Immerse yourself in the frozen world of the Seventh Continent and the natural beauty of Chile’s fjords in this late Antarctic summer expedition cruise.

The wonders of Antarctica
Get ready for eight days of beautiful sunsets tinting the icescapes in wonderful colours. This is also the best season for whale-watching when larger numbers and different species come to feed on krill. You’ll also get to see adolescent penguin chicks finish moulting into their adult plumage. The Expedition Team will be your guides on landings, ice-cruising and optional activities, bringing you closer to Antarctica’s scenery and wildlife. Since this is true wilderness, local ice and weather conditions will be constantly changing. That’s why we adjust our itinerary regularly to be able to take you to where you’ll have the best experience at that time.

Chilean fjords and Patagonia
After crossing the Drake Passage, we arrive at Cape Horn and we’ll make an attempt to go ashore if conditions allow. The beautiful waterways and canals of the Chilean fjords come next and a stop at Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. From there, we continue north to the secluded village of Puerto Edén. After sailing the fabled waters of Patagonia, your last stop on your cruise will be the colonial city of Castro before returning to Valparaíso.

Highlights


• Puerto Natales - Gateway to the ‘Blue Towers’

• Castro, Chile - Chilote charm

• Antarctica - The White Wonder




Welcome to Santiago, the vibrant capital of Chile. Even with just one night here, you’ll find this city has a lot to offer besides mouth-watering merlot wine. Plazas show off lovely colonial architecture and the distinct neighbourhoods house art galleries and award-winning restaurants. A wide range of cultural venues and museums entertain and enchant while glaciers beckon at the city border. You’ll be spoilt for choice. A panoramic 360-degree view of Santiago is one of the easiest things to recommend. At nearly 304 metres, Sky Costanera offers stunning views of the city as well as the surrounding Andes and Chilean Coastal Range. The scenery is especially spectacular at sunset. Or there’s La Chascona to visit too, one of three homes famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda had in the city. You can also stroll around the 200 stalls of bustling La Vega market and try some local chirimoya fruit. If you really want to get to know this place, you need to come a few days early. That will also give you the opportunity to add an optional pre-programme to the amazing Atacama Desert or Chilean Patagonia.
Estimated time of departure is 6:00 PM See Santiago from the air in early morning light when your plane leaves for Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost port. Your polar vessel MS Fram and its crew await you here, ready to take you further south than most people ever go. After embarking the ship and checking-in, there will be a mandatory health and safety session for everyone. Later on, you will meet some of the crew, and of course, the Expedition Team. They will be your guides, hosts and travel companions for the next three weeks. There’ll be further opportunity to get to know each of them better during the welcome dinner.
The Drake Passage is more than just the transition between Cape Horn and Antarctica. It is an ocean of emotion and anticipation. The Passage is named after the English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake who discovered it by chance in 1578 when his ship was taken south by heavy winds, proving that there was open water below the southern tip of Chile. The passage is famous for its high winds, large waves and strong currents, making it hard for the old sailing ships to sail here. But even though the water in the Drake Passage is usually rough, it can also be incredibly still. This unpredictable dual persona has resulted in the passage being nicknamed ‘The Drake Shake’ or ‘The Drake Lake’. Either way, our modern MS Fram was built for these conditions and worse, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. As we make our way south, the Expedition Team starts their lecture series to give you information about Antarctica’s wildlife, geology and history. You will learn why it’s important to wear our special boots when ashore and why we always vacuum our clothes and backpacks before every off-ship activity. Doing so will make your visit as safe and sustainable as possible, according to IAATO guidelines. You’ll also have the option of joining Citizen Science programmes to help collect data for current scientific research. Exploring Antarctica equipped with this new knowledge will make your adventure so much more interesting. MS Fram is an explorer's dream with cutting-edge technology that makes it a match for any scenario the polar ocean can throw at it. That being said, you’ll also find it to be very comfortable and cosy. Head out onto the wide observation deck for some fresh air, maybe accompanied by birds following the ship. If you would rather enjoy the view of the horizon inside, the restaurants and the Explorer Lounge & Bar are the perfect places to do just that.
About 90% of all the ice in the world is here, in an area twice the size of Australia, and home to about 12 million penguins across seven species. But even these impressive statistics don’t do Antarctica justice. Numbers can’t capture the magnitude and magnificence of its landscapes and words fail to fully describe the sensations and emotions of seeing a colony of several thousand penguins in person. It is a special place that really does need to be experienced. It will be late summer in Antarctica when we get here, which means fantastic sunsets and penguin chicks starting to moult into adult plumage. This is also the best time for whale watching. Imagine standing on the ship when whales breach close by, splashing saltwater high up in the air. Now imagine sitting in a kayak in an optional activity when exactly the same thing happens. Talk about your close encounters! Antarctica has the ability to make you feel tiny and great at the same time. Snow algae will also be in bloom, brushing the normally pure-white landscapes with bright pink and green hues. A wide variety of seabirds, like geese, skuas, shearwaters and possibly even albatrosses, can be seen in the skies above and on the shores below. Our expert Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and out for landings to get you closer to this incredible world of ice and its wildlife. We’ll spend eight days exploring Antarctica with no fixed itinerary, attempting landings at several possible sites. Having sailed these waters for so many years, we know exactly what to do and where to go. You can trust us to take you to the best places at the best time to be there. Working with or around the weather and sea ice to make the most of each day is the expedition factor. It’s what makes this an authentic adventure.
