Ventus Australis at its christening ceremony

(10 a.m. EST) -- Chilean cruise line Australis launched its second expedition vessel, Ventus Australis, on Tuesday.

The 210-passenger vessel was christened at a ceremony at the Asenav shipyard in the southern Chilean city of Valdivia, where the ship was built. The godmother is Sol Lecaros de Nevares, the niece of Australis President, Pedro Lecaros.

Ventus Australis will join sister ship Stella Australis, which launched in 2010 offering four-, five- and seven-night itineraries around the Chilean fjords -- the only cruise line to do so.

The cruises take in the glaciers, fjords and penguin colonies of Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America and include a visit to Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the archipelago.

The cruises depart either from Punta Arenas, Chile, or Ushuaia, Argentina, and run until April.

Ventus Australis has 100 cabins with floor to ceiling windows, a free open bar, three lounges, complimentary guided excursions, nature lectures and a dining room featuring gourmet cuisine that includes local dishes and Chilean and Argentine wines.

Itineraries include Zodiac excursions ashore to destinations like Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay and Pia Glacier, as well as a penguin colony at Tucker's Islets.

The itineraries also include the opportunity to sail down Glacier Alley, which houses a number of massive glaciers.

--By Adam Coulter, Managing Editor, U.K.