Mare Australis


Mare Australis Expedition Cruise in the Patagonia


MARE AUSTRALIS

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 until now the only ship in this operation, it was built in 2002 in Asenav navy facilities located in Valdivia.
For the incoming season the Via Australis Expedition cruise will act as the Mare Australis new brother with same features. Both cruises will navigate the Magellan straight, the Beagle channelpe Horn, exploring one of the most beautiful virgin areas in the world, like the Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
There are two different choices, a 3 or a 4 night program from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas and viceversa, from September to April.
Mare Australis information below.


MARE AUSTRALIS CRUISE ITINERARIES
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (4 NIGHTS)
 Ushuaia - Punta Arenas(3 NIGHTS)

Saturday: 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!

Sunday: 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.

Monday: 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.

Tuesday: 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.

Wednesday: 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.

Wednesday: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!

Thursday: 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.

Friday: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.

Saturday: 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.
 

Technical data on the Mare Australis Expedition Cruise
Construction year:: 2002
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
The Mare Australis Cruise

Mare Australis cruise
MARE AUSTRALIS CRUISE
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas


MARE AUSTRALIS CRUISE DEPARTURES

Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (4 nights)
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (3 nights)
 September 2010      
18
25
 September 2010      
22
29
 October 2010
2
9
16
23
30
 October 2010
6
13
20
27
 November 2010
6
13
20
27
 November 2010
3
10
17
24
 December 2010
4
11
       December 2010
1
8

 

AUSTRALIS CRUISES RATES - 2010 / 2011

4 Night Cruise - Rates per passenger in U.S. dollars
Cabin
Promotion
Low
High
New Year
B
1120
1400
1770
1947
A
1638
2043
2484
2732
AA
1719
2142
2601
2861
AAA
1800
2241
2727
3000
AA superior
1977
2463
2991
3290
AAA superior
2070
2577
3136
3450
Single
2010
2510
3110
3421

3 Night Cruise - Rates per passenger in U.S. dollars
Cabin
Promotion
Low
High
New Year
B
840
1050
1328
1460
A
1229
1532
1863
2049
AA
1289
1607
1951
2146
AAA
1350
1681
2045
2250
AA superior
1483
1847
2243
2468
AAA superior
1553
1933
2352
2587
Single
1508
1883
2333
2566

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