After eight unforgettable days in Antarctica, MS Fram takes you safely back across the Drake Passage. The Expedition Team will now recap experiences of the frozen continent, and you can join them in the Science Center to study water samples of wildlife at a microscopic level. We will spend approximately two days crossing the Drake Passage, giving you plenty of time to relax and go through the mental and digital pictures that you’ve taken. If you’re feeling invigorated after the activities and landings from last week, you can work off any excess energy in the gym. Doing so will also help you work up an appetite, even more than usual, for all the delicious dishes in the restaurant. Of course, we won’t hold it against you if all you’d like to do is sit in the sauna. When we have put the Drake Passage behind us, we arrive at Cape Horn. The tumultuous waters here are as notorious as the Drake Passage, maybe even more. Should the winds and waves relent for long enough, we will make an attempt to go ashore. It will be an accomplishment of skill and of luck if we manage to, and something to rightly boast about for years to come.
This wild and remote wonderland was once the domain of the canoe-faring indigenous people who lived, sailed and hunted in these very fjords for centuries. Admire the serenity of this maze of waterways, surrounded by islands, glaciers and steep mountains. If we have time on the day, and the weather is in our favour, we might launch small explorer boats to take you on a scenic cruise of the fjords or to a possible landing site. Still, the fjords can also be enjoyed out on deck while looking for wildlife like Magellanic penguins and maybe even elephant seals along the coastline. Dolphins and – if lucky – several species of whales can sometimes be spotted in the waters too.
Located at the opening of Última Esperanza Sound, the city of Puerto Natales was founded in 1911 as a port for the sheep industry. Today, it is seen by most as an entry point to Torres del Paine National Park, famous for an impressive three-pronged mountain peak which can appear a shade of blue when the light is right. As such, ‘Paine’ (pronounced pie-nay) means ‘blue’ in the native Tehuelche language while ‘Torres’ is Spanish for ‘towers’. We offer a popular optional excursion to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, which usually gets booked up fast. You can also spend time enjoying the chilled-out vibe of Puerto Natales itself. Over at the waterfront, views across the fjord towards the mountains make for great photos, especially with various monuments and sculptures in the foreground. The old pier, bereft of the wooden boards and now just a series of posts in the water, is particularly popular and features on many postcard shots representing Puerto Natales. A growing range of bars, cafés and restaurants cater to the international hiking crowd, giving you plenty of options to wine and dine ashore.
At the end of a deep fjord surrounded by mountains, we arrive at the village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. With no roads to speak of and only accessible by sea, a village doesn’t get much more isolated than this. To get around, you must walk on the pedestrian boardwalks that connect the houses and shops of the 250 people living here. Your umbrella or raincoat will likely also be put to good use seeing as Puerto Edén has one of the highest rates of rain in the world. The 15 remaining full-blooded members of the indigenous Kawéskar people settled in Puerto Edén late into the 20th century. They make a living fishing and weaving wicker baskets that they sell to passing passenger ships. The once-nomadic seafaring tribe used to travel in canoes that were 8 to 9 meters long, capable of transporting an entire family and their dog!
Your expedition cruise continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. It is thought that when Magellan sailed here in 1520 on his circumnavigation of the earth, he and his crew somehow imagined the natives to be giants of up to 5 metres in height. He therefore named them ‘Patagons’ after a related literary character in a Spanish novel popular at the time. While the natives were slightly taller than most Europeans then, they were far from giants. The name, however, stuck and thus was the region introduced to the world as Patagonia. Today, it is famed more for the beautiful Andean seascape rather than the alleged giants, even though you might actually spot another species of giant swimming and breaching in the water. There are still interesting lectures to attend and engaging Citizen Science projects to continue in the Science Center.
Castro is the capital of Chiloé Island and seems to have something for everyone. One of the first things you’ll notice are the characteristic and colourful wooden palafitos houses mounted on stilts along the water’s edge. There are also a number of arts and crafts stores here which make it a good place for souvenir shopping. For more bargains and a glimpse into the day-to-day life here, Feria Campesina Yumbel is a busy market selling all sorts of household goods and groceries. Another highlight is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Iglesia San Francisco, a church that was built in 1567 when the city was first founded. If you are interested in art, the Museum of Modern Art of Chiloé is well worth a visit. There are a lot of great local snacks to try here too, so a light breakfast on the ship is a good idea, leaving room for churros and empanadas with sweet and savoury fillings.
Your expedition cruise is coming to an end, but it is not over yet. We recommend making the most of your remaining time on MS Fram, whether you prefer scouting for more birds and wildlife out on deck, talking to your new friends or enjoying your favourite drink in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. The Expedition Team will recap the highlights of your cruise and keep you active in lectures and science projects.
Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM When we dock at Valparaíso, your expedition cruise will come to an end. If you have the time, we recommend spending a few extra days to explore this eccentric city. The city’s many funiculars have been declared one of the world’s 100 most endangered historical treasures, bringing you up to colourful hill-top neighbourhoods for panoramas over the Pacific. If you want more adventure before going home, we recommend a Post-Programme to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Whether you stay on or head home, saying goodbye to the ship, the Captain, crew, Expedition Team and fellow explorers will likely be tinged with sadness. The three weeks you will have spent together exploring the fabled continent of Antarctica, then up through Patagonia and its fabulous fjords, won’t be easily forgotten. We hope you’ll remember your voyage with us as one of your all-time greatest expeditions. May it provide many fond memories and inspire you to continue to view the natural world with wonder and respect, and to do whatever we can to protect it.
Itineraries are subject to change.

