5 Things to Consider...
- Vessel - Australis cruises sail aboard 2 different vessels: Stella Australis and Ventus Australis. Each is identical, but Ventus is newer and only coming into service in Jan 2018. Both are very comfortable vessels with around 200 person capacity, excellent food and service.
- Route - Choice of a one way trip between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas (3 or 4 nights), or a round trip of 4 or 7 nights. A great way to cross the border and connect Torres del Paine with Tierra del Fuego.
- Excursions - Australis offer a great combination of glaciers, wildlife and Cape Horn on most of their trips, with land excursions via zodiac boat and the option to take challenging or relaxed hikes.
- Timing - These cruises start operating in late September with the last departure in early April. Weather is good throughout this period, but bear in mind that the penguins will not be visited in September and April.
- Cost - prices start from $1,440 USD per person for the cheapest cabin type on a 3 night trip in low season, up to around $7,000 for the biggest and best cabin types on 7 night trips in high season.
These cruises are ideal for people looking for varied excursions combined with excellent comfort and service aboard a small vessel that can access and remote channels of the Patagonian Fjords.
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What Our Customers Think
The cruise on Australis was fantastic. Our friends swore up and down that they hated cruises, but Australis won them over, easily.
Jenny Oregon, USA November 2017
We particularly appreciated Chloe's suggestion to add the Australis cruise - brilliant choice.
Heinrich March 2016
I wanted to let you know all four of us had the BEST TRIP imaginable over 6 gorgeous weeks.
Martin & Heather April 2015
Our trip was phenomenal, A++. It was the best trip of our lives.
John & Marilyn November 2015
We took a zodiac onto the shore right beneath one of the glaciers. It was the first time I'd ever been so close to one - it was incredible. With a great crash, the glacier calved and we all dashed back up the beach as the wave rushed acrosss the lagoon towards us.
Chloe O'Keeffe Patagonia Specialist
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Booking Your Cruise - How We Can Help You
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