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Australis Cruises

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Stella Australis
  • Who goes on Australis cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Australis cruise?


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Australis Cruises


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Who goes on Australis cruise ships?

Australis draws passengers from North and South America, as well as from Europe, with most solidly in the baby boomer age group. There is no minimum age for sailing, and you will occasionally see kids but there are no special facilities for them onboard. Both English and Spanish are the official languages onboard.

Do I have to dress up on a Australis cruise?

Leave your formal attire at home, though you may want to bring one dressier outfit (dress or pantsuit for women, jacket for men) for the captain's dinner.

Is everything free on Australis cruises?

Nearly everything on these yacht-like ships is included. Fares cover daily Zodiac excursions, open bar, whiskey and hot chocolate during shore excursions, and all meals. You will need to pay gratuities. Extra mandatory costs include national park fees and Chile and Argentina port fees. Other extra costs include gratuities ($15 per person, per day is recommended), as well as souvenirs from the small onboard shop.

What are Australis’s most popular activities?

Daily Zodiac rides are the main highlight of every cruise, both for wildlife spotting and for taking cruisers ashore for such excursions as seeing a colony of Magellanic penguins or hiking near a glacier or into a rugged rainforest. One of the most popular excursions are the trips ashore at Cape Horn. When the ship is sailing, the expedition team's educational talks are always a draw.

Why go with Australis?

  • Unique expedition cruise, visiting pristine and untouched places.
  • The only cruise that sails regularly to Cape Horn, a World Biosphere Reserve.
  • Special Lectures including Charles Darwin, Cape Horn adventurers, original inhabitants of Patagonia and flora and fauna from the region.
  • Intimate all-inclusive cruising.

Best for: Adventure seekers looking for something even more off-the-beaten path than the Polar regions

Not for: Anyone looking for modern cruise ship amenities or who needs to be connected 24/7 (there is no Wi-Fi)

Australis Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Outstanding cruise with a quarantine ending

The purpose of this cruise is to visit glaciers and islands and the crew did a great job of taking us out twice a day in "zodiacs".We were lucky to have great weather.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Fabulous Australis cruise

The Deck 5 lounge (forward; excursion meeting place for English speakers) had a bar in the afternoons and evenings, the Deck 4 lounge (aft; excursion meeting place for Spanish speakers) had early morning coffee and snacks, and while the Deck 3 lounge (forward) had no food or beverage service, it was a wonderfully quiet space to read a book, play a game, or watch the passing scenery.The only passenger space on Deck 1 was the dining room, and the only indoor space on Deck 5 was the lounge forward, largest of the three lounges, and the small gift shop.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Don't go if you are Young (under 35 years)! Good cruise for the over 50!

3) Guides/General Service/Customer Service: For the price of the cruise, we felt customer service fell far short of our other experiences in Patagonia.1) Age: The average age of the cruise was 50-60+ and you only spend an hour or two off the boat per day!Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 30s

Patagonia cruise on Stella Australis - Ushuaia (Arg) to Punta Arenas (Chile)

Oh don't forget your camera iPhone will suffice for majority of excursions but i found an SLR with Zoom lens to be extremely beneficial for Magdalena island and close up of penguins One point to note, this is NOT a cruise for young children, they will literally be bored to tears, plus the excursions and getting on and off Zodiacs could be a tad risky for them.The cruise is structured as follows: Each day you visit a new location and conduct excursions using the Zodiac boats, for example visiting Glaciers, Cape Horn and the highlight for me Magdalena island to see the famous Magellan penguins .Read More
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James Slipknot

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

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