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This four night cruise from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Ushuaia, Argentina, on the Stella Australis was a wonderful experience. My husband and I are passionate independent travellers, so we had some trepidation about going on a cruise. However, we loved every aspect of this expedition. We had an AAA cabin, and it was immaculately clean, comfortable, spacious and well designed. There were 140 passengers on board. The ship is very well maintained and it has several lounges for various purposes: briefings, relaxing, attending talks, socialising, etc. All meals are served in the Darwin Lounge, with buffet breakfasts and lunches, and a three course evening meal with limited choices (usually three mains with one being vegetarian). The food was surprisingly good, and there were always fresh salads available at the lunch buffet for those who prefer a lighter meal. There is an open bar and the waiters and bartenders were always generous in the provision of drinks and snacks. There is also one lounge where self-serve coffee, tea, juice and biscuits or pastries are available from very early to late every day. As others have mentioned, you're assigned a table for all meals (based on nationality/language) and so you have the same dining companions throughout. This could be a problem if you were incompatible, but our dining companions were lovely and great fun so it worked out well. Each day excursions in zodiacs were offered graded by degree of difficulty. Briefings were always provided in advance and in several languages, as required by the variety of guests. We found the excursions to be generally excellent, and very well organised. The crew are very safety and environmentally conscious, and they go to great lengths to ensure that every participant has a safe and enjoyable experience. We were extremely impressed by the crew/staff in general. Stella Australis has inculcated a commitment to service among its staff that is outstanding. It was obvious that all of the staff were determined to ensure that every passenger had a wonderful experience, and nothing was too much trouble. Some passengers had severe mobility or other restrictions, but they were never left out. In addition to being expert at their various jobs, we found all the staff we came into contact with to be courteous, helpful, warm and friendly. We would happily consider doing another (different) Australis cruise. The experience has broken our "no cruise" pledge, although we would only consider this type of cruise.

FABULOUS CRUISE ON THE STELLA AUSTRALIS

Stella Australis Cruise Review by AustraliaAnonymous

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This four night cruise from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Ushuaia, Argentina, on the Stella Australis was a wonderful experience. My husband and I are passionate independent travellers, so we had some trepidation about going on a cruise. However, we loved every aspect of this expedition. We had an AAA cabin, and it was immaculately clean, comfortable, spacious and well designed. There were 140 passengers on board. The ship is very well maintained and it has several lounges for various purposes: briefings, relaxing, attending talks, socialising, etc.

All meals are served in the Darwin Lounge, with buffet breakfasts and lunches, and a three course evening meal with limited choices (usually three mains with one being vegetarian). The food was surprisingly good, and there were always fresh salads available at the lunch buffet for those who prefer a lighter meal. There is an open bar and the waiters and bartenders were always generous in the provision of drinks and snacks. There is also one lounge where self-serve coffee, tea, juice and biscuits or pastries are available from very early to late every day.

As others have mentioned, you're assigned a table for all meals (based on nationality/language) and so you have the same dining companions throughout. This could be a problem if you were incompatible, but our dining companions were lovely and great fun so it worked out well.

Each day excursions in zodiacs were offered graded by degree of difficulty. Briefings were always provided in advance and in several languages, as required by the variety of guests. We found the excursions to be generally excellent, and very well organised. The crew are very safety and environmentally conscious, and they go to great lengths to ensure that every participant has a safe and enjoyable experience.

We were extremely impressed by the crew/staff in general. Stella Australis has inculcated a commitment to service among its staff that is outstanding. It was obvious that all of the staff were determined to ensure that every passenger had a wonderful experience, and nothing was too much trouble. Some passengers had severe mobility or other restrictions, but they were never left out. In addition to being expert at their various jobs, we found all the staff we came into contact with to be courteous, helpful, warm and friendly.

We would happily consider doing another (different) Australis cruise. The experience has broken our "no cruise" pledge, although we would only consider this type of cruise.
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Cabin 415
The cabin was immaculately clean, comfortable, attractive and well designed. It had a very large window. Good quality amenities (body lotion, shampoo, etc) were provided and refreshed regularly.