Australis Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview
Who goes on Australis cruise ships?
Australis draws passengers from North and South America, as well as from Europe, with most solidly in the baby boomer age group. There is no minimum age for sailing, and you will occasionally see kids but there are no special facilities for them onboard. Both English and Spanish are the official languages onboard.
Do I have to dress up on a Australis cruise?
Leave your formal attire at home, though you may want to bring one dressier outfit (dress or pantsuit for women, jacket for men) for the captain's dinner.
Is everything free on Australis cruises?
Nearly everything on these yacht-like ships is included. Fares cover daily Zodiac excursions, open bar, whiskey and hot chocolate during shore excursions, and all meals. You will need to pay gratuities. Extra mandatory costs include national park fees and Chile and Argentina port fees. Other extra costs include gratuities ($15 per person, per day is recommended), as well as souvenirs from the small onboard shop.
What are Australis’s most popular activities?
Daily Zodiac rides are the main highlight of every cruise, both for wildlife spotting and for taking cruisers ashore for such excursions as seeing a colony of Magellanic penguins or hiking near a glacier or into a rugged rainforest. One of the most popular excursions are the trips ashore at Cape Horn. When the ship is sailing, the expedition team's educational talks are always a draw.
Why go with Australis?
- Unique expedition cruise, visiting pristine and untouched places.
- The only cruise that sails regularly to Cape Horn, a World Biosphere Reserve.
- Special Lectures including Charles Darwin, Cape Horn adventurers, original inhabitants of Patagonia and flora and fauna from the region.
- Intimate all-inclusive cruising.
Best for: Adventure seekers looking for something even more off-the-beaten path than the Polar regions
Not for: Anyone looking for modern cruise ship amenities or who needs to be connected 24/7 (there is no Wi-Fi)