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CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA | Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Patagonia, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition Cruise

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This trip includes:
12 Days
31 Meals
16 Sites

Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime as you explore the infinite riches and natural beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. Nature takes center stage and unique experiences abound as you hike through penguin colonies, search for pods of whales navigating the waters around you, and share a toast with fellow Adventurers as you glide past glaciers and ice floes. Plus, you’ll kick off your journey to the Antarctic Peninsula with explorations of the diverse landscapes and rich culture of Patagonia, also known as the “End of the World.”

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      As we welcome you back to exploring the world with us, promoting health and safety is a top priority.  We are resuming trips with multiple layers of health and safety measures developed in consideration of guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local and international health authorities, the U.S. Travel Association and the Walt Disney Company's team of health experts.  Learn more about Guest Health and Safety Protocols here.

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      If you are a U. S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter Argentina; and return to the United States. It must be valid for six months beyond your intended stay and have at least 2 blank pages remaining. Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Visit the U.S. Department of State for more details.

      Please note: You do not need a visa to travel to Argentina for less than 90 days. A visa is also not required for sailing to Antarctica.

      If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Consulate or Embassy for Argentina for information on documentation requirements. Should you require a visa to travel to Argentina, we recommend you apply for a double-entry visa as a technical stop in Chile might be scheduled.

      Passport/Visa Services You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.

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      Baggage Restriction Guidelines
      The internal round-trip flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia baggage limitations and weight requirements are:

      • 1 checked bag: no more than 23 kg/50 lbs.
      • 1 small carry-on bag: no more than 8 kg/17.6 lbs.

      It is extremely important for Guests to stay within these limits for the internal flight. Baggage restrictions on some internal air flights may vary from the airlines’ stated baggage restrictions and are at the full discretion of the air carrier and outside of Adventure by Disney’s control.

      Luggage Information

      Photography Equipment
      Although photography is a key component on Antarctica voyages, it is still very important to follow the baggage weight restrictions when planning for specific photographic equipment that you intend to bring on your journey.

      Please note: Due to frequent security changes we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the most up-to-date restrictions.

      Clothing
      As a general rule, Guests should pack clothing that can be layered, as temperatures are likely to vary widely over the course of the trip. Wearing several medium-weight layers of clothing under a parka allows the body to adjust personal temperatures at will.

      Adventures by Disney provides all Guests with a water-resistant, hooded parka that is designed for this type of expedition cruise. Complimentary use of waterproof rubber boots is provided on board. If Guests would like to bring their own boots on the cruise, please ensure that they are mid-calf to knee-high, waterproof and rigid with high traction soles that can withstand walking through shallow icy water and other rough terrain.

      Daytime/Evening Attire
      Comfortable, casual clothing is recommended. Since the entire ship is air-conditioned, a sweater and light jacket may be necessary. There is no formal dress code on board the ship. When in the common areas, it is best to wear comfortable flat shoes with non-slip soles. Swimwear/fitness wear should only be worn in the pool/fitness areas. Evening attire should be smart casual, but there is not a specific policy in place as it is important to stay within the baggage weight restriction guidelines (see above).

      Mandatory
      • Waterproof/Windproof Over Pants: These do not need to be insulated, however, they do need to be waterproof, as you may get wet during Zodiac excursions and landings
      • Warm Hat, Wool Ear Muffs and/or Polar Ear Muffs
      • Polar or Wool Neck Warmer – avoid long scarves that do not stay in place

      Provided on Board
      • Waterproof Parka – Guests will take these home
      • Rubber Boots – Complimentary rental

      The following is a suggested list of what to bring on your trip:

      Please note: Guests who are also booked on the Buenos Aires Escape should check the packing list for that itinerary, too, as Buenos Aires and Antarctica have extremely different temperatures, so be sure to pack accordingly for each destination on your trip.
      • Pants
      • Long sleeve shirt
      • Wool leggings
      • Polar sweater or sweatshirt
      • Fleece jacket and/or vest
      • Water-resistant gloves
      • Wool or silk glove liners
      • Thermal underwear
      • Thick warm socks
      • Small waterproof backpack
      • Highly UV-protective sunglasses (recommended bringing a backup pair as there is a limited selection on board the ship)
      • Walking poles (small supply available for sale on board)
      • Walking or hiking shoes (needed for Ushuaia nature walk excursions)
      • Light raincoat (in case needed in Ushuaia, as ponchos will not be provided)
      • Hand and toe warmers
      • No formal or dressy attire needed

      Miscellaneous
      • Passport
      • Medication
      • Camera/video camera
      • Binoculars
      • Extra batteries or charger for camera
      • Cell phone charger
      • Sunglasses
      • Toiletries
      • Outlet adapter: 110V American – 2 flat pins / 220V European – round sockets with 2 round pins. One of each plug is located on the desk in each room. No additional USB plugs are available. We recommend bringing a European adaptor to utilize both plugs.

