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VIA AUSTRALIS: PUNTA ARENAS - USHUAIA

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US$ 1.683 pp
Duration 5 Days / 4 Nights
Zone
South Patagonia
Departures Weekly
Season
Oct to Mar
Validity Mar 21, 2014
   
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DESCRIPTION

Between October and May you can sail onboard the Via Australis through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, travelling through fjords, bays, glaciers and islands located from Punta Arenas and Ushuaia. You'll reach the mythical Cape Horn, the last headland in the continent, the place where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans merge. You will be able to participate in daily excursions and take a close look at Magellanic penguins, sea lions, some other species and  of course, the impressive glaciers.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Punta Arenas, Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islet, Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley, Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

Itinerary

 

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Check in at Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas, between 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., with cruise ship boarding scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board and afterwards the ship departs on your great adventure!

At dawn, we continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, inside the Alberto De Agostini National Park. From a distance we may see the Marinelli Glacier which descends from the Darwin Mountain Range, and we will learn how life begins after the retreat of the ice. We will also take a walk to discover a beaver dam in the marvelous subpolar Magellanic forest. On the beach, we will try to see elephant seals, but we cannot guarantee this as the precise location of the colony is unpredictable. Later, we sail to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch we board the Zodiac boats to view Magellanic Penguins (which only live in the Southern Hemisphere), and Cormorants. In September and April this excursion is replaced by Brookes Bay where we land for a short walk to approach a glacier.

We navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. We take a short hike to a look-out point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic Glacier Alley

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 regions 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.

Arrive at Ushuaia, Argentina’s most important and southernmost city in the world on Tierra del Fuego. Disembark at 8:00 a.m.



Included Excursions

During the trip, daily land excursions carried out by the Australis Cruiseline Expedition Group will take place. These excursions last approximately 2 hours. They consist of hikes on trails that are hidden by native forests, or visits to the glaciers, and they include presentations on the flora and fauna of the area. A delicious whiskey drink served with ice from the ancient glaciers or a cup of hot chocolate is the finishing touch to the excursion.

Pía Glacier
Located in the north-western branch of the Beagle Channel, this glacier is set in the Darwin Mountain Chain, slowly gliding towards the Pía Bay. You can participate in a hike towards an overlook that offers excellent conditions for viewing the mountainous land where the glacier originated and its displacement into the sea took place. Visitors can hear the impressive sounds caused by the loosening of large blocks of ice that fall into the sea.

Ushuaia
The southernmost city in the world is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel and is surrounded by the Martial Mountains. It was first a prison colony and is now the capital of the Argentinean province of Tierra del Fuego. Ushuaia is the doorway to Tierra del Fuego National Park, where people come to marvel at the beautiful landscape of sea uniting with forests and mountains. This southern Argentinean city is the Mare Australis' final destination.

 

The Ship


M/N Mare Australis

The M/N via Australis began construction in the shipyards of Asenav, Valdivia under the SOLAS 2001 and MARPOL 73/78 regulations for worldwide oceanic navigation, and was finished in the 2005. It has a classification certificate issued by ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), with the notation of "Passenger Vessel". In agreement with ISM (International Safety Management Code), given by IMO (International Maritime Organization), the ship possesses a SMC (Safety Management Certificate), which guarantees operation under the international standards of environmental security and protection.
In addition, it makes use of a complete navigation system (echo sounder, radar, GPS, and the modern Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, or GMDSS), emergency generator, fire stations, smoke detectors in every cabin, corridor and lounge, and a sprinkler fire suppression system installed in all areas of the ship. The machine room is also equipped with a CO2 fire extinguisher bank.

Characteristics

• Gross Registered Tonnage: 2,664 (GRT)
• Year of Construction: 2005
• Shipyard: ASENAV (Chile)
• Length: 71.83 mts. (235.6 ft)
• Depth: 3.15 mts. (10.3 ft)
• Width: 13.4 mts. (43.9 ft)
• Propulsion: 2 main diesel motors, Cummins, 85 hp each.
• Salvage Equipment: 2 SOLAS rescue boats and 14 life rafts, 25 person capacity each one

Via Australis Cabins

The Mare Australis has 63 cabins divided into 3 categories: AAA - AA - A - B. Cabins are equipped with low beds, private bathrooms, independent heating, a safe, closet, 110/220 v. electricity, and panoramic window to enjoy the landscape. It has a total capacity for 129 passengers.


cabinas

Cabins AAA: Located on the Cabo de Hornos deck, equiped with low beds (in double rooms)
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Cabins AA: Located between the 2nd-3rd and 4th decks of the ship. There are some with 1.2 m wide twin beds as well as double beds.
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Cabins A: Located on the ship's second deck, equipped with twin beds that are 1.2 meters (approx. 3.9 ft) wide.
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Cabins B: Located on the first deck. They also offer twin beds 1.2 m in width.
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Decks of Via Australis

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Rates


Rates are per passenger and expressed in American dollars

CABIN
SEASON
LOW
HIGH
 B US$ 1.683 US$ 2.148
A US$ 2.410 US$ 2.957
AA US$ 2.526 US$ 3.097
AAA US$ 2.644 US$ 3.246
Single* US$ 3.104 US$ 3.772


* Single rate applies on categories B or A. Single rate on categories AA, AAA, AA Sup
o AAA Sup, applies 1,5 passenger value.

* Check departures  dates according to seasons on the following link:

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  • Fees are per person per program, in U.S. dollars (US$).
  • Fees may be subject to change without previous notification. These DO NOT apply to events, conferences and fairs.
  • Please, read our Terms and Conditions of Sale.


Cancellation Policy  read here


Services included


Services included

  • 4 nights accommodation in Via Australis in the cabin of your choice.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Open bar.
  • Daily land excursions.
  • Welcome and goodbye cocktails.
  • Whisky and hot chocolate on glacier excursions.
  • All activities in the ship's interior.


Notes

  • Rates do not include port tax, migration fees, and national park entrance. The cost per person is the following: Punta Arenas - Ushuaia route: US$ 30. This rate may vary according to the amount determined by the authorities of each country.
  • Children Policy:
    Infants between 0 and 3 years old have a 100% discount, sharing the bed with their parents.
    Children between 4 and 12 years old have a 50% discount, sharing a cabin with an adult.
  • Trekking or hiking boots are required for all passengers.
  • The companie reserve the right to modify the cruise rates and departures dates published without prior notice.





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