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46 Australis South America Cruise Reviews

We were touring Chile and Argentina including Tierra del Fuego and wanted to visit Cape Horn as well as all the remote channels and fjords interconnecting with the Beagle Channel and Strait of Magellen, not possible to do with a large or ... Read More
We were touring Chile and Argentina including Tierra del Fuego and wanted to visit Cape Horn as well as all the remote channels and fjords interconnecting with the Beagle Channel and Strait of Magellen, not possible to do with a large or medium size cruise ship. There were ~150 people on our Stella Australis cruise, we had generous sized births, and the crew provided spectacular food, beverage and tour guide service. The captain deviated from our route just so we could watch Minke whales, and we made at least one and sometimes two zodiac landings a day, accompanied by on board tour guides, to visit spectacular sites including landing and ascent of Cabo Hornus, stoping and hiking on a fjord island where FitzRoy and Darwin interacted with indigenous natives, and viewing up close massive glaciers by water and by foot, not to leave out the fascinating and amusing walk we took among Magellenic penguins. This was a wonderful and all-to-brief cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We joined this vessel as part of an Overseas Adventure Travel Tour. Apart from cruises on larger cruise liners, we have cruised with Grand Circle in the Baltic Sea, most recently, and the Dalmatian Coast. Those vessels were of similar ... Read More
We joined this vessel as part of an Overseas Adventure Travel Tour. Apart from cruises on larger cruise liners, we have cruised with Grand Circle in the Baltic Sea, most recently, and the Dalmatian Coast. Those vessels were of similar size, if not smaller. However, the amenities, crew members, dining/food offerings, and services far exceeded in quality those we found sadly lacking on Stella Australis. There is one, count them, one common rest room on the vessel ... located on deck 4, far removed from the Dining Room, lounge, or Bar. With the exception of our table waiter, Andreas, Mauricio Alvarez Ruiz, a naturalist and our guide and a few other crewmembers, we found the bar staff and others unresponsive and terse, if not surly, in responding to our requests. However, the shore excursions were well coordinated, and the Zodiac crew were highly skilled and safety conscious. The shore trips were excellent; Mauricio is an authoritative expert and an exceptionally professional teacher. His interpersonal skills were to be commended and should be used as a model in training other crew. Andreas, our dining waiter, was also a welcoming and passenger/guest-oriented professional. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The service was great, the cabins and beds were comfortable. The itinerary was fantastic. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The food was good and they were good about meeting food sensitivities. The excursions onto Cape ... Read More
The service was great, the cabins and beds were comfortable. The itinerary was fantastic. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The food was good and they were good about meeting food sensitivities. The excursions onto Cape Horn and the other islands were mostly great, in spite of some bad weather. There were one or two guides who weren't the best when we were at Wulaia Bay. Also the instructions leading up to that excursion were confusing since their slide show beforehand had some mistakes. But, all in all, we were happy with the excursions. It was amazing how they moved so many people so efficiently when we did disembark on the islands. We also felt that the safety standards were very good. The store had things that were helpful, such as rain pants, which we had forgotten to bring. One thing that we would have liked better is if we had been able to eat with people with whom we chose to eat. They often had tables of just 4 people and you were expected to sit with them for every meal. We did find another table of 4 near to us and we joined the tables and that was better. It would have been nice, though, to meet other people at mealtimes. We did get a chance to explore Ushuaia before the cruise and were able to get a tour of Tiera del Fuego National Park. We would recommend doing this if you have time. We would definitely recommend Stella Australis to others. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This cruise was at the end of a two week trip to Chile. It was a great way to see the fjords and glaciers of Tierra del Fuego. Each day there were excursions off the ship by zodiac to either hike or view wildlife. The staff on board ... Read More
