VIDEO: New Patagonian Cruise Ship Floated Out in Chile

By ,   July 2, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

MV Ventus Australis, a new expedition cruise ship built for Patagonian cruise line, Australis Cruises, for ‘bottom of the world’ cruises to Cape Horn and the fjords and glaciers of Tierra del Fuego, met the sea for the first time with float out in Chile.

In order to mark the occasion, the company is offering a 10% discount on bookings made by July 31, on the debut season of the new ship this summer.

Latin for southern winds, the 210-passenger Ventus Australis, sister ship to MV Stella Australis, slid out of the Asenav shipbuilding yard, where she's been under construction since February 2016, into Calle Calle River in the city of Valdivia, southern Chile.

More than 200 workers will attend to the interior finishings of the ship, generators and main engines ahead of her launch on Jan 2, 2018, in time for Australis’ 2017-2018 summer season of cruising in Patagonia.