Until the end of this year, Disney fans can explore every continent on earth with the child-friendly brand.
Last week, Adventures by Disney announced the launch of cruises to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. The first Antarctic tour is slated to start this year, while cruises to the Galapagos Islands are slated to start in 2022.
The introduction of “expedition cruises” marks Disney’s third type of cruise service, alongside vacations on the Disney Cruise Line and European river cruises.
A family cruise to Antarctica – for older children
The 12-day Antarctic cruise is scheduled to stop at 16 locations in Patagonia, the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula.
The tour begins with two nights in Argentina – first in Buenos Aires, followed by a flight to the city of Ushuaia on the southern tip of South America. From there, guests explore Patagonia’s Tierra del Fuego National Park by train and Patagonia’s waterways by catamaran.
On board Le Boreal, a ship owned by the French cruise line Ponant, cruise passengers cross the Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula. This crossing ranges from smooth to terrifying, depending on the weather.
The Antarctic Peninsula is the part of Antarctica that is closest to the southern tip of South America and is shown here from two angles.
L: Leonello Calvetti; R: FrankRamspott
Like most Disney tours, the cruise is marketed to families, albeit with older children. Adventures by Disney encourages children 12 years and older to enroll and does not allow children under 10 to visit the Company’s website due to “length of trip, potential for extreme weather or sea conditions, and physical activity involved”.
What to expect
When the weather is nice, travelers take two cruises a day. These range from kayaking and hiking along the Antarctic coast to orca spotting and walks to see the penguin colonies of the continent.
Back on the ship, there are Disney movie nights for children and cocktail classes for adults. Naturalists, photographers and other special guests should give lectures and hold workshops.
Le Boreal, a Ponant cruise ship, has two restaurants, a heated saltwater pool, and a spa.
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Le Boreal is a very large ship with two restaurants, six guest decks, a heated saltwater pool and a spa. The 466-foot ship has 132 cabins and suites and can accommodate 264 guests and 140 crew members, according to Ponant’s website.
There is no formal dress code on board the ship and the atmosphere is “casual”. The cruise includes waterproof parkas and rubber boots for passengers.
What it costs
Prices for the Antarctic cruise in December start at $ 11,500 for children and $ 12,800 for adults for a 200 square meter “deluxe cabin” with private deck. The prices for staying in the “owner’s suite” are more than twice as high as at USD 27,500 per adult. The flight to and from Buenos Aires is not included in the price.
A second cruise, which departs January 30, 2022, is slightly cheaper with prices starting at $ 11,200.
The Galapagos Islands
For Disney fans who prefer warmer weather, Adventures by Disney also announced that it will be launching five new cruises to the Galapagos Islands starting next year.
Disney’s Galapagos Islands Expedition Tour offers guests the chance to spot marine iguanas, sea lions, and giant tortoises.
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The first of the nine-day expedition cruises, which include snorkeling in the sea, island walks and excursions led by naturalists, is scheduled to start on February 9, 2022.
Travelers who book by April 11 can secure early bird discounts. Prices start at $ 5,600 for children and $ 6,300 for adults – about half the cost of Disney’s Antarctic cruises.
Bookings for both expedition cruises will open this week on January 22nd. However, previous adventures by Disney guests and members of other Disney clubs can be booked as early as January 19th.