Puerto Natales (Puerto Natales, Chile)
A 229 foot ship built in 1995 which has been completely remodelled and refurbished. Specifically designed and built to cope with the ice and conditions faced in Patagonia she operates a 5 day/4 night cruise out of Puerto Natales, from mid October to the end of March. The 45 cabins are distributed across the 5 decks and there is a main dining room, lounge, two bars and good outdoor deck space. All meals, excursions and drinks are included and bilingual talks are given on board each day.
Cruise through intererior channels with highlights including visits/viewings of 14 glaciers (weather allowing), including Guillard, Amalia and El Brujo, the two largest glaciers. During the navigation to Calvo Fjord, 5 glaciers are visited onboard an icebreaker and in Las Montañas Fjord, visit both Bernal and Alsina glaciers. During the excursion to the White Narrowness there will be the opportunity to observe the local flora and fauna of the area, with possible sightings of dolphins and cormorants, sea lions, condor and other bird species.
The spacious, well equipped cabins are split across the 5 decks (Athos, Olympo, Pathenon, Acropolis and Atenas) with queen or king-sized beds and all have a private bathroom.
Sister ship to Skorpios II who operates a 6 day/5 night cruise out of Puerto Montt through the Chiliean fjords.
When to go
November - March.
Skorpios III's Kaweskar route itinerary is a 5 day/4 night cruise that sails in and out of Puerto Natales. She sails through various channels and fjords and visits a number of glaciers.
Day 1: 1300 departure from Puerto Natales, Angostura Kirke, Morla, Vicuña, Unión, Collingwood and Sarmiento channels.
Day 2: Pitt Channel, Guillard fjord and glacier, and Sarratea Bay.
Day 3: Almalia glacier, El Brujo glacier, Calvo fjord and Fernando. Capitán Constantino and Alipio glaciers are visited on board Capitán Constantino, suitable for navigating amongst the ice.
Day 4: Montañas fjord, Alsina glacier and Bernal glacier, and sail past Herman and Zamudio glaciers. Farewell dinner as the ship navigates through the gulf of Almirante Montt.
Day 5: Disembark in Puerto Natales around 0900.