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Skye Marr-Whelan: Ice and Australis, Penguin Close Up
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Home Active Expeditions Arctic & Antarctica Sailing Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Nature Expedition Accommodations

Sailing Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Nature Expedition

S/V Australis

The 75-foot ice-strengthened sailing vessel S/V Australis is a sturdy, seasoned veteran of polar waters and our base for nearly two weeks of exploration across the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula and its islands...

S/V Australis

An Optimal Polar Expedition Vessel for Small-Scale Exploration
The 75-foot ice-strengthened sailing vessel S/V Australis is a sturdy, seasoned veteran of polar waters and our base for nearly two weeks of in-depth exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula and its islands. Based in the Southern Hemisphere, Australis is a steel-hulled, fully rigged motor sailor powered by a 180hp Gardner engine that can attain a speed of 8+ knots. Carrying a full range of safety, operational and navigational equipment, Australis is also equipped with two Zodiac tenders that provide access to remote coastal areas that larger vessels cannot reach.

The interior of the Australis is cozy yet comfortable, providing an experience reminiscent of earlier expeditions while maintaining modern-day creature comforts. Four cabins accommodate a maximum of seven passengers and one NHA Expedition Leader. (Ship crew members have their own berths below.) Guests can relax in the saloon, equipped with TV, DVD, VCR and CD player. A generous table seats 12 comfortably. The well-equipped galley features a cooktop, oven, microwave, toaster, double sink with hot and cold running water, and three full-sized fridge/freezers. Our crew members are our hosts and provide hearty and tasty meals throughout our journey. The vessel has 240-volt electricity throughout (110-volt conversion available). On deck, the large outdoor cockpit area has a removable sun shade, and there is a barbecue on the aft deck. A crow's nest with ladder access offers 360-views and fantastic wildlife viewing.

Important Information on Rooming Configuration
There are four cabins aboard the Australis. Three are configured with one lower double bed that converts to two twins (with a separation board), plus a single upper bed above the double. The fourth cabin has a lower single bed and an upper single bed. Depending on the number of guests and composition of the parties in our group, we usually operate either with: A) four of the cabins set up as double rooms, or B) three cabins set up as double rooms and one cabin set up as a triple, with the NHA Expedition Leader as the third person in that triple. Rooming configuration is determined by booking date as well as by gender and other preferences. Though our quarters are compact, the Australis is surprisingly comfortable. Utilizing this vessel as our mode of exploration allows us exclusive access to the 'White Continent' that most
Antarctica travelers simply cannot experience. The rooming situation may not be as spacious or convenient as you will find on a larger cruise ship with a hundred (and often plenty more) guests on board, but getting away from those other tourists to experience the polar wilderness in solitude is exactly the point, isn’t it?

Alto Andino Hotel

The Alto Andino Hotel provides stylish and sophisticated boutique accommodations in the world's southernmost city. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellent winner, the hilltop hotel's 18 guest rooms enjoy magnificent vistas of the harbor and surrounding peaks...

Alto Andino Hotel

Location
Ushuaia, Argentina

The Alto Andino Hotel provides stylish and sophisticated boutique accommodations in the world's southernmost city. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellent winner, the hilltop hotel's 18 guest rooms enjoy magnificent vistas of the harbor and surrounding peaks. Modern suites are furnished in dark hardwoods and warm earth tones with colorful accents. All rooms have spacious en suite bathrooms with hair dryers, a 32-inch plasma TV, direct-dial telephone, safe, mini bar and wireless Internet. Computers with complimentary Wi-Fi are also available in the lobby. A substantial continental breakfast buffet is included and served each morning in the Bar Mirador on the top floor, where panoramic glass windows and an outdoor terrace offer 360-degree views of the city, the Beagle Channel and the mountains beyond. Drinks and dinner are also served in the Bar Mirador each afternoon and evening.

Cabo de Hornos

Located in the heart of the Punta Arenas (or "Sandy Point") and surrounded by the intense blue of the Southern Sea, Hotel Cabo de Hornos' classic design...


Cabo de Hornos

Location
Punta Arenas, Chile

Located in the heart of the Punta Arenas (or "Sandy Point") and surrounded by the intense blue of the Southern Sea, Hotel Cabo de Hornos' classic design stands out as the premier property in this colorful city.  Complete with a restaurant, bar and lounge, this hotel provides a comfortable and luxurious setting for us to end our Patagonian adventure.

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