This cruise was at the end of a two week trip to Chile. It was a great way to see the fjords and glaciers of Tierra del Fuego. Each day there were excursions off the ship by zodiac to either hike or view wildlife. The staff on board were knowledgeable and friendly. Each evening there was an educational program or movie to prepare us for the next day. The staff handled the multi-lingual guests in a very efficient manner. We were assigned a table for all of our meals, which could have been a problem, but we ended up with wonderful table mates whom we really enjoyed. The only two "downsides" were that we, as non-drinkers, felt like we were subsidizing all the free drinking on board, and we are also vegetarians/pescatarians and those menu options were somewhat uninspired. Two highlights were watching calving at Pia Glacier and exploring Cape Horn. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
2 outstanding excursions a day, in gorgeous sites with very competent and helpfull staff. We could not dream of a better cruise to discover Tierra del Fuego glaciers, fauna and hike an hour on Cape Horn. We spent 4 hrs in Punta Arenas ... Read More
2 outstanding excursions a day, in gorgeous sites with very competent and helpfull staff. We could not dream of a better cruise to discover Tierra del Fuego glaciers, fauna and hike an hour on Cape Horn. We spent 4 hrs in Punta Arenas and we not thrilled by the downtown. Plaza de Armas is fun. Embarkation was not fun at all. We had to board buses to reach the ship. 20 minutes for just 100 meters. Bus was absolutely full, we were packed like sardinas...and waited and waited. The first minutes with Australis were terrible and give a very bad first impresseion. Once on board, everything was perfect. Staff was very competent and gave great information on suurounding nature and upcoming excursions. First time we visited the bridge and the engine room during the cruise. The captain showed several times and had kind words with everybody. Also 200 guests only makes a big difference, developping a better sense of community. We will strongly recommend Autralis cruises to our parents and friends who want to discover this part of the world Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The Magellan Strait, Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego is an area of the world I've dreamed of visiting for many years. The ships' crew, the ship facilities,the zodiac land tours, the quality of the food and the small size of the ... Read More
The Magellan Strait, Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego is an area of the world I've dreamed of visiting for many years. The ships' crew, the ship facilities,the zodiac land tours, the quality of the food and the small size of the ship all contributed to an extremely memorable holiday. My numerical rating for this cruise is 100%. I cannot think of one thing the crew could do better to improve the quality of this experience. Weather is a factor that cannot be guaranteed, but on this cruise we had fantastic weather that multiplied the experience to a great degree. I highly recommend this cruise to anyone who loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking in superb mountain and glacial areas. I do recommend a traveler not delay this adventure until the later years of life as good physical condition allows one to fully view and enjoy the magnificence of this isolated area. Go now! Not later! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We cruised on the Australis as part of a 3 week trip to Patagonia. We did not select the ship; our travel agency did. We were very pleased. The size of the ship (100 cabins) was excellent. The staff was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful ... Read More
We cruised on the Australis as part of a 3 week trip to Patagonia. We did not select the ship; our travel agency did. We were very pleased. The size of the ship (100 cabins) was excellent. The staff was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. Food was very good; having the alcohol included was great. All the excursions were well organized. We received information prior to each one about what we'd see/do and what to look for. On several of the excursions, we could choose the level of activity. The staff also was very attentive to safety. All excursions were made via 'zodiac' inflatables. We were given detailed instructions for getting into and out of the zodiacs. While somewhat pricey, we would highly recommend the Australis. The only negative aspect was on the day we boarded, our luggage had to be at their office by 10 AM but we could not board until after 5 PM. Be sure to plan some activity for the 10-5 otherwise it's an empty day and there is not alot to see/do in Ushuaia. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Very well organized trip, with a staff which clearly made the difference and stood out of the crowd. Very appreciated our trips to glaciers, forests and Cape Horn, We left from Punta Arenas travelled through National Parks till finally ... Read More
Very well organized trip, with a staff which clearly made the difference and stood out of the crowd. Very appreciated our trips to glaciers, forests and Cape Horn, We left from Punta Arenas travelled through National Parks till finally reaching after 4 days Cape Horn, and from there reached Ushuaia and went back to Punta Arenas. The crew took very good care of everything and for all the wishes and desires they had an open ear, especially I remember the kitchen. When first asking for vegetarian food they achieved to improve their meals day by day, which was greatly appreciated by my wife and me. Also, safety standards were kept up very high, and lot of emphasis was put on safety instructions, so you always felt at ease. Thank youf or such an amazing trip and I can just but reommend to book a trip wit Stella Australis, you will not regret* Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I was on the Stella Australis as part of a tour to South America and specifically Patagonia. The Stella allowed me to make it to Cape Horn and set foot on the southernmost part of the Americas. This ship serves as a research vessel as well ... Read More
