Argentina Cruzeros Australis Cruise
3 Nights/ 4 Days
DAY 1: DEPART USHUAIA (B)
Cruise ship boarding from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Afterwards, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth.” Our excursion will take us through the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan to explore one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. We have just embarked on a Great Adventure!
DAY 2: CRUISE CAPE HORN – WULAIA BAY (B,L,D)
We sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, and it is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, we go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.
DAY 3: PILOTO & NENA GLACIERS (B,L,D)
In the morning we sail through the desolate Brecknock and Ocasion channels, to reach Cockburn Channel in the afternoon. After lunch, we arrive at Chico Sound and disembark in Zodiac boats to explore Alakaluf Fjord, and to see its beautiful waterfalls and observe the Piloto and Nena glaciers from the sea. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence in the abrupt geography of the region’s channels.
DAY 4: MAGDALENA ISLAND – PUNTA ARENAS (B)
Early in the morning, we go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic Penguins which can be sighted during our walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. After our visit, we sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m
Dates & Prices:
Departures: Wednesdays 26 Sep 2012 -3 April 2013
Prices Per Person US$
Promotional Departures Low Season High Season
B $944 $1180 $1491
A $1355 $1689 $2054
AA $1422 $1771 $2150
AAA $1489 $1853 $2255
AA Superior $1742 $2171 $2636
AAA Superior $1824 $2272 $2764
Single $1696 $2117 $2571
Promotional Departures Sep 26 & April 03
Low Season Oct 03, 10, 17, 24, 31, Dec 12, 19, Mar 20, 27
High Season Nov 07, 14, 21, 28, Dec 05, 26, Jan 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Feb 06, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13