• The only deluxe exploration cruise ship travelling the southern fjords between Argentina and Chile

Patagonia – that great end to the South American continent – is a frontier land of great mountains, creaking glaciers and barren beauty. And much is connected by a fissured collection of waterways and fjords, making a cruise one of the best ways to explore.

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Connecting the Patagonian centres of Chile and Argentina – Punta Arenas and Ushuaia respectively – the MV Stella Australis takes three or four nights to make a comprehensive tour of the region. Whether it’s old growth, sub-polar forests, great glaciers or giant fjords, you’ll be treated to Patagonia’s finest scenery. 

And, dipping in and out of winding channels, you’ll be able to reach unique destinations; there’s everything from wildlife-filled islands to impossibly scenic straits. Along the way, you’ll follow in the bow wake of Darwin to discover landing sites on remote beaches first pioneered by his HMS Beagle expedition. It’s all animated by a unique collection of fauna, from whale giants and elephant seals to pods of dolphins and whole colonies of penguins. 

And the ship itself, built in 2010, is perfectly suited to its harsh environment. The sleek profile of its custom-built design allows it to slip through narrow, iceberg-troubled channels while the cabins’ floor-to-ceiling windows frame those all-consuming Patagonian views. As an expedition ship, simple comforts are favoured over design flourishes, with plush bedding and lounge areas found in each cabin. 

Upgrades add in extra space and larger beds while further comforts can be found in the dining available. Taking inspiration from its surrounds, gastronomic dishes add a modern twist to Patagonian flavours. Lastly, in terms of amenities, there’s an on-board gym while evenings can be spent relaxing in the Sky Lounge where you can enjoy fine drinks accompanied by inky views of the Patagonian scenery.


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Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia

Patagonia’s Glaciers & Fjords

Guide price from £12,090 pp

Compare Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia as you cruise the icy fjords from Ushuaia and explore Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park – all while enjoying our collection of curated luxurious lodges and boutique hotels.

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