Valparaiso-Santiago (Chile)

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Valparaiso-Santiago cruise port

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South America

Local Time
2024-07-22 08:09

min: 46 °F (7 °C) / max: 68 °F (20 °C) 51°F
10.4°C
Wind: 170°/ 3.9 m/s  Gust: 4.6 m/sWind: 170°/ 3.9 m/s  Gust: 4.6 m/sGentle breeze
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Min / Max Temperature68 °F / 20 °C
46 °F / 8 °C
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Port Valparaiso-Santiago 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 Valparaiso-Santiago, Chile. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
20 October, 2024
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Fram
21 October, 2024
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Roald Amundsen
22 October, 2024
Tuesday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Explorer
23 October, 2024
Wednesday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Explorer

Puerto Valparaiso is a major Pacific Ocean port and city in Chile, with population around 290,000 (metro around 930,000), ranking it the country's second-largest - after the capital Santiago de Chile.

Valparaiso Port (locode CLVAP) was significantly expanded in 1910-1930, during which period were built the breakwater and most of the piers and ship docking terminals.

The Port started to decline with the Panama Canal's opening in 1914. Additional drawbacks were the later shifting of banking to the capital Santiago and the opening of Chile's largest containership port San Antonio.

In the 19th century, Valparaiso Port was the center of British commercial and naval activity on the Pacific coast of South America. Its setting is dramatic - besides a sweeping curve of a huge bay waterway screened by a circle of hills, with modern lower city and winding upper section linked by ancient funiculars and zig-zag roads.

On shore excursions/bus tours from Valparaiso is visited San Pedro de Atacama (Chile's El Loa Province/Antofagasta Region). The town is famous for its Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum housing an impressive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts (~380,000 pieces).

Little of the city's colonial past survived the storms, fires, earthquakes and pirates, but some remnants of the old colonial city are found in El Puerto area surrounding La Matriz church. Close by are several beach resorts. Valparaiso is currently the gateway to Santiago City, located on a plateau and featuring the Andes mountains as a backdrop.

In Valparaiso are based several national institutions, including Chile's Customs Service, the ministry of fishing and aquaculture, the ministry of culture, the Chilean Navy's Barracks General. A disastrous accident occurred in February 2013, when a major brush fire destroyed over 2800 homes and killed 16 people.

In October 2023, Puerto Valparaiso signed an agreement to construct a new dock (integrated with the existing cruise terminal) to increase passenger capacity.

During season 2023-2024 (October-April) Puerto Valparaíso received 35 vessels (~12% increase) and handled 54500+ cruise tourists (~30% increase over 2022-23 season's 41987 tourists). The season featured 4x two-ship days and 1x three-ship day (Dec 23rd).

Valparaiso-Santiago cruise terminal

Until 2016, cruise ships to Valparaiso (Santiago) used to dock at Pacífico Sur Terminal (abbrev TPS). On November 25, 2016, Port Valparaiso inaugurated the new VTP cruise terminal (abbrev "Valparaiso Terminal de Pasajeros").

The new cruise terminal building has a total area of approx 5300 m2 (57000 ft2) . There is a plan for the new passenger terminal to be constructed a dedicated to cruise ships only pier.

  • The whole facility covers an area of around 15,000 m2 (161,450 ft2), and also includes 26 bus parking bays and a car parking with capacity 50 vehicles,
  • The terminal has capacity to handle 6000 passengers at a time (3000 embarking and 3000 disembarking).
  • The new passenger terminal project cost over USD 8 million. Like most modern cruise ship terminals, Valparaiso Terminal de Pasajeros also serves as a public events venue during no-ship days / times.
  • The opening ceremony was attended by several Chilean dignitaries, including the country's Under-Secretary of Transport, the Valparaiso City's Mayor, Argentina's Counsel General, and the Southern Cone Ports Corporation's Executive Director.

The passenger terminal is adjacent to a container dock, and features a convenient railway station.

Oceania Cruises ship Insignia and the NCL ship Norwegian Sun were the first vessels that berthed at the new terminal.

Valparaiso is among the ports on itineraries that include cruising through the Patagonian channels and Chilean fjords in the Tierra del Fuego provinces of Chile and Argentina.

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