We boarded the Stella Australis in Punta Arenas, Chile. Check-in area is quaint and efficient and was open throughout the afternoon. Guests checking in early were able to leave their luggage with porters - allowing them to venture into town to explore the sights.
Variable throughout the day. One moment it would be calm, sunshine and relatively warm 10 ° C. 1/2 hour later would be strong winds, rain, sleet, and slightly cooler temperatures. And then back to sunshine. Dressing in layers was a good idea.
Some tours involved a landing on the shore. Other excursion we stayed in the zodiac and sailed by sites of interest.
Wildlife: we saw sea lions, dolphins swimming around the zodiac, and of course, numerous birds including penguins, cormorants nesting in rocks, condors and albatross.
Larger cruise ships sail around the island of Cape Horn but do not offer a landing on the island. One of the highlights of sailing onboard Stella Australis is to be able walk on Cape Horn. The naval captain and his family were there to greet us upon arrival.
Accommodations on Stella Australis
There are three lounges. Due to the weather, there is no outdoor seating on ship.
(1) Yamana lounge is the smallest. Seating for about 25 and ideal for those who want a peaceful quiet space. Faces forward and nice windows for viewing
(2) Sky Lounge is at rear on deck 4. Medium size and is used as the early riser’s continental breakfast area. This will be our CME meeting venue.
(3) Darwin lounge is the largest lounge. Good viewing and comfortable chairs and couches. This is also location of the ship’s bar (all beverages included). An ideal venue to socialize and for non-conference attendees to relax during CME meetings.