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Magellan Explorer

Inaugural Air-Cruise (11 Days)

The Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom built for Antarctic air-cruises. She was constructed in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019. The Magellan Explorer has the capacity for 73 passengers in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. The ship also features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, library, gym and sauna.





Embark the ship in Punta Arenas.

Day 1: Punta Arenas

Your journey begins in Punta Arenas, Chile where you will board the ship. The ship sails along the Strait of Magellan towards Cape Froward, the southernmost tip of the American landmass, and continues south. These areas are home to Magellanic penguins, cormorants and other seabirds.

Day 2: Explore southern Patagonia

Escorted by Peale’s dolphins, the ship will navigate the Cockburn, Brecknock and Ballenero channels, offering impressive views of Tierra del Fuego and its mountain ranges. In the afternoon the ship enters the western side of the Beagle Channel and proceeds through the spectacular Glacier Alley, where massive glaciers descend into the sea. By the late evening we will call at Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 3: Ushuaia - Port Williams

Wake up in the southernmost Argentinean city and enjoy a catamaran tour. After spending some free time in Ushuaia, the ship set sails towards Port Williams, the southernmost town in the world.

Day 4: Cape Horn - Drake Passage

After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn. Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica

Day 5: Drake Passage

Today as you sail through the Drake Passage, you will attend an engaging program of presentations. Guided by naturalists, watch for wildlife from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land.

Day 6: South Shetland Islands

Today the ship reaches the South Shetland Islands. Experience sailing in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first shore visit.

Days 7-9: Antarctica

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time.

Day 10: King George Island - Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

Day 11: Punta Arenas

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.


Disembark the ship at King George Island and board your return flight to Punta Arenas. You will then transfer to your hotel for a one night stay before making your onward journey home.


  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • Transfers to and from Punta Arenas
  • One overnight stay in Punta Arenas at Cabo de Hornos or similar on the day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica
  • Full board with wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and
  • snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
  • All guided tour excursions
  • Lectures and entertainment onboard
  • Comprehensive pre and post voyage information material
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
  • Contingency plan for air cruise departures as foreseen for each voyage


  • International flights
  • Personal Insurance
  • Visas or passports expenses
  • Beverages purchased at ship bar
  • Departure or arrival tax (if applicable)
  • Tips (suggested USD 12 or equivalent per person per day)
  • Extra expenses (communication,laundry,souvenirs, etc.)

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