Wonderful Australis Cruise

Aguila Glaciar

Aguila Glaciar

At this point on our trip we are about to embark upon our second major highlight, a cruise aboard the Via Australis, which will take us around the southern tip of South America to Ushuaia. Getting here was half the fun, and was really the first highlight of our trip. We spent 5 days hiking on a relatively straight course through Torres del Paine, at last arriving in Punta Arenas.

This will be my first cruise, and I’m totally stoked. For many, this is the best cruise in Southamerica. So many of my friends and family have taken cruises in different areas of the world, and most of them have had wonderful experiences to relate. The comfort and luxury, the views, and the experience are really quite extraordinary I’ve been told. Company has two ships: Via Australis and Stella Australis. Both sails from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia or from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas.

Zodiac Excursion to see Whales

Zodiac Excursion to see Whales

Beyond that, it’s the little things that usually occupy my mind (I have an active imagination), and wondering about things like the seating arrangements during meals and frankly quite silly things of that nature occupied my thoughts at times on our expedition here. I realized that this is what journeys are all about. Meeting unknown people, being in situations where you can’t retreat into the comforts of old habits and usual patterns. Being a creature of comfort, things like this are not always easy for me, but I felt myself beginning to relax and look forward to the experience, whatever might happen, and whoever I might meet.

After some introductory ceremonies and speeches from El Capitan, we headed to our tables aboard the liner, there to discover who we would be seated with. The arrangements were even more robust than I had considered, with 8 people grouped at each table. 4 of our table mates were German, 2 were from New York. All of us spoke English, so it may for an open and cheerful time. All of us had some interesting stories to tell that night.

Pia Glaciar

Pia Glaciar

I knew from this point on that being seated with these people for the 4 days of our journey would be a treat, and probably not enough time. I enjoyed their company immensely, and wanted to get to know each of them better. On the third day, we actually got into a conversation about that very thing, and I was pleasantly surprised to know that most of them were just as nervous about meeting their table mates as I had been. I guess that’s natural, but maybe I thought on it and analyzed too much. Either way, the journey was a joy, we experienced everything I expected from a top notch cruise voyage. Of course, our table was the best one there as well!