation for three days.
The first night will see you sail through Kirke Narrows, into the Morla, Vicuña, Collingwood and Sarmiento channels.
Day 2: Amalia Glacier, El Brujo Glacier, and Calvo Fjord
Start the day at the awe-inspiring Amalia Glacier which spans an incredible length of 18 kilometres, before entering the Southern Ice Field. Disembark into small motorboats to travel to the shore, from where you'll enjoy a 15-minute walk to the glacier viewpoint. You'll notice the effects of the water on the icebergs, an assemblage of varied shapes and sizes, as you pass those washed up on the shore throughout the walk.
After some time soaking up the scenery, you follow the same route to return to the ship. Once back on board, you'll pass nearby the glacier face, allowing you to admire this tidewater glacier up-close.
The next stop is El Brujo Glacier. Board a motorboat which takes you on a route following the edge of the moraine, leading you to a hidden waterfall. Take in spectacular views of the tall glacier face on the way. You then sail back around to the moraine where you disembark and walk to a viewpoint almost within arm’s reach of the huge jutting ice towering high above you. Here, you have time to take photos and just observe the calving glacier, with large sections of ice plummeting into the water below with a tremendous crash.
Today’s finale is the Calvo Fjord. Prepare to be astounded and surrounded by stunning glaciers as you plough through icebergs on the ‘Capitán Constantino’ icebreaker. Wherever you look, the views are astonishing, with glaciers in every direction. On the icebreaker, you will get closer views of the Captain Costantino Glacier, the largest in the fjord, as well as the Fernando and Alipio Glaciers. To top off this unique experience, 12-year-old whisky is served on ice from the glacier.
Day 3: Features of the Montañas Fjord
Wake up in the Montañas Fjord by the Sarmiento Mountains where you continue to be mesmerised by your surroundings. You are deep in Patagonian wilderness with only glaciers and mountains on either side and hardly a trace of anyone having ventured this way before. The landscape is untouched and rugged.
Your first excursion of the day takes you to the face of Alsina Glacier on a motorboat ride. This is another chance to marvel at the different hues of blue revealed by the ice.
Next stop: Bernal Glacier. Here, you disembark and take a short walk to the glacier face which you can almost reach out and touch. This is the closest you will get to any of the glaciers during the cruise and allows you to have a better grasp of the sheer size of the ice and its crevasses. You can really study the textures of the ice surface, being so close. It’s a humbling experience being face-to-face with the glacier.
Back on board, you continue back down the Montañas Fjord until you reach the White Narrows. The captain navigates the ship carefully through this narrow stretch before you disembark onto the boats for your final excursion. This is a fantastic place to spot some of the marine life. You weave in and out of bays with a pod of dolphins in tow (if you’re lucky), past cliffs where condors may be lurking and around islands that are home to marine birds, such as cormorants and upland geese. Just imagine the lost world…
Celebrate the final night of your cruise with the Captain’s farewell dinner and party. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Day 4: Disembark in Puerto Natales
Disembark after breakfast in Puerto Natales between 800 and 930. Transport to Punta Arenas airport can be organised at an additional cost.
Please note that departures are on Tuesdays and Fridays. The following can be added as an optional extra: on Monday - lodging on board; Thursday - lodging at Hotel Remota, similar or ship; Tuesday or Friday - excursion to Torres del Paine and Milodon Cave (includes dinner, buffet breakfast, lunch, tour and national park fee).
Glaciers of Patagonia Adventure Cruise
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1870
Optional extras - if you would like to book an additional night's lodging and/or the extra Torres del Paine excursion option as indicated in the itinerary, the cost is USD $370 per person per service (ie. per night or per excursion booked).
Extra beds - it is possible to turn certain cabins into triple cabins; the cost for additional beds is USD $1000 - $1380.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
If you are a solo traveller or would like a single cabin, single occupancy prices begin at USD $2800 per person.
- From 1 to 5 years: free of charge sharing bed.
- From 6 years up: normal rate.
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon teas, 3 dinners
- Drinks: all drinks during bar opening hours (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- Accommodation: Cabin as requested (3 nights)
- Excursions: 3 per day (as detailed in itinerary)
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Any extra/optional excursions
- Transfers: between Punta Arenas airport and ferry port, round trip price - USD $85 per passenger; between Puerto Natales airport and ferry port, round trip price - USD $26 per passenger
- Port taxes of USD $40 per passenger
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
- International and domestic/in country flights