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Adventures by Disney announces new expedition cruises to the Arctic

by Brittani Tuttle

Families will have the chance to journey through fjords and pass ice floes as they explore the landscapes and wildlife of the Arctic on an all-new Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruise.

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With voyages starting in 2023, guests will set out on an adventure with a team of naturalists and Adventure Guides for an all-new experience. Select sailings will add an extra bit of magic with special guest appearances, including former Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who will lead sketching sessions on an upcoming Arctic Expedition Cruise.

Also in 2023, travelers will have more chances to explore Antarctica and the Galápagos Islands with added sailings to both destinations. Bookings will open to the public on Nov. 12, 2021. More details can be found here.

Sailing aboard intimate, purpose-built ships specially designed to access remote destinations, guests will experience natural wonders and diverse wildlife throughout their Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruise.

New Family Expedition Cruises to the Arctic

The Arctic Expedition Cruise is scheduled for two departures in 2023 (June and July), offering a 10-day, 9-night charted adventure with Ponant, a leader in luxury polar expeditions.

Rohde will join the July 2023 sailing to share tales from his Disney career and his passion for nature and conservation. He will also host sketching sessions for guests, even those with no artistic experience.

After a welcome dinner and overnight stay in Oslo, Norway, adventurers will fly to Svalbard to board Le Boreal to explore Northern Norway and the Arctic. While in Longyearbyen, the largest town of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago and the northernmost settlement on the planet with a permanent population of more than 1,000, guests will further explore the former mining town.

Guests will also be able to see the glaciers of Kongsfjorden and set out on daily boat excursions where they may see some of the region’s wildlife like polar bears, reindeer, arctic foxes and walruses.

Family Expedition Cruises to Antarctica

Adventures by Disney has added three departures for the 12-day, 11-night Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruises, which will set sail with Ponant. The added itineraries will depart in December 2022 and early 2023.

This cruise takes travelers to the southernmost tip of Argentine Patagonia to visit the resort town of Ushuaia before boarding their vessel to travel through the Drake Passage. Daily boat excursions and hikes along Antarctica’s shorelines will offer the chance to catch glimpses of native wildlife in their natural habitat.

Pre-cruise experience in Buenos Aires

Travelers booked on an Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition cruise can add more adventure with the Buenos Aires Escape. The four-day, three-night guided group experience will highlight the must-see attractions and hidden gems of Argentina’s capital. Guests will learn to dance the tango with a private demonstration, enjoy the countryside tradition of horseback riding while visiting a local estancia and experience the food and culture of Buenos Aires.

Family Expedition Cruises in the Galápagos Islands

Also returning for a second year of sailing in 2023 is the Adventures by Disney Galápagos Islands Expedition Cruise, a 9-day, 8-night sailing aboard the boutique expedition ship, the Galápagos Legend. Five departures have been added for 2023, and the cruise is operated in collaboration with Go Galápagos.

On excursions led by naturalists, adventurers will experience the archipelago’s vistas and diversity of plant and animal species, with possible sightings of the albatross, frigate bird, blue-footed booby, giant tortoise, marine iguana and Galápagos penguin. Trip highlights include snorkeling in waters inhabited by sea lions, reef fish and sea turtles; hiking across the islands’ terrain; and paddling in transparent kayaks along sheltered coves.

Pre-cruise experience in the Amazon

The Adventures by Disney Amazon Escape can be added to a Galápagos Islands Expedition Cruise for even more adventure. After an overnight stay in Quito, travelers will spend three or four nights on the Anakonda river boat and see the Amazon rainforest up close from the ground and the tree tops. Guests will explore the Napo River by motorized canoe in search of the elusive pink river dolphin, take a guided nocturnal rainforest walk to see animals that would go unseen during the daylight, and more.


To learn more about Adventures by Disney or to book a vacation, guests can visit AdventuresByDisney.com., call 1-800-543-0865, or contact your travel agent.

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