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Australis Expedition Cruises in Patagonia


AUSTRALIS CRUISES

AUSTRALIS CRUISES was established in 1990 in order to operate tourist cruises in the Patagonia region including Argentina and Chile destinations.
The Mare Australis was the second and only ship in this operation until 2005 (right after the Terra Australis which no longer exist), it was built in 2002 in Asenav navy facilities located in Valdivia.
The Via Australis Expedition cruise joined the old brother (Mare) until 2010 when the biggest cruise, the Stella, appeared into the scene.
Today, both the Via and Stella Australis cruises travel the Magellan Strait, the Chilean fjords including a round to Cape Horn among glaciers, incredible wildlife and amazing landscapes. Please have a look at our Australis Cruises pictures.
There are two different choices, a 3 or a 4 night program from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas and viceversa, from September to April.
You'll find departures, rates and itinerary information below.


Availability / reservations

STELLA AUSTRALIS CRUISE DEPARTURES 2012 / 2013

Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (4 nights)
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (3 nights)
 September 2012      
22
29
 September 2012
   
26
 
 October 2012
6
13
20
27
 October 2012
3
10
17
24
31
 November 2012
3
10
17
24
 November 2012
7
14
21
28
 December 2012
1
8
15
22
29
 December 2012
5
12
19
26
 January 2013
5
12
19
26
 January 2013
2
9
16
23
30
 February 2013
2
9
16
23
   February 2013
6
13
20
27
 
 March 2013
2
9
16
23
30
 March 2013
6
13
20
27
 April 2013
   April 2013
3
     

VIA AUSTRALIS CRUISE DEPARTURES
2012 / 2013

Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (4 nights)
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (4 nights) - NEW !!!
 October 2012
29
 October 2012
25
 November 2012
6
14
22
30
 November 2012
2
10
18
26
 December 2012
9
17
25
 December 2012
4
13
21
29
 January 2013
2
10
18
27
 January 2013
6
14
22
31
 February 2013
4
12
20
28
   February 2013
8
16
24
 
 March 2013
8
17
 March 2013
4
12
21

AUSTRALIS CRUISES RATES - 2012 / 2013

4 Night Cruise - Rates per passenger in U.S. dollars
Cabin
Promotion
Low
High
Special
B
1,258
1,573
1,989
2,187
A
1,806
2,252
2,738
3,012
AA
1,895
2,361
2,868
3,154
AAA
1,985
2,471
3,006
3,308
AA superior
2,323
2,894
3,515
3,867
AAA superior
2,432
3,028
3,685
4,054
Single
2,261
2,822
3,429
3,772

3 Night Cruise - Rates per passenger in U.S. dollars
Cabin
Promotion
Low
High
Special
B
944
1,180
1,491
A
1,355
1,689
2,054
AA
1,422
1,771
2,150
AAA
1,489
1,853
2,255
AA superior
1,742
2,171
2,636
AAA superior
1,824
2,272
2,764
Single
1,696
2,117
2,571

 

ITINERARIES

Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (4 NIGHTS)
Via / Stella Australis
 Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (3 NIGHTS)
Stella Australis only

Day 01: Punta Arenas
Check in at Magallanes 990, 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. Immediately afterward, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth”. Our excursion will take us 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 02: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islet
At dawn, we continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound until finally arriving near Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay, where we enjoy a walk to discover a beaver dam in the midst of a marvelous Magellanic forest. On the beach we observe a colony of elephant seals. Later we visit Tucker Islet, where we view colonies of Magellanic Penguins and Cormorants from the Zodiac boats. The islet’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement we visit Brookes Bay, for a short walk to see a glacier.

Day 03: Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley
We navigate through the main part of Beagle Channel to reach Pia Bay, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. We take a short hike to a lookout point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we sail again along the northwest arm of Beagle Channel through majestic “Glacier Alley”: Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France and Holland glaciers.

