Through time, the Portuguese wooden schooners have been replaced by luxury yachts laden with adventurous travelers seeking to uncover the epic beauty that the early explorers once described in these parts. Some of the finest cruise ships in the world now roam the waters off the coast of southern Patagonia, ranging from intimate Galapagos-style luxury vessels to full-on cruise ships destined for Antarctica.
For cruise-lovers, the appeal is irresistible. Ridden with penguin and cormorant rookeries, Patagonia’s southernmost region boasts densely-wooded islands, Norwegian-esque fjords, and calving glaciers reminiscent of Alaska. There is no doubt that the Antarctic waters surrounding Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn are one of the premiere cold water cruise destinations on the planet.
Cape Horn and the Chilean Fjords
At Paragon Expeditions, we have developed a diverse menu of hand-selected cruises and itineraries in and around Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego, the Strait of Magellan, and the Chilean fjords. Rather than offering cookie-cutter cruise packages, we prefer partnering with smaller, specialized luxury vessels that are based in Punta Arenas or Ushuaia and have a distinct character. These specialized ships offer unique itineraries and experienced local guides that enrich the journey with their expert insights.
We can set up both round trip or one-way cruises from Ushuaia and Punta Arenas that span anywhere from three to seven days. These unique cruise itineraries trace the wakes of Charles Darwin to Cape Horn and beyond, creating historically and biologically rich experiences that never cease to amaze.
One of the most extraordinary ways to discover Patagonia is via both land and sea, combining a cruise to Cape Horn with a post-cruise extension to Torres del Paine National Park. These dual land and sea custom Patagonia itineraries are a specialty of ours, and they give you a comprehensive view of the landscapes and wildlife that define this remarkable region.
The allure of Antarctica is undeniable. Here you can whale watch, explore royal blue glaciers, and encounter the unique species that have adapted to life in this outwardly inhospitable icy abyss. Though we are not “cruise agents” per se, we can point you towards some of the ships that we prefer and help you plan the perfect Antarctica cruise for your individual style. There is a plethora of options available with frequent departures from Ushuaia that include a visit to Cape Horn.
Another one of our fortes is helping travelers get to and from their port of call. Not only can we handle the logistics of hotels and transportation, we can also point you towards some of the enticing tours and activities that Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, and some of the other Antarctica cruise hub cities have to offer. After all, we want me to make sure that your luxury South America trip is world-class from start to finish.
Our Favorite Luxury Cruises in Patagonia
Fjords of Tierra del Fuego
A one-way cruise through the Chilean fjords aboard the M/V Stella Australis that introduces you to the beauty of Ainsworth Bay and Wulaia Bays, Glacier Alley, and Cape Horn.
With round trip departures from both Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, this one-week cruise offers guests a full exploratory experience of Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn aboard the Stella Australis.