Cape Horn

Has anyone sailed around Cape Horn? If so what was the experience like? I am really interested in this and the history involved there but would like others feedback

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Yes, we have done the Horn, (Cabo de Hornos) twice. Really enjoyed both voyages.

Once in 1999 on HAL. Left Santiago (Valparaiso) and ended in Ft. Lauderdale. Excellent voyage. The weather was pretty good when we made the Horn so we spent a couple hours or more there. The Captain said the last few trips they had made there the weather was terrible. We had excellent lectures on that cruise too, so I learned a lot about sailing in the days of yore, even found out what "doubling the Horn" meant. Traveled through the Chilian inside passage on the way south.

Also ported at Ushuaia, Chili and Puerto Areanos, Argentina, both times.

The second trip was in 2010 when we did Antarctica. Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires. We even spent more time at the Cape on that voyage, went all the way around it even. The weather was even better than the first visit. When we got on in Buenos Aires the guests were getting off from a voyage around the Horn from Santiago. They said the weather at the Horn was horrible, then fog all the way to Buenos Aires and they had to skip the Falklands. We really lucked out, beautiful weather all the time. Even when crossing the Southern Ocean both ways. We sailed on the Star Princess but since then, pursuant to a treaty, they can't take large vessels to Antarctica anymore. That was a real great and unique voyage. Since I'm a born Alaskan I didn't believe I would be so impressed, my wife wanted to do it though. Listen to your wife.

I took only one cruise around the horn and the weather was perfect. The sea was quite calm. Our captain said that it is not always like this. I was expecting the worse. The cruise on HAL was great. I highly recommend a South American cruise.

Were there any excursions offered at the Horn? Did you partake?

Neither HAL or Princess let us get off at the Horn. It wouldn't be practical, it would be a tender deal and a good walk up to the monument, probably take way too much time for them do that for only the small percentage on a typical cruise that would want to undertake the hike. Now that you mention it I guess some of the smaller vessels use Zodiaks and take their guests into the beach, If I recall correctly there is a small dock there as well.

Yes some smaller lines do use zodiacs. I think it would be worth the trek just to say that you were there, at that point where so many ships sank and sailors lost their lives. Pretty humbling it would be I think!


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