The Spirit of the Glaciers Cruise in Patagonia
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The Spirit of the Glaciers Cruise

An incredible 2-night cruise in Los Glaciares National Park to enjoy glaciers and a wonderful service aboard
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The Spirit of the Glaciers Cruise


Enjoy a wonderful 2-night cruise to discover different glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park

The Patagonian Ice Field is, after Antarctica, the largest ice cap on the planet. Its glaciers originate at only 1500 meters above sea level and descend to 200 meters above sea level, allowing for unique access and viewing in the world.

Los Glaciares National Park is a magnificent setting of forests, lakes, mountains, ice, and steppe, with more than 200 glaciers. Standouts include the Spegazzini Glacier with its towering front reaching 135 meters above sea level, the Upsala Glacier, which covers an entire valley with an approximate extension of 765 square kilometers and a length of 53 kilometers, and the Perito Moreno Glacier, constantly advancing, with its ruptures being an incomparable natural spectacle.

The Spirit of the Glaciers is an expedition that delves into the nature and essence of this Patagonian landscape, navigating it aboard the exclusive Santa Cruz Cruise, specially designed for this expedition. The highest comfort and gourmet cuisine for a memorable experience.

Onboard Services:

19 exterior double cabins, each with a private bathroom.
Stern and bow decks, as well as a main deck above the lounge.
Full board with alcoholic beverages during meals.
Non-alcoholic beverages and infusions during navigation.
Activities with bilingual English-Spanish guides.
Climate-controlled environments.
High-tech equipped kitchen.
Restaurant, library, Living & Bar.


The Spirit of the Glaciers Cruise in Patagonia


Welcome to the Spirit of the Glaciers! Boarding

Passengers arrive at the designated departure point and board the cruise ship in paraje “La Soledad” in Bahia Tranquila, where they are warmly welcomed by the crew. They settle into their cabins and familiarize themselves with the ship’s layout and amenities.

Once everyone is on board, there may be an introductory session or orientation where passengers receive information about the itinerary, safety procedures, and onboard facilities. They may also have the opportunity to meet the crew and fellow travelers.

As the ship sets sail, passengers gather on deck to watch as the rugged coastline of Patagonia fades into the distance. The cruise begins its journey through the pristine waters of the region, offering passengers stunning views of fjords, mountains, and glaciers.

Throughout the day, passengers have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the onboard amenities. They may lounge on the sun deck, indulge in a spa treatment, or participate in onboard activities such as lectures, workshops, or cultural performances.

Meals aboard the Spirit of the Glaciers are a highlight of the experience. Passengers are treated to delicious gourmet cuisine prepared by talented chefs using locally sourced ingredients. Dining options may include regional specialties as well as international dishes, served in elegant dining rooms with panoramic views.

As night falls, passengers can unwind with evening entertainment such as live music, dancing, or storytelling sessions. Alternatively, they may choose to simply relax under the stars and enjoy the tranquility of the Patagonian night sky.

Details of the day:

5:00 pm: Boarding at the company’s private dock “La Soledad” in Bahía Tranquila (Paraje Punta Bandera) 5:30 pm Set sail to Bahia Alemana | Dinner and overnight at Puesto de las Vacas

Transfers are not included, but these are available on request from hotels in El Calafate and also estancias in the area. Just let´s know.

The Spirit of the Glaciers Cruise in Patagonia


Visiting glaciers, glaciers and more glaciers...

After breakfast, we will enjoy breathtaking views as the ship navigates through the stunning landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

In the morning, you will  have the opportunity to participate in guided excursions or activities led by bilingual English-Spanish guides. These activities could include hiking in the surrounding areas, wildlife watching, or visiting nearby attractions.

The cruise continues its journey through the icy waters, offering passengers unparalleled views of glaciers, mountains, and pristine wilderness. The ship’s crew may provide commentary on the natural features and wildlife spotted along the way.

You will enjoy gourmet meals served onboard, featuring locally sourced ingredients and expertly prepared dishes. The dining experience may include both traditional Patagonian cuisine and international options, accompanied by fine wines and beverages.

Throughout the day, you have access to the ship’s amenities, including lounges, libraries, and outdoor decks. You can relax, socialize with fellow travelers, or simply take in the awe-inspiring scenery.

As the day draws to a close, you may gather for evening entertainment or presentations, which could include talks on the region’s ecology, culture, or history. Alternatively, guests may choose to stargaze from the deck or enjoy quiet moments of reflection.

Remember the meals are included in your program

Landing at Puesto de las Vacas for a walk
Sailing towards Spegazzini glacier
Sailing towards Upsala glacier
Dinner and overnight at Bahía Toro – Seno Mayo

The Spirit of the Glaciers Cruise in Patagonia


Hiking and visit to Perito Moreno Glacier

After breafkast, passengers start their day with optional guided excursions or activities led by bilingual English-Spanish guides. These activities may include exploring secluded bays, trekking through scenic trails, or visiting points of interest along the coastline.

The cruise may navigate closer to awe-inspiring glaciers, providing passengers with unparalleled views of towering ice walls, calving events, and sparkling icebergs. The ship’s crew may offer commentary on the geological formations and glacial dynamics.

Wildlife Watching: Throughout the day, passengers have the opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife indigenous to the region. This could include sightings of seals, sea lions, seabirds, and possibly even whales or dolphins swimming in the surrounding waters.

In between excursions and activities, passengers may attend informative presentations or workshops led by knowledgeable experts. Topics may range from the ecology and conservation of the Patagonian ecosystem to the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of the region.

Meals aboard the Spirit of the Glacier cruise continue to delight passengers with gourmet cuisine inspired by local flavors and ingredients. Guests can savor delicious dishes served in elegant dining settings, accompanied by fine wines and beverages.

As the day unfolds, passengers can take advantage of the ship’s amenities to relax and unwind. They may choose to lounge on deck, enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment, or simply soak in the breathtaking scenery of Patagonia’s pristine wilderness.

Details of the day:

Hike in the Andean-Patagonian forest with views of Mayo and Negro glaciers
Navigation through Canal de los Témpanos towards Perito Moreno glacier
Landing and walking along the glacier’s northern footpaths in the National Park
Sailing back to Paraje Punta Banderas
Disembark at 4:00 PM

Remember, transfer back to El Calafate or El Calafate airport is not included, but can be added on request. You also can add extra nights in a hotel if you want to extend your visit.

What is Included

  • 3-day / 2-night cruise to navigate the Argentino Lake aboard Santa Cruz Cruise
  • Full board with alcoholic beverages during meals!
  • Non alcoholic drinks and infusions during navigation
  • English speaking guides
  • Accommodatoin in double cabins with external view and private bathroom
  • Tips
  • Transfers in/out (can be added in the booking process)


The Spirit of the Glacier cruise departs specific days, please check with us available dates for the cruise

Yes, you can add these transfers in the booking process

Yes, the cruise offers 14 deluxe cabins, 4 premium cabins and 1 grand suite. You can choose the cabin in the booking process

The Spirit of the Glaciers cruise has a maximum capacity of 38 passengers, making the service very exclusive.


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