Patagonia and other adventure travel destinations

Vacations on a Luxury Cruise

Luxury cruise vacations are a unique gift and if you’re looking for an unforgettable luxury cruise holiday, look no further than Patagonia. This stunning region of South America is home to some of the most majestic scenery on the planet, and what could be more luxurious than gliding across its pristine waters aboard a luxury cruise?

Sometimes the only way to discover certain regions of the world and experience them in an entirely new dimension is by sea. So what are you waiting for? Book your luxury cruise for picture-perfect views of glaciers, snow-capped mountains and crystal-clear lakes every day on your cruise!

Here at Australis, we offer luxury cruises that are guaranteed to take your breath away. 

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Discover Patagonia From Sea

Any luxury cruise you find will have varying itineraries, but all the good ones offer a chance to explore some of the most breathtaking destinations in Patagonia. From the sea, you’ll be able to take in the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier and witness the vast landscapes of the fjords as you cross through the legendary Cape Horn. 

However, witnessing this life-changing scenery is only possible when you’re a part of a well-organized cruise staffed with qualified guides to answer your questions. When selecting your luxury cruise, check the itinerary to see if they’ll take you around at least a few of the following destinations. 

Cape Horn

Cape Horn is one of the most iconic and remote spots on the planet, and a luxury cruise around it is a must-do for any traveler looking for an adventure. Located at the southernmost tip of South America, Cape Horn is surrounded by some of the most dramatic scenery on Earth. 

From towering glaciers to snow-capped mountains and pristine landscapes, a luxury cruise around Cape Horn is an experience you’ll never forget. As one of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves, it has an air of mystery surrounding it and is one of the best spots to gander the local flora and fauna. 

Ainsworth Bay

This massive sheet of ice that stretches across a wide bay with a striking blue color is truly a sight to behold. It’s also one of the many reasons why it’s a highlight of any Patagonia cruise. 

Águila Glacier

This massive sheet of ice that stretches across a wide bay with a striking blue color is truly a sight to behold. It’s also one of the many reasons why it’s a highlight of any Patagonia cruise. 

The Águila Glacier is located in the Alberto de Agostini National Park, and luxury cruises will generally take visitors on a ride through the fjord waters or let visitors explore the lagoon and forest.

Ainsworth Bay

Ainsworth Bay is a beautiful, large fjord also located at the Alberto de Agostini National Park. This area is flanked by towering mountains and lush forests, making it perfect for outdoors lovers and wildlife observation. 
It can be said that with the stunning scenery and abundance of outdoor activities, Ainsworth Bay is a nature lover’s paradise. Visitors will also find the Pía Glacier in the Alberto de Agostini National Park, which is also a spot they absolutely should not miss.

Tucker Islets

Patagonia is known for its sprawling landscapes and dramatic scenery, and the Tucker Islets are no exception. Located just off the coast of Chile, the Tucker Islets are a small chain of islands that offer visitors a glimpse of unspoiled wilderness. 

The islands are home to a variety of wildlife like sea lions, albatrosses and the Magellanic Penguin. 

Wulaia Bay

The Wulaia Bay is a secluded cove located in Patagonia’s Magellan Strait. Despite its remote location, the bay is home to a diverse range of plant and animal life, and its waters are teeming with fish. 

The best way to enjoy the natural flora and fauna and to take in the stunning scenery is to go on a trek to the heart of the forest after disembarking our Zodiac Boats.

Magdalena Island

Nestled in the southernmost tip of Chile, you’ll find the Magdalena Islands. With its dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches and diverse wildlife, this archipelago offers something for everyone and is certainly a nature lover’s paradise. 

The islands are home to a variety of bird species, including the Magellanic penguin, which can be seen waddling along the shoreline. After disembarking, you can trek on one of the many hiking trails that wind through the island’s native forests to admire the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. 

Whether you’re looking to relax on a luxury cruise or want to release some pent-up excitement, the Magdalena Islands are sure to delight.

Planning a Patagonia Cruise

A Patagonia Cruise is a perfect way to explore this beautiful region. Fortunately, there are many South America cruises that include Patagonia as a destination, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. 

When planning your cruise, be sure to research the different itineraries and find the one that suits your interests best. 

It’s also wise to always book your trip with an established and trusted cruise operator

Australis has been one of the most trusted cruise operators and has been organizing cruise excursions to Patagonia for decades. One of our customer favorites has been our Discover Patagonia cruise. When you book Discover Patagonia, you get to enjoy a fully immersive and unforgettable three-night luxury cruise experience. 

