Posted by: cruise2 | 8 September, 2016

New Ship For Cruceros Australis

by Kevin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com

Expedition line Cruceros Australis, which cruises Patagonia, the Chilean Fjords and Tierra del Fuego, has confirmed that it is building a new ship to replace the 130-berth Via Australis.

Mare Australis, Via Australis sister ship

Mare Australis, Via Australis sister ship

Via Australis was sold earlier this year to Lindblad Expeditions, who will now sail her in the Galapagos.

Her earlier sister ship, Mare Australis, also now sails in the Galapagos, for Metropolitan Touring.

This leaves Cruceros Australis with just one ship, the 200-berth 4,508-ton Stella Australis, built in 2010, until the company is able to add a second ship in October 2017. The new ship, for which a contract was signed in February, will be “a streamlined, modern vessel, comparable to the Stella Australis,” the company said.

Stella Australis

Stella Australis

As with her earlier sister ships, Stella Australis was built at Chile’s Asenav shipyard in 2010. The new ship is being built in the same shipyard, located in Valdivia, Chile.

Asenav is also building a small Great Lakes carferry for the Ontario Government, for delivery in 2018.

Cruceros Australis is part of Chile’s Comapa Group, which also includes Navimag Ferries. Navimag also offers tourist outings between Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Natales on two overnight ferries, the 14,798-ton Eden and the 9,951-ton Evangelistas.

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