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Journey to the Patagonian Fjords aboard M/V Skorpios III

Expedition cruise to the Patagonian Fjords and the Southern Icefield aboard the world-class 100-passenger M/V Skorpios III.

3-night small cruises from Puerto Natales, Chile. Check out the updated departure dates and rates for the 2016/2017 season • Ask for your 10% discount in all cabin rates when combined with any of our multi-day Patagonia tours.

 

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!On this adventure we will explore the remote fjords and archipelagos, located in the wild and pristine western regions of Chilean Patagonia. Aboard the Skorpios III, a family-owned and specifically-built ice-class vessel, we will leave the picturesque town of Puerto Natales towards the Southern Patagonian Icefield, world's third largest ice formation after Antarctica and Greenland. 

This 3-night cruise traverse these remote regions every Tuesday and Friday to return to Puerto Natales every Monday and Thursday, between the months of October and April. 

We will cover over nearly 400 nautical miles to discover the most beautiful, and least known, tide-water glaciers of the area, including Amalia, El Brujo, Bernal and Herman glaciers, and those located in the area of the impressive Calvo Sound. We will follow the footsteps of many sailors and explorers, learn about the long-gone hunter-gatherer tribes that inhabited the fjords since 6,000+ years ago and experience the rich natural history of the fjords, channels, sounds, forests and moorlands. Indeed a journey of discovery in one of the few truly pristine areas on Earth. 

Journey to the Patagonian Fjords, an ideal combination with any of our multi-day Patagonia tours!

ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities 


Day 1 • Board M/V Sorpios III – Cruising Kirke Narrows, Morla Vicuña & Sarmiento channels 

By 4pm we will board the M/V Skorpios III for the epic expedition to the Patagonian Fjords. Skorpios III is a reliable 70-meter (210 ft.) long, A1 ice-class vessel, owned by the Kochifas family, true pioneers of expedition cruising in this part of the world. After the safety briefing and the introduction to the Captain, his officers and friendly staff, we will leave Puerto Natales towards the pristine and remote region known as the Patagonian Fjords. Chilean and Peale's dolphins, Antarctic Giant Petrels and King Cormorants will be escorting us towards the narrowest part of our expedition, the scenic Kirke Narrows. After dinner, we will keep watching from the observation decks to enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the upcoming Morla Vicuña, Union, Collingwood and Sarmiento channels until gets dark. 

Overnight at M/V Skorpios III (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 

 

 

Day 2 • Patagonian Fjörds: Amalia & Brujo glaciers – Explore Calvo Fjörd 

The intricate and remote maze of islands and channels, known as the Patagonian Fjords, is located along the western flank of the huge ice field we have been exploring during the past week. It is a wild territory, sparsely explored and without permanent population; it is protected by a huge national park called Bernardo O'Higgins and holds several of the most spectacular yet less known glaciers of Patagonia. 

During the morning we will land at Amalia Glacier and walk across a path through pristine beaches and gentle ice-free slopes. Our target is a viewpoint of the whole glacier front, which has been rapidly, and steadily receding. Along the path we will study the colonizing flora, consisting of lichens, mosses and many herbs and perennial bushes. 

 

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We hope to see interesting birds such as Kelp and Ashy-headed Geese, Flightless and Flying Steamer-Ducks, Magellanic Oystercatchers and songbirds such as Gray-flanked Cinclodes, Austral Blackbird, and Yellow-bridled Finch. Later we will visit another outstanding glacier: El Brujo (or Wizard). Due to the topography of the cove where it is located, we will have the rare opportunity to watch its ice formations from a fairly close distance. 

After a delicious lunch on board, we will spend the whole afternoon exploring Fiordo Calvo (Calvo Sound), in our opinion, one of the most stunning locations of the whole trip. Massive glaciers surround the fjord and the water is covered by ice of all shapes and sizes. To explore this outstanding location, we will have the convenient assistance of a smaller and more suitable vessel for this kind of ice conditions, the M/N Capitan Konstantino. This is a special vessel, specifically built by Skorpios, to give us privileged access to remote inlets and landing sites at this seldom visited amphiteathre of ice. 

