Population: 14 418 800
Capital: Santiago
Language: Officially Spanish, English in main centres, and German in the lake areas
Electricity: 220 volts 50 cycles AC
Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)
Holidays: January 1; Easter Holidays; May 1; May 21; August 15; September 18 and 19; October 12; November 1; December 8; December 25.
Times: Banking Hours: 9am to 3pm. Money exchange until 5pm
Tipping: 10% of the bill at hotels and restaurants
4 x 4 Jeep Safari
Bird Watching
Kayaking & River Rafting
Trekking Mountain Climbing
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Antarctic Shipping S.A. is proud to be the first Chilean company to boast a cruise ship featuring trips to the Antarctic as well as to new routes in Patagonia, linking Chile with Argentina. Our range of excursions go from 4 days through Patagonian Channels to the unforgettable experience of touring the Antarctic and neighbouring islands that lasts for 22 days.

• Lobby
• Tourism Office
• Main Dining Room (capacity for 100 passengers)
• Bar
• Library
• Auditorium / Projection Lounge
• Heliport
• Mud Room
• Gym / Sauna /Massage Room/ Whirlpools
• Sick bay / First Aid (doctor on board)
• Laundry


(8 days / 7 nights)

This expedition will take us through places of unique beauty, starting off from Punta Arenas and sailing through the Strait of Magellan, the channel and fjord zone, Ushuaia Port in
Argentina, Puerto Williams on Navarino Island in Chile and the mythical Cape Horn.

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile
Reception at the port to board the M/V Antarctic Dream. Departure a 16:00 hrs from Punta Arenas, sailing through the Strait of Magellan and Boquerón Passage to reach Almirantazgo Sound.

Day 2: Marinelli Glacier
At dawn, arrival at Almirantazgo Sound. During the morning, sail along Ainsworth Sound to reach Marinelli Glacier. Disembark. In the afternoon, continue across Parry Bay (alternative Tucker Isle). Lecture on the place will be given in the afternoon.

Day 3: Garibaldi Glacier
In the morning, visit to Garibaldi Glacier (disembark). In the afternoon, sail along the North West arm of the Beagle Channel to visit Romanche Glacier. Lecture.

Day 4: Ushuaia
Early arrival at Ushuaia, disembark of passengers taking the Punta Arenas / Ushuaia route. Optional tours. In the afternoon, passengers taking the Ushuaia / Punta Arenas route will board. Disembark in Port Williams to visit the museums.

Day 5: Cape Horn
Arrival at dawn in Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America.
Disembark in Cape Horn National park, lecture. In the afternoon, visit to Wulaia Bay or Bertrand Island. Late afternoon lecture on board.

Day 6: Océano Bay
In the morning, sail along the northeast branch of the Beagle Channel, lecture on board. In the afternoon, disembark at Océano Bay.
Day 7: Carlos III Island
Disembark in Carlos III Island, considered a sanctuary for the abundance of its flora and fauna. It is also renown for whale sighting. Afternoon excursion to Jerónimo Channel. Lecture on board.

Day 7: Carlos III Island
Disembark in Carlos III Island, considered a sanctuary for the abundance of its flora and fauna. It is also renown for whale sighting. Afternoon excursion to Jerónimo Channel. Lecture on board.

Day 8: Punta Arenas
Arrival in Punta Arenas, after breakfast, farewell to the crew and disembark.

(6 days / 5 nights)

The North Patagonia expedition includes sailing through the Straits of Magellan, Cape Froward, Magdalena Sound and the English Passage. Viewing the unequalled beauty of Patagonian channels and their countless islands.

Day 1: Punta Arenas
Reception at the port to board the M/V Antarctic Dream. Departure a 16:00 hrs, sailing through the channels to reach Carlos III Island.

Day 2: Carlos III Island
Disembark on Carlos III Island, considered a sanctuary for the abundance of its flora and fauna. It is renown for whale sighting. In the afternoon, set sail northwards. Lecture on board.

