Australis Cruises has been named the #1 cruise line in the Small Ocean Cruises category in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2016. This is the first year that this category was added to the coveted World's Best Awards.
Every year, the readers of Travel + Leisure, the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, vote on their favorite destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, and more in the World's Best Awards survey. The awards experienced record participation this year. Travel-industry professionals are not invited to vote.
In 2016, to reflect the ever increasing diversification of product within the cruise industry, Travel + Leisure editors made an editorial decision to have four ocean cruise categories. The former Small Ocean Cruises category (ships carrying fewer than 600 passengers) will now refer to lines with ships carrying between 250 and 599 passengers as Mid-Size, while Small refers to lines with vessels of under 250 passengers.
Pedro del Río, Australis' CEO, said: "We are pleased and proud to be named #1 in the Small Ocean Cruises category for this prestigious award from Travel + Leisure. Our cruises are expeditions through southern Patagonia in Chile and Argentina. They appeal to travelers who look for adventure."
Australis, with ships sailing through one of the wildest and most beautiful regions of the world, has been cruising in the southern-most channels of Patagonia for more than 25 years. Dazzling experiences include majestic glaciers, Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay and extraordinary wildlife. These are journeys of discovery in a pristine natural environment that is home to magnificent flora and fauna.
For more information, visit www.australis.com
Australis operates 3-, 4- and 7-night programs between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia from September until April annually. See www.australis.com for details. Bookings can be made by through South American specialist agency, Movidas [www.movidas.com.au]
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* Based in Chile, Australis offers 'bottom of the world' cruises in Patagonia and to Cape Horn aboard 200-guest expedition ships every summer.