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Skorpios III

All-inclusive A1 ice class ship sailing Chilean Patagonia's Southern Ice Field's fjords and glaciers.

Overview

Embark on a journey of unparalleled adventure and natural wonders aboard the Skorpios III on an expedition cruise through the mesmerizing landscapes of Chilean Patagonia. With over 40 years of expertise, Skorpios Cruises offers safe, unique, and exclusive exploration of the Southern Patagonian Icefield—the world’s third largest water reserve.

Built in 1995 and remodeled in 2012, Skorpios III is Southern Patagonia’s only A1 Ice Class rated expedition ship, perfectly tailored for navigating the challenging conditions of Patagonia. Its modest dimensions (70m length, 10m beam, 4.2m draft) make it the ideal floating base for venturing into the narrow channels and wild places it sails.

Life On Board

With 45 cabins for just 90 passengers spread across five decks, each featuring lower beds, plasma TVs, and spacious private bathrooms, the ship beckons intrepid travelers with an intimate setting where comfort is paramount and service levels sublime.

Guests can enjoy a comprehensive, all-inclusive experience on board, benefiting from full board—including fresh, local gastronomy and an open bar policy which includes premium Chilean wines—an exciting shore excursion program, and bilingual lectures from the expert expedition team.

Expedition Experience

Skorpios III sails a 4-night, 500 nautical mile (900 kilometer) Kaweskar Route commencing from Puerto Natales, just an hour away from the renowned Torres del Paine National Park. Thanks to her A1 Ice Class rating, your voyage will be 100% through the channels and fjords of Southern Patagonia, providing unparalleled access to immense glaciers and enabling you to witness their grandeur from astonishing proximity.

Along the way you’ll visit or see 15 glaciers of the Southern Ice Field up close, including the giant Guillard, Amalia and El Brujo, where disembarkations are organized, and immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of the region, encountering elephant seals, sea lions, dolphins, cormorants, and condors at iconic locations like the Guardramiri, Calvo, and De las Montañas fjords.

For a more extensive exploration, Skorpios III also occasionally operates the 7-night ‘Nomads of Patagonia’ repositioning cruise. This comprehensive route combines the Chonos and Kaweskar routes, thereby including the more panoramic stretch of northern Chilean Patagonia which provides a wider variety of visits and experiences, including not only glaciers but also hot springs, diverse fauna, and insights into the local culture of Chiloe and Patagonia.

Environmental Stewardship

Skorpios Cruises takes pride in its commitment to environmental protection, and has set up a joint operation with the National Forest Corporation, CONAF, a collaboration which aims to minimize the impact of tourism on the pristine environment. Initiatives include constructing paths and small bridges in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park and organizing on board talks on conservation to raise awareness of the environmental issues facing the region.

Embark on a journey that transcends the ordinary, and explore the untouched beauty of Chilean Patagonia aboard Skorpios III.

Itineraries & Prices

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5-Day

5 Day - Kaweskar Route

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Embarkation

AM: Check in at the Skorpios terminal at before 11:00h on the day of your cruise departure then Ship safety talk, on a location to be indicated.

PM: After lunch, start navigation in the Almirante Montt Gulf towards Caleta Juarez in Guardramiro Fjorf and observation of Elephant Seals. Back to the ship crossing Kirke narrows, Morla Vicuna, Union, Collingwood, and Sarmiento channels.

Skorpios III - Kaweskar Route
Location
Puerto Natales
Day
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Guillard Fjord & Sarratea Bay

AM: Sailing to the end of the Pitt Channel, beyond Chatham Island, we find on the port side the entrance to the Guillard Fjord or Sine. A small entrance between mountains flanks its entry and slowly the MV Skorpios III sails this wonderful 10-miles fjord to where we will anchor. Its great beauty is breathtaking; surrounded, as we are, by enormous mountains of an intense green, their lofty peaks crowned by eternal ice and snow. Once anchored in this place, a beautiful and imposing Glacier appears before us: the Guilliard, which descends from the Andes mountain range to deposit its ice in a huge glacial moraine, with a river delta.

PM: In the afternoon, boat exploration through the Glacier's channels and navigation to Sarratea Bay and return to the ship. Dinner will be served on board.

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Day
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Amalia Glacier & El Brujo

AM: Early sailing to the Southern Ice Field glaciers is an unforgettable experience for those travelers who enjoy exploring and visiting unique far off places. To watch the elongated silhouette of the Amalia Glacier falling from the Andes Mountains and coming down to embrace Mount Reclus is an incredible sight, as are its blue ice towers that soar to a height of 90 meters and span a width of 3 kilometres. Its extraordinarily varied ice floes contrast with the surrounding rocks that show the faint presence of incipient mosses. Motor Vessel Skorpios III crosses this area slowly in order to give its passengers a panoramic view of this marvelous glacier and its surroundings.

