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“NAVIMAG FERRY” 4 of 5 stars
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Navimag
Andavenida 2187, Puerto Montt, Chile
(56-65) 432 300
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“NAVIMAG FERRY”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We took the ferry from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt. Awful cabin (inside) for which we paid $990 each!. Our bathroom was down the corridor. The ferry is an old freight ferry which has had three passenger decks welded to the top. Awful food too. If this ferry was in Europe, it would be condemned! However, the trip itself was wonderful, sailing past glaciers, fjords, smoking volcanoes, whales, etc. It is a superb trip which deserves a better ship.

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing journey for adventurous travelers.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

If you've ever been on a Carnival cruise, this probably isn't for you. This is not a cruise but more a chance to tag along on a cargo ship. I loved the trip. The scenery was incredible (we had good weather) and saw lots of wildlife, including dolphins, penguins, sea lions, many albatross and other sea birds, and even a couple of whales in the distance.

The food while not what I would eat if I could chose was not THAT bad. We are a good amount of meat and they tried to always give us vegetables although I can't say they were fresh. the fruit was fresher. Lots of bread and very salty dishes. I would suggest supplementing by bringing on fruits or maybe some avocados or hot sauce.

We stayed in the C cabin with 4 bunks and lucked out with a great roommate. It was tight with 3 people in the cabin but it was very warm and cozy to sleep in. The bunks were very comfortable and were made up by the cleaning staff every morning.

The staff in general was awesome! The kitchen staff was very sweet and accommodating. If you visit the bridge some sailors will talk to you about what's going on and it's a good way to learn about the are and practice your Spanish. the guide on our boat was wonderful. he gave a "charla" everyday about wildlife, history, culture etc. he was very knowledgeable and helpful.

It's a great trip to do if you've been traveling for a while and still want to see beautiful places and take some rest t the same time. It's easy to meet other travelers on board and while you might feel a little antsy by the last day, I highly recommend this trip!

I'd say you don't need to do this twice but you definitely need to do it once.

Visited April 2013
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“great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

My wife an I took the ferry from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt after completing the W hike in Torres Del Paine. We booked the cheapest accomadations, the hallway bunks and that worked well for us. We were only in our bunks for sleeping and spent the rest of the time on the deck or other parts of the ship. The scenery was incredible and the staff was very friendly. Many of our friends that we made on the W also tooks this ferry and it was nice to spend time with them on the boat. I thought the rates were reasonable, 4 nights and 3 days all meals included for $380 US per person. We lucked out with nearly perfect weather. This and Torres del Paine were the highlights of our trip to South America.

Visited March 2013
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“Overpriced, but glad I did it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I took the 72 hours cruise from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales. Was it overpriced? Compared to the hotels and restaurants and land transport in Southern Chile it probably was. But it was certainly not as overpriced as the Fantastico Sur refugios in Torres del Paine. The scenery was excellent. But the food was of college cafeteria quality. The tourist manager, Mauricio, was enthusiastic and friendly. He keeps you posted about the schedule - there was a morning briefing everyday about what you could expect to see and when the ship will pass them. There were also talks about the geography and wild life of the region. The ferry was old, but the crew worked very hard to keep things clean. I stayed in the "big dorm" (essentially the corridors), got a reasonably comfortable bed with curtains and a locker next to the bed.

The price is different for the north bound and south bound voyages because the scenery is slightly different (depends on where the sailing goes at night) so do check the itinerary.

If you have a binocular, bring it. We saw several whale sprays at a distance.

And by the way, if 72 hours is too long for you or if Patagonia is too far, you can consider the 16-hour Inside Passage voyage offered by BC ferries in summer between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy. It is basically a lighter version, minus the glacier, of this Puerto Montt - Puerto Natales cruise. The scenery is very similar - the boat sails in narrow channels with mountains on both sides. And if you are not unlucky you can see a whale or two.

Visited February 2013
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“One of the high points of our trip - but with shortcomings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We booked well in advance but even so couldn't get the 'best' cabins with private bathroom in the cabin so settled for the next best 2 person outside cabin with a private bathroom outside the cabin - actually about half the ship's length away and with a lock that was almost impossible to open and close.
The Navimag ship is a freight operation that has space for a few hundred passengers in accommodation that ranges from private en-suite cabins to dormitories and curtained bunks in the corridors. You do feel rather that they have used every available inch. Neither does it cater in any particular way to the needs of the passengers, there is no getting on and off except for a very short stop at a village en-route. It does sail up an inlet to a glacier but the only people who get off are a few crew members who go to collect ice which becomes a talking point in the bar that evening. It does sail a very attractive route with beautiful views but you look at it from the sundeck on top - and you do get to see some wildlife, sea lions, dolphins and whales on our trip. And lots of birds.
The food is served buffet style in a communal dining room (split into two sittings when the ship is full) but the food is not exciting, food to subsist on rather than to enjoy.
There is one place where the ship has to cross the open sea - on our trip that amounted to no more than a slight swell that didn't slow them down at all, but this is the southern Pacific and it can blow very hard and this causes long delays and, I imagine, a lot of seasickness.
There are evening lectures and documentary movies that tell you a little about the area you are passing through. Folks on the boat tend to be very friendly and talkative.
We sailed Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales (North to South) from where we took a short trip into Torres del Paine National Park which is stunning then took the bus next morning to Punta Arenas airport to catch a flight back north - from the plane we had the most awesome views of glaciers.

Visited February 2013
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