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.
Day 1: Ushuaia
Check in at San Martin 245, Ushuaia, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cruise ship boarding from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 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 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. You have just embarked on a Great Adventure!.
Day 2: 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'. 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 3: Piloto and Nena Glaciers
In the morning you sail through the desolate Brecknock and Ocasion channels, to reach Cockburn Channel in the afternoon. After lunch, you arrive at Chico Sound and disembark in Zodiac boats to explore Alakaluf Fjord, and to see its beautiful waterfalls and observe the Piloto and Nena glaciers from the sea. You will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence in the abrupt geography of the region's channels.
Day 4: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning, you go ashore on Magdalena Island(weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and
explorers in the past. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic Penguins which can be sighted during your walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride at Marta Island to observe sea lions. After your visit, you sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m.
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.
- 3 nights aboard the M/V Mare Australis
- All inclusive meals and bar with selected beverages, liquors, and wines (during open hours)
- Daily land excursions as scheduled by the ships
- All activities inside the ship
- English speaking guides
- Whisky and hot chocolate during the excursions
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.
Beginning APRIL 2010, the Argentine authorities have determined the charge of US15. as Exit Fee to passengers who embark in Ushuaia
Beginning SEPTEMBER 2010, the Chilean National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), which administrates national parks, has established the charge of US5. to all passengers who embark Cruceros Australis
The total fee per person is as follows:
Ushuaia to Punta Arenas route: US$20, Port Tax, Exit Fee and National Parks Fee.Port tax at Punta Arenas US$10.These values may vary depending on the amount determined by the port authorities
WEDNESDAYS DEPARTURES FROM SEPTEMBER 2013 TO MARCH 2014
Upon arrival all passangers must sign a disclaimer in order to participate in the trip and the activities organized by the carrier.
Bed type cannot be guaranteed at time of booking. Can only be requested and hotel will not confirm until check-in based on availability.