Punta Arenas


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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.


  • 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.


A Variety of Choices

We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.


Patagonian Estancia Experience

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


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 ...


Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve

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


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 ...


Featured Punta Arenas CRUISE ITINERARIES

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Spot King Penguins along the Patagonian coastline.

14-Day South America from Santiago to Buenos Aires: Argentina & Chile

Cruise the Patagonic Channels, Chilean Fjords & Straight of Magellan. | Enjoy the splendor of the newly modernized Norwegian Star.
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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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Palacio Legislativo in Montevideo, Uruguay

14-Day South America from Buenos Aires to Santiago: Argentina & Chile

Erupt with excitement visiting Osorno Volcano in Puerto Montt. | Sail aboard Norwegian Star, masterfully refurbished in 2018.
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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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Ushuaia, Argentina

14-Day Antarctica & South America Round-trip Buenos Aires

Witness the awe of Antarctica’s glaciers and unique wildlife. | Cruise on Norwegian Star, recently upgraded in 2018.
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PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Buenos Aires (Argentina);
Puerto Madryn (Argentina); Punta Arenas (Chile); Ushuaia (Argentina); Stanley (Falkland Islands); Punta del Este (Uruguay);
DISEMBARK Buenos Aires (Argentina);
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