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Adventures by Disney Launches Expedition Cruise in the Adriatic Sea in 2024

by Dave Parfitt

In the summer of 2024, Adventures by Disney will offer roundtrip expedition cruises from Venice, Italy through the Adriatic Sea stopping at seven ports in Croatia and Montenegro along the Dalmatian Coast. The eight day/seven night voyages aboard the Ponant luxury yacht Le Bougainville, a small, intimate ship, are specially designed to access remote locations such as Dubrovnik and Split, filming locations for HBO’s series “Game of Thrones.” The ship will sail along the beautiful Adriatic Sea coastline, where guests will be immersed in the culture and stories of the region.

PONANT in the bay
Ponant ship Le Bougainville in the Adriatic Sea

Like all Adventures by Disney itineraries, families are accompanied by Disney-trained Adventure Guides that bring the stories of the destination to life. Each Adriatic Expedition cruise will have up to six Adventure Guides to accompany guests and lead themed activities both aboard and ashore. During the week-long expedition, Adventure Guides will lead excursions such as:

Exploring picturesque Boka Bay in Montenegro by catamaran or strolling the cobbled streets of Old Town Kotor.

View of Boka Bay from above
View of Boka Bay, one of the stops of an Adventures by Disney Adriatic Expedition Cruise

Discovering islands along the Adriatic coast with stops at Korcula to taste the famed Mali Ston oysters or Hvar to kayak along the Pakleni Islands.

Shipin Adriatic Sea with kayak
Kayaking in the Adriatic Sea on an Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruise

Exploring Krka National Park with its majestic landscapes and waterfalls while hearing stories of the first demonstration of electricity by Croatian innovator, Nikola Tesla.

Krka-Waterfalls
Krka waterfalls in Krka National Park

Walking tour of Dubrovnik’s old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fortress-with-Kayaks
Fortress with kayaks in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik

Other activities include:

Enjoying delicious food, Croatian wine, captivating architecture and culture unique to the region.

Biking through vineyards and lavender fields of the UNESCO Stari Grad Plain (also known as Hora or Ager).

Tasting local delicacies such as Dalmatian Prosciutto, aged by the bura, a northerly-blowing wind common in the winter months.

Wandering medieval Croatian port-towns awash in warm limestone and distinctive, red-tiled roofs, and visiting the world-famous Predjama Castle in Slovenia.

Delving into the massive underground labyrinth at Slovenia’s Postojna Cave and discovering the “dragons” that call it home.

Stepping back in time to learn about time-honored Croatian traditions including methods of pressing olive oil.

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik during an Adventures by Disney Adriatic Expedition Cruise

Also in 2024, families can continue will to explore Antarctica, the Arctic, and the Galapagos Islands with added expedition cruises to these destinations: 

  • Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruise: This southern-region itinerary offers the chance to discover the pristine splendor of Antarctica and Argentina’s beautiful Patagonia region. Here, the magic of wildlife takes the stage as guests observe animals such as penguins, seals, and whales in their natural habitat. Dates: Dec. 17-28, 2023, and Feb. 17-28, 2024. 
  • Arctic Expedition Cruise: This expedition cruise in the northern polar region features the Arctic waters and surrounding landscapes of Svalbard. Guests will sail past deep fjords, discover the human history of the Arctic, marvel at massive glaciers, and see amazing wildlife including polar bears, reindeer, and walruses. Date: July 1-10, 2024. 
  • Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise: This island-hopping expedition cruise through the Galapagos Archipelago is an immersive family adventure. Guided by expert naturalists, guests will discover more about the amazing ecosystems and unique species endemic to the islands as they experience the unmatched views of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Dates: March 17-25, June 9-17, July 14-22, Aug. 7-15, and Dec. 18-26, 2024. 
Sunset in Kotor
Sunset in Kotor during an Adventures by Disney Adriatic Expedition Cruise

Bookings for the Adriatic Expedition Cruises open to the public on October 27, 2024, and more details on Adventures by Disney expedition cruises, including the full lineup of itineraries in 2024, can be found on the Expedition Cruising with Disney page of AdventuresbyDisney.com.  

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