|Purpose:||Cruise, Wildlife, Ecotourism, Culture, History|
|No. of days:||5 days - 4 nights (Saturday departures)|
|First & Last Cities:||Punta Arenas, Ushuaia|
|Other cities:||Ainsworth Bay, Tuckers Islets, Pia Glacier, Glacier Alley, Wulaia Bay, Cape Horn|
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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 5 day cruise between Punta Arenas (Chile) and Ushuaia (Argentina) The ship, which was constructed in 2010, consists of 100 total cabins divided in 6 categories that can hold up to 210 passengers.
The M/V Stella Australis is extremely comfortable. The ship was designed to make your trip relaxing and rewarding. The cruise follows the fjords of the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego, highlights the stunning, natural beauty of Patagonia and showcases several of its most important historical sites. Your five day journey includes visits to wildlife rich Ainsworth Bay, massive Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley, as well as mystical Wulaia Bay and the legendary Cape Horn.
As you explore the seas on the lookout for whales, dolphins, penguins, condors, elephant seals and 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 - Sat: Punta Arenas
Check in between 1 and 5 PM on the day of your departure. Board the M/V Stella Australis (6 PM). After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. [D]
Day 2 - Sun: Ainsworth Bay, Tuckers Islets
By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of the Karukinka
Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays at Alberto de Agostini National Park, the third largest protected area in Chile. We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. There are two guided excursions are available: one is a hike along the edge of a stream that leads to a waterfall tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is more strenuous; hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains. Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, you sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, Chilean skuas, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor. In September and April -- when the penguins live elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay. [B/L/D]
Day 3 - Mon: Pia Glacier, Glacier Alley
Overnight you will sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via narrow channels, and after rounding the remote Brecknock peninsula, the ship enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning arrive at the Pia Fjord and board the zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking, take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea, or a longer and vigorous walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. Back onboard the ship, continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. This passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. [B/L/D]
Day 4 – Tue: Wulaia Bay, Cape Horn
During the early morning you will navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic 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.
In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes 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. [B/L/D]
Day 5 - Wed: Cape Horn, Ushuaia
The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city.
Arrival at 08:30 a.m. and 9:30 am and disembark. [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|
|December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31||$2,298||$2,957||$3,097||$3,246||$3,867||$4,054|
|February 4, 11, 18, 25|
|March 4, 11|
|March 18, 25||$1,800||$2,410||$2,526||$2,844||$3,183||$3,331|
|November 4, 11, 18, 25||$2,298||$2,957||$3,097||$3,246||$3,867||$4,054|
|December 2, 9,16,23,30|
|January 6, 13, 20, 27|
|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: CL06PUQ18SA
Deposit, Payment & Cancellation
The following deadlines and penalties apply:
|Days before departure||Penalty|
|Up to 120||No Penalty|
|From 119 to 60||$300 (Deposit)|
|From 59 to 50||25% of total cost|
|From 49 to 40||50% of total cost|
|From 39 to 30||75% of total cost|
|From 29 to 0||100% of total cost|