M/V Stella Australis
For the 2010 - 2011 season a new expedition cruise ship will be in operation, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cruceros Australis, a company that sails in one of the planet’s most virgin territories; Chilean-Argentine Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. ""Stella Australis" is the name of this new vessel that is being added to Cruceros Australis’ fleet, which currently runs the ships “Mare Australis” and “Via Australis” The new ship will have a capacity of 210 passengers distributed in 100 cabins of 16,5 m2 (177 sq. ft.) each approx. She will be 89 meters long (292 ft.), and her beam or breadth will be 14.6 meters (47.8 ft.). She will have three lounges for meetings equipped with modern audiovisual equipment, a dining room, an exercise room, and a spacious open deck area allowing the observation of the marvelous southern scenery at all times. Each cabin will have picture windows, independent climate control, a private bathroom, and satellite phone. "Stella Australis" is being built in Chile under the updated SOLAS 2001 and MARPOL 73/78 standards for worldwide ocean navigation certified by the ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), and is classified as a "Passenger Vessel". Cruceros Australis navigates between the Argentine city of Ushuaia (the southernmost in the world) and the Chilean city of Punta Arenas, including the Strait of Magellan, and the Beagle Channel in the extreme south of the American continent. Impressive glaciers, native forests, penguin and elephant seal colonies can be seen on the journey towards the mythical Cape Horn, declared World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The trip includes daily excursions in Zodiac boats, directed by the multilingual expedition team, complemented by cultural lectures about the natural surroundings. The cruise is “all-inclusive”: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Open Bar for wine, beer, liquor and other beverages. The menu combines international cuisine and local recipes, which allows the discovery of the delicious and varied regional gastronomy, accompanied by Chilean and Argentine wines.
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