Day 04: Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay
We sail through Beagle and Murray channels to reach and disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. This mythical place is known as the “End of the Earth”; a visit is a singular privilege. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a lookout point.

Day 05: Ushuaia
Arrival to Ushuaia, Argentina’s most important city on Tierra de Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. We disembark at 8:00 a.m., enabling you to get an early start on visiting the city and national parks, and on continuing your trip through Patagonia.

Day 01:Ushuaia
Check in at San Martín 245, Ushuaia, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cruise ship boarding from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterward, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth.” Our excursion will take us through Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan to explore one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. We have just embarked on a Great Adventure!

Day 02: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
We sail through Beagle and Murray channels to reach and disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. This mythical place is known as the “End of the Earth”; a visit is a singular privilege. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a lookout point.

Day 03:Gunther Plüschow Glacier
In the afternoon, we view awe-inspiring Gunther Plüschow Glacier, named after the region’s pioneering German aviator. Then we sail to Chico Sound, where we disembark in Zodiacs to observe majestic Piloto and Nena glaciers.

Day 04: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning, we go ashore on Magdalena Island, the home of an immense colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic Penguins that we can watch during our walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the Strait of Magellan. The island’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement we visit Marta Island, to observe a sea lion colony. After our visit, we sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m.
 
 Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (4 NIGHTS) - Via Australis only

Day 01: Ushuaia
Check in from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 409 San Martín st. Cruise ship boarding at 5:30 p.m. After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain and his crew the ship will depart for “the uttermost part of the earth”. Our trip takes us 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.
Day 02: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
We sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we disembark (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and it is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route for sailboats between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.In the afternoon, we go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833, during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 03: Pia Glacier - Garibaldi glacier
We navigate along the Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark. We take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from which we can appreciate the spectacular Pia Glacier, which main tongue stretches from the top of the mountains down to the sea.In the afternoon we will enter and disembark at Garibaldi Fjord to then hike through the forest up to a glacial waterfall and enjoy the spectacular views. For those who stay onboard, our Capitan will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi Glacier and the panoramic view can be enjoyed from the upper decks.
Day 03: Piloto & Nena glaciers - De Agistini Sound and Aguila Glacier
In the morning we will be sailing through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Onboard Zodiac boats, we will explore Alakaluf Fjord and enjoy the view of Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. The intense blue color of Piloto Glacier due to its compression and age draws attention. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels.In the afternoon we will enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. In this area we can see glaciers descending from the mountainside all the way down to the sea. In the afternoon, onboard Zodiac boats, we will route to Águila Glacier where we will take an easy walk all the way to the base of the glacier. We will experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and see how the power of nature molded the area’s landscape.
Day 04: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning (and weather permitting) we 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 we will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a ride on Zodiac boat to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions.Finally, disembarking at Punta Arenas is scheduled at 11:30 am.



Technical specifications

Mare & Via Australis Cruises
Stella Australis
Construction year:: 2002 / 2005
Shipyard: ASENAV (Chile)
Length: 71.83 mts.
Draft: 3.15mts.
Breadth: 13.4 mts.
Propulsion: 2 x 850 HP engines
Lifesaving: 2 SOLAS lifeboats
and 14 life rafts (25 persons)
63 exterior cabins with:
- Low beds
- Private bathroom
- Independient A/C heat
- Lock box
- Closet
- 220/110 power US type
- Large windows
Construction year:: 2010
Shipyard: ASENAV (Chile)
Length: 89 mts.
Draft: mts.
Breadth: 14.6 mts.
Propulsion:
Lifesaving:
100 exterior cabins with:
- Low beds
- Private bathroom
- Independient A/C heat
- Lock box
- Closet
- 220/110 power US type
- Large windows
The Mare Australis Cruise
The Stella Australis Cruise

MAPS

ROUTE FOR AUSTRALIS EXPEDITION CRUISES
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (4 nights)
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (3 nights)


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