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Australis Cruises

59 Reviews
Stella Australis
  • Australis Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

  • Who goes on Australis cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Australis cruise?


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Australis Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Australis cruise ships?

Australis draws passengers from North and South America, as well as from Europe, with most solidly in the baby boomer age group. There is no minimum age for sailing, and you will occasionally see kids but there are no special facilities for them onboard. Both English and Spanish are the official languages onboard.

Do I have to dress up on a Australis cruise?

Leave your formal attire at home, though you may want to bring one dressier outfit (dress or pantsuit for women, jacket for men) for the captain's dinner.

Is everything free on Australis cruises?

Nearly everything on these yacht-like ships is included. Fares cover daily Zodiac excursions, open bar, whiskey and hot chocolate during shore excursions, and all meals. You will need to pay gratuities. Extra mandatory costs include national park fees and Chile and Argentina port fees. Other extra costs include gratuities ($15 per person, per day is recommended), as well as souvenirs from the small onboard shop.

What are Australis’s most popular activities?

Daily Zodiac rides are the main highlight of every cruise, both for wildlife spotting and for taking cruisers ashore for such excursions as seeing a colony of Magellanic penguins or hiking near a glacier or into a rugged rainforest. One of the most popular excursions are the trips ashore at Cape Horn. When the ship is sailing, the expedition team's educational talks are always a draw.

Why go with Australis?

  • Unique expedition cruise, visiting pristine and untouched places.
  • The only cruise that sails regularly to Cape Horn, a World Biosphere Reserve.
  • Special Lectures including Charles Darwin, Cape Horn adventurers, original inhabitants of Patagonia and flora and fauna from the region.
  • Intimate all-inclusive cruising.

Best for: Adventure seekers looking for something even more off-the-beaten path than the Polar regions

Not for: Anyone looking for modern cruise ship amenities or who needs to be connected 24/7 (there is no Wi-Fi)

Australis Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Disappointing/inexperienced expedition staff

So for the rest of the trip our waiter was really behaving like a Chilean and that was very good!We took the Hurtigruten round trip in Norway in 2015 and expected something similar but the standards and quality are nowhere near near this of Hurtigruten back then (don’t know what it’s like nowadays) I wouldn’t take the Australis trip again, but if you really want to take the southbound trip.Read More
Disappointed travelers

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 57s

Fantastic crew and trip

We have cruised a lot and this is our second expedition cruise so we knew to expect a lot of activity.The waitstaff (including Matias the amazing singer) , the expedition team and the zodiac drivers all were outstanding.Read More

many10+ Cruises

Age 60s

A four stars + hotel sailing through the Chilean fiords

Last but not least, security was always the first consideration, both at the time of deciding when to navigate - the cruise started a few hours late because the sea was a bit too rough - and about the sanitary measures to be taken as Covid was already present in many countries - our body temperature was measured before we were allowed into the cruise and we also had to ask a health questionnaire.My main interest was to visit the beautiful fiords in the South of Chile from a cruise that would also allow for some land visits in order to get in touch with the local nature - glaciers, specific flora and fauna.Read More

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

everithing is perfect. expect the food.

in any case, I recommend traveling with ventus australis through Chilean Patagonia.I hope to return to Patagonia, it takes a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks to see and get to know its main landscapes.Read More

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

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