Although there are many cruise operators available, booking through Australis has many benefits. The main benefit is the peace of mind you receive. 

With Australis, you’re in expert hands and sure to have the best possible Patagonia cruise experience, from the moment you book your tour to the second you disembark our ship. 

Additionally, when planning a Patagonia cruise, you must consider the goal of the cruise in the initial planning stages. For example, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to see the untapped corners of Patagonia, you’ll want a vessel designed for an adventure like the Ventus Australis. 

The Ventus was built by Asenav, a renowned Chilean shipbuilder, and is agile enough to pass through the narrow channels that would be almost impossible for other larger cruise ships. Additionally, like the Stella, the Ventus meets the highest standards of sustainability, protecting the marine environment. 

However, just because it has a more nimble design doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on high-end amenities. The Ventus is fully staffed with our knowledgable guides and high-end chefs to make the entire journey much more welcoming and luxurious. 

Moreover, you’ll also find extremely spacious lounges and comfortable rooms that make the Ventus one of the most relaxing ways to explore Patagonia. 

Keep the Weather in Mind

In addition to its untouched wilderness, Patagonia is famous for its unpredictable and often freezing weather. Visitors will find that temperatures at the southernmost point are unlikely to exceed 51.8°F (11°C) during summer and experience temperatures as cold as 35.6°F (2°C) during winter with heavy snow. 

Because of weather complications, South America cruises in Patagonia will generally only set sail between October and March. This is because this time of the year is the warmest and driest. 

However, even during cruising season, visitors must prepare for fluctuations in temperature between 41°F and 59°F (5°C and 15°C).

The best months to see wildlife during cruising season include:

  • October to potentially witness the majestic whale migration and watch Magellanic penguins waddle back to their rookeries. 
  • January and February are the best months to witness Magellanic penguins hatch and to see the colonies at their most active. 
  • Mid to Late February and March are the best months to visit for some whale watching.

Relaxing in Style 

Luxury cruises are one of those things in life that you get what you pay for. With a high-quality luxury cruise like Australis, you’ll find premium service, privacy and individuality at the forefront of the cruise’s fundamental values.
Luxury vacations are available in all countries, and the truth is the term luxury is subjective and can mean something different to each person. One person’s luxury may be traveling to their destination by plane, while another is a long relaxing journey by ship.

Why Choose a Luxury Cruise?

Luxury cruises offer an experience like no other. From the moment you step on board, you’ll be treated to world-class service, gourmet cuisine and stunning accommodations. 

And with a variety of onboard activities and excursions to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a fun-filled family vacation, a luxury cruise is a perfect way to travel in style. 

Although exploring on a luxury cruise may cost a pretty penny, this experience is certainly out of the box and one to become a cherished memory. 

Other reasons to choose a luxury cruise include:

  • Flawless service: You’ll find luxury cruises thrive off of flawless service where everything is well-planned. The only worry you’ll have is wondering what to do next!
  • Explore inaccessible or hard-to-reach locations: Many of the regions you’ll experience are hard-to-reach locations only accessible on our organized trips. 
  • Experienced and professional guides: Luxury cruises allow you to have face time with an experienced guide and to be a part of a group that’ll allow you to visit your most desired locations in a short period. 
  • No more logistics headaches: When booking a luxury cruise, you get rid of the headaches and frustrations that come with international logistics planning.
  • Make the most of your trip: The best way to make the most of your trip is to choose an all-inclusive package. These allow you to visit many desirable spots in a few short days. These packages are best for those who have little time and want to make the most of their vacation and money. 
  • It feels exotic: Going on a luxury cruise is a trip like no other. It feels extremely exotic and allows you to completely detach from your normal routine. 

Enjoy Your Freedom

Every passenger on a luxury cruise is completely free to organize their day. Passengers will find yoga teachers, masseurs and personal coaches available for those interested in activities for their physical well-being on most luxury cruises, including ones to South America and Patagonia.

If you want to enjoy a genuine 5-star travel experience away from a classic 5-star hotel, a luxury cruise is a perfect choice. Use the opportunity to discover the world by ship—but without any of the usual travel inconveniences.
Vacations are a time for relaxing, and true relaxation is best experienced when you’re fully tended to. If you’re ready to pamper yourself with a luxury cruise, get in contact with our specialists here at Australis today!

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