The Chilean Fjords, with
mazes of inland passages, calving glaciers and stunning wildlife, count
as one of nature’s greatest wonders. There is no greater way
to experience this spectacle than from an expedition cruise. We invite
you to enjoy this adventure in luxurious comfort onboard Albatros
Expeditions’ new vessel, Ocean Victory.
Embarking in Argentinian Ushuaia, we immediately enter Chilean water
and head for Cape Horn, the southernmost headland of the Tierra del
Fuego archipelago, followed by the passage of “Glacier
Alley”, a most fascinating part of the Beagle Channel.
Countless glaciers carve their way from Darwin Ice Field down to the
We continue deep inland to Puerto Natales where we will join a coach
trip to sky soaring Torres del Paine. Further north are some of the
most remote and stunningly located fishing settlements in Chile.
Roadless Puerto Edén in Canal Messier, and beautiful Caleta
Tortel, with houses and walkways built on thousands of stilts. On the
green island of Chiloé we will visit one of
Chile’s oldest towns, Castro, famous for its huge wooden
cathedral, Church of San Francisco.
Putting the fjord labyrinths behind us, our adventure continues towards
the Pacific as we cruise north to disembark in Valparaíso.
Albatros Expeditions’ newly built cruise ship Ocean Victory
is a luxury class expedition vessel with room for just under 190
passengers - all in exterior staterooms and many with balconies. The
ship has all the modern conveniences, the highest ice-class and sea
safety certifications, as well as electronically controlled engines to
optimize speed and fuel consumption.
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR||From USD|
|Mar 26, 2024||Apr 08, 2024||Waitlist only
Rates are listed per person
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR||From USD|
|Mar 26, 2024||Apr 08, 2024||Waitlist only
DAY 1 :
USHUAIA. EMBARKATION ON MV OCEAN VICTORY
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town.
Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a
day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra
del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains,
glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon,
we board our ship, the 5-star Ocean Victory.
We sail towards Puerto Williams on Chilean side of the Beagle Channel.
The channel has rich wildlife with cormorants, penguins and sea lions
on virtually every rocky outcrop, and dense temperate rainforest
reaches from shore to tree line and the eternal snow. In this harsh
climate, the hardy people of the now extinct Yagan tribe resided, as
described by Charles Darwin in his journals.
DAY 2 : THROUGH MURRAY AND BEAGLE CHANNELS TO CAPE HORN
Today we are going to see the famous "horn", Cabo de Hornos. It is
difficult to predict the day’s program, as the waters south
of the horn are unpredictable at best. Should weather be fair, we will
use our landing Zodiacs to go ashore on Isla Hornos at the memorial for
sailors who have lost their lives here.
Although the ship is very stable, we will hopefully get a brief
impression of what the old sailing ships were going through in
Magellan's and Darwin's time, and rejoice that ships are no longer what
they have been. The first "modern" sailor to navigate the race was the
Dutch captain Willem Schouten in 1616, who opened the dangerous route.
But haven't the locals been here long before?
DAY 3 : GARIBALDI FJORD OVERLOOKING CALVING GLACIERS AND MOUNT DARWIN
Today's highlight is sailing into the narrow and unbelievably beautiful
Garibaldi fjord in Alberto de Agostini National Park – a
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to its spectacular soaring glaciers and
rich plant and wildlife. It is not uncommon to see a group of killer
whales in these waters feasting on the seafood.
DAY 4 : FORT BULNES, CHILE AND STRAIT OF MAGELLAN PARK
As we leave the island of Tierra del Fuego, we head into Magellan
Strait and reach Fort Bulnes. The fort was built in 1843 on the rocky
shores of Punta Santa Ana under the command of President Bulnes Prieto
to maintain control of the Magellan Strait and the ships that sailed
The fort is today restored to its original form, and the area around
included in the fascinating Strait of Magellan Park.
DAY 5 : THROUGH THE CHILEAN ARCHIPELAGO. SCENIC SAILING THROUGH THE
LABYRINTHINE FJORD LANDSCAPES.
