Cruceros Australis unveils new ship; company celebrates 20th anniversary

Adventure cruise specialist Cruceros Australis announces the unveiling of its new ship, the Stella Australis. Set to launch in December 2010, the Stella was commissioned in celebration of Cruceros Australis’ 20th anniversary.

The Stella will have a capacity of 210 passengers luxuriating in 100 cabins, each 177 square feet. Guests can choose between cabins with a large double bed or two twin beds. For those seeking roomier accommodations and larger beds, superior cabins are available. Cabin highlights include picture windows, independent climate controls, private bathrooms and a satellite phone.

Travelers will enjoy five decks featuring three lounges, an exercise room and a dining room, as well as a spacious deck allowing for unobstructed views of the spectacular scenery.

The Patagonia Deck, the first deck, includes a galley and the Patagonia Dining Room, which has a number of tables that can accommodate groups of four, six and eight people.

The Magallanes Deck, the second deck, includes a reception area and a gift shop where guests can purchase a variety of equipment for expeditions. The cabins on this deck feature large picture windows that are more than three feet wide and four feet tall.

The Tierra del Fuego Deck, third deck, includes the Yamana Lounge that will have a bar and a game room. The cabins on this deck feature slightly larger picture windows that are nearly five feet wide and five feet tall.

The Cabo de Hornos Deck, fourth deck, includes the Sky Lounge. The cabins on this deck feature even larger picture windows that are more than five feet wide and nearly six feet tall.

The Darwin Deck, fifth deck, includes the Darwin Lounge, bar and fully-equipped gym. The gym has glass panels so that guests can enjoy incredible views while working up a sweat. The three lounges- the Sky Lounge, the Darwin Lounge and the Yamana Lounge- are equipped with modern audiovisual equipment for educational presentations throughout the voyage.

Cruceros Australis additionally employs the Via Australis and the Mare Australis. Both the Via, built in 2005, and the Mare, built in 2002, have 64 cabins, each with panoramic windows. The five decks of both ships include two lounges and a dining room.

Travelers with Cruceros Australis take a trip to the end of the world to explore the southernmost regions of South America including Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn, one of the few unspoiled destinations on the planet. Additional highlights include Ainsworth Bay and Glacier Alley, as well as a number of small group excursions including a trip to Magdalena Island to visit the Magellanic Penguins. Expedition leaders prepare and present daily lectures in both English and Spanish to complement the educational component of the expeditions. The talks take place both on the ship (with audio-visual support) and on land during excursions.

While the average temperature in Tierra del Fuego is 50°F, adventurers traveling with Cruceros Australis should be prepared for two to three hour walks in changeable weather. Suggested equipment includes a cap, sunglasses, sunblock, waterproof parka, sweater, waterproof gloves, waterproof pants and trekking boots.

From September to May of each year, Australis offers four-night itineraries from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Ushuaia, Argentina, with rates starting at $1,120 per person, and three-night itineraries from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Punta Arenas, Chile, with rates starting at $840 per person.

A cruise with Cruceros Australis is an all-inclusive experience including breakfast, lunch and dinner, and open bar for wine, beer, liquor and other beverages. The menu combines international cuisine and local recipes to highlight the delicious and varied regional fare. Passengers will also enjoy local Chilean and Argentinean wines.

For more information, visit www.australis.com, email australis@bellsouth.net or call 1.877.678.3772.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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