Day 3: Las Montañas Strait
During the morning sail along the fjord and disembark. Sail north and disembark during the transit of the mountain fjord. Disembark will be subject to weather conditions in one of the many bays that surround this magnificent fjord.

Day 4: Peel Fjord
Sail to Peel Fjord, near Torres del Paine National Park which is part of the South Ice Fields. Disembark in unexplored areas to get a closer look at the glaciers. Visit to Calvo Glacier.

Day 5: Puerto Edén
Morning arrival at Puerto Edén, typical fishing village with wooden bridges built on the shores of the channels in order to link places cut off by the water. Disembark in the village to visit. Afternoon trip to Penguin Sound.

Day 6: Puerto Natales
Sailing through White (or Kirke) Channel and early arrival at Puerto Natales. Farewell to the crew and disembarkation. Later on boarding port for passengers going to Punta Arenas.

15 days / 14 nights

Ideal trip to the White Continent, starting and ending in Punta Arenas, includes visits to the most spectacular attractions in Patagonia, Cape Horn, Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 1: Punta Arenas
Arrival and reception in Punta Arenas and transfer to hotel of choice. Free day for optional tours. Accommodation.

Day 2: Southern Patagonia
Welcome aboard the "M/V Antarctic Dream", set sail at noon. Sailing through fjords in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

Day 3: Puerto Williams
Early arrival at Puerto Williams. Free time for optional tours. In the afternoon, sail from Puerto Williams to Cape Horn, through the Beagle Channel with its fjords and channels and the Murray Channel to reach the Cape Horn.

Day 4: Cape Horn
Arrival in the morning and disembark in mythical Cape Horn to visit the National Park, geographic spot where the American Continent ends.Days 4 and 5: Drake Passage
Albatross, petrels and other seabirds will escort the ship as it crosses the passage discovered by the English corsair Sir Francis Drake during the 16th century. Continue to the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where the cold polar waters sink beneath the warm waters of the more template zones, generating an area rich in food for the marine fauna.

Day 6: South Shetland Islands
Arrival at these islands located in the area adjacent to the Antarctic Peninsula. In the morning, visit to Aitcho Island; disembark to view the flora and fauna. In the afternoon, visit to Half Moon Island to admire the thousands of penguin nests as well as seabird nests on the cliffs. Lectures on board.

Day 7: The Antarctic Peninsula – Cuverville Island – Neko Harbor
In addition to the magnificent scenery of mountains, snow and ice, the Antarctic Peninsula also boasts a wide variety of wildlife. In the morning, visit to Cuverville Island, disembarking to enjoy one of the largest colonies of Gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, disembark at Neko Bay where we will have the chance to actually set foot on the Antarctic continent.

Day 8: The Antarctic Peninsula – Petermann Island – Port Lockroy
In the morning, sail through Le Maire Strait to arrive at Petermann Island. Disembark to admire the Gentoo and Adelie penguins, sea birds.

Day 9: The Antarctic Peninsula - Port Lockroy
Visit to the museum surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the mountains on Wiencke Island. Visit to Imperial Cormorant and Gentoo Penguin Colony.

Day 10: South Shetland Islands
After breakfast, visit to Deception Island; considered to be an active volcano. Here you will have the chance to bathe in warm waters, with outdoor temperatures that are usually below 0º. In the afternoon, sail through the Bransfield Strait, specifically to Hanna Point, on Livingstone island . Trek to visit a fossil collection. Southern Giant Petrels, Skuas, Snowy Sheathbill, Black Back gull , Gentoo, Chinstrap and sometimes the elusive Macaroni Penguin can be seen in the area.

Days 11 and 12: Drake’s Sea Passage
Sail north through Drake Passage, leaving behind the Antarctic Peninsula. As we return to Patagonia, onboard lectures by the onboard lecture team.

Day 13 and 14: Patagonian Channels
Sail through the Beagle Channel towards the fjords and glaciers in southern Patagonia, entering along the west side of the Strait of Magellan on our way to Punta Arenas.

Day 15: Punta Arenas
After breakfast, the crew will bid farewell to passengers. disembarkation.


