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Adventures by Disney announces expedition cruises

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

All-new Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruises will offer families a unique way to explore some of the world’s most fascinating ecological wonders with voyages to Antarctica beginning in late 2021 and to the Galapagos Islands in 2022.

Photo Credit Ponant/Olivier Blaud

On all Adventures by Disney expedition cruises, families will travel aboard small expedition ships specially designed to access remote destinations and embark on shore excursions curated by the travel experts at Disney and led by expert naturalists and Adventure Guides.

Family-focused onboard activities will include special presentations by naturalists that will educate travelers of all ages about the unique ecosystems around them. On select sailings, Disney animal and photography experts will host hands-on workshops about wildlife, conservation, and travel photography.

Adventures by Disney Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruises 

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With the introduction of two 12-day, 11-night Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruises, Adventures by Disney now offers family vacation experiences across all seven continents. The adventure begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the southernmost tip of Argentine Patagonia. Here, guests will visit the resort town of Ushuaia, take a scenic train ride, explore the Tierra del Fuego National Park, travel by catamaran through the Beagle Channel, and visit the historical settlement, Estancia Harberton.

After navigating through the Drake Passage, the journey with Ponant—a leader in luxury polar expeditions—takes families through the spectacular landscapes of Antarctica. Passengers will embark on boat excursions and hikes along the continent’s shorelines, catching glimpses of native wildlife like seabirds, penguins, and seals in their natural habitat.

Photo Credit Ponant Olivier Blaud

Travelers can add even more adventure to their Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruise with the Buenos Aires Escape. This pre-cruise four-day, three-night guided group experience highlights must-see attractions (plus hidden gems) in Argentina’s capital.

Adventures by Disney Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise

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On the Adventures by Disney Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise, families will island-hop with five nine-day, eight-night sailings aboard the boutique expedition ship, the Galapagos Legend.

During shore excursions led by naturalists, families will discover the diverse plant and animal species that call the archipelago home. These include the albatross, frigatebird, blue-footed booby, giant tortoise, marine iguana, and Galapagos penguin. Trip highlights include snorkeling, hiking across the islands’ diverse terrain, and paddling in transparent kayaks along sheltered coves.

Families will also learn about the islands’ culture by making fresh sugar cane juice at a family farm, exploring a local craft bazaar, and visiting a coffee plantation.

Photo Credit Diana Zalucky

Three routes are scheduled for the Adventures by Disney Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise in 2022:

  • The north and south Galapagos itinerary departing Feb. 9, 2022 includes excursions to the islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Genovesa and Santa Fe
  • The south and east Galapagos itinerary departing March 6, July 10, and Aug. 7, 2022, includes excursions to the islands of South Plaza, North Seymour, San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, and Santa Cruz
  • The north and west Galapagos itinerary departing Dec. 18, 2022 includes excursions to the islands of Baltra, Genovesa, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Mosquera, Santiago, Rabida, Isabela and Fernandina

Bookings open on Jan. 19, 2021 for Adventure Insiders (previous Adventures by Disney guests), on Jan. 21, 2021 for Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line Platinum and Gold Castaway Club, Club 33 members, and Golden Oak residents, and on Jan. 22, 2021 for the general public.

Click here for more information about Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruises.

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