Patagonia’s Ventus Australis sets sail
Ventus Australis – the new expedition cruise ship built for Patagonian cruise line, Australis, for ‘bottom of the world’ voyages to Cape Horn and the glaciers and fjords of Tierra del Fuego – has met the sea for the first time. Latin for southern winds (Australis – southern; Ventus – wind), the new, 210-passenger Ventus Australis slid smoothly out of Punta Arenas for her maiden voyage.
Tailor-made for cruising along the mountain and glacier-lined fjords of Patagonia, Ventus Australis is a twin sister to Australis’ other ship, the 210-passenger Stella Australis, launched in 2010, which also offers expedition voyages through the channels and fjords of southern Chile.
Based in her Chilean homeport of Punta Arenas – the world’s southern-most town – Ventus Australis will offer four-night cruises from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in Argentina or return. Australis is the only operator to offer regular cruises through the narrow fjords of Tierra del Fuego and to offer 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.
With exclusive access to the southernmost fjords, Australis Patagonia Cruises explore Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia – one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions on the planet. As the only cruise line operating in this area, Australis offers guests exclusive access to the untouched fjords of Patagonia.
The two ships Stella Australis and Ventus Australis navigate legendary maritime channels of early explorers such as the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, exploring breathtaking scenery of imposing mountain ranges, majestic glaciers, lush subpolar forests and even reaching the “end of the world” at Cape Horn.
Guests are taken ashore daily on board zodiacs and in the company of expert naturalist guides. As well as spectacular landscapes, Australis itineraries showcase the regional flora and fauna including elephant seals, cormorants, Magellan penguins and dolphins. Tours include complimentary, guided excursions, amazing cuisine aboard including local dishes as well as Chilean and Argentine wines.
For more information visit www.australis.com or contact your travel agent.