Santa Cruz Cruise

Marpatag Cruises begun navigating the Argentino lake with the smaller Leal cruise, which now offers a full day navigation to the glaciers Upsala and Spegazzini called Gourmet Experience. The Santa Cruz is a bigger luxury cruise offering two night all inclusive programs, visiting most glaciers in the lake Argentino.

The vessel was built in 2010 at Tecnao shipyard and has 21 cabins in three different cabin categories allowing a maximum of 42 passengers: deluxe (129.1 square feet / 12 square meters), premium (183 sq.ft / 17 sq.m) and grand suite (323 sq.ft / 30 sq.m - featuring king size bed). All cabins have private bathroom and exterior view and the cruise was built with comfort in mind.

One of the cruise stops

El Calafate destination is almost everything about the glaciers. Usually you stay 3 nights in town so you can take two full day tours: one to the world famous Perito Moreno (either the classic or the more active Mini Trekking) and the other is a navigation to the glaciers Upsala and Spegazzini (there are some variants on this as well).

The Santa Cruz is then a luxury alternative to the classic tour to El Calafate since you can take the two night cruise that not only will visit the three mentioned glaciers but also will include the Mayo glacier being the only way to visit it. This said you can still spend one or two nights in town, but this isn't mandatory. This 2 night program is certainly expensive, well, it is the very best relaxed experience for the Glaciers National Park.

The itinerary

Up to date there is only one available route for the Santa Cruz cruise and we're presenting here the details:

2 NT - Lake Argentino
The Spirit of the glaciers

Day 1: Punta Bandera - Embarking/Check in at 6:00 pm. Navigating to Alemana bay and Puesto las Vacas. Overnight
Day 2: Breakfast and hike around Puesto Las Vacas. Navigating to Spegazzini and Upsala glaciers, then to Toro bay. Overnight
Day 3: Breakfast and then to the south. Visit to Mayo and Black glaciers then back to the port and finish at 4:00pm

Departure dates

The cruise will depart every Tuesday and Friday along the season which goes from September 15th to April 15th every year.

Rates for 2015 / 2016

The rates for the Santa Cruz are in U.S. dollars per person.

High season: from November 1st, 2015 to February 28th, 2016
Low season: from September 15th to October 31st and from March 1st to April 15th

Double occupancy
Grand Suite
Single occupancy
Grand Suite

This luxury cruise is awesome! By far, it is the best experience in the Glaciers National Park visiting most of them. The food is excellent and the staff is very friendly indeed.
If you are thinking in visiting the glaciers and if you're not in a budget, well, this might be the best choice.

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