Ushuaia (or Tierra del Fuego) is the world’s southernmost city, located at the southern tip of South America. Located right near Antarctica, Ushuaia is bordered by the famous Andes Mountains and the Beagle Channel. You will discover a unique climate and an abundance of interesting wildlife, as well as endless lakes, forests, and glaciers. It is a perfect destination for nature-lovers and those who love to discover new lands. Cruise ships that depart from Ushuaia, or that visit it, dock right in the center of town so you can easily explore the city at your convenience.
Ponant offers the most variety of cruises from Ushuaia aboard its ships L’Austral, Le Boreal, Le Lyrial, and Le Soleal. Destinations include Western Europe, South America, and Antarctica, ranging in length from 8- to 21-nights. Crystal Cruises will be offering 11- to 15-night Antarctica cruises from Ushuaia aboard its brand-new expedition ship, Crystal Endeavour. If you are looking for a luxury cruise, you might consider booking a South America cruise onboard the opulent all-suite Seabourn Venture, while Silversea features 10- to 14+ night cruises to Europe, South America, South Pacific, and Antarctica, as well as a repositioning cruise from Ushuaia to Cape Town.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Ushuaia, along with a brief description:
♦ Trail to the End of the World
Since Ushuaia is located at the tip of Argentina’s southernmost peninsula, many refer to it as “the End of the World.” Appropriately, there is a sign located at the end of the trail signifying that you have reached the world’s end. You can hike the Trail to the End of the World or, for a more interesting experience, take a 100-year-old train once used to transport convicts. Along the way, you will see glacier lakes, plenty of mountains and forestry, and a bunch of different bird species.
♦ Tierra del Fuego National Park
Tierra del Fuego National Park is a great place to get some hiking in before or after your cruise from Ushuaia. Where else can you hike to an overlook that splits two countries (Argentina and Chile)? Much of this parkland is a nature reserve but it is still open to visitors. If you are looking for an extra challenging hike, consider taking the Cerro Guanaco trail (although there are a few other easier trails that are suitable for beginners).
♦ Ushuaia Prison Museum
History lovers will jump at the chance to check out this fascinating museum! The Ushuaia Prison Museum is a former prison that housed over 300 convicts before transforming into an informative piece of history. Group tours as well as self-guided audio tours are available, where you can see the cells for yourself and take in the somber history of old-world prison life. There is also a maritime museum located within the prison, where you can learn about the history of Antarctica and Yamana natives.
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