The day is set for cruising on the legendary Strait of Magellan, which
divides “Land of Fire” from the South American
continent as well as the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean.
Ferdinand Magellan, whom the strait was named from, was a Portuguese
explorer on commission of Spain's Charles d. 1st and the first to
navigate the strait in 1520. Chile annexed the Strait under President
Bulnes in May 1843, emphasizing Chile's supremacy through the
construction of the previously visited fort.
The climate is sub-antarctic and the coast is rugged and
vegetation-poor. Yet these coasts have been home to a highly developed
and populous Native American culture, consisting primarily of maritime,
nomadic hunter-gatherers and others who contented themselves with
staying on land from which they fished and collected seafood. The
tribes lived isolated and unaffected by Western civilization until
about 1800, after which they quickly became extinct as a result of new
diseases and radical eradication campaigns initiated by the governments
of Chile and Argentina. Today, our overall knowledge of these many
different peoples is extremely sparse.
DAY 6 : PUERTO NATALES, CHILE. VISIT TO THE NATIONAL PARK TORRES DEL
The Captain has through the night navigated the vessel more than 200
kilometers east across Chile through the world’s most
complicated fjord system. Disembarking in the town of Puerto Natales we
are ready for a bus drive into Torres del Paine National Park. Crowned
by the three majestic granite towers, "Torres del Paine", and
“Paine Grande”, 2,884 meters above sea, and
encircled by huge lakes, calving glaciers and open grasslands where
guanacos feed, it is fair to say that this is among the most beautiful
national parks in the world.
"Paine" is a Native American word for "blue", and today's excursion
into the national park shows why. We will drive through the park and
enjoy the view of the mountains throughout the day. Occasionally we
will get off the bus and take shorter walks to reach the best vantage
DAY 7 : SAILING ON THROUGH THE ARCHIPELAGO. MINI-CRUISES THROUGH THE
FJORD LANDSCAPES IN OUR ZODIACS.
By now, we are in the deep archipelago and the ship navigates through
the many narrow waterways, almost all of which are called canals. The
route follows the canals Sarmiento, Esteban, Angostura, Inocentes and
then into the long narrow Canal Messier. It is incredibly beautiful no
matter what direction the eyes are turned. Pointed rugged, often
snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers, lots of life above and below the
water. The canals have all been shaped and extended during the recent
ice ages, when they were filled with glaciers from the Andes to the
east. As we enter the 250km-long Messier, we begin to see small fishing
villages. We will plan for Zodiac landings along the way where
DAY 8 : PUERTO EDÉN, CHILE. CRUISE TO THE BRÜGGEN
Our goal this morning is the 60 km long Brüggen Glacier,
slowly flowing down from the huge Patagonian Ice Fields. We cruise in
safe distance from the active glacier front – and continue
north through the Messier for more adventures.
It is a must to visit the small, completely cut-off town of Puerto
Edén, which, with less than 200 inhabitants, lies on the
banks of the Canal Messier. The sea is the only access because neither
roads nor paths lead to Edén. The city also has no roads
between houses and shops, only wooden promenades or boardwalks. The
population lives primarily on fishery and seafood collection, which is
picked up once a week by a cutter.
DAY 9 : CALETA TORTEL VILLAGE, CHILE
We have reached the northern end of Canal Messier, where we find yet
another exciting and typical Chilean village in this area. Caleta
Tortel was built in 1955 to utilize the area's cypress trees for timber
production. The village is located where rivers, meltwater and the sea
coalesce into a mossy subsoil, which is why all houses are built on
stilts and the roads are, like in Puerto Edén, built of
wood. Cypress of course.
DAY 10 : AT SEA TOWARD CASTRO
The trip continues along the coast of Chile, and we have time to enjoy
the ship's facilities, perhaps a little massage, a visit to the shop or
an interesting lecture on the nature or culture of the area. You can
also relax in one of the hot tubs on the deck or take a dip in the
DAY 11 : CASTRO, CHILE
In the outskirts of the Chilean Lake District and we visit yet another
city on stilts, Castro. It is the county’s third oldest city,
founded in 1567. The area has been hit by earthquakes and tsunamis
several times, and in 1837 the city was effectively leveled with the
Castro is an exciting city to stroll around. The famous wooden churches
on Chiloé, of which four are in Castro, are one of Chile's
largest cultural treasures and were added to UNESCO's list of cultural
heritage. Many of the churches are built entirely of wood without as
much as a single nail.
