Expedition cruise line Australis will introduce its latest ship Ventus Australis on 2 January next year. The state-of-the-art vessel will sail to the Condor glacier in Agostini Fjord at the southern-most tip of South America, travelling between Ushuaia in Argentina and Punta Arenas in Chile.

The ship carries 210 passengers and will offer a four-night ‘Patagonian Explorer’ itinerary every eight days from January to March 2018, and again from September 2018 until April 2019.

Highlights included guided zodiac tours where guests will see three glaciers — Pia, Giribaldi and Aguila. Another highlight is a chance to see the world’s largest flying bird, the Andean condors. At 15kg each, they’re a sight to behold and have a wingspan of 3.3m.

Fares for the four-night sailings start at $1,942 per person twin share. An eight-night package deal is available from $3,496ppts.

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