I was on the Stella Australis as part of a tour to South America and specifically Patagonia. The Stella allowed me to make it to Cape Horn and set foot on the southernmost part of the Americas. This ship serves as a research vessel as well as a tourist boat, and there are a cadre of young, enthusiastic and knowledgeable expedition leaders who both lectured on the ship and led the shore excursions. We were very lucky with weather on my trip and got to go ashore everywhere planned, but that is not always the case. The crew takes great care with passenger safety. We got up close and personal with penguins on Magdalena Island, saw glaciers and had some wonderful hikes. The accommodations are what I would expect from a mid-range cruise, and the food was good.One note- the little on board gift shop has some outstanding values. I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise and would recommend the Stella without reservation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We had seen an article in the NYT on a Patagonia adventure that included the cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia and booked it as just one part of a total Patagonia experience. This being our first cruise we don't have a basis for ... Read More
We had seen an article in the NYT on a Patagonia adventure that included the cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia and booked it as just one part of a total Patagonia experience. This being our first cruise we don't have a basis for comparison, but overall we were very pleased with all aspects of this shipboard adventure. We have had on our "bucket list" an Alaskan cruise and a cruise up the western shore of Norway but after this cruise full of mountain, fjords, and glaciers I'm not sure we need to see any more. Each day provided the opportunity to participate in an off-the-ship adventure via the Zodiacs. Groups were split up (voluntarily) based on each person's desire for a moderate or challenging excursion. Each group was assigned a very competent guide. A delightful treat awaited us at the end of many of the hikes before boarding the Zodiacs for the trip back to the ship - hot chocolate spiked (if desired) with scotch. Not something I had ever done at home, but it sure was good out there. We were introduced to native flora and fauna - penguins & cormorants plus the occasional dolphins and one minke whale. We saw glaciers up close and gorgeous vistas from high on the side of mountains. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
On the plus side: Unexpectedly comfortable and well-appointed cabins (well worth splurging for the big windows), charming and competent guides (pretty remarkable given that they do the same itinerary every week), more and less strenuous ... Read More
On the plus side: Unexpectedly comfortable and well-appointed cabins (well worth splurging for the big windows), charming and competent guides (pretty remarkable given that they do the same itinerary every week), more and less strenuous options (sometimes three choices) for those who want serious hikes, good food (although it runs out fast), overall great value for money (compared to fancier cruise lines). They made big efforts to provide guides in several languages. On the minus side: Compulsory table seating for every meal with the same people (we ended up with a very boring table and purposely came late so we would not have sit too long with them!), most of the lectures could use a bit of polish (improve the slides or show a nature documentary!), long waits to board the zodiacs. It rained every day, but somehow that did not matter. Some people did not bring enough rain gear and were miserable. Do bring your own hiking pole(s) if you use one as they do not have many to loan. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
More than a small cruise ship is a big, friendly,family. A 4 day dream…from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas. Crew members are the most competent, caring professionals that I ever met and as a retired flight crewmember have seen a lot of ... Read More
