|Purpose:||Cruise, Wildlife, Ecotourism, Culture, History|
|No. of days:||4 days - 3 nights (SUnday departures)|
|First & Last Cities:||Ushuaia, Punta Arenas|
|Other cities:||Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay, Agostini Sound, Águila Glacier, Magdalena Island|
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The Stella Australis is an awe-inspiring adventure cruise ship. The ship, which was constructed in 2010, consists of 100 total cabins and can hold up to 210 passengers. The ship offers tourists a relaxed stay, while providing breathtaking sights from the decks.
She was built in Chile under the updated SOLAS 2001 and MARPOL 73/78 standards for worldwide ocean navigation certified by the ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) and is classified as a “Passenger Vessel”.
The Stella Australis has a capacity of 210 passengers distributed in 100 cabins of around 177 sq. ft. each and is 292 ft. long with a beam or breadth of 47.8 ft.
The ship offers three lounges for meetings equipped with modern audiovisual equipment, a dining room, an exercise room and a spacious open deck area allowing the observation of the marvelous southern scenery at all times. Each cabin has picture windows, independent climate control, a private bathroom and satellite phone.
The expedition cruise ship M/V Stella Australis takes you on an amazing journey to the “uttermost end of the earth.” Discover the grandiosity and splendor of Patagonia on a 3 day cruise between Ushuaia (Argentina) and Punta Arenas (Chile).
The M/V Stella Australis is extremely comfortable. The ship was designed to make your trip relaxing and rewarding as you travel down to Cape Horn at the bottom end of western hemisphere, through the scenic Beagle Channel that runs along the southern extreme of Tierra del Fuego, and across the fabled Strait of Magellan to the Chilean mainland.
As you explore these seas on the lookout for whales, dolphins, penguins, condors, elephant seals and the other creatures you will learn about the early navigators— Ferdinand Magellan and Sir Francis Drake, Captain Fitzroy and Charles Darwin who have also ventured in this part of the world.
This program is combinable with the Remota Lodge Hotel Package
Day 1 - Wed: Ushuaia
Board the M/V Stella Australis at 5:30 PM. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night we traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands. [D]
Day 2 - Thu: Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay
Around the break of dawn, Stella Australis crosses Nassau Bay and enters the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you disembark on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition Cape Horn is a sheer 1,394-foot high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the "End of the Earth." The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. Sailing back across Nassau Bay, we anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain Fitzroy in the 1830s during their voyages on HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station you will have a choice of three hikes that ascend the heavily wooded mountain behind the bay. On all of these you stroll through an enchanted Magellanic forest of lengas, coigües, canelos and ferns to reach panoramic viewpoints overlooking the bay. [B/L/D]
Day 3 - Fri: Agostini Sound, Águila Glacier
After nightfall we reenter the Beagle Channel and sail westward along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a watery wonderland protected within the confines of Alberto de Agostini National Park. Rounding the Brecknock Peninsula as the western extreme of Tierra del Fuego, Stella Australis is briefly exposed to the open Pacific. We then navigate through the Cockburn Channel, Magdalena Channel and Keats Fjord to reach scenic De Agostini Sound.
Named after an Italian Salesian priest who worked among the region's indigenous people during the first half of the 20th century, De Agostini Sound is flanked by numerous glaciers and sheer saw-toothed peaks reminiscent of Torres del Paine. The shore excursion this morning is Águila ("Eagle") Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by primeval forest. After a Zodiac landing on the beach, you will be able to hike around the edge of the lagoon to a spot near the base of the frozen facade. Condors can sometimes be seen winging high above, but there is always abundant bird life around the lagoon. [B/L/D]
Day 4 - Sat: Magdalena Island, Punta Arenas
After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, we anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. This island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins. At the break of dawn, weather permitting, we go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. Many other bird species are also found on the island. In September and April -- when the penguins dwell elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American sea lions. After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM. [B]
[B]= Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
|Departure dates||Cabin Type|
|2016||B||A||AA||AAA||AA Sup||AAA Sup|
|February 1, 8, 15, 22|
|March 1, 8||$1,895||$2,440||$2,554||$2,679||$3,183||$3,338|
|March 15, 22, 29||$1,486||$1,988||$2,084||$2,181||$2,627||$2,749|
|October 4,11, 18.25||$1,486||$1,988||$2,084||$2,181||$2,627||$2,749|
|November 1, 8,15,22,29||$1,895||$2,440||$2,554||$2,679||$3,183||$3,338|
|January 3, 10,17,24,31|
|Single rates||150% of respective cabin price|
|Children 4-12||50% discount sharing a cabin with an adult|
|Infants 0-3||Travel free sharing a cabin with an adult|
Rates are per person, based on 2 passengers sharing a cabin and may change without notice
Rates are valid from October 2016 through January 2018 and do not apply for Christmas and New Year’s departures. Other blackout dates may apply.
All departures are subject to confirmation at the time of booking
Tour Code: CL07USU18SA
Deposit, Payment & Cancellation
|Days before departure||Penalty|
|Up to 120||No Penalty|
|Between 119 and 60||$300 (Deposit)|
|Between 59 and 50||25% of total cost|
|Between 49 and 40||50% of total cost|
|Between 39 and 30||75% of total cost|
|Between 29 and 0||100% of total cost|