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. 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
Breadth: 14,6 m.
Day 1 - 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. 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 - Sunday: Ainsworth Bay - Tucker Islet
At dawn, continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, inside the Alberto De Agostini National Park. From a distance we may see the Marinelli Glacier which descends from the Darwin Mountain Range, and you will learn how life begins after the retreat of the ice. You will also take a walk to discover a beaver dam in the marvelous subpolar Magellanic forest. On the beach, we will try to see elephant seals, but we cannot guarantee this as the precise location of the colony is unpredictable.
Later, you will sail to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch you will board the Zodiac boats to view Magellanic Penguins (which only live in the Southern Hemisphere), and Cormorants. In September and April this excursion is replaced by Brookes Bay where you land for a short walk to approach a glacier.
Day 3 - Monday: Pia Glacier
You navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where you disembark near Pia Glacier. You take a short hike to a look-out 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, you continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic 'Glacier Alley'.
Day 4 - Tuesday: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
You sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where you will 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 between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the 'End of the Earth'. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005.
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 - Wednesday: Ushuaia
Arrival at Ushuaia, Argentina's most important city on Tierra del Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. You disembark at 8:00 a.m.
- 4 nights aboard the M/V Stella 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
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 the cruise is prohibited. Therefore, smoking is only permited the vessels' exterior decks.
- Saturdays Departure
- Upon arrival all passangers must sign a disclaimer in order to participate in the trip and the activities organized by the carrier.
- From September 2009 onwards, port taxes will be charged in Punta Arenas, and Ushuaia, and the cost will be additional to the ticket price. These taxes are paid directly to the port authority. The taxes must be paid along with the balance of payment of the cruise ticket.
Tax rates per passenger are as follows:
Port tax at Punta Arenas US$ 10.- (U.S. dollars)
Port tax Ushuaia US$ 15. (U.S. dollars)
Fee for National Park US$ 5. (U.S. dollars)
These values may vary depending on the amount determined by the port authorities of Punta Arenas and Ushuaia.
- For the new season 2012-2013 Cruceros Australis will apply a fee for the conservation of national parks of $ 5 per person.
- DEPARTURES SATURDAYS from September 22th 2012 to March 30th 2013.
- NOTE: The excursions/day trips described in the itineraries can normally be, and are frequently, carried out. Without prejudice to the aforesaid, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A. y Transportes Marítimos 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.