Australis Named #1 in Small Ocean Cruises in World's Best Awards 2016
Australis Cruises has been named the #1 cruise line in the Small Ocean Cruises category in Travel + Leisure’s World's Best Awards 2016. This is the first year that this category was added to the coveted World's Best Awards. Every year, the readers of Travel + Leisure, the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, vote on their favorite destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, and more in the World's Best Awards survey. The awards experienced record participation by consumers this year. Travel-industry professionals are not invited to vote. In 2016, to reflect the ever increasing diversification of product within the cruise industry, Travel + Leisure editors made an editorial decision to have four ocean cruise categories. The former Small Ocean Cruises category (ships carrying fewer than 600 passengers) will now refer to lines with ships carrying between 250 and 599 passengers as Mid-Size, while Small refers to lines with vessels of under 250 passengers. Pedro del Río, Australis' CEO, said: "We are pleased and proud to be the very first named # 1 in this new category of Small Ocean Cruises in the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards. Our cruises are expeditions through southern Patagonia's Tierra del Fuego in Chile and Argentina. They appeal to travelers who look for adventure and discovery." Australis, with ships sailing through one of the wildest and most beautiful regions of the world, has been 25 years cruising in the southernmost channels of Patagonia. Dazzling experiences include majestic glaciers, Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay and extraordinary wildlife. "These are journeys of discovery in a pristine natural environment that is home to magnificent flora and fauna."