Why We Like This Ship

  • Not your typical 'cruise ship' - a small luxurious expedition vessel that is small enough to get into hidden corners of the spectacular Chilean fjords.
  • Highly knowledgeable expedition leaders who will enhance your trip learning experience with onboard lectures and expertly guided hikes on land.
  • Relax in three comfortable lounges with an open bar and hot drinks station; you won't feel crowded on this expedition ship.
  • The spacious cabins are ideal place in which to relax after a day's exploring, while soaking up the immense views outside.
  • Daily zodiac boat excursions to remote, uninhabited beaches will get you on shore and hiking in the most wild and remote locations of Tierra del Fuego.
  • Superb onboard service from a mostly Chilean crew will ensure you’re well fed and well watered before and after every excursion.
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Iain says

I loved spending time in the three different lounges, as well as the numerous outdoor decks. Watching the fjords unfold around you as you sail isolated into the Patagonian fjords is such a wonderful feeling. There are countless different perspectives as you move around the ship, some low to the water with great chances to spot wildlife, and some high enough that you feel on top of the world.

Iain Rylance Patagonia Sales Manager

Voyages aboard the Ventus

Cabin Categories

There are 100 cabins aboard the Ventus, each offers a picture window with panoramic view and private bathroom as well as individually controlled heating, radios, life jackets, hair dryers and safe-deposit boxes.

Standard cabins (B, A, AA and AAA) measure 16.5m²/178ft². 

Superior cabins (AAS, AAAS) measure 20.5m²/220ft².

The five different types are detailed below.

AAA Superior

  • Two wonderfully spacious and airy cabins, measuring 20.5m²/220ft² in size, with ample room for storage and relaxation
  • Well positioned for access to the Sky Lounge and Darwin Lounge on the Cabo de Hornos Deck 
  • The best view on board, due to their height on the ship, and the huge floor-to-ceiling picture window
  • Large king sized beds measuring 1.8m x 1.98m


  • 23 spacious cabins measuring 16.5m²/178ft²
  • Located on the Cabo de Hornos Deck next to the Sky Lounge and Bridge
  • These cabins offer the best view on board, with windows measuring 1.58m x 1.80m
  • Standard-size twin (1.05m x 1.90m) or double beds (1.60m x 1.90m).

AA Superior

  • Two luxuriously spacious, AA Superior cabins measure 20.5m²/220ft² 
  • Located on the Tierra del Fuego Deck next to the Yamana Lounge
  • Views from large windows measuring 1.45m x 1.37m
  • Larger king sized beds measuring 1.8m x 1.98m


  • 36 spacious cabins measuring 16.5m²/178ft² 
  • Located on the Tierra del Fuego Deck next to the Yamana Lounge
  • Views from large windows measuring 1.45m x 1.37m
  • Standard-size twin (1.05m x 1.90m) or double beds (1.60m x 1.90m)

A Cabins & B Cabins

  • 34 spacious cabins measuring 16.5m²/178ft²
  • Located on the Magallanes Deck
  • Slightly smaller windows on this deck measuring 1.45m x 1.20m
  • Standard-size twin (1.05m x 1.90m) or double beds (1.60m x 1.90m)
  • Three B cabins are on the low deck with slightly less panoramic view than the A cabins and the prices reflect this
  • If you are planning a year in advance you might be lucky enough to secure one of these
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What our customers think of Ventus Australis

The excursions were fantastic. The comfort and view from the room was the best I've experienced on a cruise. Read the full review

Travelled: October 2022

Gail Pontius - USA

Ventus Australis proved a nimble ship that offered us access to unforgettable places that other, bigger cruise ships could never reach. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Beverly Reyes Picache - USA

The ship was well maintained, the staff including those on the bridge were so friendly and competent. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Mary Lou Bell - United States Of America


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Swoop says

The best way to connect Ushuaia in Argentina with Punta Arenas in Chile, this cruise on board the Ventus would combine very well with some hiking, based at a luxury lodge in the Torres del Paine National Park, or exploring the best of Tierra del Fuego. These can be arranged before or after your cruise, depending on the route direction you choose.

What to expect on board the Ventus

  • Daily briefings and educational presentations from your expedition staff about the history and wildlife of Patagonia.
  • An 'open bridge' policy when weather allows. The ships officers will only speak basic English. 
  • An open bar with all drinks and bar snacks included, at any time of day. 
  • Plentiful outdoor viewpoints/spaces.
  • There is no lift/elevator, spa, gym, pool or sauna on board. 
  • Multi-lingual expedition staff are always on hand to answer questions about the region and tell you what the next shore excursion entails.

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