Hotels, Eco Escapes & Lifestyle Resorts | Unearthing the Exceptional
There are some places that change you; trips that are just as much about the journey as they are the destination. An Australis cruise is one such journey, a voyage of exploration to the remote fjords of Tierra del Fuego, and the Patagonian archipelago via the Strait of Magellan and the legendary Cape Horn.
It’s one of the most spectacular and dynamic wilderness regions on planet Earth, a series of channels, bays and fjords, snow-capped peaks and electric blue glaciers, undiscovered forests and colonies of bright-eyed penguins.
Both from the deck and through zodiac landings, you’ll get up close and personal with the southernmost tip of the South American continent, and follow in the footsteps of the explorers who lent each bay and channel their names.
The Australis fleet consists of two cruise ships, Via Australis and Stella Australis (accommodating 136 and 210 passengers respectively).
On board, cosmopolitan cuisine is complemented by a seductive array of cocktails, including the specialty Calafate Sour, and guests swap stories in a range of international languages as the ship presses ever onwards, delivering you in luxury to another world.
On Via Australis all cabins are 15 m2 and have a big picture windows, temperature control, private bathrooms, cabin to cabin telephones, programmable electronic safes and hairdryers. Water is replenished daily. The only difference between the categories (B, A, AA and AAA) is the level of the deck they are located on.
On Stella, there are standard cabins of 16.5 m2 and four superior cabins of 20.5 m2.
The facilities in each cabin identical to those of Via Australis.
Superior cabins are very spacious and have a king size bed, a small table and chairs.
In both vessels there are twin cabins which can be configured as large double beds and there are proper double cabins.
There is no laundry service on board and no TV or internet. There is no mobile network in the whole area except when the vessel is close to Ushuaia or Punta Arenas.
Main announcements are broadcast from the Bridge or Reception into your cabin.
In the cabin you will find the detailed program for the whole cruise, indicating the times of lectures and disembarkations.
On Via Australis there are 2 big lounges with tables, chairs and sofas. Both are equipped with audio-visual equipment which is used daily for lectures on flora, fauna, history of the area, glaciology, etc. The Sky Lounge has a bar where you can enjoy local and international drinks. Yamana Lounge has a bar where passengers can have coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries at anytime during their time on board.
On Stella Australis there are three lounges with similar features.
As these are expedition vessels, there is no dress code and the atmosphere is very relaxed and informal on board.
At the Patagonia Dining Room all breakfasts and lunches are buffet and dinners a la carte, with only one sitting. International cuisine and Patagonian specialties are served with a good selection of Argentine and Chilean wines.
The bridge can be visited while cruising. Captain and Officers usually explain how they operate the vessel, show the carts, etc. There are also big screens in each lounge with the map and the indication of the current location of the vessel and the path it has already taken.
Smoking on board is permitted only on the upper deck, at the terrace.
There is a doctor on board.
Enjoy a truly memorable journey, sailing through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most beautiful and untouched places on Earth: Patagonia, which includes the vast and dramatic region of Tierra del Fuego.
Prepare to be awestruck as you sail past imposing glaciers and through spectacular channels on an unforgettable voyage to Cape Horn – the edge of the world. You’ll find yourself being both enchanted and amazed by the stunningly beautiful landscape, the resilient flora, the magnificent marine mammals and the Magellan Penguins that you will encounter during the voyage of a lifetime.
Take advantage of the opportunity to explore deeper within this unique part of the world. Simply combine one of the expedition itineraries, aboard one of the vessels; with exploring two of the region’s areas of outstanding natural beauty: Torres del Paine National Park, just two hours away from Puerto Natales in Chile; and the Perito Moreno Glacier, an hour away from El Calafate in Argentina.