      Please note:

      Use of Drones
      The use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port-of-call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations.

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      Travel insurance with $100,000 in emergency evacuation coverage is highly recommended due to the remote locations Guests will visit during the expedition. Adventures by Disney is partnering with USI Travel Insurance Services to provide travel insurance for this adventure which includes this coverage. Please call USI at 855-874-0935 for more information. If Guests opt to purchase insurance elsewhere, they should review the policy details to verify if it has this coverage.

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      Arrival
      Upon arrival at either of the Buenos Aires area airports, Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) or Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP), Guests should follow signs to Passport Control/Immigration, then to Luggage and Customs to retrieve their baggage. Guests should then proceed through Customs and follow signs to the Arrival Hall, where a representative will be holding an orange-colored Adventures by Disney sign. The representative is available to assist Guests with their luggage and will escort them to their pre-arranged ground transportation to the hotel.

      Flights may arrive at any point during the day, as there are no group activities scheduled on Day 1 other than checking in with the Adventure Guides at the hotel’s hospitality desk.

      Note: Buenos Aires Escape Guests will follow the arrival instructions for that program and will join the Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition Cruise program on Day 2. See the Buenos Aires Escape itinerary or ask your Vacationista for more details.

      Departure
      On the final day of your adventure, a late morning or early afternoon flight will bring you from Ushuaia to Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires for your return flight home. To ensure a comfortable connection in Buenos Aires, your departure flight should not be scheduled any time prior to 5:00 PM.

      Day Airport Code Arrival/Departure Time
      Arrival 1 EZE or AEP Anytime
      Departure 12 EZE Any time after 5:00 PM

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      Adventures by Disney has taken care of gratuities for all meals, activities and tips for porters, housekeepers, drivers, activity providers, local experts and all crew. Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are also included.

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      Adventures by Disney has arranged for all or your transportation needs as specified in your trip itinerary.

      In the event you wish to visit a site that requires additional transportation while spending time on your own in Buenos Aires or Ushuaia, taxis are available. Your Adventure Guides will be able to assist you in arranging a ride.

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      The official language in Argentina is Spanish. On the ship, English will be the primary language spoken, however, the crew are bilingual in French and English.

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      In Argentina, the monetary unit is the Argentine Peso. U.S. dollars and major credit cards are generally accepted by most restaurants and stores in Argentina. Therefore, Guests will only need a small amount of local currency. Adventures by Disney recommends that Guests bring U.S. dollars in small denominations and exchange only the amount needed for miscellaneous expenses.

      On the ship, you will open a shipboard account which will allow you to pay for all onboard purchases by charging to your room (i.e. spa treatments, boutique purchases, premium spirits, laundry, etc.). The prices for onboard purchases are in Euros. This account can be paid at the end of the cruise with a major credit card (Visa, American Express or MasterCard) or cash (USD or Euros).

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    We've been working to develop health and safety measures after considering guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as local and international health authorities. Learn more.

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires anyone 2 years of age and over entering or reentering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 3 calendar days before boarding their flight​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the previous 90 days.

    Prior to the trip, Adventures by Disney will provide Guests with information on how to obtain the required testing. Details will be unique to the specific point of departure for reentry.

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    Please check the Centers for Disease Control website for requirements on vaccinations for travel to this destination.

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    If you are in the United States, please call (800) 543-0865 to speak to a Vacationista, or contact your professional travel agent.

    If you are outside the United States, please call (866) 983-7872 to speak to a Vacationista, or contact your professional travel agent.

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    Arrival: We will pick you up from either of the Buenos Aires airports: Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) or Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP). Your flight may arrive at any point during the day.

    Please note: If you are participating in the Buenos Aires Escape pre-package, please follow the arrival instructions for that program.

    Departure: On the final day of the adventure, a late morning or early afternoon flight will bring you from Ushuaia to Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires for your return flight home. To ensure a comfortable connection in Buenos Aires, your departure flight should not be scheduled any time prior to 5:00 PM.

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    No. Transfers are only included from the Buenos Aires area airports.

