The height of sophisticated elegance within southern Patagonia, the MV Stella Australis is a stunning expedition ship constructed in 2010 which offers magnificent cruises through the spectacular glacier-topped Patagonian fjords at the tip of the continent.
Modern and comfortable in design with oversized picture windows throughout to accentuate the breathtaking views, the Stella Australis delivers first class service amidst the formal elegance of the spacious communal areas.
There are 100 en-suite cabins spanning 3 decks to cater to a maximum of 210 guests. The cabins are contemporary in style, furnished with warm, neutral colours and spread across 6 categories. Four of the categories, from cabins B to AAA are identical in size while superior cabins AA and AAA are more generous, 20.5m² with floor to ceiling windows.
The Stella Australis offers 3 and 4 night, fully-comprehensive cruises departing from Punta Arenas, Chile, and Ushuaia in southern Argentina to take in the breathtaking scenery of the southern fjords and Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Guests head out each day on zodiac boat trips accompanied by expert local guides to visit spectacular icebergs, glaciers and wildlife colonies. Each evening lectures are given on the area’s history, flora and fauna.
From Punta Arenas, the standard 4 night cruise is as follows:-
Punta Arenas – Ushuaia Route - 4 Nights
Day 1 – (D.) Punta Arenas
Embark the Stella Australis for an evening departure
Day 2 – (B.L.D.) Ainsworth Bay, Tuckers Islet
Cruise through the Almirantazgo Sound to reach Ainsworth Bay in sight of the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range. You will visit the typical sub-polar Magellan Forest and have every chance of observing Southern Elephant Seals. Afternoon cruise to Tuckers Islets to visit a colony of Magellan Penguins. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.
Day 3 – (B.L.D.) Pia Glacier
Cruise along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord for a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier. In the afternoon, you will continue your voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley.
Day 4 – (B.L.D.) Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay
Navigate the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, you will go ashore. In the afternoon, you will visit the historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements.
Day 5 – (B.) Ushuaia
Early disembarkation at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
Important: the above itinerary is the latest version we have and is subject to change at any point.
Please call 1300 720 443 for more information on prices and departure dates.