Cruceros Australis owns and operates two vessels with 64 cabins each. The 130-berth M/V Mare Australis or her sister ship, the 136-berth M/V Via Australis, offer three- and four-night programs between Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina in Southern Patagonia.
Both ships have five passenger decks. An observation lounge overlooks the bow, has a bar, small library and video and audio equipment for lectures, and a second lounge, the Sky Lounge, is higher up on the ship. A game room has tables for cards and a collection of board games. There is a small shop and a first-aid room but no elevator. Viewing areas from the decks are generous, and the bridge is open to passengers, conditions permitting.
Sail through the Straits of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, between Punta Arenas in Chile to Ushaia in Argentina, round the infamous Cape Horn, seeing fjords, glaciers and islands. By day, expeditions are made in smaller Zodiac boats to get as close as possible to the scenery and wildlife.
For the 2010 - 2011 season, a new expedition cruise ship will be in operation, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cruceros Australis. Stella Australis is the name of this new vessel and will have a capacity of 210 passengers distributed in 100 cabins each with its own picture window, independent climate control, a private bathroom, and satellite phone.
Additionally, there are 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.
The cruises are all-inclusive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an open bar for wine, beer, liquor and other beverages are offered daily. The menu combines international cuisine and local recipes, which allows the discovery of the delicious and varied regional gastronomy, paired with Chilean and Argentine wines.