SANTIAGO –Responding to demand from younger travelers who want more action on a cruise, Cruceros Australis, the expedition cruise line in Patagonia, whose ships follow in the path of Charles Darwin when he spent two years in this area, has topped off their cruises with some energetic options.
Stella Australis, the newest ship of the cruise line, boasts a glass-paneled gym on the top deck with sweeping views of the dramatic backdrop of glaciers, mountains and fjords. Exercise routines become more like Happy Hour as clients work away on treadmills, steps and bikes, inspired by the passing scenery.
In addition, Cruceros Australis is offering kayaking trips in historic Wulaia Bay near where Darwin landed in 1833. Six single and two double kayaks are available and the adventure lasts from one and a half to two and a half hours, depending on the weather. Kayakers can stay in the Bay or go out to the sea –if they have the proper experience. The cost of kayaking is an additional $120 but wet suits are provided complimentary.
These activities are part of an adventure sail through the Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, the captivating wilderness of Southern Patagonia and the archipelagos of Tierra del Fuego. Zodiac boats take visitors ashore daily to view nature’s wonders in many forms including Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, glaciers, fjords and incredible wilderness.
Rates for the three-day adventure start at $899 and the four-day adventure start at $1,198. For more information, visit www.australis.com