DAY 12 THE NATURE-PROTECTED ISLAND OF ISLA MOCHA. HIKE IN THE
BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPE OF THE NATIONAL PARK.
Today’s landing is on the small island of Mocha, of which
half is designated as a national park. Originally the island was
inhabited by the so-called Lafkenches people. Francis Drake visited the
island during his world circumnavigation, but had to leave after being
seriously injured by the island's residents. In 1685, the governor
forced the entire island population to what is today the city of
Conception. There are several stories from the 19th century about a
giant white casket whale that belonged to the island of Mocha, called
Mocha Dich, which should have inspired Herman Melville to write Moby
In 2007, skulls from the original Mocha people were compared to skulls
from the Easter Island and was found to have astonishing similarities,
supporting the theory, originally put forward by Thor Heyerdahl, about
the connection between South America and the remote islands of the
We will utilize the ship's Zodiac fleets to make the landing and learn
about the national park and the local flora and fauna.
DAY 13 : AT SEA TOWARDS VALPARAÍSO
Today it is time read, listen to lectures and relax in the company of
the other passengers of the ship and enjoy the delicious meals the
chefs of the ship spoil us with.
DAY 14 : VALPARAÍSO, CHILE. DISEMBARKATION.
After breakfast, it's time to leave Ocean Victory and get ready for the
Valparaíso, one of Chile's oldest cities. The city is
constructed on a number of ridges around the bay and is known for its
old cable cars, 15 of which are still functional. They lead from the
harbor up to the old UNESCO-protected residential neighborhoods. Here
colonial-era German and English traders lived in the colorful houses
that illuminate the cityscape.
Ocean Victory - VCL (Luxury Expedition, 184-guests)
With the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A, Ocean Victory is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to her sturdy construction.
With a total of 93 comfortable cabins for our guests, almost all with a view of the ocean, we ensure absolute comfort and sustainability for our guests.
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* 14-days´ cruise with
accommodation in a shared outside double stateroom with private
* All Zodiac landings and excursions as
* Rubber boot rentals
* Guiding and lectures by our expedition
leader and team
* Near-shore guided walks in towns and
* English-speaking expedition team
* Full board on the ship - breakfast,
lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
* Free tea and coffee 24
* Guiding and lectures by our
experienced expedition leader and team
* Special photo workshop
* Welcome and farewell cocktails
* Digital visual journal link after
voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!
Glide through the waters and take in the royal grace of the icebergs,
see the varied birds and seals, and maybe even the whales in their
natural habitat under the supervision of experienced kayak guides, who
will ensure your safety during each outing.
Our primary focus is knowledge, and we apply this to every aspect of a
journey. From the staff that forms our expedition team, to the routes
our ship follows, and of course, the program onboard.
This allows us to provide comprehensive voyages, for our guests to not
only enjoy breathtaking landscapes and amazing wildlife, but to also
get a better understanding of each location and everything they see;
From the flora and fauna they come upon during each landing, to the
culture and history of each place being visited. This adds to the
overall experience, and becomes a memory our guests will cherish back
Essential for expedition cruises, Zodiacs are robust boats that can go
up on a beach, a rocky outcrop, a river bank or even an ice floe push
through bergy bits of ice floating in the water. This is definitely one
on the assets that distinguishes this way of exploring from more
opportunity to simply set foot on the Polar regions is a great
experience, but to walk amid its white emptiness on a mini expedition
is truly an unbeatable adventure.
Few people venture onto the ice sheet, yet so much more awaits only a
little deeper within, where a great ice landscape unfolds! On this
excursion, you can wander among the hills and valleys, and eventually
find yourself surrounded by crystal blue streams, rivers, waterfalls
and lakes - all formed by melt water from the ice.