Ventus Australis

Our two trusty exploration vessels, Stella Australis and Ventus Australis, both provide a perfect balance between onboard comforts, stylish lounge areas and fantastic food, with outright adventure, expert guides and a real pioneering spirit too.

The ships themselves are more agile than most, making them ideal for navigating the tricky canals and tight waterways∘ of southern Patagonia, though they are also completely at ease in rough or icy seas if the weather is not on our side. Onboard, the décor in each of the cabins is low-key though modern and sophisticated, while reading rooms and an observation deck let the stunning landscapes do the talking, as they gently pass you by. 

Specifications
  • Size boutique
  • Style Expedition
  • Type ocean
  • Year of launch 2018
  • Gross tonnage 4508t
  • Length 89.0m
  • Width 15.0m
  • Speed 13kts
  • Decks 5
  • Language Spanish & English
  • Currency US Dollar ($)
  • No. of passengers 210
  • No. of crew 62
  • No. of cabins 100
  • -wheelchair access 0
Unique Features

In addition to the cruises, Australis have enhanced the region's visitor experience by funding the museum at Wulaia Bay and the eco-friendly boardwalks∘ at Cape Horn and Ainsworth Bay.

They also support scientific efforts by hosting researchers aboard the ships from Magallanes University, the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society∘ (WCS) and the Center for Quaternary Studies of Fuego, Patagonia and the Antarctic (CEQUA). 

Gratuities

Tips are at the discretion of the passenger. But we suggest US$15 per day per passenger for the staff and crew, handed in at the reception desk on the last day of the cruise.

Facilities
Children not advised
No
Designated areas only
Not available
Accommodation

There are 100 Ventus Australis  spacious cabins consisting of six categories, all with cozy beds, full bathrooms and panoramic views of the Patagonian nature unfolding outside.

Decks
Dining

The pampering continues in the dining room with buffet breakfasts and lunches and four-course dinners that blend continental and Chilean cuisine.

Entertainment

A major part of the Australis experience is an abundance of knowledge available at your fingertips, during every one of our Southern Patagonia cruise itineraries. This can be thanks to either our onboard library of interesting and informative books written about the region, or the regular seminars, lectures and presentations that take place courtesy of Australis’ expert naturalist guides. They are the best in the business, and will walk you through Patagonia’s geography, glaciology, ice fields, birdlife, marine mammals, Penguin and Sea Lion colonies, flora and endemic species, the seasons, history and challenges facing this fragile part of the world. Our advice is to make the most of this priceless opportunity, and return home tooled up with a first-hand understanding of what makes southernmost Patagonia just so special. 

Health and fitness

Please note: There are no health/fitness facilities on board Ventus Australis.

Kids and Teens

Please note: There are no dedicated children's facilities on board Ventus Australis.

Enrichment

The spectacularly beautiful landscapes of southern Patagonia are known for their varied∘ and dramatic geography, huge glaciers, native forests and uniquely adapted wildlife that can be seen while aboard an Australis ship, though also during our amazing on-land excursions. You’ll have the chance to witness Sea Lions, Beavers, Whales, Dolphins and a huge variety of bird species such as Gulls, Terns, Giant Petrels, Cormorants, Albatrosses, Ducks∘ and Condors, plus one of the largest Penguin colonies in the southern hemisphere. Everything that Tierra del Fuego has to offer can be seen up close from our nimble Zodiac boats, or during a huge range of interesting guide-led hikes and gentle walks through the most southernly forests on earth, along the coast or even right up to the imposing façade of a glacier.

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