Strait of Magellan

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Strait of Magellan
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,058 contributions
Not a straight shooter
Mar. 2020
If you're a cruise ship passenger, it's questionable how much of the Strait of Magellan you'll actually see.

Our ship, Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Eclipse, scheduled an entire day for sailing through the strait after a day in Punta Arenas. But, having gone to Cape Horn, we entered the Strait south of Punta Arenas during the night, cutting off the strait's eastern half. After a day in and around Punta Arenas, where we did see the strait from land, we sailed away in the evening and were out of the strait on the Pacific side before most of us got out of bed the next morning!

The 350-mile-long strait is one of three navigable paths around the bottom of South America. (Beagle Channel and Drake Passage, sailing around Cape Horn, being the others.) 
Written 21 April 2020
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Ilmar T
Perth, Australia479 contributions
Larger than expected
Feb. 2020
Cruising the strait of Magellan was a great experience, as I didn't really expect it to be as wide as it was. What also surprised me a bit was the number of bulk carriers that still use this waterway, as I was under the impression that all went via the Panama Canal. Despite the very windy conditions, loved it.
Written 8 March 2020
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,255 contributions
Great waterway!
Jan. 2020
Sailing throughout this whole area was quite an adventure. Although the weather was a little wet, we did get close enough to see mountains all around us. The area brought back memories of high school history.
Written 28 January 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,177 contributions
Beautiful!
Oct. 2018 • Friends
Cruising the Strait of Magellan discovered by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1520 is amazing. Made me temporarily wish I had paid more attention in high school history class. I knew how important the Strait was, what I didn’t know is how beautiful it is. Our Ventus Australis cruise ended in Punta Arenas after visiting Magdelena Island and we were able to enjoy a calm ride thanks to clear weather. Planning is in full swing to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s passage on Oct 21, 2020. In Punta Arenas, a large 500 was placed in front of Magellan’s statue in the Plaza de Armas.
Written 29 November 2018
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Chris K
Saint Paul, MN1,033 contributions
One of our Best Cruising Days
Jan. 2018 • Couples
We left Punta Arenas early as it was too windy to make port (105 knot winds coming straight off shore). This meant we could go more slowly through the Straights of Magellan. That was a lucky break for us as we had the perfect day for it. It was a mix of rain and sunshine. We saw multiple rainbows as we headed down the channel. One hitting the water right outside our stateroom. Sadly no pot of gold was seen. What we did see were five glaciers that came right down to the water, or used to anyway. It was an amazing afternoon of watching nature change before our eyes. This was one of the scenes that really made this trip the trip of a lifetime.
Written 5 March 2018
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Peter
Antwerp, Belgium8,078 contributions
Punta Arenas
Mar. 2018 • Solo
One of the three navigable passages between the Atlantic and the Pacific. Separating South America and Tierra del Fuego. The city of Punta Arenas is located on the banks of the Strait. Sunshine and some severe gusts of wind go hand in hand.
Written 1 March 2018
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Carlos T
Madrid, Spain87 contributions
ON THE WAY TO TIERRA DEL FUEGO AND USHUAIA
Nov. 2017 • Friends
The first conexion from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, discovered by Magallanes, in 1519, on behalf of Carlos I of Spain. You can cross it at its narrowest place, Punta Delgada. A ferry for trucks and cars, with a small standing deck for passengers takes less than 5o min to cross to Tierra del Fuego peninsula. Great lanscape and a few toninas.
Written 5 December 2017
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia5,087 contributions
Stunning Scenery
Mar. 2017 • Couples
We were lucky. When we peered through our cabin window, grey skies, mist; on deck, still grey and cold with a biting wind. Mid-morning and the sun appeared over the mountains to our right and soon decks were crowded to view the scenic wonders of the Strait. Forests, mountain slopes of different hues, snow on the slopes, islands, two minke whales, seals, dolphins and various species of bird life. My wife and I circumnavigated the promenade deck numerous times admiring the rugged and wild scenery; beautiful and picturesque, made one feel good to be alive.
Written 10 May 2017
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Geoff M
Warrington, UK632 contributions
Breathtaking
Feb. 2017 • Couples
This is one of the best kept secrets. The straits are out of this world. Beautifully picturesque with gorgeous fjords, lovely mountains glaciers that come down to the sea all making for a delightful experience.
Written 8 May 2017
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cmschw@comcast.net
Alexandria, VA4,503 contributions
Scenic wonder down near the End Of The World
Jan. 2016 • Couples
Strait of Magellan is a body of a water that is heading toward the End of the World region at the tip of South America. It is surrounded by lots of marine wildlife and canals and channels. Richardson Island, San Jeronimo, and Canal Nelson are all in this region. It is very scenic and the weather is unpredictable here!
Written 3 May 2016
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