Why we like this ship

  • Southern Patagonia’s only A1 Ice Class rated expedition ship - it allows you incredibly close proximity to immense glaciers, and access to iced waterways that other vessels cannot access. 
  • Built in 1995 and remodelled in 2012, with only 45 cabins and numerous outdoor viewing platforms, plus two indoor lounges, this ship is the perfect base for exploring Chile’s southernmost fjords. 
  • With a professional expedition team, guests are provided onboard lectures, ample wildlife viewing opportunities and numerous shore-based excursions suitable for all levels of ability
  • All onboard dining is freshly prepared and served by the restaurant team to ensure your cruise experience is second to none. Relax at the open bar, anytime you like. 
  • With a length of only 70 metres, a beam of 10m and a draft of only 4.2m - displacing 1,210 tonnes - this is the perfect vessel for the wild places in which it sails.

Glaciers of Patagonia Adventure Cruise

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David says

Skorpios III has a great variety of cabin types, all of which are very comfortable and spacious. It can be tricky to get your head around all of the options though. For example only certain categories have double beds, and only one category caters for solo travellers. Some decks are better than others for privacy too, so get in early for the best choice, and let us know what you're looking for and we'll help you find the right one.

David Hilton Patagonia Product & Partnership Manager

Voyages aboard the Skorpios III

Southern Patagonia Glaciers Cruise

Get up close to the extraordinary sights of the Southern Patagonian Icefield on this small ship adventure cruise. You'll visit around fifteen glaciers on the only ship to sail this route, including the beautiful Amalia and Herman glaciers. Set foot…

  • 5 Days
  • $2,520

Cabin categories

There are 45 cabins aboard the Skorpios III, offering either queen-sized, king-sized, twin or triple beds. Each has a private bathroom, TV, wardrobe, bedside tables, a safe and the option of background music.

Beds are extremely comfortable and cosy with thick mattresses, soft pillows and plenty of warm covers. Cabins have traditional decor, are well-maintained and are cleaned every day.

The four cabin categories are detailed below.

Master suite

  • Two very spacious cabins with ample storage and floor space, these are the most privately located cabins on the ship.
  • Each has a king-sized bed and a comfortable sofa for relaxing.
  • Located on the Olympus (4th) deck these cabins boast the best views onboard due to their high-forwards position within the ship.
  • No other guests can view into your cabin from the outside.

Junior suite

  • Two spacious cabins with ample storage and floor space, and a queen-sized bed.  
  • Located on the Athos (5th) Deck with direct access to the deck corridor, with outside viewing platform. 
  • Windows look out onto the deck where there is a corridor leading to the bridge, so although these cabins are large, you have less privacy and you may prefer a lower deck for views.

Double cabin

  • Eight Double cabins are located on the Olympus (4th) and Atenas (1st) decks, are compact but vary in floor space. 
  • These cabins have a queen-sized bed and a seating area with coffee table. 
  • Cabins on the Olympo deck have an ample window, those on the Atenas deck do not.

Twin cabin

  • Thirty twin cabins are located on Olympo (4th); Parthenon (3rd); Acropolis (2nd) and Atenas (1st) decks.
  • Each cabin has two single beds, the distribution of the room will vary according to exact location. 
  • Cabins on the Olympo, Parthenon, Acropolis decks have an ample window, those on the Atenas deck do not.

Triple cabin

  • Three Triple cabins, are located on the Atenas (1st) deck. 
  • Two of the triples are double-bed cabins with an extra single bed added (located in the centre of the ship); one has a double bed with a bunk above (located near the bow of the ship).
  • These cabins on the Atenas deck do not have a window. 

Communal areas

Dining room

The main dining room, where breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner is served, is on the Acropolis deck. There are tables of different sizes and you dine at the same table for each meal, giving you the chance to get to know your fellow passengers.

As well as all the meals taking place in the dining room, talks and presentations are also held here.

Dining room on Skorpios III

Dining room on Skorpios III

Apolo lounge

In between excursions, meal times and lectures, relax in the Apolo lounge on the Parthenon deck. The lounge has a bar, comfy sofas, tables and televisions on which movies are shown. All drinks and snacks are included.

This space is often used for talks.

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Zeus lounge

When you have some downtime during your cruise, go to the Zeus lounge on the Parthenon deck. There is a bar, comfy sofas, tables and televisions; movies are shown at regular intervals. All drinks and snacks are included.

Talks are occasionally held here.

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Swoop says

Skorpios III is an extremely comfortable Chilean vessel and classic in its decor. It takes you to more glaciers than any other cruise in the Chilean Fjords, and visits spectacular areas that only this ship can access. It has won awards for the quality of its food and service.

What to expect on board the Skorpios III

  • Warm Chilean hospitality making you feel right at home on your vessel, with numerous English-speaking staff to ensure you have the best travel experience possible. 
  • Daily briefings and educational presentations from your expedition team about the history and wildlife of Southern Patagonia.
  • An 'open bridge' policy when weather allows. The ships officers will only speak basic English.
  • Great onboard food, using local flavours, and an open bar with all drinks included.
  • Plentiful outdoor viewpoints/spaces on four decks, with two indoor lounges for relaxing and viewing. 
  • There is no lift/elevator, spa, gym, pool or sauna on board.

Skorpios III Deck Plan

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