Boats and ferries are the best way to reach many places in Chile, such as Chiloé and the Southern Coast. They are also a great alternative to flying when your destination is a southern port like Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas. Navimag and Transmarchilay are the two main companies operating routes in the south. They both maintain excellent Web sites (Spanish-only in the case of Transmarchilay) with complete schedule and pricing information. You can buy tickets online, or book through a travel agent.
Navimag. 2/442-3114 in Santiago; 65/432-300 in Puerto Montt. www.navimag.com.
Transmarchilay. 65/270-700 in Puerto Montt. www.transmarchilay.cl.
Several international cruise lines, including Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Royal Olympic, and Silversea Cruises, call at ports in Chile or offer cruises that start in Chile. Itineraries typically start in Valparaíso, following the coastline to the southern archipelago and its fjords. Some companies, such as Holland America, have itineraries that include Antarctica. Victory Adventure Expeditions and Adventure Associates are tour companies that offer cruises to Antarctica.
You can spend a week aboard the luxury Skorpios, which leaves from Puerto Montt and sails through the archipelago to the San Rafael glacier. In Punta Arenas, you can boardCruceros Australis and motor through the straights and fjords to Ushuaia and Cape Horn.
International Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises. 800/647-2251. www.celebrity.com.
Holland America Line. 206/281-3535 or 877/932-4259. www.hollandamerica.com.
Norwegian Cruise Line. 305/436-4000 or 800/327-7030. www.ncl.com.
Princess Cruises. 661/753-0000 or 800/774-6237. www.princess.com.
Royal Olympic Cruises. 30/1-429-1000 in Greece. www.royal-olympic-cruises.com.
Silversea Cruises. 954/522-4477 or 800/722-9955. www.silversea.com.
Chilean Cruise Lines
Cruceros Australis. 877/678-3772 in North America; 2/442-3115 in Chile. www.australis.com.
Skorpios. 305/484-5357 in North America; 2/477-1900 in Chile. www.skorpios.cl.
Cruise Tour Companies
Adventure Associates. 61/2-8916-3000 Australia. www.adventureassociates.com.
Victory Adventure Expeditions. 6/162-1010 in Chile. www.victory-cruises.com.
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