Stella Australis was launched in 2010 having been specifically designed to cruise the waters of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Fully stabilised, and measuring 89m, she has 100 good sized, cabins spread over three decks.
The cabins on the higher level have the best views with huge picture windows. She has three lounges equipped with modern audio visual equipment, a dining room, an exercise room, and a spacious open deck area to watch the dramatic Patagonian landscape glide past.
The cruise travels through the very remote fjords of southern Patagonia, along the Magellan Straits, Beagle Channel and visiting Cape Horn. Daily excursions will allow walks on secluded beaches, hikes through sub-polar forest, zodiac trips through ice-choked waters and close up experiences with glaciers. Almost all the trips set foot on Cape Horn (weather dependant), a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and the most southern tip of continental South America where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet. This remote and rugged island has seen less than 150,000 people set foot on its shores, a special experience to treasure.
As well as the incredible and dramatic scenery, this area is home to an array of wildlife. Some of the marine animals that are commonly seen include elephant seals, humpback whales, dolphins and sea lions. Birdlife includes Andean condors, albatross, cormorant and Magellanic and King penguins.
Route and Dates
The Stella Australis operates every week between September and April.
Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina, a four night cruise departs every Saturday.
Ushuaia, Argentina to Punta Arenas, Chile, a three night cruise departs every Wednesday.