Australis has confirmed that its new expedition cruise vessel will take to the water in January 2018.
Named Ventus Australis the new state-of-the-art Australis expedition vessel will explore the remoteness of Patagonia encompassing the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn. Tailor-made at the internationally acclaimed Chilean shipyard – ASENAV – the 210-passenger ship has been designed to navigate some of the world’s most narrow fjords and glacial channels whilst offering the highest standards of service to passengers.
In keeping with the existing fleet, Ventus will boast all the amenities that Australis already brings to the waters of South America’s most southern tip. The luxury ship will offer spacious cabins with Nobel beds and floor to ceiling windows to capture the stunning scenery, a stylish sky lounge and a gourmet restaurant from where guests can enjoy international and local cuisines in refined surroundings.
Ventus Australis will offer two intimate four-night itineraries. The ‘Fjords of Tierra del Fuego’ will depart from Punta Arenas in Chile and navigate south to Cape Horn before returning northwards to disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina. The ‘Patagonian Explorer’ will depart from Ushuaia heading to Cape Horn first then returning north to disembark in Punta Arenas. Both itineraries enable Australis passengers to experience the remoteness of Patagonia through a programme of included excursions including stepping ashore at the fabled Cape Horn.
Other cruise highlights include a trip to Wulaia Bay where Darwin landed in 1833, a stop off at the Pia Glacier – one of the only glaciers in the world which can be seen from the mountain tops to the sea – and the wildlife rich Ainsworth Bay and Tuckers Islet. The ‘Patagonian Explorer’ will also visit Condor and Aguila Glaciers as well as Magdalena Island – a nature reserve home to Magellan Penguins.
A four-night cruise costs from $1,800 (£1,471**) per person on an all-inclusive basis. Prices are based on the 2018 season running from January to April 2018 and are based on two sharing a cabin and include all excursions, meals and selected beverages.
**Based on exchange rate of 21/10/2016
Travelling to Patagonia
Patagonia is accessible with flights to Chile (Punta Arenas) or Argentina (Ushuaia). Australis cruises can be booked directly through www.australis.com and are also available with a number of UK tour operators and through travel agents.