Traveltango

CRUISES AUSTRALIS

Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (3 nights)
M/N Mare Australis and M/N Via Australis

Itinerary

Map itinerary

Departures and rates
Season September 2010 - April 2011

Day 1 - Ushuaia

Check in at San Martín 245, Ushuaia, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cruise ship boarding from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterward, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth.” Our excursion will take us through Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan to explore one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. We have just embarked on a Great Adventure!

Day 2 - Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

We sail through Beagle and Murray channels to reach and disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. This mythical place is known as the “End of the Earth”; a visit is a singular privilege. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a lookout point.

Day 3 - Gunther Plüschow Glacier

In the afternoon, we view awe-inspiring Gunther Plüschow Glacier, named after the region’s pioneering German aviator. Then we sail to Chico Sound, where we disembark in Zodiacs to observe majestic Piloto and Nena glaciers.

Day 4 - Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas


Early in the morning, we go ashore on Magdalena Island, the home of an immense colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic Penguins that we can watch during our walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the Strait of Magellan. The island’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement we visit Marta Island, to observe a sea lion colony. After our visit, we sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m.

NOTE:The excursions/day trips described in the itineraries below/above can normally be, and are frequently, carried out. Without prejudice to the aforesaid, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A. y Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A. reserve the right to reschedule shorten or alter all or part of itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice, in order to safeguard the well being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment or due to the extraordinary circumstances, acts of god or force majeure. In view of the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.

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Rates per person in USD

*Beginning APRIL 2010, the Argentine authorities have determined the charge of US$10.- as Exit Fee to passengers who embark in Ushuaia.

*Beginning SEPTEMBER 2010, the Chilean National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), which administrates national parks, has established the charge of US$5.- to all passengers who embark Cruceros Australis.

The total fee per person is as follows:

-Punta Arenas to Ushuaia route: US$25, Port Tax and National Parks Fee

-Ushuaia to Punta Arenas route: US$25, Port Tax, Exit Fee and National Parks Fee

These values may vary depending on the amount determined by the port authorities.

These values are not included in the cruise rate and must be paid along with the final payment.


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