Built in 2010, the M.V. Stella Australis has 100 outside-facing cabins and was made specifically to cruise the spectacular Patagonian waterways. All cabins are the same size and feature a large window, an en suite bathroom, a satellite phone, and individual temperature controls. Cabins are available on three levels: Category A on the second level, Category AA
on the third level, and Category AAA on the fourth level. Facilities include an open deck, three lounges, a library, a game room, an exercise room, and a single seating dining room. National Geographic has reserved 17 cabins on all departures.
Categories A, AA, and AAA refer to cabin categories aboard the M.V. Stella Australis, as well as room categories at either Tierra Patagonia or the Explora Lodge. Standard, Superior, and Suite refer to rooms at Tierra Patagonia. Salto Chico, Cordillera Paine, and Suite Exploradores refer to rooms at the Explora Lodge.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. On the December 2014 departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $500. For a single room, add $3,350 in Category A, $3,950 in Category AA, and $4,650 in Category AAA.
Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Economy airfare from Miami to Buenos Aires and return from Santiago begins at $1,200. Flights within Argentina and Chile are $865 (subject to change).