More than a small cruise ship is a big, friendly,family. A 4 day dream…from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas. Crew members are the most competent, caring professionals that I ever met and as a retired flight crewmember have seen a lot of crews around the world. These persons are the very best, from Captain, to Guides, to restaurant stewards. The best Everything was so perfect…we were lucky to have an excellent weather and so, able to disembark all times as planned. Beautiful sites, everything worked like clockwork into the phases of disembarkation. They really are professionals. No one looks at you without a smile… And the food? Table service? Superb. Cabin? Everything was very very very good. English is not my native language so I find difficult to find words good enough to praise this Australis Cruise. Astounding will be short. Most sincere congratulations and thanks for those happy, beautiful days. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My husband and I are not typically "cruisers" but had both liked the idea of a small expeditionary cruise through Tierra del Fuego to the "bottom of the earth." The Stella Australis offered the perfect opportunity with ... Read More
My husband and I are not typically "cruisers" but had both liked the idea of a small expeditionary cruise through Tierra del Fuego to the "bottom of the earth." The Stella Australis offered the perfect opportunity with a 4 day cruise (not so long that we'd start going stir crazy). Overall the experience was exceptional. The ship is small enough to easily find your way, but large enough that it never felt crowded. I believe maximum passenger number is 200, on our cruise total passengers numbered around 160. Everything ran very smoothly and efficiently. This appeared to be a first class operation. We had a standard cabin which was unexpectedly large and roomy. Everything was scrupulously clean. There is only one dining room and seating is assigned by language. Our dining companions were a delight, and meals became one of the highlights of the trip as we often sat talking until the dining room had cleared. Service in the dining room and in the bar/lounge was excellent. The excursions were a highlight, taking us to places we never thought we would see. They were usually divided by challenging, moderate and easy to accommodate all physical abilities, however, those of us that are more physically active found the "challenging" activities to be less challenging than advertised, but the views and locations more than made up for the ease of the hikes. There is one suggestion that we would like to offer. We disembarked at the end of the cruise in Ushuaia in the early morning and were flying out late in the afternoon (along with many other cruise passengers). At this point we discovered that the cruise line has no facilities and has made no arrangements for passengers to check bags until departing for the airport. One of the crew members provided us with a couple of possible options, neither place would allow us to check our bags. Most of the hotels do not allow you check bags if you are not staying there. There were several passengers wandering the street by the dock looking for someplace to check bags until it was time to leave for the airport. A contract with a local hotel to accommodate this would be most appreciated. (We did find a hotel that took pity on us and allowed us to check bags.) As stated, overall we enjoyed our experiences and the people that we met immensely and would recommend this cruise to others. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This exploration cruise ship was a wonderful surprise! We had sailed 8 nights on a tired catamaran in the Galapagos and thought this could be similar. We were wonderfully surprised by the spaciousness of the cabins, cleanliness, friendly ... Read More
This exploration cruise ship was a wonderful surprise! We had sailed 8 nights on a tired catamaran in the Galapagos and thought this could be similar. We were wonderfully surprised by the spaciousness of the cabins, cleanliness, friendly crew and staff, good food and wonderfully organized dry-landing shore excursions all included. We booked the 4-night Punta Arenas to Ushuaia cruise and traveled December 3-6, 2016. We were lucky to have exceptional good weather and calm seas so that added to our enjoyment of the cruise but aside from that, I would definitely recommend this cruise and company to everyone. The shore excursions are great with varying hiking "levels". You can do as much or as little as you like. And remember, all big cruise lines sail "around" cape horn, with the Stella Australis you use the zodiacs to go ashore and climb steps to the Albatross Memorial, the lighthouse and small chapel. You need to be in better shape than most for this cruise to fully enjoy all that is available. I highly recommend using this company. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I was already planning to be in South America as a friend had asked me to visit the Atacama Desert with her. It's a long way to go for a week's visit so I decided that I should like to have a look at Patagonia as well. I had a ... Read More
