Puerto Montt (Puerto Varas and around, Chile)
A 229 foot ship built in 1988 and completely remodeled and refurbished in 2012. Specifically designed and built to cope with the ice and conditions faced in Patagonia, she operates a 6 day/5 night cruise out of Puerto Montt from mid September to the end of April. The 53 cabins are distributed across 5 decks and there is a dining room, lounge, two bars and good outdoor deck space. All meals, excursions and drinks are included and bilingual talks are given on board each day.
Cruise through interior channels and fjords and across the Corcovado Gulf, with possible sightings of blue and humpback whales. Highlights of the cruise include a visit to San Rafael Lagoon and glacier, Quitralco Fjord and the natural hot springs, walks in the rainforest and wildlife spotting opportunities (e.g. Magellanic penguins, dolphins, sea lions and cormorants). Also visit the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre and the towns of Quemchi and Dalcahue, on Chiloe Island.
The cabins are split across the 5 decks (Athos, Olympus, Parthenon, Acropolis and Athens) with twin, double or king-sized beds and a private bathroom.
Sister ship to Skorpios III who opertes a 4 day/3 nights cruise out of Puerto Natales visiting up to 14 glaciers (weather allowing).
When to go
October to March.
Client comments and reviews
Sue thank you so much for organising this boat trip. The cabin on the Athenas deck was fine with 2 double beds in. Saw whales and the San Raphael glacier was beautiful. Lovely food and very well organised. Only 8 of the 120 passengers spoke English so good practice for our Spanish! Many thanks again. - RV (February 2023)
The Skorpios II cruise on their Chonos Route was excellent highly recommended. It is worth having the up-graded cabin on the quiet Olympo deck with a double bed and windows opening onto an outside corridor, as we did. Even better a Junior Suite, as above but with more space. The cabins on lower decks looked fairly small, with single bunks head-to-head, and we expect they could be rather noisy and dark. The scenery is a major factor, but the crew and hospitality on the boat were very good. - DH (January 2018)
Chonos route itinerary
Skorpios II's Chonos route itinerary is a 6 day/5 night cruise that sails every Saturday and returns to Puerto Montt by Thursday. She sails through various channels, gulfs and archipelagos en route to Glaciar San Rafael, stopping at ports and towns along the way.
Day 1 (Saturday): 1200 departure from Puerto Montt, Archipelago of Llanquihue, Chiloé (Quemchi)
Day 2: Puerto Aguirre, Islote Barrientos, Caleta Quesahuen or Punta Leopardos
Day 3: San Rafael glacier
Day 4: Quitralco hot springs, Moraleda and Pérez Norte channels
Day 5: Islote Conejos, Dalcahue
Day 6: Disembarkation in Puerto Montt at 0900