M/V Skorpios III was built in 1995 at the Skorpios shipyard, 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.
KAWESKAR ROUTE M/V Skorpios III sails from the Skorpios Terminal in Puerto Natales, a town located 2,500 km south of Santiago, which can be reached by air from Punta Arenas or by land from Argentina. This 3-night cruise sails for the Southern Ice Fields every Tuesday and Friday (see sailing Schedule) to return every Monday and Friday between the months of October and April, covering 380 miles, which cover most of the glaciers in the area, namely Amalia, El Brujo, Bernal and Herman, and those located in the area of Fiordo Calvo. The cruise includes around 15 glaciers, some of which we will contemplate and admire directly, walking up to their front and moraines, and sailing through multi-coloured ice-floes on smaller expedition vessels like the Capitán Konstantino; from where we will have the chance to observe de varied Patagonian flora and fauna in all its natural glory.
ITINERARY 4 DAYS
CRUISE 1: Sailing on Tuesday; arrival on Friday. CRUISE 2: Sailing on Friday; arrival on Monday.
Optional additional night (additional cost). Monday, accomodation at the ship. Thursday, accommodation at Remota Hotel, or similar in Puerto Natales, or ship. Tuesday or Friday, full day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave (including dinner, buffet breakfast, lunch, entry fees and excursion).
16.00 hrs. Passenger reception. 17.15 hrs. Safety speech about the vessel, the place will be determined that day. Departure from Puerto Natales between 17.30 hrs. and 18.00 hrs. Sailing through Angostura Kirke, Morla, Vicuña, Unión, Collingwood and Sarmiento channels.
08.00 hrs. Arrival at Amalia Glacier. The vessel approaches the Glacier. Panoramic view from the ship. 09.30 hrs.Disembarkation on a nearby beach, soft hiking through the beach, flora and rocks, arriving to a viewpoint where we can appreciate this beatiful glacier. 11.30 hrs. Sailing for El Brujo Glacier. 14.00 hrs. Arrival at El Brujo Glacier. Weather and ice permitting, passengers can disembark and contemplate this glacier from a nearby rock. 15.30 hrs. Get sailing to amazing Calvo Fjord. 17.10 hrs. Arrival at Calvo Fjord and excursion on the “Capitán Constantino” icebreaker, appropriate to navigate between the ice. Visit to the Fernando, Capitán Constantino and Alipio glaciers, among others. 20.00 hrs. Sail towards Montañas Fjord.
09.00 hrs. Visit to Montañas Fjord, from where you can see four glaciers, that slide down the Sarmiento Mountains to the sea, two of them are on our route. 09.30 hrs. Visit to Alsina Glacier, excursion on our boats, to explore this small bay and its glaciar, enjoying its beauty and enormous mountains surrounding. 10.30 hrs. Return to Skorpios III. Continue sailing through Montañas Fjord toward Bernal Glacier. 11.15 hrs. Disembarkation on Bernal Glacier. Iniciate a soft walking in a small native forest, and then crossing through a stream, which crosses a glacier water lagoon. Continue soft hiking over front and side moraines. Arrival at Glacier. Here, passengers can feel and touch the ice, and appreciate the iceberg melting. 12.45 hrs. Passengers return to the ship, which is in the natural water supplying phase. This water, provided from a cascade, is used on board for all ship services. 14.00 hrs. Skorpios III continues sailing through Montañas Fjord, we will be able to see Herman and Zamudio glaciers from the ship. 17.45 hrs. Arrival at White angostura. Disembarkation. Then, on the excursion boats, sailing among island and rocks, enjoying the native fauna and flora. 19.30 hrs. Returning to the ship and preparating for Captain’s dinner. 21.00 hrs. Farewell Party. Captain’s Dinner and dance. Navigation through Almirante Montt gulf.
Arrival to Puerto Natales between 02.00 hrs. and 07.00 hrs. depending on wind conditions, to reach Skorpios Terminal. 08.00 hrs. and 09.30 hrs. Passengers leave the ship, those who have hired the service, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport by coach (consult fees).
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Our service is based on an attention that is personalized, cordial and pleasant, as is the temperament of the people of the south of Chile and which is also part of our distinctive family service with international quality and style The slightest detail has top priority in terms of the service offered by Skorpios. Our daily target is to satisfy our passengers’ needs. Our services include: bar (always open, and at no extra cost); total access to visit every corner of the ship (from engine room to the bridge, and even the kitchens). Top-level gastronomy, with Patagonian-international fusion cuisine, the best and most varied wines, cost free change of menu; game rooms and reading rooms, bars for games, karaoke or reading, bilingual travel information, simultaneous translation of theme lectures, satellite telephones (consult cost); open television (when we have a signal); closed circuit television; and every possible comfort offered by a hotel service based on excellence. We also have free permanent shipboard medical service for our passengers, in addition to bilingual guides who are trained in offering their expert services during visits and excursions.