the Drake Passage to the white wilderness of Antarctica, where you'll
spend five beautiful days
an excellent opportunity to see wildlife, when penguin chicks are
fledging and the nutrient-rich waters attract whales
fascinating lectures and lead landings and ice cruises
a landing at Cape Horn where the Pacific and the Atlantic collide
the small town of Puerto Williams, and attempt a cruise to Garibaldi
Fjord, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to a glacier of the same name
an optional excursion to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National
Pio XI, the longest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere outside of
Castro, a charming and rustic city with access to Chiloé
National Park, while Niebla and its old Spanish fortress is your last
stop before the vibrant hilltop city of Valparaíso
DATES / RATES
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR
|Mar 09, 2024||Apr 03, 2024||11,990
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR
|Mar 09, 2024||Apr 03, 2024||11,990
1: Buenos Aires, Argentina
your adventure with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, famously called
the ‘Paris of South America'. A sensuous fusion of faded
European splendor and Latin American panache, Buenos Aires is home to
numerous fine and modern art museums, landscaped parks, and one of the
world's greatest opera houses.
the evening at your leisure. Enjoy an authentic steak dinner at one of
the city's many parrillas, or head to Plaza de Mayo to spend time
sightseeing at the city's best-known landmarks. You'll also want to
join the locals in an informal tango lesson, or at the very least,
watch a dance show.
even more from your adventure Extend your stay with an optional
Pre-Program that explores wild Patagonia.
2: Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina
thing in the morning, we fly to Ushuaia, the so-called ‘End
of the World'. It's here, the self-proclaimed ‘southernmost
city in the world', where your expedition truly begins. Your base camp
at sea awaits you! Welcome aboard the world's first hybrid
electric–powered expedition ship, the MS Roald Amundsen. Once
on board, you'll meet the Expedition Team and attend a mandatory safety
a welcome dinner, take some time familiarize yourself with our
state-of-the-art vessel, designed especially for sustainable cruises in
polar waters. As we pass through the scenic Beagle Channel, watch for
the rare, endemic Peale's dolphin and other wildlife as we set sail.
3-4: Drake Passage
the next two days, you'll cross the fabled Drake Passage, the gateway
to the Antarctic. Prepare for what lies ahead through lectures from our
Expedition Team in the dedicated Science Center. Learn about
Antarctica's explorer history, wildlife, and how you can get involved
in Citizen Science programs.
at sea offer a chance to unwind. Whether you're soaking in a hot tub,
the infinity pool, or the spectacular panoramic sauna, you won't miss a
second of the breathtaking views around you. When you're hungry, grab a
bite in one of our three stylish restaurants.
to Antarctica, an endless wilderness of ice, icebergs, and glaciers. A
place where nature is king and us mortals mere observers. Over the next
five days, walk ashore, cruise by icebergs and glaciers, and spot
seabirds, seals, whales, and penguin colonies.
to the motto ‘take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but
footprints', our Expedition Team will help you adhere closely to strict
safety and sustainability procedures. Exactly where and when we go
depends on the day's conditions, but we'll always bring you to the best
spots available at the time.
10-11: Drake Passage
five days of exploration in Antarctica, you may need a little time to
reflect on this life-affirming experience. The two-day trip back up the
Drake Passage will give you that time to reflect. If you want, get more
involved with the Citizen Science program and analyze samples at the
environmentally themed lectures on topics such as climate change or
oceanic plastic pollution, and we will reflect on our experiences on
the frozen continent. When you're ready to kick back and relax, don't
12: Ushuaia, Argentia
you explore Ushuaia. Head to the Galería Temática
- Historia Fueguina if you want to learn more about the city's
fascinating history. Filled with photos and exhibits about Ushuaia's
first settlers, its discovery by Europeans and Charles Darwin's later
visit, it's a definite must-visit.
can also get your passport stamped at the Tourist Information Center to
mark your visit to the world's southernmost city. Sample delicious
local cuisine or spend the day hiking one of the many trails just
outside the city. The spectacular mountain views and tranquil lakes
will reward your effort.
