Punta Arenas

Chile

Cruises To Punta Arenas

From the original name "Sandy Point," this southernmost capital city in Chile had its humble beginnings as sparse penal colony near the Straits of Magellan. Today, Punta Arenas is regarded as a geopolitical point of interest given its strategic location as a gateway to the Antarctic Peninsula.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Punta Arenas
    Ship may DOCK or ANCHOR OFF SHORE at this port.
  • Time Zone
    CLT (Chile Standard Time)
    UTC/GMT -3 hours
  • Language
    The local language is Spanish. Say "how much does this cost?" in Spanish: "cunto cuesta esto?"
  • Currency & Shopping
    Chilean Peso (CLP)
    Souvenirs, native crafts, precious stones, leather, wool, wood or ceramics.
    • Famous For
      Punta Arenas was at first a penal colony in the mid-19th century. The town grew over time, thanks to travel and trade to the South and North American coasts.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Take flight to the magnificent Torres Del Paine National Park in southern Chilean Patagonia for stunning views of mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers.
    • Fun Fact #2
      The town is located north of the Strait of Magellan, one of the few natural passages between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans before the Panama Canal.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Enjoy barbecued and grilled meats, including lamb; fresh seafood also highlights the menu. Be sure to try a pisco sour, a classic South American cocktail.

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Patagonian Estancia Experience

Enjoy Patagonian hospitality and an exciting day of country living at one of the most important local estancias. It was ...

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First Settler’s Experience

Discover the charm of the most southerly city in the world, learn how the natives and the first European settlers lived ...

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Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve

A privately chartered vessel takes you to one of Chile’s largest penguin colonies....

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Torres Del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine is one of the most spectacular scenic regions in the world and a major attraction in South America. At ...

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Featured Punta Arenas CRUISE ITINERARIES

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Behold the majestic mountains of Patagonia.

14-Day South America from Santiago (San Antonio) (Eastbound)

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SHIP Norwegian Sun
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Santiago (San Antonio) (Chile);
Puerto Montt (Chile); Puerto Chacabuco (Chile); Punta Arenas (Chile); Ushuaia (Argentina); Stanley (Falkland Islands); Puerto Madryn (Argentina); Montevideo (Uruguay);
DISEMBARK Buenos Aires (Argentina);
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14-Day South America from Buenos Aires

Unique glacier sightings whilst cruising the Beagle Channel. | Norwegian Sun was recently refurbished in 2016.
SHIP Norwegian Sun
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Buenos Aires (Argentina);
Montevideo (Uruguay); Puerto Madryn (Argentina); Stanley (Falkland Islands); Ushuaia (Argentina); Punta Arenas (Chile); Puerto Chacabuco (Chile); Puerto Montt (Chile);
DISEMBARK Santiago (San Antonio) (Chile);
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Enjoy views of Uruguay’s serene Río de la Plata.

14-Day South America from Santiago (Valparaiso) (Variation)

Norwegian Sun was brilliantly refurbished in 2018. | Savour up to 16 dining options and 12 bars & lounges.
SHIP Norwegian Sun
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Santiago (San Antonio) (Chile);
Puerto Montt (Chile); Puerto Chacabuco (Chile); Punta Arenas (Chile); Ushuaia (Argentina); Stanley (Falkland Islands); Puerto Madryn (Argentina); Punta del Este (Uruguay);
DISEMBARK Buenos Aires (Argentina);
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