MV Ventus Australis

MV Ventus Australis Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Ventus Australis

Year built2018 new ship
Flag state Chile
BuilderASENAV Shipyard (Valdivia, Chile)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 50 million
OwnerAustralis Cruises Patagonia
Speed13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA)89 m / 292 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage4508 gt
Passengers210
Crew62
Decks5
Cabins100
Decks with cabins3
Christened bySol Lecaros de Nevares

Current itinerary of MV Ventus Australis

MV Ventus Australis current cruise is 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas. Prices start from USD 1768 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 17 Nov, 2018 and ends on 22 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
18 Nov     Ushuaia, Argentina   
19 Nov     Cape Horn, Chile Antarctica   
19 Nov     Puerto Williams, Navarino Island, Chile Antarctica   
20 Nov     Garibaldi Fiord, Chile Patagonia   
21 Nov     Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, Chile Patagonia   
22 Nov     Magdalena Island, Chile   
22 Nov      Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica   

Review of MV Ventus Australis

Ventus Australis cruise ship (launched 2018) is owned and operated by the Chilean travel company Australis Cruceros Patagonia, with a sistership and fleetmate MV Stella Australis (launched 2010). Both polar expedition vessels were ordered by and specifically built for the Australis cruise company.

The ship is luxurious, with yacht-like design and able to navigate the Chilean Fjords and Patagonia's  shallow bays and narrow fjords at the tip of South America. This region is the cruise line's only zone of operations (September through April). Ventus Australis cruises to Cape Horn with both one-way and roundtrip 4- to 7-night itineraries leaving out of Ushuaia (Argentina) or from Punta Arenas (Chile).

MV Ventus Australis cruise ship, Antarctica

The Australis cruise line is owned by the Patagonia-based Menendez family. During the late 1800s, their business was focused on seal hunting and sheep breeding. Currently, the company owns and operates two expedition cruise ships (Stella Australis and Ventus Australis /under construction). Its ship Via Australis was sold in 2016 to Linblad and renamed National Geographic Endeavour II. The Australis company's current business is run by 3 brothers. They acquired the first ship, "Terra Australis" (formerly Savannah), in 1990, and ran weekly cruises roundtrip from Punta Arenas. In 2002, the company built Mare Australis. About that time, Murray Channel was opened to commercial traffic, which opened the door for itineraries to Cape Horn via a direct route.

The Chilean cruise line specializes exclusively in the archipelago making up the most remote Patagonia's part - Tierra del Fuego. The fleet operates on 5 itinerary routes between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, including the Beagle Channel and Strait of Magellan. Australis is among the few cruise lines to offer the opportunity to go ashore at the World Biosphere Reserve, Cape Horn National Park, often called "the end of the earth."

The name Ventus Australis (Latin for "Southern Wind") reflects the distinctive weather of Tierra del Fuego, a factor which has long determined the socio-cultural development of the region and that impressed the early mariners who explored Patagonia's southernmost waterways. 

Cabins

For an expedition ship, Ventus Australis 100 cabins are relatively larger, with floor to ceiling windows and either double bed or twins. En-suite bathrooms are shower-only (with WC and sink vanity). 

Shipboard facilities

Patagonia Dining Room (on ship's lowest deck) serves buffet-style breakfast and lunch. Dinner, which is a mix of international and local fare, is always served. Entree selections usually include fish, chicken, beef or lamb. Wines from Chile and Argentina are included in the Australis cruise fares.

Public rooms consist of 3 lounges for lectures, socializing and relaxing. The smallest (Yamana Lounge) is forward-facing observation lounge. The aft (Sky Lounge) is where lectures about Patagonia’s history, sights and wildlife take place, given in line’s two official languages, English and Spanish. Darwin Lounge (on the upper deck) is the largest, with a bar, cocktail tables and armchairs.

The crew is generally made up of locals. Navigation Bridge is open to passengers at most times. Room service is not available. Currency onboard is USD. The vessel is equipped with 6 Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats used for passenger tendering and landings).