13: At Sea
we leave the scenic Beagle Channel, our journey down to the legendary
Cape Horn begins. The area around the island is where the open waters
of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans collide, creating powerful waves
that are made even stronger by swirling westerly winds.
Cape Horn is a feat not many people have experienced. Given the
notoriety of these turbulent waters, we can't guarantee a landing.
However, if fortune plays in our favor and the weather is stable enough
to dock on the island and go up the cape, you can boast of being among
a select few in the world to set foot here.
14: Puerto Williams, Chile
Williams is a natural paradise. It is wild, remote and perfect for
of three contenders for the title of ‘world's southernmost
city', Puerto Williams has a quiet atmosphere more akin to a small
town. Visit the Martin Gusinde Anthropological museum for the history
of the people and the city. You'll see Yahgan artifacts, maps,
photographs, and a traditional canoe.
can also go for a walk in the town and immerse yourself in the gorgeous
scenery, either on your own or through a guided optional excursion. If
the weather is nice, you may also have the opportunity to kayak. Have
your binoculars at the ready to spot seabirds, including the mighty
15: Garibaldi Glacier or Pia Glacier, Chile
day's activity is a scenic cruise in Garibaldi Fjord, in Alberto de
Agostini National Park, all the way up to Garibaldi Glacier. In this
stunning region, the Andes tumble into the Pacific Ocean and great
glaciers feed ice (and sometimes icebergs) into the beautiful Chilean
weather and waters are kind, we may be able to reach the head of the
fjord at Garibaldi Glacier, one of the most impressive glaciers in all
of Chile. The fjord is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to
seals, sea lions, and sea birds, including the Andean condor.
16: Chilean Fjords
in the views of the Chilean fjords, including islands, glaciers, and
wild and remote wonderland was once the domain of the canoe-faring
indigenous people who lived, sailed, and hunted here for centuries. Go
on deck and admire the serenity of this maze of waterways, surrounded
by islands, glaciers, and towering mountains, while looking for
wildlife like elephant seals, dolphins, and whales.
all the lectures from the Expedition Team will be indoors. If curious
seabirds come fly alongside the ship, the they might also help you spot
and identify them from on deck. An onboard photographer will also be
available to help you with your expedition photography.
17-18: Puerto Natales, Chile
the charms of Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.
Natales is the closest city to the world-renowned Torres del Paine
an optional excursion to the park and discover a stunning range of
landscapes, from vast open steppes to rugged mountain terrain topped by
looming peaks, all teeming with wildlife. Watch for llamas, pumas, and
foxes, in addition to more than 100 bird species, including the mighty
could decide to spend time in Puerto Natales itself. In that case, the
city has trendy eateries, Bohemian-type bars, a terrific gin
distillery, and an artisan village selling handicrafts and gifts.
19: Pio XI Glacier, Chile
XI's staggering dimensions will astonishyou
as much as 150 ft a day, the sprawling Pio XI glacier in Bernado
O'Higgins National Park is the longest in the southern hemisphere
outside of Antarctica. To reach it, we sail east through the beautiful
Eyre Fjord, which is lined by a temperate forest. Dolphins are known to
swim through the waters here, accompanied by seabirds, including terns.
and waves permitting, we'll launch our small boats (RIBs) to explore
the fjord and get closer to the glacier, while always taking care to
not get too close. Ice occasionally calves off the Pio XI's wall into
the waters below, creating a thrilling sight (and sound) to behold.
20: Puerto Eden, Chile
remote Puerto Edén is a beautiful village with a unique
Edén is a paradise off the beaten path. It is only
accessible by sea, making it one of Chile's most hard-to-reach
inhabited places. There are no roads to, from, or even within the
village, just boardwalks and footpaths that connect the homes of its
fewer-than 200 inhabitants.
village is home to the last known community of Kawéskar
people, designated a Living Human Treasure by UNESCO. You can meet
freely and chat with the locals. You'll admire their synergy with local
plants and marine animals, and no doubt respect their desire to protect
their precious history and customs.
