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The Galapagos Islands, named after the giant galapagos tortoises, are the world's most wondrous group of relatively young volcanic islands. Sail aboard a cruise for 3, 4, or 7 nights and discover the unique creatures inhabiting the islands: colonies of sea-lions lining the white-sand beaches, 400 species of multi-colored fish, whales and sharks, gigantic tortoises, as well as endemic and migratory species of birds and reptiles.
M/V Galapagos Legend
Ecuador - Galapagos Legend Cruise
The modern 5-star, expedition-style, motor vessel (M/V) Galapagos Legend, accommodates a maximum of 100 adventure explorers with comfort in mind. In November 2007, the Legend was reconstructed and refurbished and she was placed at the top of the modernizing Galapagos cruise fleet. The Legend's 3, 4 and 7-night weekly cruises turn Darwin's 'living labratory' into a terrific course in evolution and natural history. With 2,746 GRTs, the Legend offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner, yet she still brings to you the intimate feel of family-style cruising.
Cruise & Land Vacation Packages
  Quito and West Galapagos (MV Galapagos Legend - 4 nights Cruise)
Ship Itineraries, departure dates and more:
  MV Galapagos Legend Cruise - West Islands.
  MV Galapagos Legend Cruise - South Islands
  Ship Overview
The Legend is all you would expect from a superbly-run, beautifully-appointed small expedition ship. With her capacity for 100 passengers, she offers that extra level of comfort that comes from a larger, more stable yacht, as well a more varied group of friends to make during your cruise - but we don´t lose the intimate feel of the Galapagos - unique one-on-one encounters with some of the world's most amazing and friendly wildlife.
Designed specifically for cruising the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Legend offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner yet still has the intimate feel of family-style cruising. This 300-foot Galapagos cruise ship provides all the facilities and services to make your cruise around the islands enjoyable and comfortable. The luxurious Legend is equipped with five decks, a swimming pool, exercise equipment, a library, 24-hour/pay medical service, international phone/fax/internet service, the most technologically advanced safety system in the archipelago, and much more.

All the 45 luxurious cabins on the legend come with: air conditioning, background music, telephone, wall to wall carpeting, A/C, a safe, a mini bar, a closed-circuit television, a private bathroom with hot water, wardrobes, an inter-cabin telephone, 110/220 volt sockets, and ocean view (only 3 internal cabins without oceanview).

Length: 301 feets
Wide:47 feets
Passenger Capacity: 100
Cruising Speed: 17 knots
Beam:49 ft
Construction:2001 (Germany) remodeled in 2007
Type: Cruise Ship
Crew: 60 + 7 Bilingual naturalist guides
-Sun terrace
-Observation Deck
-Hammock Sun Deck
-Bar and Lounge
-Outdoor Lounge
-First-aid room
-Excursions Off the Vessel
-Jogging track
-Internet Center
-Sun terrace and pool
Standard: Located on the Sea Deck close to the Restaurant.3 cabins 118 sqft.
Standard Plus: Porthole. Located on the Sea and Earth Deck close to the Restaurant. 17 cabins 118 sqft.
Junior Suites: Panoramic Window. Located on the Earth Deck Close to the library and boutique. 24 suites 161 sqft.
Galapagos Legend Suites: Panoramic Window. Located on the Earth Deck Close to the library and boutique. 4 suites 215 sqft.
Galapagos Balcony Suites: Panoramic Window. Located on the Moon Deck Close to the Sun terrace. 9 suites 226 sqft .
MY Coral I or II
The sleek and elegant Galapagos motor yacht (M/Y) Coral I or II are modern, fully-equipped and very unique 36-passenger deluxe mega-yachts, designed with the Galapagos traveler's needs in mind. The interiors are filled with decorative teakwood and tasteful marine motif decor, to give her a very unique feeling while navigating through the Galapagos Islands. The upscale M/Y Coral I or II offer passenger comfort, space, navigation speed and will make your Galapagos Islands cruise experience delightful.
Cruise & Land Vacation Packages
  Quito and North Central Galapagos (MY Coral I or II - 3 nights Cruise)
Ship Itineraries, departure dates and more:
  MY Coral I or II Cruise - East Islands
  Ship Overview
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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.

Technical Specifications
Fleet: Stella Australis and Ventus Australis
Passenger Capacity: 210
Total Cabins: 100
Decks: 5
Lounges: 3 lounges, a large open terrace and a dining room.