Overnight at M/V Skorpios III (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 

 

 

Day 3 • Patagonian Fjörds: Cruising the 'Canal de las Montañas' and Alsina & Bernal glaciers 

Another day exploring the Patagonian Fjords. We will wake up surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Sarmiento Range and the steep cliffs of Canal de las Montañas (the Mountains Channel). We will have a busy morning, walking and cruising, around four different glaciers including Alsina and Bernal. These pristine landscapes are well vegetated with evergreen woods, occurring here due to the heavy rainfall which constantly comes from the nearby Pacific Ocean. 

In the afternoon we will cruise the scenic White Narrows and hopefully we can see part of its rich marine wildlife including colonies of South American Sea Lion. We will have our farewell dinner while cruising the Almirante Montt Gulf, a grand finale of this interesting expedition to the Chilean fjordland. 

Overnight at M/V Skorpios III (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 

 

 

Day 4 • Puerto Natales 

We will dock at Puerto Natales during the early morning and leave M/V Skorpios III after a leisure breakfast. End of the trip (Breakfast) 

 

MAP

Trip Map

 

Journey to the Patagonian Fjords trip map

 

DATES & RATES

2016/2017 Departures & Rates 

 

Ask for your 10% discount in all cabin rates when combined with any of our multi-day Patagonia tours. 

 

Journey to the Patagonian Fjords
Trip Code  PAT12
Trip Length 

4 days, 3 nights

Cruise 1 • Starts: Tuesday / Returns: Friday

Cruise 2 • Starts: Friday / Returns: Monday

Rates for Cabin Type | Deck Athenas Acropolis Parthenon Olympus Athos
Single  Low Season  $2,535 - - - -
High Season  $2,775 - - - -
Double B Low Season  $1,690 - - - -
High Season  $1,850 - - - -
Double A Low Season   - $1,815 $1,915 - $1,915
High Season   - $1,975 $2,075 - $2,075
Double Matrimonial Low Season  - - $2,015  -
High Season  - - $2,175
Suite Junior Low Season  - - - $2,115
High Season  - - - $2,325
Suite Master Low Season  - - - $2,315
High Season  - - - $2,525
Additional Bed  Low Season  $920 $1,020 $1,070 $1,120 $1,120
High Season  $1,020 $1,120 $1,170 $1,220 $1,220
Dates  Low Season 

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

18, 25, 28 1, 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 2, 6, 9, 13, 16 - 28 3, 7, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
High Season  October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017
- - 23, 30 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24 -

 

What the trip includes/excludes

The above price is per person in US$, based on double occupancy. All payments are in US Dollars.

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.

The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary and 3-night cruise in the Patagonian fjörds.

The trip price excludes: Domestic flights, tipping for crew staff, port taxes (USD 28 per person), private transfers, travel insurance, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature. 

 

Tour Registration 

To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is US$ 500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.

 

Cancellation Policy 

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

 

Refunds are made according to the following schedule: 

If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.

If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.

 

Conditions from Cruceros Skorpios 

With the aim of guaranteeing our passengers a fast and efficient service, we would like to draw your attention to the following norms since April 15th, 2013 (any past norm is obsolete). 

 • The cruise ticket contains and certifies the conditions in the agreement between the passenger and Naviera y Turismo Skorpios S.A., hereon “SKORPIOS” or “the Company” which is ruled under the dispositions of the III Book of the Comerce of the Republic of Chile. 

 • The published rates could be modified at the discretion of SKORPIOS, making any previous rates obsolete. If any passenger has already paid his/her cruise ticket and there is a modification in the rates before the sailing, this modification will not apply for this specific passenger, and SKORPIOS will honor the given rate. 