Although the ship has no dress code, there is a list of suggested clothes, including hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, sweater, waterproof (gloves, pants, hiking shoes or boots). At the Captain's Dinner, for men is recommended to wear a jacket, for women - a dress.

Australis Cruises itineraries

The Australis cruise line operates a set of three one-way polar cruise itineraries with departures from Ushuaia and Punta Arenas.

  • 3-night from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas (with Stella Australis) - Day 1 (Ushuaia),Day 2 (Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay), Day 3 (De Agostini Sound - Aguila Glacier), and Day 4 (Magdalena Island (in September and April replaced with Marta Island) and Punta Arenas.
  • 4-night from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas (with Ventus Australis) - Day 1 (Ushuaia), Day 2 (Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay), Day 3 (Pia Glacier - Garibaldi Glacier), Day 4 (De Agostini Sound - Aguila Glacier - Condor Glacier), and Day 5 (Magdalena Island (in September and April replaced with Marta Island) and Punta Arenas.
  • 4-night from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia (with Stella Australis and Ventus Australis) - Day 1 (Punta Arenas), Day 2 (Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets / in September and April replaced with Brookes Glacier), Day 3 (Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley / in September and April replaced with Brookes Glacier), Day 4 (Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay), and Day 5 (Ushuaia / no excursion day).
  • These 3 one-way itineraries can be combined in 7-day or 8-day roundtrip cruises (departing from either Ushuaia or Punta Arenas).

Australis cruise fares are inclusive of all shore excursions (guided Zodiac boat landings / 1 or 2 per day, each with duration about 1/2 day), onboard enrichment program (lectures, media presentations), onboard meals and drinks (including coffe, tea and juices, plus wines at lunch and dinner). Gratuities are not price-included. Suggested discretionary tipping is USD 15 pp per day (tips envelope is left in the stateroom on the last cruise night / optional credit card payment).

MV Ventus Australis wiki

  • On January 2, 2018, was the vessel's christening ceremony held at ASENAV Shipyard in Valdivia, Chile.
  • The ship's godmother is Mrs Sol Lecaros de Nevares - niece of the Australis company's President Pedro Lecaros.

Inaugural Cruise 2018

The following table shows the ships' "Inaugural Cruise" (2018 maiden voyage) as ports of call sequence and port sequence.

  • 4 nights / 5 days from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia (prices started from USD 1660 per person / ~USD 400 pp double-occupancy "Standard Cabin" rates / Porthole stateroom).
  • Note: Generally, in Beagle Channel (Glacier Alley) the Australis ships visit either Pia Glacier, Aguila Glacier or De Agnosti Sound.
27 SepDeparting from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica
28 Sep     Ainsworth Bay, Chile Antarctica
28 Sep     At Sea   
29 Sep     Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, Chile Patagonia (Pia Glacier)   
30 Sep     Cape Horn, Chile Antarctica   
30 Sep     Puerto Williams, Navarino Island, Chile Antarctica   
01 OctArriving in Ushuaia, Argentina

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    MV Ventus Australis Itineraries

    The below listed MV Ventus Australis cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

    DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
    2018 Nov 17 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2018 Nov 21 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2018 Nov 25 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2018 Nov 29 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2018 Dec 03 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2018 Dec 07 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2018 Dec 11 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2018 Dec 15 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2018 Dec 19 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2018 Dec 23 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2018 Dec 27 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2018 Dec 31 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Jan 04 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2019 Jan 08 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Jan 12 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2019 Jan 16 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Jan 20 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2019 Jan 24 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Jan 28 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2019 Feb 01 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Feb 05 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2019 Feb 09 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Feb 13 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2019 Feb 17 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Feb 21 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2019 Feb 25 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Mar 01 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2019 Mar 05 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Mar 09 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1768
    2019 Mar 13 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1768
    2019 Mar 17 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1385
    2019 Mar 21 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1385
    2019 Mar 25 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1385
    2019 Mar 29 5 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas$1385
    2019 Apr 02 5 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Ushuaia$1108