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Cruise to Cape Horn (Ushuaia - Punta Arenas)

Australis Cruises has two ships: M/V Stella Australis and from January 2nd, 2018 M/V Ventus Australis, twin ship of Stella Australis. 100 cabins. Weekly departures from Ushuaia (Argentina) and from Punta Arenas (Chile).

STELLA & VENTUS AUSTRALIS: 100 cabins of 16,5 mq, low beds, all of them with extern windows and private bathroom: 3 cabins cat. B, 34 cat. A, 36 cat. AA, 2 cat. AA superior, 23 cat. AAA, 2 cat. AAA superior. The different of costs depends on in which bridge are situated. Superior cabins are lightly more spacious: 20,5 mq.
Duration:  4 nights - 5 days. 
ALL INCLUSIVE (meals and beverages).
Promotional departures: 30/september/2017. Low season: October & from March 17th to 31st 2019. High season: From November 2018 to march 2019.
To receive the complete price list, please request us. 
The price include: accommodation in dbl cabin, cruise as detailed in program, full board with beverages and meals, OPEN BAR from 12 to midnight, expedition in Zodiac and land excursions, life on board: information about the expeditions and entertainment.
Price does  not include: tips, transfers or any other services not mentioned before.
Suggested outfit: trekking shoes, rain jacket, impermeable paints, warm and confortable cloth, hat, scarf (there won't be given any extra cloth on board, but there is a boutique).
Booking & deposits: It is required USD 300 per person to garantee the booking. Final payment must be done 60 days before the departure. 
Notes: The company has the right to modify the rates and dates without previous notice.
Time of arrival is approximate, the ship can be late due climate conditions, without causing any responsibility to the company.


Number of nights: 
October - April
Groups with fixed dates
Minimum Pax: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Monday, October 8, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Friday, November 9, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Monday, December 31, 2018
Cancellation policy. Penalties: Cancellation between 120 and 60 days before the departure: penalty USD 300,00 p/pax.
Cancellation between 59 and 50 days before: penalty = 25% of total.
Cancellation between 49 and 40 days before: penalty = 50% of total.
Cancellation between39 and 30 days before: penalty = 75% of total.
Cancellation between 29 and the day of departure: penalty = 100% of total.
KIDS: From 0-3 years onld, free in cabin with the parents. From 4-12 years old: 50% discount in dbl cabin.
Port tax: USD 60,00 per person.
Suppl. SGL Cabin: + 50%
CAT AA: + 5%
CAT AAA: + 10%


Day 1:
Check in at 409 San Martín Ave. in downtown Ushuaia between 10:00 and 17:00 (10 AM-5 PM) on the day of your cruise departure. 
Board the M/V Stella Australis at 18:00 (6 PM). 
After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and 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.


Day 2:
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, 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 (currently awaiting repair after being damaged by fierce winds).
Sailing back across Nassau Bay, we anchor at fabled 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 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 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.
Day 3:
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 a zigzag route 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. Our 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, passengers 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. This landing provides the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s sub-Antarctic rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.


Day 4:
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. Crowned by a distinctive lighthouse, the 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.
*Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island.

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