Find out what we at Pura really think about a Patagonia cruise on board Skorpios II.
There are lots of good reasons to choose Skorpios over another boat to visit San Rafael but one reason really stands out above the rest: ice.
Assuming that you are going on a cruise through the fjords of northern Patagonia to San Rafael Glacier with the intention of seeing ice, then Skorpios II is the best choice for you.
Skorpios II is the only ship specifically designed and built for these waters with an ice-strengthened hull.
The lagoon in front of the San Rafael Glacier is 12km long. It is often full of icebergs.
Where other boats have to stop at the edge of the icebergs, Skorpios II can carry on to get right up to the glacier itself.
The landing vessels on Skorpios II are the only ones with a roof and a toilet.
This might sound silly but if you go to San Rafael Lagoon and there are lots of icebergs in the water (which there usually are) on a boat other than Skorpios II you might find yourself 2km from the face.
If you then get into the zodiac to explore the waters, you have to travel slowly around the icebergs. It is only so long before someone is going to need to head back on board to go to the bathroom.
This limits your excursions in amongst the ice to probably around an hour, in which time you simply will not get to the face of the glacier.
Travelling on Skorpios II means that not only does the ship get closest to the face of San Rafael Glacier, the excursion boats are also able to stay out for as long as conditions permit.
On board the boats you nature walks to full-day treks are fairly limited in the amount of activity you can do but there are shore excursions on a regular basis.
The M/V Skorpios II, completely remodeled en 2008, offers 56 cabins spread over five decks, all with lower beds, plasma TV and a large private bathroom.
The ship’s facilities include a bar for smokers and one for non-smokers, a large dinning room, open decks to enjoy the landscape, and a bridge that remains open to visiting passengers.
The M/V Skorpios II provides four meals a day and open bar service, without restrictions or limits on consumption, with no small print or last minute surprises.
Additionally, all excursions and visits mentioned in the programs are included in the price.
On board the boats you have access to a guides for all excursions.
When should I go?
The best time of year to visit Patagonia is October to April.
You are likely to experience cold evenings and mornings but mild daytime temperatures.
The proximity of the Andes means that it quickly gets cold at night. Be prepared for rainfall.
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