Day 1: Punta Arenas

Check in at 1385 O`higgins Street (Arturo Prat Port), Punta Arenas, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cruise ship boarding at 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Afterwards, the ship departs for 'the uttermost part of the earth'. The excursion 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, and Tierra del Fuego. We have just embarked on a Great Adventure!

Day 2: Ainsworth Bay - Tucker Islet

By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. You go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-mosscovered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin.Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, you sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, you board the zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nature their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor. In September and April—when the penguins live elsewhere—this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.

Day 3: Pia Glacier

Overnight you sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, Stella Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning you are entering Pia Fjords and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking you take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king. Back onboard the ship, you continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries –Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.

Day 4: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

During the early morning, you navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally, the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Capitan FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station—which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area—passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum- letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travelers- an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis. In the afternoon you cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition –and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland—Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.
In the afternoon, you go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. You will walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.

Day 5: Ushuaia

The following morning you sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Australis is scheduled to arrive at 08:30 or 09:30 AM depending on the date of departure.

Package includes:

  • 4 nights aboard the M/V Stella Australis or Ventus Australis
  • Full board
  • Daily land excursions as scheduled by the ships
  • Activity programs on board
  • Whisky and hot chocolate during the excursions
  • English-speaking guides
  • Port tax, Migration fee and National Park fee


    • Smoking in closed spaces on the cruise is prohibited. Therefore, smoking is only permited the vessels' exterior decks.
    • Upon arrival all passangers must sign a disclaimer in order to participate in the trip and the activities organized by the carrier.
    • DEPARTURES SATURDAYS from September to March.
    • NOTE: The excursions/day trips described in the itineraries can normally be, and are frequently, carried out. Without prejudice to the aforesaid, Transportes Maritimos Terra Australis S.A. y Transportes Maritimos Via Australis S.A. reserve the right to reschedule shorten or alter all or part of itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice, in order to safeguard the well being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment or due to the 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.
    M/Y Seastar Journey
    Ecuador - Seastar - Front View
    This yacht combines a contemporary design, privacy and comfort all within the marvelous setting of the Galapagos Islands.

    It offers a dining room, a large solarium with shaded and uncovered areas, two Jacuzzis and comfortable sun loungers. Social areas include a Saloon, mini-library and video library as well as a play zone for kids. Snorkeling equipment and kayaks.

    Cruise & Land Vacation Packages
    Ship Itineraries, departure dates and more:
      MY Seastar Journey Cruise - Dep Tuesday
      MY Seastar Journey Cruise - Dep Thursday
      Ship Overview
    M/Y Sea Star Journey is a finest yacht designed for the most demanding luxury travelers, it features spacious suites and one Master Suite all equipped with the most deluxe amenities available. Complemented with renowned designer interiors and unprecedented features, this is a true jewel never seen before in Galapagos waters. It complies with local and international safety regulations, and sustainable practices to protect the fragility of the Archipelago.
    This wonderful yacht combines, privacy and comfort in the marvelous setting of the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos Sea Star Journey has a capacity for 16 passengers. Local and international dishes especially designed by our chef, are served in the cozy atmosphere of our dining room. The yacht offers a large solarium with shaded area, two Jacuzzis (under request) and comfortable sun loungers. Social areas include Living Area, mini library and video library. Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are available without any extra charge.

    Galapagos Sea Star Journey has a capacity for 16 passengers, it features 7 spacious cabins and 1 Sea Star Suite equipped with panoramic windows, private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, mini-bar, TV.

    Length:135 feet
    Draft:6 feet
    Passenger Capacity: 16
    Cruising Speed: 12 knots
    Beam:26 feet
    Type: Motor Catamaran
    Class: Motor Yacht - Boutique
    -Sun terrace
    -Bar and Lounge
    -Outdoor Lounge
    -Dining Room
    -Sun Loungers
    -Dining Room
    -Little Library
    -Excursions Off the Vessel
    Standard cabins: 25m2 in average. Equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the marvelous landscapes of the islands, private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, mini-bar, TV. Twin beds or one faux king bed and connected suites for families
    Sea Star Journey Suite: 35m2 .Equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the marvelous landscapes of the islands, private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, mini-bar, TV, sofa, work desk.

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