How much are Disney’s cruises to Antarctica and Galapagos Islands?


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 Antarctic Peninsula is the closest part of Antarctica to the southern tip of South America, shown here via two angles.

L: Leonello Calvetti; R: FrankRamspott

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,” according to the company’s website.

What to expect

Weather permitting, travelers will embark on two cruise excursions per day. These range from kayaking and hikes along Antarctica’s shoreline to orca spotting and walks to see the continent’s penguin colonies.

Back on the ship, there are Disney movie nights for the kids and cocktail-making classes for the adults. Naturalists, photographers and other special guests are to give talks and conduct workshops as well.  

Le Boreal, a cruise ship from Ponant, has two restaurants, a heated saltwater pool and spa.

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What it costs

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 on Jan. 30, 2022, is slightly cheaper with rates starting at $11,200.

The Galapagos Islands

For Disney fans who prefer warmer weather, Adventures by Disney also announced it will operate five new cruises to the Galapagos Islands starting next year.

Disney’s Galapagos Islands expedition tour gives guests the chance to see marine iguanas, sea lions and giant land tortoises.

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