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The 210-guest Ventus Australis is a comfortable expedition vessel cruising in Chile’s famed Patagonia region. Similar to her sister ship, Stella Australis, she features gourmet dining with an all-inclusive bar, three lounges, expansive open top deck and 100 spacious cabins with large windows for admiring the spectacular southern scenery.
Designed to maneuver Patagonia’s narrow fjords and glacial channels, Ventus Australis—”Southern Wind” in Latin—features the latest regulations regarding safety at sea and protecting the marine environment. These sister ships are two of the very few passenger vessels that can venture through the narrow fjords of Tierra del Fuego and disembark at fabled Cape Horn.
Ventus Australis Review
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Ventus Australis review includes a detailed description of the small ship including a deck plan and photo gallery. AdventureSmith’s Patagonia experts have been aboard nearly every expedition vessel in the region. Please read our review below then contact our small ship cruise experts to compare the Ventus Australis with other small cruise ships offering Patagonia cruises.
Choose the Ventus Australis if you seek an exceptional cruise experience in Patagonia aboard a tailor-made small ship in the region. Ventus Australis builds on the success of her sister ship: same size, same number of cabins, same arrangement of lounges, and as expected, the same high levels of service, naturalist guiding, cuisine and safety as travelers have experienced aboard the Stella. The differences are in the decor, with the newer, more contemporary Ventus featuring a more stylish feel including driftwood sculptures and regional artwork.
Common Areas Aboard Ventus Australis
Ventus Australis offers plenty of space to take in the breathtaking beauty of the region, whether it’s from the warmth and comfort of one of the three interior lounges that feature floor-to-ceiling windows or the large panoramic top deck where you can fully appreciate the remarkable natural environment. The Darwin Lounge is the the place to swap adventure stories. Offering nearly 360-degree views with an open bar, the Darwin Lounge is also used for nightly lectures on the next day’s tours. The smaller Sky Lounge offers all-day self-service coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices and pastries while the forward-facing Yamana Lounge is a quiet, intimate space with games, tables and sofas for reading or enjoying the view.
Dining Aboard Ventus Australis
Aboard Ventus Australis enjoy gourmet dining with buffet breakfasts and lunches and four-course dinners that blend continental and Chilean cuisine in the large Patagonia Dining Room. The all-inclusive bar features a wide selection of liquors, local craft beers and exquisite Chilean wines.
Activities Aboard Ventus Australis
During the cruise there are daily shore excursions from Zodiac boats. Excursions vary by itinerary but typically include walks through trails in the native forests while discussing flora and fauna, visits to glaciers and, when conditions allow, disembarking at Cape Horn National Park. On board, the expedition team hosts daily lectures and slideshows about the flora, fauna, history, geography, glaciology and ethnography of the legendary Patagonia region.
Sustainability Aboard Ventus Australis
The protection and preservation of the environment is an essential focus of Ventus Australis. Specialized processes to prevent damaging the pristine natural area the vessel cruises in were given great consideration, such as the separating and compacting of garbage to deposit at port, an onboard sewage and solid waste treatment plant and excursion boats with more environmentally friendly four-stroke engines. Guides with small groups (20 or fewer travelers) stay on established trails to minimize any impact on local fauna.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Ventus Australis
The 100 Ventus Australis spacious cabins are divided into six categories, all with lower beds, a picture window, private bathroom, heating, closet and safe deposit box. The majority of cabins (96) measure 177 square feet each, while the 4 Superior cabins on the Cabo de Hornos and Tierra del Fuego Decks measure 220 square feet each. Bed configurations include twin or matrimonial, depending on the cabin.