HELENA, Ala. -- International Expeditions is offering a special
departure to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego aboard the Terra
Australis, following in the wake of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand
Magellan's voyage around the tip of South America in 1521.
Departing Jan. 27 and March 9 to Santiago, Chile, aboard
LanChile, travelers will spend a night in Santiago before heading
south by air to Punta Arenas, Chile, to board the 110-passenger
ship, which cruises for seven nights through a natural wonderland
of glaciers, fjords and wildlife reserves in Chile and
"We have just begun to work with the Terra Australis on special
programs that cater to the natural history lover," said Richard
Ryel, president of International Expeditions.
According to Ryel, the focus of the ship has been glaciers, with
such features as Zodiac excursions that serve "whiskey on the
rocks" (ice cubes, if you will).
"We do natural history trips," he said, "and we have worked with
the ship to enhance its program on wildlife and botanical aspects
for our departures, which will be offered again when we charter the
ship for sailings Feb. 8 and March 1 in 2001."
Ryel said he is excited about his company sailing into a new
cruising ground, one that offers a voyage that is unique in the
Americas in history, scenery and wildlife.
"We intend to provide a highly informative experience, tracking
the best populations of sea lions, fur seals, dolphins, regional
bird species and adding special features such as a full day in
Tierra del Fuego National Park outside Ushuaia, [Argentina]."
Cruise highlights aboard the Terra Australis include transiting
the Strait of Magellan; exploring the Marinelli and Serrano
glaciers; cruising the Beagle Channel; visiting the Yendegaia Ranch
for birdwatching and a barbecue; spending a day at Ushuaia, with a
park visit, and shore excursions on the Garabaldi glacier and at
Magdalena Island National Monument, home to more than 60,000 pairs
of Magellanic penguins.
The cruise ends in Punta Arenas, and after a tour, passengers
return to Santiago for connecting flights to the U.S.
Priced from $2,998 to $4,498 per person, double, the cost
includes international air from Los Angeles, New York or Miami.
An optional post-cruise extension for three days and two nights
is available to Chile's Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine
National Park. It is priced at $698 per person, double.
For additional information, agents can contact International
Expeditions at (800) 633-4734. The fax number is (205)