21: Tortel, Chile
Caleta Tortel, the timber town built on stilts
melting ice of the surrounding glaciers makes the waters around Caleta
Tortel here an eye-catching mixture of turquoise and milky blue. If the
weather cooperates, run your hands through water yourself on an
optional kayaking excursion.
are no streets within the village, rather a labyrinthine walkway system
that you can wander. Typical of Chilotan architecture, many of the
houses are constructed on stilts. Enjoy a signature warm welcome from
the locals and maybe even a performance by folk dancers. A village tour
with a local guide is available as an optional extra.
22: At Sea
the blue waters of Patagonia as we travel in the wake of famous
expedition cruise will continue north through the waters of Patagonia.
When Magellan sailed here in 1520, he named the allegedly gigantic
locals ‘Patagons' after a related literary character in a
Spanish novel. The name stuck. Fortunately, the only giants that
inhabit Patagonia are the whales you can spot as we sail.
one of the many interesting lectures, perhaps about the seabirds,
geography, or indigenous culture of the region. Join an art workshop,
where you can paint something inspired by your experiences from the
expedition, or participate in one of the proposed Citizen Science
projects in the Science Center.
23: Castro, Chile
to Castro, home to colorful houses on stilts, craft markets, and
is the capital of Chiloé Island, set among windswept hills
and green vegetation. Most visitors go straight to the Gamboa wharf
district to see the brightly painted wooden houses, called palafitos,
raised on stilts along the Fiordo de Castro. But this small city has
much more to offer.
to the main town square to visit the UNESCO-listed church, Iglesia San
Francisco. The contemporary Museum of Modern Art of Chiloé
is equally worth a visit. Hungry Sample local cuisine in one of the
many great restaurants. An optional excursion to nearby
Chiloé National Park is also available.
24: Niebla, Chile
the small seaside town with a wonderfully preserved fort
small seaside town of Niebla (meaning ‘fog') is perched on a
picturesque peninsula with views of Corral Bay on one side and the
mouth of the Valdivia River on the other. Stroll along the wide beach,
and if the Feria Costumbrista market is open, sample traditional
empanadas, anticuchos, churros, and more.
likely want to spend your time here exploring the ruins of the old
Spanish fort. Learn more about the region's strategic history in the
museum, walk around the lighthouse, pose next to the row of rusted
canons, and take in beautiful views across the river and bay.
25: At Sea
more relaxing time at sea aboard the ship.
the most of your time on MS Roald Amundsen, whether that means scanning
the sea for birds and marine life, soaking in a hot tub on deck, or
enjoying your favorite drink in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. The
Expedition Team will recap the highlights of your cruise. And, our
onboard photographer may present a slideshow of photos taken on your
adventurous expedition cruise.
26: Valparaíso, Chile
expedition cruise ends in Valparaíso, Chile's cultural hub
26-day expedition cruise ends when we reach the seaport of
Valparaíso, a city built on steep hillsides overlooking the
ocean. This UNESCO-listed city is a maze of monuments, churches,
historical funiculars (cable cars), cobblestone alleys, colorful
houses, and charming plazas.
you bid farewell to MS Roald Amundsen, the crew, and the Expedition
Team, you will surely be basking in the glow of experiencing some of
the most beautiful scenery on the planet. Already planning your next
trip If so, we look forward to welcoming you aboard again soon!
colorful and unusual city is fascinating, so why not stick around for
an extra day or two. Join an optional city tour, followed by a night in
Santiago de Chile. You can also join a Post-Program to Easter Island,
famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads.
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in economy class from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
from the hotel in Buenos Aires to the airport before the expedition
between the Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the
cruise in the cabin of your choice
lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and
mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
in À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included
for suite guests
tea and coffee
Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited
connection. Streaming is not supported.
reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and
of included activities
from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of
of the ship's Science Center, which has an extensive library and
advanced biological and geological microscopes
Citizen Science program, which allows guests to contribute to current
scientific research projects
onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking
the best landscape and wildlife photos
ship has hot tubs, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor
in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next
Included In Your Expedition
landings with small boats (RIBs)
of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
photographers help you configure your camera settings
shore excursions with our local partners
small-group activities with our Expedition Team
treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
planned activities are subject to weather conditions
and activities are subject to change
ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
gratuities are expected