Thursday 13 April 2017

Brand new expedition ship to explore remote glacier

#expeditioncruising .

Remote glacier at the bottom of the world added to new cruise itinerary for brand new expedition ship - Ventus Australis

A spectacular but remote glacier at the southern-most tip of South America and guarded by the world’s largest flying bird has been added to a new ‘bottom of the world’ cruise itinerary for brand, new expedition ship, Ventus Australis, which commences service with Patagonian cruise line, Australis, next January.

The huge and rarely visited Condor Glacier in Agostini Sound will be a highlight of a new, four-night ‘Patagonian Explorer’ itinerary that the 210-passenger Ventus Australis will offer from Ushuaia in Argentina to Punta Arenas in Chile when the ship debuts on January 2, 2018. Passengers will be able to see the glacier up close on zodiacs and also watch out for the Andean condors which gave the glacier its name. The Andean Condor is the largest, flying bird in the world, weighing up to 15kg and with a maximum wingspan of 3.3m.

Ventus Australis will be the only ship in the world to visit the Condor Glacier regularly, with the exclusive, new, four-night sailing from Ushuaia available every eight days from January to March, 2018, and again from September, 2018, to April, 2019. The Patagonian Explorer itinerary through the mountain-lined fjords of Tierra del Fuego also includes fabled Cape Horn, where guests can walk ashore, weather permitting, Wulaia Bay, a Magellanic penguin colony at Magdalena Island and three other glaciers – Pia, Giribaldi and Aguila, where guests will be taken ashore by zodiacs for close-up views and walks.

Ventus Australis will be a twin sister to the line’s other vessel, the popular, 210-guest Stella Australis, with bother offering panoramic, floor to ceiling cabin windows, free open bar, complimentary, guided excursions, nature lectures and gourmet cuisine including local dishes and Chilean and Argentine wines.

* To mark the debut of Ventus Australis, Australis has indefinitely frozen fares for the next two summer seasons at the same level as those for the current 2016/17 summer season. Australis is also offering a 10 per cent discount to passengers who combine two four-night cruises to create an eight-night exploration of the spectacular mountain and glacier-lined fjords of Tierra del Fuego, the Magellan Strait and Beagle Channel. The route from Punta Arenas back to Ushuaia will vary slightly, taking in different glaciers, islands and bays, allowing those who do back-to-back cruises to enjoy an in-depth, eight-night expedition of the breathtaking fjords of Tierra del Fuego.

Fares for four-night sailings aboard Ventus Australis in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons are available from US$1440 person, twin-share. A combo eight-night cruise is available from US$2592 per person, twin-share, including a 10 per cent discount. Prices include guided excursions ashore and beverages through an open-bar.

Contact specialist South America travel agent, Robyn Smith at

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