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Stella Australis Expedition Cruise: Patagonia & Cape Horn


STELLA AUSTRALIS

AUSTRALIS CRUISES was established in 1990 operating tourist cruises in the southern part of the globe including Argentina and Chile destinations.
For the 2010 / 2011 season the brand new and improved Stella Australis will be the third cruise on the team. All these cruises will navigate the Magellan straight, the Beagle channel, Cape Horn, exploring one of the most beautiful virgin areas in the world, like 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.
Rates, departures and itinerary information below.

Availability / reservations

STELLA AUSTRALIS CRUISE DEPARTURES - 2013 / 2014
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (4 nights)
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (3 nights)
 September 2013      
21
28
 September 2013
   
25
 
 October 2013
5
12
19
26
 October 2013
2
9
16
23
30
 November 2013
2
9
16
23
30
 November 2013
6
13
20
27
 December 2013
7
14
21
28
 December 2013
4
11
18
25
 January 2014
4
11
18
25
 January 2014
1
8
15
22
29
 February 2014
1
8
15
22
   February 2014
5
12
19
26
 
 March 2014
1
8
15
22
29
 March 2014
5
12
19
26
 April 2014
5
   April 2014
2
9
     

RATES

4 Night Cruise - Rates per passenger in U.S. dollars
Cabin
Promotion
Low
High
Special
B
1,346
1,683
2,148
2,340
A
1,932
2,410
2,957
3,223
AA
2,028
2,526
3,097
3,375
AAA
2,124
2,644
3,246
3,540
AA superior
2,555
3,183
3,867
4,254
AAA superior
2,675
3,331
4,054
4,459
Single
2,487
3,104
3,772
4,149


3 Night Cruise - Rates per passenger in U.S. dollars
Cabin
Promotion
Low
High
Special
B
1,111
1,389
1,771
A
1,595
1,988
2,440
AA
1,674
2,084
2,564
AAA
1,753
2,181
2,679
AA superior
2,108
2,627
3,183
AAA superior
2,207
2,749
3,338
Single
2,052
2,562
3,104


ITINERARIES

Stella Australis
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.
 

CRUISESHIP TECHNICAL INFORMATION
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
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