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Australis Cruises

Southern Patagonia, Chile

Take an unforgettable voyage through the spectacular fjords, glaciers and channels of Tierra del Fuego between Chile and Argentina, enjoying visits to Cape Horn and the Magellan Strait, as well as plentiful marine wildlife-spotting opportunities.

At a Glance

  • Expedition cruise ship that sails through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel

  • Takes you through stunning Patagonian scenery

  • All cabins have large windows for excellent views

  • Spacious relaxing and dining areas

  • Explores one of the wildest and most beautiful regions of the world

Adventure, Fishing, Off the beaten track, Couples

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Australis Cruises or take a look at our itineraries to Patagonia


The Via Australis and its sister ships, the Mare Australis and Stella Australis, are elegant ships operating three and four night expedition cruises through southern Patagonia. Both have elegant lounge and dining areas and the cabins are all exterior-facing, furnished in a modern style, with picture windows affording superb views of the ever-changing scenery. The cruises are supported by an expert team of bilingual guides, who lead daily excursions inland and on the sea.

Sail through the Straits of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, between Punta Arenas in Chile to Ushuaia in Argentina, round the infamous Cape Horn. The voyage takes you past iridescent blue icebergs, immense glaciers and a breathtaking coastline teeming with wildlife including penguins and sea elephants. For an extra special trip combine with a visit to the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.


The Via Australis sleeps up to 136 passengers, in 64 cabins set over four decks. The cabins are approximately 15 meters square, with picture windows. Twins, doubles and triples are available (with a pull-out bed from the wall). The Stella Australis sleeps up to 210 passengers, in 100 cabins set over three decks. The cabins are approx 16.5 sq m and have floor to ceiling windows. Cabins in both ships are exterior facing, with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning/heating.


Children are welcome on board the Via Australis and the Stella Australis although there are no formal facilities or activities available for children.


Both the Via and the Stella Australis have a panoramic open-air roof deck for admiring the stunning views, a dining room, lounges with panoramic windows and a gift shop. There are also zodiac boats for excursions.


All activities are included on board the Via and the Stella Australis. There are daily excursions, lead by professional bilingual guides, walking trails, zodiac visits to glaciers and to Cape Horn National Park. The are also on-board lectures by the guides about the region's flora and fauna and evening activities.

Location & Directions

Southern Patagonia, Chile

The Via Australis and the Stella Australis operate cruises between Punta Arenas in southern Chile and Ushuaia in southern Argentina. The cruise sail through the Straits of Magellan and the Beagle Channel.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Australis Cruises or take a look at our itineraries to Patagonia

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