I was already planning to be in South America as a friend had asked me to visit the Atacama Desert with her. It's a long way to go for a week's visit so I decided that I should like to have a look at Patagonia as well. I had a few hours to wait before embarkation so I explored Punta Arenas, picking up some wet weather gear that I needed and was fascinated to see and hear an impromptu drumming band of schoolchildren. Afterwards I took refuge in a very obliging internet cafe until boarding time. Excellent vibes from Punta! The dock staff and shop keepeers were kind and helpful. The embarkation process went smoothly and I was delighted with my comfortable and well appointed cabin. I have a gluten allergy which was very kindly catered for. The dining staff looked after me very well indeed. Despite some restrictions for me the food was delicious and varied. Funnily enough having an open bar led me to drink rather less than usual! The information sessions held by the crew were very good. It was great to be on the bridge when a pod of Minke whales showed up. The account of Shackleton's expedition was amazing and very well presented. The excursions to explore the wildlife, flora and glaciers were great. I was on my own and the Cruise Director, Mauricio, joined me up with a group with whom I got on very well. The activity level of the groups was graded which is sensible. We saw some beautiful plants including two varieties of wild orchid. We saw a condor! We heard the Pia glacier creaking and even saw a few lumps falling off it. Altogether the highlight was landing on Cape Horn. It was calm as a millpond and sunny, which allowed us to land, I felt slightly cheated it wasn't blowing a gale. I have Cape Horners in my background. The scenery of Patagonia as we cruised the Magellan Strait and Beagle Channel was absolutely spectacular, some of the best holiday photographs of my life. The crew were highly professional in their attention to our safety at all times and particularly so when we embarked on the Zodiacs for the shore excursions. Not only that but they were cheerful and friendly as well. Mauricio Alvarez is an excellent leader. I should love to travel on Stella Australis again but there is a lot of world still to see on my bucket list. If she went to Antarctica I'd be there like a shot. She is an awesome, beautiful little ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We did a tour in south Patagonia, and after the visit to Perito Moreno (3 days), Torres del Paine NP (4 days) we moved to Punta Arenas to embark on the beautiful Stella Australis to navigate across the fjords of the southern Patagonia and ... Read More
We did a tour in south Patagonia, and after the visit to Perito Moreno (3 days), Torres del Paine NP (4 days) we moved to Punta Arenas to embark on the beautiful Stella Australis to navigate across the fjords of the southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego to Cabo Horn and finally Ushuaia. Our cabin was a luxury and expensive AAsup, very confortable, but also the smaller ones were nice and sufficientely confortable. The food was excellent (self service at breakfast and lunch, with large availibility and menu dinner served at table. During the journey we were able to see astonishing landscapes with the glaciers reaching the sea, magic lights and stars filled sky during the night. The excursions by Zodiacs, with landing in amazing places and short walking tour, have been very interesting, guided by excellent guys ready to explain and to answer to all the possible questions about mountains, glaciers, trees, flowers, animals ....We had also the chance to land at Cabo Horn, and that has been a nice experience. We saw penguins very close by the shore, cormorans, 3 whales, dolphins. The navigation has been very soft all over the trip. Definetely this cruise is unforgettable, mainly for the landscapes and the excursions, but I must say, also the crew was very helpfull any moment. The cruise is costy, but I will recommend if you like natural landscape because it is unique. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was the beginning of a Patagonia exploration. The Stella Australis was the perfect way to see Cape Horn, the Straights of Magellan and the Beagle Channel. The ship was a perfect size. The passengers were participants in several ... Read More
This was the beginning of a Patagonia exploration. The Stella Australis was the perfect way to see Cape Horn, the Straights of Magellan and the Beagle Channel. The ship was a perfect size. The passengers were participants in several different tour groups, but everyone was treated equally. The hospitality on the ship was warm and professional. But, the crew really shone on the expeditions. My husband was very excited to go to Cape Horn and still talks about the things he saw and the people he met there. When we went to see the penguins, the seas were too rough for a landing, but the crew made every effort to get the entire 200 of us out on Zodiaks and as close to the island as possible so we did not actually miss out on any experience. The presentations on board were well done and very interesting/informative. The public rooms were inviting, with beverages available all day. The meals were informal and very good. I would definitely recommend Stella Australis for anyone wanting to explore the bottom of the world. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff handle the shore excursions which are efficiently and professionally run with a strong emphasis on safety. Onboard service was friendly and welcoming at reception and in the dining room and bar. All ... Read More
