The Stella Australis is a modern Expedition Cruise Ship equipped with the latest navigation and safety technology. Featuring a spacious open top deck for admiring the spectacular southern scenery, and a gift shop, game room, infirmary and small library.
During the cruise you will learn about the flora, fauna, history, geography, glaciology and ethnography of this legendary region, through interesting lectures given by the Via Australis Expedition Team, which will take place on board (with audio-visual support) as well as on land.
During the cruise there will be daily land excursions with an average duration of 2 hours. They will consist of walks through trails in the native forests, visits to glaciers and to Cape Horn National Park, including talks on the flora and fauna of the area. Waterproof trekking jackets and trousers are available for purchase on board if required at around US$35 for the jacket and US$23 for the trousers. Rubber boots are provided free of charge. Groups are formed to embark on zodiac boats, which take you ashore.
The Via Australis was built according to SOLAS 2001 and MARPOL 73/78 updated standards for worldwide oceanic navigation and finished in November 2002. It has a classification certificate issued by ABS (American Bureau of Shipping, with the notation of ‘Passenger Vessel’). According to ISM (International Safety Management Code), imposed by IMO (International Maritime Organization), the ship has a SMC (Safety Management Certificate), which guarantees the operation under international safety standards as well as the protection of the environment. The ship has also a complete navigation system (echo sounder, radar, GPS and the modern communication system integrating it to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, GMDSS), emergency generator, fire stations, smoke detectors in every cabin, corridor and lounge and a sprinkler fire suppression system installed in all areas of the ship. The machine room is also equipped with a CO2 fire extinguisher bank for increased fire prevention.
The protection and preservation of nature is a permanent preoccupation of the M/V Via Australis. For such purpose, we use specialized processes to prevent damaging the beautiful spots of the region, such as the separation of oil waste and other contaminating fluids, which are later deposited at port; compacting and deposit of garbage at port, and a sewage and solid waste treatment plant.