Adventures By Disney Is Planning A Luxury Expedition Cruise To Antarctica
Discover the Antarctic Peninsula, where endless White Mountains roll to the horizon and massive glaciers churn icebergs into the sea. Thrill-seeking travellers and their little ones will soon be able to visit one of the world’s most sought-after destinations in both comfort and luxury; the all-new Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruises will offer guests round trip cruise itineraries to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. The first Antarctica tour is scheduled to depart by end of this year, while the cruises to the Galapagos will begin in 2022.
In collaboration with luxury French cruise line, Ponant, the 12-day Antarctica cruise is scheduled to stop at 16 sites 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 town 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 via catamaran.
Once aboard Le Boreal, a ship operated by French cruise ship company Ponant, cruise passengers will cross the Drake Passage to reach the Antarctica Peninsula. This crossing ranges from smooth to terrifying, depending on the weather.
The itinerary is set to include a combination of adventure and relaxation-based activities, including nature immersion, kayaking, cocktail-making classes, talks and workshops by naturalists, and more optional events and offerings to keep both families and solo travellers engaged for the duration of the trip.
Like most Disney tours, the cruise is marketed to families, albeit ones with older children. Adventures by Disney recommends kids be 12 years and older to join and doesn’t allow children younger than 10 years old due to “the duration of the trip, potential for extreme weather or sea conditions and the amount of physical activity involved.
Prices for the December Antarctica cruise start around $11,500 for children and $12,800 for adults for a 200-square-foot “deluxe stateroom” with a private deck. Prices more than double to stay in the “owner’s suite,” which is nearly $27,500 per adult. Airfare to and from Buenos Aires is not included in the price.
A second cruise, departing will take place on January 30, 2022, which is slightly cheaper with rates starting at $11,200. Bookings for both expedition cruises are opened now. For more information on the once-in-a-lifetime itinerary, do visit the official Adventures by Disney Website.