Australis Cruise Lines has announced the introduction of a newly constructed ship to lead off the company’s expedition cruises next January. The company has also announced a newly formed sales force in the United States.
The new ship is similar in size to the current Stella Australis, and maintains the same 100 cabins, decks, and capacity for 210 passengers. All cabins are exterior with large windows to ensure ocean views. Its features, including its length, beam, and engine power, allow for the maneuverability needed to navigate across the narrow channels and inlets where no other cruises can venture like the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, according to the company.
Australis CEO Pedro del Río said that the ship was built to sail the southern channels and provide passengers with a unique experience in the Chilean-Argentinian Patagonia.
Directing the new sales force in the U.S is Felipe Castro, who is the former GSA with Marriott International in Chile, sales and customer director with Turismo Cocha, the largest travel agency in Chile, and commercial director with LAM (now Latam) Airlines.
The U.S. sales team will be Chris Hanna ([email protected]), who will be responsible for sales in the northeast; Kathy Simpson ([email protected]) in the southeast; Chris Ventura ([email protected]) in the mid-west; Steven Bass ([email protected]) in the southwest and Jeffrey Tsai ([email protected]) on the west coast. Agents and tour operators can reach out with any questions regarding the routes, schedules and other information.
Australis all-inclusive cruises included meals, bar, daily shore excursions, whisky and hot chocolate during excursions, and all onboard activities.
The company specializes in exploring the "end of the world" -- the pristine waterways of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego at the far end of South America.
Carrying only around 200 passengers each cruise, ships sail for three-, four- and seven-night itineraries between September and April each year.