Ventus Australis Ship Reviews

Reviews from Swoop customers who have travelled aboard the Ventus Australis over the last five seasons.

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Richard & Susan  - Canada Travelled: October 2017

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Overall our trip was wonderful, with only a few snags. The highlights of Argentinian Patagonia were the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Estancia Christina in El Calafate, and the Fitzroy hike in El Calafate. The Perito Moreno Glacier is breathtaking, and easily accessible from the raised walkway in the park. We also did the boat tour, which offers history and closer view of the glacier. Beware though, once you see it, other glaciers in Patagonia will seem less impressive. Estancia Christina was fantastic, but only because we opted for the fossil hike. Others on the excursion had lots of waiting around and did not seems as impressed. Not so great- The scheduling from El Calafate to EL Chalten- we would have preferred a later transfer. With the sun setting so late, you can easily hike until 7 PM...therefore there was no reason to leave so early for Chalten. Chalten was beautiful. Liked the wild dogs and friendly locals. The Fitzroy hike was spectacular....we were on the trail early so it wasn't too crowded but I imagine during peak season it was be a little unpleasant as it is narrow and you need to step aside to let people pass. Our best meal in Chalten was at La Tapera, wish it had been recommended. Avoid La Senyera, worst meal of our entire trip. Australis Cruise- This was a mistake. After having days filled with hiking and enjoying the riches of nature, being confined to a boat was very frustrating. The boat itself was nice, the rooms clean and comfortable but the excursions were short and underwhelming and most of the time on the boat was spent waiting....waiting for a short presentation, waiting for lunch, waiting to get off the boat, waiting to get on the boat etc....The penguins were the highlight of the cruise but, we found out you can take a day trip from Puntas Arenas to visit them. That would have been nice to have known. Highlight of the entire trip was Torres del Paine. The Explora hotel is beautiful and the hiking on the W was the best we experienced. The spa, the guides, the surroundings were all unbelievable. If I could redo the trip I would nix the cruise and spend an extra 3 nights at Explora.

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Betty Dawson  - USA Travelled: November 2017

10

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Patagonia Camp was an awesome 5 days. We all loved that part of the trip best. the staff was amazing, accommodations super and the overall VIBE of the place was great. Met super people there. We also really like Terra Luna. More rustic for sure but a great contrast.

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Ramona  - Switzerland Travelled: October 2018

10

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I can't really name one highlight, because the whole cruise on Stella Australis was fantastic. The landscapes were stunning. We didn't see to much wildlife, but what we saw was great (Penguins, Dolphins, a few birds). The staff of the cruise was very friendly and so were the other passengers on the ship. I would recommend this cruise to everybody!

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