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff handle the shore excursions which are efficiently and professionally run with a strong emphasis on safety. Onboard service was friendly and welcoming at reception and in the dining room and bar. All meals are at one sitting at assigned tables. Food choice and presentation was excellent, mostly buffet, but table service for a pre-ordered main course in the evening. Lots of varied public spaces with good exterior views and wide interior corridors all added to the feeling of comfort onboard. The itinerary gave a wonderful insight into the region,the shore excursions were highlights but so was just sailing past glaciers and taking in the landscape. Unfortunately we didnt land at Cape Horn due to a strong onshore wind, but we made several passes close inshore so at least I can say I've rounded it. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone interested in Patagonia, it is well worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We had not cruised before but it was the only option for the route at that time of year. For us it was quite expensive but it was worth it. The ship was very comfortable - large windows for views. The service and food were great. The ... Read More
We had not cruised before but it was the only option for the route at that time of year. For us it was quite expensive but it was worth it. The ship was very comfortable - large windows for views. The service and food were great. The highlights were the trips ashore - with the very capable crew who went to a lot of trouble to make sure every passenger had a great experience. We were not able to land at Cape Horn due to weather but being able to "round the horn" made up for it. There were informative talks etc so we could get the most out of each excursion and the sights. We learnt a lot about the exploration and history of the area, as well as about the natural history. We are used to independent travel but we enjoyed the company of fellow passengers ( around 180). We were not looking for a lot of "entertainment activities" etc and we will certainly not be rushing to book on a large ship any time soon, but this cruise met our expectations and needs at the time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My cruise on the Australis was part of a trip I took to Patagonia with Overseas Adventure Travel. I couldn't believe how spacious the rooms were, how accommodating the staff treated us and how amazing the food and drinks were. Our ... Read More
My cruise on the Australis was part of a trip I took to Patagonia with Overseas Adventure Travel. I couldn't believe how spacious the rooms were, how accommodating the staff treated us and how amazing the food and drinks were. Our safety was the first concern and they were very careful to insure we were all well taken care of as we boarded the zodiacs and access the land tours that they provided. Weather can be pretty tricky in the southern part of South American and especially around Cape Horn. I was a solo traveler on this trip but I felt like I was with family as the number of people on this cruise was less than 200. I enjoyed the activities that were planned during the day and at night we feasted on amazing arrays of dishes unique to the countries we were associated with. There was a laudable selection of wines and the bar tenders kept the libations flowing with their own unique mixtures and concoctions. I highly recommend this trip to any one venturing off the beaten track in Patagonia. You will be pampered and pleased, but you will see country as wild and wonderful as any on this earth. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
There aren't many reviews on this ship that goes to the end of the world. We did the 4 night 3 day cruise thru our tour. Here some insight into the ship. You will be taking a Zodiac everytime for all the tours. The ship does ... Read More
There aren't many reviews on this ship that goes to the end of the world. We did the 4 night 3 day cruise thru our tour. Here some insight into the ship. You will be taking a Zodiac everytime for all the tours. The ship does offer waterproof boots if you want them-you should get the first day since they don't have enough for everyone. Unless its raining you don't need the boots-your hiking boots will do just fine. We stayed dry. Having waterproof pants is a good idea even it its not raining. you have to sit on the zodiac and you may get wet which is why they are a good idea. the ship was a pleasant surprise. nice cabins, bathrooms and bedding. it does get warm in the room since there is no air conditioning. breakfast and lunch are buffet. the dinners are not but only 2 choices for the main course. they serve wine at dinner but its the house white or red. due to the weather, we could not disembark at Cape Horn. The expedition tour guides were great. it can be a bit rough but the scenery is wonderful. When you go thru the Glacier Alley, you need to be on the port (left side). get to the Darwin lounge early to get a good seat. overall, a great experience and the ship exceeding our expectations. There is no entertainment but an open bar so the other passengers end up being the entertainment. You can tip using your credit card. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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