This expedition includes visits to the Antarctic, south Patagonia and Falkland Islands (Malvinas) renown for their abundant wildlife. Just as fascinating are those in South Georgia Islands with their magnificent scenery and exotic fauna. The trip back is across Drake Passage to Cape Horn, the southernmost point in Chile.

Day 1: Punta Arenas
Arrival in Punta Arenas, reception in designated spot and transfer to hotel of your choice. Accommodation and breakfast included in the program.

Day 2: Punta Arenas
Free morning. In the afternoon, transfer to Punta Arenas port to board the "M/V Antarctic Dream" where you will be welcomed by the crew. Departure at 16:00 hrs. sailing through the Strait of Magellan towards
Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Los Pingüinos Nacional Monument, Segunda Angostura, Primera Angostura and Posesión Bay to enter the Atlantic Ocean heading towards the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).

Day 3: At Sea
During the cruise, we will have the opportunity to admire, from the deck, the beautiful waters abounding in wildlife. Our Lecture Staff will offer a lecture on local seabirds: albatross, petrels, seagulls, among many other species that will permanently escort the ship during the crossing.

Days 4 and 5: Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Disembark in the beautiful Falkland Islands (Malvinas), renown for its amazing wildlife: ducks, dolphins, albatross, and Magellan and Gentoo penguins, among others. The city of Port Stanley and tour the charming capital of this British colony, get to know the local inhabitants and enjoy the warmth, cordiality and hospitality of its people.

Days 6 through 8: Southern Ocean
Cruise through the Southern Ocean to view various marine mammals and seabirds. Continue to the area known as the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where the cold polar waters sink beneath the warm waters of the more template zones, generating an area rich in food for the marine fauna.

Days 9 through 11: South Georgias Islands
These islands share many of the biological characteristics of the Antarctic. First sighted in 1775 by the English captain James Cook, today they continue to boast an amazing amount of wildlife. Thousands of King Penguins greet us at Salisbury Plain. Prion Island is the preferred nesting spot for albatross and seals, who played an important role in the history of Shackleton after the sinking in 1915 of his ship Endurance in the Weddell Sea. Following a harrowing voyage of over 1,300 kilometers across the Scotia Sea, the English explorer managed to reach the South Georgias Islands in a small boat in search of help. Months later, his crew was rescued from Elephant Island by the Chilean Navy ship commanded by Luis Pardo. Schackleton is buried in the cemetery at the former whaling station of Grytviken, where it is possible to visit his grave.

Days 12 and 13: Scotia Sea
Leaving behind South Georgia Islands and heading south west the Scotia Sea, these two days are ideal for relaxing and reviewing the amazing experiences of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and the South Georgias Islands. As we head out, the first icebergs appear on the horizon and behind them, the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 14 through 17: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Arrival at Shetland del Sur Islands. King George and Livingston Islands are the habitat of penguins, sea birds and Fur seals. Deception Island is considered to be an active volcano and a unique experience is to bathe in the warm waters of its coast with outdoor temperatures that are usually below 0º. Weather and ice conditions permitting, we will disembark on Paulet Island. Sailing towards the Antarctic Peninsula we will reach the Antarctic Strait, known as the iceberg alley. Disembarkation in Paradise Bay, where you will be able to set foot on the White Continent. On Cuverville and Rongé Islands, admire one of the largest Gentoo penguin colonies. Some expeditions include sailing through Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island, home to Adelie and Gentoo penguins.

Days 18 and 19: Drake Passage – Cape Horn
Sail towards the Antarctic Peninsula through the Drake Passage towards Cape Horn. Here you can board the helicopter to admire the Cape Horn National Park. Continue along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, capital of Navarino Island.

Days 19 through 21: Southern Patagonia
Sail through the Beagle Channel through fjords and channels to continue to the Strait of Magellan by the Murray Channel en route for Punta Arenas port.

Day 22: Punta Arenas – Chile
After breakfast, disembarkation at the port and farewell by the crew. End of expedition.

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