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Ventus Australis

Patagonian Explorer 5 Day Cruise

With her inaugural sailing in January 2018, the new state-of-the-art ship Ventus Australis – Latin for "southern wind" is specifically designed for sailing the southern fjords of Tierra del Fuego. Like her sister ship the Stella Australis she will have five decks and offer the same amenities that provide a comfortable and luxurious cruise experience. Guests can enjoy the impressive Patagonia dining room, which provides a panoramic view and serves regional and international cuisine with a carefully chosen range of Chilean and Argentinean wines. The lounge areas are ideal for relaxing and admiring the spectacular scenery and the well appointed cabins provide a relaxing retreat. Ventus Australis will give travelers a chance to experience the remoteness of Patagonia and step ashore at fabled Cape Horn.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Ushuaia.

Day 1: Ushuaia

Check in downtown Ushuaia between 10:00 and 17:00 on the day of your cruise departure. Board Ventus Australis at 18:00 (6 PM). After a welcome reception and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night the ship will 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

In the early hours the ship crosses Nassau Bay and enters the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn. 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." Later the ship sails back across Nassau Bay and anchors at fabled Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. 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 you have a choice have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay.

Day 3: Pía Glacier – Garibaldi Glacier

The ship continues its Patagonia glacier tour 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, Ventus Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. 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. Later continue west along the Beagle Channel, dropping anchor near Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion. Garibaldi is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. Hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord.

Day 4: Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier

Early in the morning, sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound. From there it is possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range some of them reaching the water. This morning, disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon, which was formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier. In the afternoon, approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

Day 5: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas

After an overnight cruise through the Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, the ship anchors off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins. Weather permitting, go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. 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.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Punta Arenas.

Includes

  • 4 Night's accommodation on board the Ventus Australis
  • Full board (from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day)
  • Selected liquors and wines at bar
  • Daily excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All onboard activities and presentations

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • National Park fees
  • Port taxes (shown separately)
  • Migration fee
 

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