Adventures by Disney has announced new expedition cruises to the Arctic, with voyages beginning in 2023. Guests can embark with a team of naturalists and Adventure Guides to explore the Arctic, while select sailings add extra guests including former Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde who will lead sketching sessions on an upcoming Arctic Expedition Cruise.
Also in 2023, Adventures by Disney has added more voyages to explore Antarctica and the Galápagos Islands with added sailings to both destinations. Bookings open to the public on 12NOV 2021.
New Family Expedition Cruises to the Arctic
With the introduction of the Arctic Expedition Cruise, Adventures by Disney now offers family vacation experiences to both polar regions. Scheduled for two departures in 2023 (JUN & JUL), the 10-day, nine-night, Arctic Expedition Cruises will sail on a charted adventure with PONANT.
Former Imagineer Joe Rohde will join the JUL 2023 sailing and will share tales from his Disney career as well as his passion for nature and conservation. Rohde will also host sketching sessions for guests, even those with no artistic experience.
Following a welcome dinner and overnight stay in Oslo, Norway, adventurers fly to Svalbard to board Le Boreal to explore Northern Norway and the Arctic. Unlike its polar opposite, the Arctic is home to permanent residents and has a history of human inhabitants. 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 can further explore this former mining town.
Guests will view the Kongsfjorden fjord and embark on daily boat excursions where they may see some of the region’s wildlife including 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 sail with PONANT. The added itineraries will depart in DEC 2022 and early 2023.
This journey takes travellers to the southernmost tip of Argentine Patagonia, to visit the town of Ushuaia before boarding the vessel to travel through the Drake Passage. As the journey continues, guests will soak in Antarctica with daily boat excursions and hikes along the continent’s shorelines to provide the opportunity to catch glimpses of wildlife like seabirds, penguins and seals in their natural habitat.
Pre-cruise Experience in Buenos Aires
Travellers booked on an Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruise can add to their experience with the Buenos Aires Escape. This four-day, three-night guided group experience will highlight Argentina’s capital. Guests can learn to dance the tango with a private demonstration, enjoy the countryside tradition of horseback riding while visiting a local estancia and experiencing the culture of Buenos Aires.
Family Expedition Cruises in the Galápagos Islands
Also returning for a second year of sailing in 2023, the Adventures by Disney Galápagos Islands Expedition Cruise is a nine-day, eight-night sailing aboard the expedition ship, the Galápagos Legend. Five departures have been added for 2023 which will explore the islands and ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands. This cruise is operated in collaboration with Go Galápagos.
On excursions led by naturalists, adventurers will discover 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 the coves.
Pre-cruise Experience in the Amazon
The Adventures by Disney Amazon Escape can add more to a Galápagos Islands Expedition Cruise. Following an overnight stay in Quito, travellers can 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 can explore the Napo River by motorized canoe in search of the pink river dolphin, enjoy a guided nocturnal rainforest walk to witness animals that would go unseen during daylight and more.
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