 • The passenger, who does not present him/herself on time and place specified on the ticket, based on any reason including fortuitous or major force cases or circumstances, will be under his/her responsability and it is not allowed to complain to SKORPIOS. There will not be any indemnity or refund of the amount paid.

 • SKORPIOS may delay the sailing for up to 24 hours due to bad weather or unforeseen major force circumstances. If these circumstances maintain in time, the Company may cancel the cruise, returning the amount paid for the cruise portion only. The passenger will not have any right to other indemnities or payments of any sort.• The passenger, cannot change his/her designated cabin number which is indicated on the passenger’s ticket, apart from exists cabins available and he/she pays inmediately the rate difference before formalize the cabin change. 

 • Passengers could cancel or modify their cruise with the following reimbursement plan:

     120 days prior to departure, no penalty, 100% refund.

     Between 120 and 60 days prior to departure, USD200 per person penalty will apply.

     Between 59 and 50 days prior to departure, 20% penalty will apply.

     Between 49 and 40 days prior to departure, 40% penalty will apply.

     Between 39 and 30 days prior to departure, 60% penalty will apply.

     Between 29 and 16 days prior to departure, 80% penalty will apply.

     Between 15 and 0 days prior to departure, 100% penalty will apply.

Passenger’s cancellations must be informed by e-mail, fax or telephone and re-confirmed in written by certified air mail, in the same day of the first advice, being the letter signed by the buyer, the only valid document for the cancellation. The corresponding refund will be applied within 30 working days since the date of the cancellation advice. 


• The cruise ticket may be re-issued or passed on to another person by the owner of the ticket, when prior notice is given to SKORPIOS in written and signed document, by the owner of the ticket, up to a period of five (05) working days before the sailing date. Beside the written communication, the ticket endorsement should be certified with the original passenger’s signature, showing name, identity number and the new passenger’s details. If the payment of the cruise has been done by hire payment, both original and new passengers will be responsible of the final and complete payment agreed. 

 • SKORPIOS offers safe-keeping on board free of charge. Not use this service release to SKORPIOS of any responsability above all any loss. 

 • Each passenger is responsible of carrying all documentation needed, being this documentation as usual requested for chilean or foreign passengers. 

 • SKORPIOS can prevent the embarkation of any passenger that, at the Company’s judgment, could disrupt the wellbeing of the rest of the passengers. 

 • The general medical service on board is free of charge, as well as the basic infirmary supplies. Specific medications are of exclusive responsibility of each passenger. At the same time, is his/her exclusive responsability taking care his/her meal and/or drink restrictions based on his/her medical restrictions. SKORPIOS only can makes basic adjustment meals informed by the passengers without major change or alterations of the regular cruise meal menus. 

 • It is absolutely forbidden for any passenger to carry any time of weapon or hazardous objects, passengers could be disembarked by the Captain without any right to complain. 

 • It is absolutely forbidden the use and consumption of any type of drug and/or similar. If suggested by the Captain, the passenger could be disembarked to guarantee the tranquility and safety of the rest of the passengers, without responsibility for SKORPIOS or any type of refund. 

 • Pets and animals are not allowed on board any SKORPIOS boat. 

 • Every passenger is obliged to follow every rule and norm passed by SKORPIOS, related to the transportation of passengers and their goods, as well as observing the Captain’s orders during the navigation and excursions.

• Every passenger must read and follow the instructions and rules of safety issued on board and in every cabin, understanding that every safety measure starts by taking care of oneself; not putting oneself in danger, mental or physical; during the navigation and/or excursions of board. 

 • Tips are not included in the ticket fare. Those passengers who wish to express their gratitude in this way should give the tip to the Captain in a sealed envelope. The Captain will, according to the SKORPIOS tradition, share it amongst the members of the crew. We suggest USD 50 per passenger. 

