The 136-guest Via Australis offers guests an exciting Chilean cultural experience, with itineraries along Chile's Patagonia coast. Whale watching and towering mountain landscapes are highlights of cruises aboard the small ship Via Australis.
Dining Aboard Via Australis
The expedition programs include welcome and farewell cocktails; breakfast lunch and dinner; open bar during the whole journey; and a cafeteria service. You will enjoy the exquisite food and the most famous Chilean wines. The Via Australis menu includes international food and typical local dishes, alternating a la carte menus and buffets. Passengers requiring a special diet should request it in advance.
Activities Aboard Via Australis
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. Activities on board are performed in its two lounges and in the dining room. All have large windows with panoramic outside views. On the uppermost deck is a great open-air terrace to admire the wonderful southern landscape. The Via Australis also has an infirmary, a shop, a game room and a small library.
During the cruise there are daily land excursions with an average duration of 2 hours. They 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; rubber boots are provided to use free of charge. Groups are formed to embark on zodiac boats, which take you ashore.
Safety Aboard Via Australis
The Via Australis was built according to SOLAS 2001 and MARPOL 73/78 updated standards for worldwide oceanic navigation. 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.
Sustainability Aboard Via Australis
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.
Cabins Aboard Via Australis
The Via Australis has 64 cabins distributed into four cabin categories, all with standard height beds, panoramic windows, private bathrooms, heating, closet and safety box.
Via Australis has 10 class AAA cabins, 3 of which have a double bed. AAA cabins are on located on the Cabo de Hornos Deck next to the Sky Lounge and Bridge. These offer the most panoramic views on board.
There are 19 class AA cabins, 5 of which have a double bed. AA cabins are located on the Tierra del Fuego Deck along with the Yamana Lounge.
Via Australis has 29 class A cabins, 7 of which have a double bed and 2 of which are equipped with an additional upper bed, thus increasing their capacity to triple cabins. Category A cabins are located on the Magallanes Deck.
There are 7 class B cabins aboard Via Australis. B cabins are located on the Patagonia Deck next to the dining room.
Designated single cabins are available in categories A or B. Single rate in AA or AAA is 1.5 of the category rate.