Cruising the Chilean Fjords, Darwin Passage, Patagonian Channels

Cruise Chart around the Southern tip of Chile and Argentina, South of Central Patagonia. Click on chart and any of the following pictures to see detail view.

This shows the ports we stopped at and the famous sailing channels that all ships had to use to get around the tip of the world prior to opening the Panama Canal. "fin del mundo" they call it, The End of the World. We cruised with perfect comfort through places feared by the early explorers, whalers, and conquering navies of the world... Patagonic Channels, Straights of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, Darwin Passage, around Cape Horn, and the wild region where three oceans meet. (Atlantic, Pacific, Antarctic)

A generation apart, yet two sailors bonded by the experience of sharing yet another adventure together as we make our own landmark transitions in life.. (James, Terry)
Some years have passed since we spent the summer exploring the Bay of Fundy, sailing Down East along the New England coast ... across to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in a storm on a pitch dark night.... erie sounds of whales blowing in the dark, a small Petrel seeking refuge in the light of our open cabin, crossing shipping lanes without radar in very foul weather, unable at times to even see the bow of our own vessel.

Captain Magellan (Terry)

Hardly the Captain of this ship, the Norwegian Dream, nor the Beagle, nor as in days gone past, our old 31 foot sailing vessel, Paradox. Yet in my mind I felt the challenge the early sailing captains must have faced in negotiating these narrow channels, under sail, sometime in the dark or with howling winds and zero visability.

Winding, narrow channel

The channel actually makes a turn to Starboard here, between these ragged, glaciated walls of granite. If you click to see the enlarged version, you can see snow covered mountains in between, yet to be traversed.

Life boats and glaciers.

Many of the glaciers were named after European countries. This one was called the Aligmign Glacier, Spanish for Germany. It roared and rumbled when we went by, dumping ice into the ocean.

More glaciers and a safe view from the bridge where the real Captain and crew navigated the ship. It was great to watch our progress from the TV in our cabin, especially late evening or early morning without getting out of bed!(Terry's point of view).... (James comment)"For those increadibly fat and lazy people. They could watch it all from the comfort of their rooms and never feel the breeze nor grasp the granduer of it all."

God's promise at the end of the day. Traveling down the Chilean Fjords we were often confronted with weather that was different for each side of the boat. We enjoyed a double rainbow this day that ended on the stern of the boat with full sunshine on the opposite side. We went to bed after a fine gormet dinner in one of the many fine restaurants on the ship... the ship sailed on through the night bringing us to Puerto Arenas the next morning