Punta Arenas (Chile Antarctica)

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Punta Arenas cruise port

Arctic - Antarctica

Local Time
2024-07-12 22:45

min: 38 °F (3 °C) / max: 45 °F (8 °C) 41°F
Wind: 292°/ 6.1 m/s  Gust: 17.8 m/sWind: 292°/ 6.1 m/s  Gust: 17.8 m/sMod. breeze
6.1 m/s
Min / Max Temperature45 °F / 8 °C
38 °F / 4 °C
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Port Punta Arenas cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

10 November, 2024
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
16 November, 2024
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Polaris
16 November, 2024
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Cloud07:0018:00
19 November, 2024
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Jupiter
20 November, 2024
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Octantis
21 November, 2024
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAsol08:0016:00

Punta Arenas (aka Sandy Point) is a principal seaport and capital city of Chile's Magallanes and Chilean Antartica region (the country's southernmost). The city has population around 130,000, ranking it the world's largest located south of the 46th parallel south.

Strategically positioned almost midway between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans,

Port Punta Arenas (locode CLPUQ) is on Brunswick Peninsula, at the southern end of mainland Chile and Chilean Fjords/Patagonia. Punta Arenas overlooks Magellan Straits, being on its western side.

The city is the center of one of the world's largest sheep farming areas.

Punta Arenas is a homeport for roundtrip voyages visiting the Antarctic Peninnsula and the British overseas territories Falkland Islands and the South Sandwich Islands/South Georgia.

On December 14, 2023, Antarctica21 Air-Cruises (Punta Arenas-based passenger shipping company/fleet) officially opened its private club "Explorers House". The facility (an exclusive venue for Antarctica21-served tourists) provides services and amenities to passengers before they embark on Antarctica21's expeditions. The Explorers House has a restaurant, a bar lounge, a theatre-type lecture room (hosting briefing sessions and destination/port talks), a library (100+ polar travel and nature-themed books), a shop, and a garden area. The 2-story heritage building (a former warehouse used for processing and exporting wool) can accommodate 200 guests.

As the biggest seaport for thousands of kilometers, it serves as a base for Antarctic research vessels and South Atlantic fishing boats. The downtown has impressive mansions of sheep barons of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Palacio Sara Braun, also several museums. Nearby is Fuerte Bulnes (a replica of a wooden fort from 1843) and Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos (Isla Magdalena, with its colony of over 60,000 penguins).

Established in 1848, Punta Arenas was previously a military garrison and penal settlement. During the Gold Rush era, it offered a convenient location for shipping en route to California USA.

In the early years, its economy depended on wild animal products. The successful introduction of purebred sheep from the Falklands changed the situation and by the turn of the century, there were around 2 million animals in the territory.

Punta Arenas cruise terminal

Punta Arenas and Ushuaia are the two departure ports for cruises to Antarctica and the Falklands (Malvinas) operated by Quark Expeditions (leading polar travel cruise company).

The abobe map shows some of the most visited destinations on Antarctica-based cruise itineraries leaving from Punta Arenas and Ushuaia.