VENTUS AUSTRALIS LAUNCHED
Ventus Australis navigated the Patagonian channels for the first time on January 2nd.
A similar ship to the renowned Stella Australis in terms of size and capacity (210 passengers), with a renewed concept in interior design and the exceptional service that characterises Australis cruises on its voyages through the main attractions of Tierra del Fuego. Its journey starts with the “Tierra del Fuego Fjords” route, a navigation of four nights between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia.
In the opposite direction, “Explorers of Patagonia” is a four night trip from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas. Passengers can also go on a full expedition or round trip called “Darwin’s Route”, an eight night journey departing either from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia. Disembarking at some places and sailing on zodiac boats in others, the routes cover the main points of interest in Tierra del Fuego, the Magellan Strait, Beagle Channel, reaching Cape Horn, Pía and Águila glaciers, and the Alberto de Agostini National Park, located in the Darwin range.
Along with the impressive geography, throughout the trip travelers can observe native forests and exotic local flora and fauna, with species such as sea lions, Magellanic penguins, and Peale’s dolphins, among others. Ventus Australis’ “Explorers of Patagonia” includes an excursion on Zodiac boats to the Cóndor glacier. This glacier has rarely been seen and becomes a new natural landmark of Australis’ 2017-2018 season.
Ventus Australis was especially designed to navigate through the southernmost channels of South America. Its various features, including its length, beam, and engine power, allow for the maneuverability needed to sail across the narrow channels and fjords that no other cruises can explore. Additionally, there is a program that complements the cruise experience with a land excursion across Tierra del Fuego, which includes a stop at colony of King Penguins and a walk around the local ranches. All the excursions are led by guides who are experts in the local geography, glaciology, flora and fauna. Excursions including disembarkation end with a comforting cup of Magellanic hot chocolate.