Sarah Kantrowitz
April 10, 2009

Cruising the glaciers of Chile and Argentina is summer and fall’s best way to enjoy the scenery—and two new small luxury ships are taking reservations now. Adventurers should book a spot on the Atmosphere, a 150-foot, 14-cabin yacht run by Nomads of the Seas (56-2/414-4600;; 7-day itinerary from $10,115, double). Watch whales from the yacht’s deck (or from its six-person helicopter), then disembark to go fly-fishing or to hike through miles of pristine Chilean rain forest.

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For those more inclined to sit back and take in the view, outfitters Cruceros Mar Patag (54-11/5031-0756;; Spirit of the Glaciers package from $420 per night, double) will inaugurate a new 48-passenger ship in August for its Spirit of the Glaciers program. Tour Lake Argentino, in Los Glaciares National Park; you’ll relax on the vast deck while you wait for the ultimate photo opportunity: the dramatic cleaving of Perito Moreno, one of the biggest glaciers in the park.

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