By the end of this year, Disney fans will be able to explore every continent on Earth with the kid-friendly brand.
Last week, Adventures by Disney announced the launch of cruises to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. The first Antarctica tour is scheduled to depart this year, while the cruises to the Galapagos will begin in 2022.
The introduction of “expedition” cruises marks Disney’s third type of cruise service, alongside its Disney Cruise Line vacations and European river cruises.
A family cruise to Antarctica — for older kids
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 Antarctic Peninsula is the closest part of Antarctica to the southern tip of South America, shown here via two angles.
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