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Antofagasta - Chile Highlights:
Beach resort, Portada Rock, Atacama Desert
Antofagasta is the largest city of the Norte Grande region and a product of the mining boom that hit the region in the 19th century. Profitable nitrate mines of the last century brought many foreign settlers to the city, and Antofagasta today possesses a markedly European feel in its architecture and ambiance. The Barrio Historico is home to many historic Victorian buildings, and the clock tower of the Plaza Colon is an exact replica of Big Ben. With 20 km (12 miles) of beachfront and a mild, dry climate, Antofagasta has also developed as a year-round beach resort. The highlight of its shoreline is the Portada, an enormous rock located just to the north of town which the sea has steadily eroded into a dramatic natural arch.

Today, the most dominant geographical features of Chile's Norte Grande are the Pacific Ocean, high peaks of the Andes and the starkly desolate Atacama Desert. Antofagasta is the embarkation point for copper mined at La Escondida and Chuquicamata - the latter of which holds the distinction of being the largest open-pit mine in the world. Visitors who want to learn more about Antofagasta and the Norte Grande can visit the Museo Regional. In addition to its interesting exhibits on the history of the city and the mining industry, the museum holds a colourful collection of rock and mineral samples culled from the surrounding region. Atacama is often called a "perfect" desert - some coastal stations have never recorded measurable rainfall. The only precipitation comes from the fogs, which can condense in higher regions and foster some vegetation, such as the candle-holder cactus, which grows just 5-7mm a year and flowers for a mere 24 hours.

The following 13 cruises call at Antofagasta. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.

Sailing Date Line/Ship Cruise Name Region
Ship Rating
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(lowest grade cabin twin share)
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21/10/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Quest
Continents of the Western Seas
S America
Luxury
Montreal
Buenos Aires
60/62 From 20499
cruise only
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21/10/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Quest
American Continents Exploration
S America
Luxury
Montreal
Valparaiso
39/41
From 10999
cruise only
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04/11/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Quest
Panama & the Inca Coast
S America
Luxury
Miami
Valparaiso
25/27 From 7698
cruise only
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04/11/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Quest
Tropical & Antarctic Exploration
S America
Luxury
Miami
Buenos Aires
46/48
From 15498
cruise only
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19/11/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Quest
Patagona & Antarctica Exploration
S America
Luxury
Callao
Buenos Aires
31/34 From 11999
cruise only
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19/11/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Quest
Treasures of the Inca Coast
S America
Luxury
Callao
Valparaiso
10/12
From 3698
cruise only
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01/12/18
Azamara
Azamara Pursuit
South America Pursuit
S America
Superior
Lima
Buenos Aires
21/23 From 6649
fly cruise
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04/01/19
Holland America
Prinsendam
Grand South America & Antarctic Voyage
S America
Premier
Ft Lauderdale
Ft Lauderdale
80/82
From 15998
cruise only
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04/01/19
Holland America
Prinsendam
Grand South America & Antarctic Voyage
S America
Premier
Ft Lauderdale
45/47 From 10199
cruise only
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01/11/19
Regent Seven Seas
Seven Seas Mariner
Circle South America
S America
Luxury
Miami
Miami
66/68
From 29349
fly cruise
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01/11/19
Regent Seven Seas
Seven Seas Mariner
South American Symphony
S America
Luxury
Miami
Buenos Aires
36/38 From 16679
fly cruise
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16/11/19
Regent Seven Seas
Seven Seas Mariner
Journey to Tierra del Fuego
S America
Luxury
Callao
Buenos Aires
21/23
From 11029
fly cruise
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16/11/19
Regent Seven Seas
Seven Seas Mariner
Rhythms of the Sea
S America
Luxury
Callao
Rio de Janeiro
31/33 From 13919
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