M/V Stella Australis

The 200-guest Stella Australis is a modern expedition cruise ship equipped with the latest navigation and safety technology. Cruising in Chile’s famed Patagonia region, she features a spacious open top deck for admiring the spectacular southern scenery, as well as a gift shop, game room, infirmary and small library. Three lounges are styled with modern audiovisual equipment for the most engaging naturalist lectures and Vegan Travel activities.

Travel + Leisure World’s Best 2016 winner, placing first in the Small Ocean Ship category. Small enough to navigate the stunning fjords of Patagonia but large enough for perks some other expedition vessels don’t have (there’s a gym onboard!), this expedition vessel wows passengers with knowledgeable local guides, great onboard lectures, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The 210-passenger Stella Australis is a modern expedition cruise ship equipped with the latest navigation and safety technology. Cruising in Chile’s famed Patagonia region, she features a spacious open deck for admiring the spectacular southern scenery, as well as a gift shop, game room, infirmary and small library. Three lounges are styled with modern audiovisual equipment for the most engaging naturalist lectures and Vegan Travel activties.

Dining Aboard Stella Australis

The expedition programs include welcome and farewell cocktails; breakfast, lunch and dinner; open bar during the whole journey; and a cafeteria service. Aboard Stella Australis, enjoy exquisite plant-based food and the most famous organic (and vegan of course) Chilean wines. The menu includes international food and typical local dishes, alternating a la carte menus and buffets. Passengers requiring a special diet should request it in advance by contacting Vegan Travel. Seating is open, with tables seating four people and up to ten, so you can enjoy a more intimate meal or socialize with other guests from around the world.

Activities Aboard Stella Australis

During the cruise learn about the flora, fauna, history, geography, glaciology and ethnography of the legendary Patagonia region, through interesting lectures given by the Stella Australis Expedition Team, which will take place on board (with audio-visual support) as well as on land. The Stella Australis has an exercise room on the Darwin Deck, which is fully glazed.

During our cruise there are daily land excursions with an average duration of two to three hours. They consist of walks through trails in the native forests, visits to glaciers and to Cape Horn National Park, including talks on the flora and fauna of the area. Waterproof trekking jackets and trousers are available for purchase on board if required. Rubber boots are provided for use on board free of charge. Groups are formed to embark on zodiac boats, which take you ashore.

Sustainability Aboard Stella Australis

The protection and preservation of nature is a permanent preoccupation of the M/V Stella Australis. She uses specialized processes to prevent damaging the beautiful spots of the region, such as the separation of oil waste and other contaminating fluids, which are later deposited at port; compacting and deposit of garbage at port; and a sewage and solid waste treatment plant. READ MORE

Stella Australis Deck Plan:

Cat. B, A Oceanview stateroom

Category B and A staterooms measure 178 square feet and are located on the Magallanes Deck by Reception. Windows on this deck measure 5 feet wide by 4 feet high. Standard-size twin beds. Equipped with everything you need, it’s the prefect sanctuary after a full day of adventure and vegan discovery on deck and ashore.
Category A staterooms feature two lower beds that can be converted to a queen size bed. All cabins come with a full private bathroom with fine vegan organic toiletries. Some rooms can sleep up to three guests.

Average Cabin Size: 177sq ft / 16.50 sq m

Includes Stateroom Categories: B, A

Cat. AA Oceanview Stateroom (Twin or Double)

AA cabins measure 178 square feet and are located on the Tierra del Fuego Deck next to the Yamana Lounge. These cabins offer views from large windows measuring 5 feet wide by 4.5 feet high. Standard-size twin or double beds, full private bathroom.

Average Cabin Size 178 sq ft/16.50 sq m

Includes Stateroom Categories: AA

Cat. AAA Double or Twin Oceanview Stateroom

AAA cabins measure 178 square feet and are located on the Cabo de Hornos Deck next to the Sky Lounge and Bridge. These cabins offer the best views on board, with windows measuring 5 feet wide by 6 feet high. Standard-size twin or double beds.
All cabins offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample hanging and storage space. They are equipped with a hairdryer and personal safe.

Average Cabin Size 178sq ft / 16.50sq m

Includes Stateroom Categories: AAA

Cat. AAA Superior Oceanview stateroom

The two AAA Superior (and two AA Superior) staterooms are situated in the centre of the Cabo de Hornos Deck, or upper deck and are larger than the standard AAA accommodation, measuring 220sqft (20.5sq metres). These cabins feature a floor to ceiling picture window, twin or double beds and en suite shower facilities with fine vegan organic toiletries.
All cabins are equipped with a hairdryer and personal safe.

Average Cabin Size 220sq ft / 20.50sq m

Includes Stateroom Category: AA Superior

Patagonia Dining Room

At the Patagonia Dining Room, the primary dining venue, you can opt for a full vegan breakfast, savour a leisurely lunch and enjoy a delightful multiple course dinner. It has the appearance of a contemporary restaurant, rather than a traditional cruise ship dining room. A colorful and airy space, with tables accommodating two to 10 people.

You may feel as if you’ve traveled to the ends of the earth, but the fare in the dining room is decidedly local. Vegetables and fruits come from around Santiago. At dinner, there’s one seating for all passengers, and dishes go beyond standard cruise fare.

Bars & Lounges

The Stella Australis offers a choice of beautiful lounges and bars including the Darwin Lounge, Sky Lounge and Yamana Loung.The spacious surroundings on board Stella Australis mean there is always a quiet corner to relax.

Darwin Lounge

Darwin Lounge (Deck 5): The Darwin Lounge, on the upper deck, is the ship’s large, comfortable bar furnished with an array of cocktail tables and armchairs, along with large picture windows. It’s here you’ll enjoy an open bar of fine vegan beverages throughout your cruise.

Darwin Lounge is really the heart and soul of the ship. As well as the ship’s sole bar, it’s also where all the onboard lectures and documentary screenings take place. People gravitate here for pre- and post-dinner drinks, and it’s usually open until fairly late, depending on the day’s excursions.

The bar always has a selection of chips, cookies and olives on offer, and there is also a self-serve fridge with soft drinks and a fine Austral lager or ale.

Yamana & Sky Lounge

Yamana Lounge (Deck 3): The forward-facing Yamana Lounge is a nice meeting and observation lounge. There is no bar-service here.

Sky Lounge (Deck 4): This is where you’ll find coffee, tea, juice and pastries on offer from 6 a.m. for early risers, and is also where you’ll find self-service beverages throughout the day. There are plenty of chairs and windows to sit in and spot marine life. This is also where the lectures, instructions for shore excursions and subtitled movies are shown for non-English speakers.

Activities Aboard Stella Australis

During our all vegan cruise learn about the flora, fauna, history, geography, glaciology and ethnography of the legendary Patagonia region, through interesting lectures given by the Stella Australis Expedition Team, which will take place on board (with audio-visual support) as well as on land. The Stella Australis has an exercise room on the Darwin Deck, which is fully glazed.

During our cruise there are daily land excursions with an average duration of two to three hours. They consist of walks through trails in the native forests, visits to glaciers and to Cape Horn National Park, including talks on the flora and fauna of the area. Waterproof trekking jackets and trousers are available for purchase on board if required. Rubber boots are provided for use on board free of charge. Groups are formed to embark on zodiac boats, which take you ashore.

At night, Vegan Travel organizes quiz nights and other fun events.