Stella Australis, Patagonia Expeditions between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia


The Stella Australis is the sister ship of the Ventus Australis. Each ship operates out of Punta Arenas in southern Chile, and navigate the channels, and fiords around the large island of Tierra del Fuego, passing by, and often visiting, the fabled Cape Horn landmark. This part of the world comprises thousands of islands, fiords, channels, inlets and straits. It includes two famous stretches of water: the Beagle Channel, in front of Ushuaia; and the Magallanes Stretch in front of Punta Arenas. Stella Australis, as with its sister ship, will navigate both these legendary channels during their respective itineraries.

Stella Australis is a moderately-sized vessel. With 100, well appointed cabins, each one with an exterior-facing window, it is of a size whereby the ambience on board still retains an element of things being “personal”. Very different to the enormous, impersonal floating hotel cruise liners that dominate the Caribbean. No, the Stella Australis is the antipathy of THAT type of product.

The objective of the Stella ship, as well as the Ventus vessel, is to offers passengers comfortable accommodation, combined with high-level on-board food as well as educated guides, who will show you the secrets of Patagonia from the sea.

Unlike visiting Patagonia by land, which is, in its own right, an incredible experience, being able to visit remote areas of Patagonia only accessible by water, permit the visitor to see and experience places that very few people ever get to see. On board the Stella Australis is like being a pioneer explorer, with the exception that you will be able to enjoy a warm and comfortable night’s sleep in a comfortable cabin at the end of each day.


Check-In Info from Ushuaia

  • Darwins Route: 8 Nights Ushuaia – Punta Arenas – Ushuaia
  • Fiords of Tierra del Fuego Route: 4 Nights Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

Check-In Times

  • Check-in is from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Avenida San Martín 409, Ushuaia.
  • Afterwards, the boarding takes place at 6:00 PM.
  • Sailing starts at 8:00 PM from Ushuaia.
Stella 2022 2023 Departures Calendar Punta Arenas To Ushuaia

Check Info from Punta Arenas

  • Darwins Route: 8 Nights Punta Arenas – Ushuaia – Punta Arenas
  • Fiords of Tierra del Fuego Route: 4 Nights Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

Check-In Times

  • Check-In starts at 1:00 PM and runs until 5:00 PM, on Av. Costanera del Estrecho 1398 (Muelle Arturo Prat), Punta Arenas.
  • The boarding starts at 6:00 PM.
  • The sailing is at 8:00 PM from Punta Arenas.
2022 2023 Stella Departures Calendar Ushuaia To Punta Arenas

About Stella Australis

The Stella Australis was constructed in 2010. The ship offers 100 cabins and can accept a total passenger capacity of 210 people, plus crew.

The Length of the ship measures 89m, with a beam (width) of 14.6m.

Cabin Categories

All cabins have exterior facing windows, heating, en-suite bathrooms with hair dryers and a safe deposit box in the cabin.

Voltage on board is 220 volts.

The cabins are equipped with plugs for 220 volts. The bathrooms have 220- and 110-volt outlets.

Bed Sizes:

  • Twin Beds: Each is 1.05mt wide x 1.9m long.
  • Matrimonial Bed: 1.6m wide x 1.9m long.
  • Matrimonial Bed Superior Cabin: 1.8m wise x 2m long.
  • The Decks and Cabins
  • Cabins are the Following Decks Running Top to Bottom
  • Fifth, Top Deck: Darwin – No Cabins

Fourth Deck: Cabo de Hornos

  • AAA: 23 Standard Cabins / 16m2 / Bed Configuration: Twin or Matrimonial
  • AAA: 2 Superior Cabins / 20m2 / Bed Configuration: Matrimonial

Third Deck: Tierra del Fuego

  • AA: 36 Standard Cabins / 16m2 / Bed Configuration: Twin or Matrimonial
  • AA: 2 Superior Cabins / 20m2 / Bed Configuration: Matrimonial

Second Deck: Magallanes

  • A: 34 Standard Cabins / 16m2 / Bed Configuration: Twin or Matrimonial
  • B: 3 Standard Cabins / 16m2 / Bed Configuration: Twin Only

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First Deck: Patagonia

  • No Cabins

Stella Australis Continued Information


Various breakfast, lunch and dinner options, along with a 24/7 cafeteria service, combining the best local ingredients in an international gastronomic proposal that prioritizes variety, quality and excellence.


The spectacular landscapes of Patagonia that can be appreciated through panoramic windows are complemented in harmony with careful decoration and ample and cozy spaces. Everything comes together in an intimate and casual atmosphere, so that our guests can share their experiences, read a book from our library, have their favorite appetizer or simply enjoy the view.


Once onboard, you will only need your wallet if you want to get yourself a souvenir from the onboard store. At Australis when we say all-inclusive, we mean ALL-INCLUSIVE. Enjoy our unlimited wine, liquor and beverage menu during lunch and dinner or at our bar, open from 10 am to midnight.

Guides and Crew

The passion of our Expedition Guides and the warmth and friendliness of our crew, give the voyage a unique atmosphere that stands out as one of the great hallmarks of the Australis Experience. Our passengers often say goodbye, heartfeltly thanking the professionalism of all our team on board, who made them feel at home.

Educational Experience

Our guides will pass on their knowledge of glaciology, flora and fauna, geography, history, and the evolution of the landscapes we travel through. Daily, they will share this knowledge with our passengers on board through thematic lectures that complement and deepen what is discovered and experienced during the expeditions.


Deep in Patagonia, between fjords and glaciers, connectivity disappears, and the Digital Detox begins. Far from civilization, the most unspoiled landscapes of the planet invite you to take your eyes off your phones, replace screens with windows, and discover the colours and contrasts of nature without a filter.


The safety on board and during excursions is a priority at every moment of our operation. That is why we are governed by the highest standards in terms of infrastructure and equipment, as well as implementing strict protocols that safeguard the safety of passengers and crew members. To ensure that all these protocols are properly complied with, we carry out periodic audits and training of our guides and crew, as well as deploy different information systems on board to ensure that all our passengers are properly informed and understand the measures and conduct, they must adhere to.


Australis understands that the charm of the routes depends on its preservation. Knowing landscapes that have remained intact for centuries is a luxury, and their commitment is to make every effort to keep them that way. Guided by international standards and motivated by a deep conviction of respect for the environment, the company implements and promotes a series of measures, and behaviours on board, to care for the environment in which the ships navigate through.


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