This departure is 22 days long

Arctic Superior. From

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This departure is 22 days long

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Polar Inside. From
Our Polar Inside cabins are situated on lower deck and offer a cosy atmosphere. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.

Arctic Superior. From

$19,787 AUD pp
Arctic Superior. From
Our Arctic Superior cabins are comfortable cabins situated on both upper and middle deck, where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. All the cabins have bathrooms with shower/wc. You will also find coffee and tea facilities in these cabins. Most of them have separate beds, where one can be turned into a sofa and some have double beds. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.

Polar Outside. From

$17,686 AUD pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of them offer separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.

Expedition Suite. From

$25,191 AUD pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles. Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.

Polar Inside. From

$16,335 AUD pp
Polar Inside. From
Our Polar Inside cabins are situated on lower deck and offer a cosy atmosphere. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.

Polar Outside. From

$18,277 AUD pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of them offer separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.

Arctic Superior. From

$20,368 AUD pp
Arctic Superior. From
Our Arctic Superior cabins are comfortable cabins situated on both upper and middle deck, where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. All the cabins have bathrooms with shower/wc. You will also find coffee and tea facilities in these cabins. Most of them have separate beds, where one can be turned into a sofa and some have double beds. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.

Expedition Suite. From

$25,744 AUD pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles. Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.

Fram

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 114m

Passenger Capacity: 276

Built: 2007

MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand.

MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.

Cabin layout for Fram

Optional tours and excursions available. Please contact us for more details.

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• On board lectures
• Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
• Flight in economy class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
• Transfer from the hotel in Santiago de Chile to Santiago de Chile airport before the expedition cruise
• Transfer between Punta Arenas airport and the ship, including orientation tour and lunchbox

Exclusions


• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Travel insurance
• Transfers unless otherwise stated
• Optional Excursions
• Pre and Post voyage accommodation
• Beverages on board unless otherwise stated
• Meals while ashore
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