 • SKORPIOS reserves the right to cancel a cruise if not fulfills the minimum of required passengers to make the trip, with up to 30 days before the departure date. In this event, the Company shall first relocation to another Skorpios cruise, covering the costs of re-issue of air tickets or accommodation on another airline, budget and approval by Skorpios Cruises will be mandatory. If the passenger is not satisfied with all these solutions that SKORPIOS offers, SKORPIOS will proceed with a reimburse of the rate already prepaid by the passenger to SKORPIOS based on the cruise rate only, is not entitled to other compensation, or claim payment to the passenger.

• Children’s safety on board is of exclusive responsibility of their parents, who should bear for their control and care in every moment.• SKORPIOS Sea Cruises reserves the right to include photographic and other visual portrayals of passengers in SKORPIOS Sea Cruises advertising and promotional materials. 

 • The excessive consumption of food and beverages, food allergies or medical indications are of exclusive responsibility of each passenger. 

 • In case of death of the passenger before board the ship, the cruise ticket could be endorsement to any other passengers, or ask for refund, based on the table previously informed. 

 • The rate of the transfers, from/to Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales airports will be rendered based on formal requests of every passenger and per current tariff, having in mind many of them would be on group with SKORPIOS’ passengers only. If any passenger demands a private and/or exclusive transfer, reservation in advance is an obligation. The request must be asked to SKORPIOS and/or your travel agent, based on current tariff as well.

• SKORPIOS Cruises is not responsible of any delays in case of general strike, delays/cancellations airlines flights, earthquakes, tsunami or any other reason without exception, not attributable to SKORPIOS, because all passengers are responsable of their presentation in the pier for their boarding, as per information mentioned in their cruise tickets where indicates dates and time as well. 

 • SKORPIOS has Accident Insurance for all its passengers. The cover amounts are:Accident Insurance, medical, pharmacy and hospital assistance until USD 10,000. 

      - Emergency Transfer insurance until USD 8,000.

     - Chance Death insurance of USD 38,000.

     - Permanent Disqualification by Legal Desclaimer with an upper limit of USD 30,000.

     - Those items are included without extra costs inside the rate of your cruise ticket. (Our insurance applies after your individual or health insurance, and they have limits in their coverage for special situations that they include 8 or more people). 

 • SKORPIOS may change the itinerary and navigation track due to weather conditions or unforeseen major force circumstances, this will be determinated exclusively by the Captain of the ship and the passenger will not have any right to other indemnities or payments of any sort. 

CRUISE

The Cruise 


M/V Skorpios III 

 

 

M/V Skorpios III was built in 1995 at the Skorpios shipyards (Puerto Montt, Chile) according to SOLAS and IMO rules, and ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) classification, class N° 951.93.18 A1 Ice. Her cabins and hotel infrastructure were remodeled in 2012. It is 70 metres long, has a 10 metre beam and a 3.30 metre draft, displacing 1,600 tons. She has an international loadline certificate, and registration N° 2869 issued by the Directorate General of Maritime Territory of Chile.
She has a capacity of up to 90 passengers berthed in 45 double cabins and distributed in 5 decks; cabins offer twin, queen or king-sized beds. All cabins have private toilet facilities, plasma TV and background music and a safety box. The ship has two comfortable bar lounges, and an ample panoramic dining room.

 

Gross tonnage: 1,210 tons

Built: 1995, refurbishing 2012

Power: 1,800 hp

Speed: 14 knots

Autonomy: 2,000 nautical miles

Cabins: 55 cabins with private facilities.

Passenger capacity: 125 guests

Crew members: 34

Decks: 5

Lounges: 2 lounges and one dining room.

Length: 229,65 ft. • 70,00 m

Draft: 13,77 ft. • 4,2 m

Breadth: 32,80 ft. • 10,00 m

 

View Decks and Cabins

 

Athens - 1st Deck

 

Acropolis - 2nd Deck

 

Parthenon - 3rd Deck

 

Olympus - 4th Deck

 

Athos - 5th Deck

 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery

 

Journey to the Patagonian Fjords