Expedition cruise specialist, Australis, recently christened its latest ship Ventus Australis, with her maiden voyage taking place earlier this year.
The 210-passenger vessel slid smoothly out of Punta Arenas for her voyages to “the bottom of the world”, Cape Horn and the glaciers and fjords of Tierra del Fuego at the bottom end of South America.
Tailor-made for cruising along the mountain and glacier-lined fjords of Patagonia, Ventus Australis is a twin sister to Australis’ other ship, Stella Australis, launched in 2010, which also offers expedition voyages through the channels and fjords of southern Chile.
The two ships navigate legendary maritime channels of early explorers such as the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel upon reaching the “end of the world” at Cape Horn.
Based in her Chilean homeport of Punta Arenas – the world’s southern-most town – Ventus Australis offers four-night cruises from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in Argentina or return.
Tours include complimentary, guided excursions, amazing cuisine aboard including local dishes as well as Chilean and Argentine wines.
Guests are also taken ashore daily on board zodiacs and in the company of expert naturalist guides.
Australis itineraries showcase the regional flora and fauna including elephant seals, cormorants, Magellan penguins and dolphins, and it is the only operator to feature regular cruises through the narrow fjords of Tierra del Fuego, offering passengers the chance to go ashore on fabled Cape Horn.
Australis incorporates the latest environmental technology to ensure the conservation of the pristine nature areas its ships visit each year whilst offering guests exclusive access to the untouched fjords of Patagonia.