Stella Australis

year built
292 feet
48 feet

The 210-guest Stella Australis is a modern expedition cruise ship equipped with the latest navigation and safety technology. Cruising in Chile’s famed Patagonia region, she features a spacious open top deck for admiring the spectacular southern scenery, as well as a gift shop, game room, infirmary and small library. Three lounges are styled with modern audiovisual equipment for the most engaging naturalist lectures.

Stella Australis Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Stella Australis review includes a detailed description of the small ship including a deck plan and photo gallery. Please read our review below then contact our cruise experts to compare the Stella Australis with other small cruise ships sailing Patagonia cruises.

Choose the Stella Australis for a comfortable yet adventurous experience paired with excellent service in a relaxed atmosphere. The distinguished success of Stella Australis resulted in the creation of her sister ship, Ventus Australis. Both share the honor of being one of the privileged passenger vessels able to cruise through the fjords of Tierra del Fuego, disembark at fabled Cape Horn and regularly visit the Cóndor Glacier.

Dining Aboard Stella Australis

The expedition programs include welcome and farewell cocktails; breakfast, lunch and dinner; open bar during the whole journey; and a cafeteria service. Aboard Stella Australis, enjoy exquisite food and the most famous Chilean wines. The 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. Seating is open, with tables seating as low as four people and up to ten, so you can enjoy a more intimate meal or socialize with a larger group.  

Activities Aboard Stella Australis

During the cruise there are daily land excursions with an average duration of two 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. An especially limited stock of waterproof trekking jackets and trousers are available for purchase on board if required. Groups are formed to embark on Zodiac boats, which take you ashore.

The shore excursions aren’t the only time for education; the top notch onboard lectures are a highlight of the Stella Australis experience. During the cruise learn about the history, geography, glaciology and ethnography of the legendary Patagonia region, through interesting lectures given by the Stella Australis expedition team, which will take place on board (with audio-visual support). The Stella Australis also offers an exercise room on the Darwin Deck.

Sustainability Aboard Stella Australis

The protection and preservation of nature is a permanent preoccupation of the M/V Stella Australis. She uses 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 & Deck Plan Aboard Stella Australis

There are 100 Stella Australis cabins across six categories, all with lower beds, a picture window, private bathroom, heating, closet and safe deposit box. While 96 cabins each measure 178 square feet, 4 Superior cabins on the Cabo de Hornos and Tierra del Fuego Decks each measure 220 square feet. Standard double beds aboard Stella Australis measure 5 x 6 feet, and standard twin beds measure 3.5 x 6 feet. Twin beds can be put together upon request.