Cruise through one of the World's most pristine and magnificent regions. You will sail through the Straits of Magellan and the Beagle Channel and through the land of fire called Tierra del Fuego. You will encounter magnificent views of glaciers, awesome Patagonian scenery, penguins, whales and other nature's inhabitants of this incredible part of the World.
While opportunities for close contact with nature abound, your comfort is not forgotten. From the professional guides who make sure you get to know the area to the crew for whom service is always uppermost, to a complete list of amenities, you will indeed return with memories to be treasured for a life time.
Day 1: Ushuaia
Check in between 10:00 and 16:00 at 409 San Martin Street. Board the cruise ship at 17:30. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the cruise will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. This voyage will take you through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
Day 2: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
You will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the 'End of the Earth'. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.In the afternoon, you will go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. You will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 3: Agostini Sound - Aguila Glacier
You will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasion, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range. This is where you shall see glaciers sliding down the mountainside all the way to the sea. In the afternoon, in well-equipped Zodiac boats, you will travel to the Aguila Glacier where you will embark upon an easy walk to its base. It's the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia's cold rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.
Day 4: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning, weather permitting, you will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins that you will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions. Finally, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for 11:30.
Technical Specifications. Stella Australis:
Cabins: 100 cabins of 15 m2.
Decks: 5 Decks.
Lounges: 3 loungues, an exercise room; a large open terrace and a dining room.
Naut Length: 89,0 m.
- 3 nights aboard the M/V Mare Australis
- All inclusive meals and bar with selected beverages, liquors, and wines (during open hours)
- Daily land excursions as scheduled by the ships
- All activities inside the ship
- English speaking guides
- Whisky and hot chocolate during the excursions
Rates are subject to change without previous notice and must be re confirmed at the time of booking. Rates are only guaranteed after payment.
Smoking in closed spaces on tces ruise is prohibited. Therefore, smoking is only permited the vessels' exterior decks.
Beginning APRIL 2010, the Argentine authorities have determined the charge of US15. as Exit Fee to passengers who embark in Ushuaia.
Beginning SEPTEMBER 2010, the Chilean National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), which administrates national parks, has established the charge of US5. to all passengers who embark Cruceros Australis.
Upon arrival all passangers must sign a disclaimer in order to participate in the trip and the activities organized by the carrier
The total fee per person is as follows:
Ushuaia to Punta Arenas route: US$20, Port Tax, Exit Fee and National Parks Fee.Port tax at Punta Arenas US$10.These values may vary depending on the amount determined by the port authorities
WEDNESDAYS DEPARTURES FROM SEPTEMBER TO MARCH
NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A., Transportes Maritimos Via Australis S.A., and Transportes Maritimos Geo Australis S.A reserve the right to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice, in order to safeguard the well-being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or due to any extraordinary circumstances, acts of god or force majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.