PATAGONIA CRUISES

HIGHLIGHTS

A snapshot of the sites to be visited and the highlights of each cruise program

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:

Detailed daily itinerary on activities and visits and applicable cruise rates

CRUISE DATES:

A complete listing of the cruise dates indicating the different applicable seasons for each cruise

PRE-CRUISE TOURS:

A sample of tours offered in Argentina in connection with the cruise departures from Ushuaia

FJORDS OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
PUNTA ARENAS – USHUAIA

Five Days / Four Nights

HIGHLIGHTS

Our Patagonia cruise tours follow the fjords of the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego highlights the stunning, natural beauty of Patagonia and several of its most important historical sites. This four-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.

PROGRAM ROUTE MAP
 
M/V STELLA & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
PUNTA ARENAS / USHUAIA
Five Days / Four Nights
 
DAY 1: Punta Arenas
DAY 2: Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets
DAY 3: Pia Glacier And Garibaldi Glacier
DAY 4: Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
DAY 5: Ushuaia
 

2019 & 2020 GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

CABIN CATEGORY PROMO RATE LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
B $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2478
A $ 2,122 $ 2,620 $ 3,177
AA $ 2,228 $ 2,731 $ 3,337
AAA $ 2,289 $ 2,814 $ 3,456
AA SUPERIOR $ 2,680 $ 3,333 $ 4,067
AAA SUPERIOR $ 2,850 $ 3,531 $ 4,274

FJORDS OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
PUNTA ARENAS – USHUAIA

Five Days / Four Nights

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: PUERTO ARENAS

Check in at 1398 Costanera del Estrecho Ave. (Arturo Prat Port) between 13:00 and 17:00. Board at 18:00 (6 PM). After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and 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.

DAY 2: 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 Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. 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. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we 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, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, 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.

DAY 3: PIA GLACIER & GLACIER ALLEY

Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, Stella Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking we 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 much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.

No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king. Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries — Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.

DAY 4: WULAIA BAY & CAPE HORN

During the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. 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 the 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 — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travelers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.
In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (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. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

DAY 5: USHUAIA

The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Australis is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 or 9:30 AM depending on the date of departure.

2019 & 2020 GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

CABIN CATEGORY PROMO RATE LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
B $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2478
A $ 2,122 $ 2,620 $ 3,177
AA $ 2,228 $ 2,731 $ 3,337
AAA $ 2,289 $ 2,814 $ 3,456
AA SUPERIOR $ 2,680 $ 3,333 $ 4,067
AAA SUPERIOR $ 2,850 $ 3,531 $ 4,274
PUNTA ARENAS – USHUAIA ROUTE
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
 
FJORDS OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS
FOUR NIGHT PROGRAM
 
PROMOTIONAL DEPARTURES
September 21, 29, 2019
 
LOW SEASON DEPARTURES
October 7, 15, 23, 31, 2019 – March 15, 23, 31, 2020
 
HIGH SEASON DEPARTURES
November 8, 16, 24, 2019
December 2, 10, 18, 26, 2019
January 3, 11, 19, 29, 2020
February 8, 16, 24, 2020
March 7, 2020
 
 
FJORDS OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO
M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
FOUR NIGHT PROGRAM
 
PROMOTIONAL DEPARTURES
April 4, 2020
 
LOW SEASON DEPARTURES
October 11, 19, 27, 2019 – March 19, 27, 2020
 
HIGH SEASON DEPARTURES
November 4, 12, 20, 28, 2019
December 26, 14, 22, 30, 2019
January 7, 15, 23, 31, 2020
February 8, 16, 24, 2020
March 3, 11, 2020
 
STELLA 2019 & 2020 RATES VENTUS 2019 & 2020 RATES
SEASONS PROMO LOW HIGH SEASONS PROMO LOW HIGH
FROM:(*) $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2,478 FROM:(*) $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2,478

(*) Rates based on Cabin Category “B”. For complete listing of rates please visit our detailed itinerary

2019 & 2020 GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

CABIN CATEGORY PROMO RATE LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
B $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2478
A $ 2,122 $ 2,620 $ 3,177
AA $ 2,228 $ 2,731 $ 3,337
AAA $ 2,289 $ 2,814 $ 3,456
AA SUPERIOR $ 2,680 $ 3,333 $ 4,067
AAA SUPERIOR $ 2,850 $ 3,531 $ 4,274

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13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

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9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
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(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843