Puerto Montt or Puerto Natales Chile
Tribes Style: Mid Range
- See fjords, glaciers and snow-covered mountains
- Daily shore and boat excursions
- Choice of lounges and open deck space
- Comfy, en-suite cabins
- Large dining room with picture windows
Operational: MV Skorpios II was built in 1988 and accommodates a maximum of 106 passengers. MV Skorpios III was constructed in 1995 and was remodelled in 2012, and carries up to 90 passengers. Cruises run between September and April each year.
Location: MV Skorpios II operates from Puerto Montt, and MV Skorpios III sails from Puerto Natales.
Cabins: MV Skorpios II has 53 cabins on 5 decks made up of twins and doubles, all en-suite and with TV and background music. MV Skorpios III has 45 cabins arranged over 5 decks, a mix of twins and doubles, each with an en-suite shower room, TV, safe and background music. The 5 decks of Skorpios II are (from lowest to highest): Atenas (cabins 105-116), Acropolis (cabins 203-216), Parthenon (cabins 302-361, Olympo (cabins 401-410) and Athos (cabins 501-504). The 5 decks of Skorpios III are: Altenas (cabins 103-112), Acropolis (cabins 201-212), Parthenon (301-312), Olympo (401-412) and Athos (502-504).
Activities: The ships offer 2 itineraries: Chonos and Kaweskar.
Chonos is a 6 day Northern Ice Fields cruise that departs from Puerto Montt, 1,000kms south of Santiago every Saturday, heading south to Glacier San Rafael though channels and archipelagos, then changes direction to arrive back at Puerto Montt on Thursday morning, having covered 800 miles in the Northern Ice Field. Chonos is operated by MV Skorpios II. Kaweskar is a 4 day cruise that sails in the Southern Ice Fields, departing from Puerto Natales every Tuesday and Friday, and travels 380 miles for excellent views of some 15 glaciers and chances to see wildlife along the way.
Kaweskar is operated by MV Skorpios III. Guides give onboard presentations about different destinations included on the itinerary. You should bring suitable clothing including a waterproof jacket, trousers, a warm hat and gloves, walking boots, a fleece. A day pack is useful, as are sunglasses. On the Chronos route you should take a swimming costume as you visit the Termas de Quitralco.
Cruise itineraries may be changed due to weather and safety conditions or force majeure circumstances, to be determined by the captain.
Facilities: MV Skorpios II has 2 lounges, Quitralco and San Rafael both on Parthenon deck, outside deck space on Olympo deck and a large dining room on Acropolis deck. MV Skorpios III has 2 lounge-bars, Zeus and Apolo on Parthenon deck, a restaurant on Acropolis deck and outside deck space including some exercise machines on Olympo deck. There are reading rooms, games areas and TVs on both vessels. Passengers are free to visit all areas of the ship including the bridge, engine room and kitchen, if they wish. Each ship has a small shop selling a selection of clothes, postcards and batteries. There is a laundry service but only small items can be accepted.
Dining: Restaurants operate a single sitting. Breakfast is a buffet style meal, as is the Captain's farewell dinner with an array of Patagonian dishes, and a la carte options at other times.
Children: Children aged 1 year and over are welcome. Children's safety is the responsibility of their parents.
Health: There is no malaria in Chile.
Communication: There is no internet or wifi internet access on board ship. There is a satellite phone for communication.
Notes: Cruise rates include accommodation, all meals, drinks from the bar and shore and boat excursions included as part of the itinerary.
Call: 01473 890499
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