PM: While sailing through the Patagonian channels and look at the marvelous natural beauties that surround us, we come to the El Brujo Glacier, an enormous ice block with a smooth rock surface on one side. The passengers will take to the boats in order to get a closer look at this glacier. They will debark on a rock known as "Garbo" rock, where they can walk along the glacier and look at the way in which the ice crawls down, smoothing these rocks for millennia. The summits of this natural amphitheatre are always covered with snow and their slopes abound in trees and vegetation.

Skorpios III - Kaweskar Route
Location
Skorpios III
Day
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Fjord of the Mountains & Herman Glacier

AM: Visit to the Fjord of the Mountains, where you will be able to look at four glaciers which descend from the Sarmiento Mountain Range to the sea, two of which are in our logbook. Then visit the Alsina Glacier, boat exploration of the surroundings. Back in the ship, we will continue sailing toward the Fjord of the Mountains and the Bernal Glacier, where we will disembark and hike through a small native forest and along a path across a small glacial water lagoon. We continue the hike over the frontal and lateral moraines until we reach the front of the glacier. From here we will have the opportunity to touch some ice and watch the receding phase of a glacier that no longer reaches the sea. Return to the ship, which is performing a supplying maneuver acquiring pure, natural water from a waterfall. This is the water consumed on board for all the ship's services.

PM: In the afternoon, we will go to the Herman Glacier, at the end of a small fjord surrounded by colorful vegetation and abundant fauna, and sail through its ice floes and look at its colorful blue front.

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Skorpios III
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Disembarkation

AM: After an overnight cruise that takes us back to Puerto Natales, we anchor off before 07.00h and disembarkation is scheduled for around 08.00h to 9.30h

Skorpios III - Kaweskar Route
Location
Puerto Natales
Day
5 / 5
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Bridge
Bow
Dining
Zeus Bar
Top Deck
Bar

Suites & Cabins

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8 Cabins

Athens Double Cabin

Guests
2 - 3
Size
13 - 22 m²/140 - 237 ft²
Beds
Double/Twin + Single

Located on Deck 1, each cabin is furnished with bed lamps, night tables, and a phone. Enjoy a comfortable stay in these pleasant cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

Cabins 109 and 112 can feature an extra bed. Cabin 103 features a Bunkbed.

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11 Cabins

Acropolis Double Cabin

Guests
2 - 3
Size
14 - 17 m²/151 - 183 ft²
Beds
Twin

Located on Deck 2, each cabin is furnished with Twin beds, bedlamps, night tables, TV, chairs and a phone. Enjoy a comfortable stay in these pleasant cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

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12 Cabins

Parthenon Double Cabin

Guests
2 - 3
Size
14 - 22 m²/151 - 237 ft²
Beds
Twin + Single

Located on Deck 3, each cabin is furnished with either Twin or Double beds, bedlamps, night tables, TV, chairs and a phone. Enjoy a comfortable stay in these pleasant cabins with ensuite bathrooms. Cabin #307 features two extra beds to host more guests.

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1 Cabin

Athos Double Cabin

Guests
2
Size
10 m²/108 ft²
Beds
Twin

Located on Deck 5, the Athos Double Cabin is equipped with twin beds, a night table, a minibar, a phone and a TV.

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10 Cabins

Olympus Double Cabin

Guests
2 - 3
Size
14 - 19 m²/151 - 205 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

Located on Deck 4, each cabin is furnished with Double or Twin beds, bedlamps, night tables, TV, chairs, and a phone. Enjoy a comfortable stay in these pleasant cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

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2 Cabins

Athos Junior Suite

Guests
2 - 3
Size
16 m²/172 ft²
Beds
Queen

Located on Deck 5, the Athos Junior Suites are furnished with a Queen bed, lamps, night tables, TV, chairs and a phone. Enjoy a comfortable stay in these pleasant cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

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2 Cabins

Olympus Master Suite

Guests
2 - 3
Size
25 - 27 m²/269 - 291 ft²
Beds
Double

Located on Deck 4, the Olympus Master Suites are equipped with Double beds, bed lamps, night tables, TV, chair, sofa, and TV. Enjoy a comfortable stay in these pleasant cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Wheelchair access
  • WIFI available
  • Medical staff
  • Onsite tour desk
  • Souvenir shop
  • Hot showers
  • All inclusive
  • Heating
  • Family Room (Triple or Quadruple)
  • Charging areas for electronic equipment

Equipment

  • Satellite phone
  • Water canteen/bottle
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details
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