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    On the morning of Day 2, Guests will fly as a group from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, where they will board the ship at the Port of Ushuaia. The ship will remain docked in Ushuaia overnight allowing Guests to explore the Patagonia region until the evening of Day 3, when it will sail for the Antarctic Peninsula.

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    Yes, there are 2 options for you to extend your Adventures by Disney Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition Cruise itinerary.

    Option 1: You may extend your vacation with a pre- or post-night stay at the Sofitel Recoleta Hotel in Buenos Aires.

    Option 2: You can also book a 4-day Adventures by Disney Buenos Aires Escape as a pre-package for your Expedition Cruise. If you choose the Escape pre-package, you will join the Expedition Cruise program on Day 2 for the flight to Ushuaia.

    Both options may be booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with an expedition cruise package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865 for further information on all vacation extension options.

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    Your group will use commercial aircraft to travel to and from Ushuaia on Day 2 and Day 12. While in Argentina, motor coaches will be used for transportation and excursions. Once the ship sets sail, Guests will remain on board the PONANT cruise ship with the exception of when Zodiac boats are used to reach the landing locations for excursions in Antarctica.

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    Due to the remote location of this Expedition Cruise, there is no land based medical infrastructure in the expedition region. Therefore, although the ship has its own qualified doctor and nurse, and has a medical center containing a stock of basic medicines and medical equipment, the medical treatment available is not comparable to that offered by a shore-based medical facility. To ensure your comfort and safety, and so that the onboard doctor is aware of your general state of health, Guests will be required to complete a medical questionnaire that will need to be filled out and signed by their doctor. This form will be emailed to Guests approximately 90 days prior to sailing and it will need to be returned directly to PONANT’s medical team approximately 45 days prior to sailing.

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    Yes, there is a doctor on board available to Guests. There is a fee for all consultations and the price may vary according to the time and place of the consultation (hospital or stateroom). Guests will also be required to pay for any medications.

    PONANT asks Guests who require any special treatment to note it on the medical form prior to departure, as well as to inform the on-board crew upon embarkation. It is also important for Guests to keep any medications on hand for the duration of the trip.

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    This trip has an activity rating of light/moderate; travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods and prepared for multiple hours of activity on some days. Excursions may include navigating uneven terrain, climbing stairs without handrails and walking on paths with steep ascents/descents or that are mud, snow or ice covered. Guests must be able to step down into and out of a Zodiac with little assistance, including stepping into the water at times.

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    This vacation includes activities that may present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing assistance. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. This expedition can be physically demanding and Guests should be in general good health and able to walk short distances over uneven and rough terrain unassisted. Since Guests will be traveling to a remote area without access to sophisticated medical facilities, a Guest may not join this expedition if they have a life-threatening condition. Contact a Vacationista to discuss any questions you may have.

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    Those Guests who are prone to motion sickness may be uncomfortable on the 38 – 44-hour crossing of the Drake Passage or if there are rough waters during the catamaran cruise in Ushuaia. The Drake Passage is well-known for its rough seas, and Guests can anticipate experiencing some motion sickness.

    Although the ships are equipped with stabilizers which adapt to the movements of the ship and are designed to anticipate and compensate for the pitching and tossing of the sea to achieve greater stability, it is highly recommended for all Guests that are susceptible to seasickness, or aren’t sure if they are, to have motion sickness medication, although the medical center on board can provide treatments for a fee.

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    For the safety of parent and child, and depending on various circumstances, passengers who are at an advanced stage of pregnancy (after 5 months) will not be allowed to board the ship. The ship does not have facilities for giving birth on board. Please inform us immediately if you will be at such an advanced stage of pregnancy at any time during sailing. Adventures by Disney cannot be held responsible or liable for any complications relating to pregnancy at any stage.

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    While we welcome children ages 10 and up for our Expedition Cruise trip, we recommend that children be at least 12 years old at the time of travel. This is based on several factors, such as the duration of the trip, potential for extreme weather or sea conditions and the amount of physical activity involved. In addition, the trip involves close encounters with wild animals, such as seals and penguins, which requires a certain level of maturity to follow the strict regulations enforced to maintain the pristine environment of Antarctica. Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865 to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.

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    Typically, breakfast is a buffet. Dinners and lunches usually include fish, meat, and pasta or rice entrées; vegetables and salad; and desserts and fruit. Some meals on the trip are served family style while others offer a limited-choice menu or buffet. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices may not always be available. Child-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. Guests are offered a varied menu, with themed meals and classic entrées.

    Meals on board are served at leisure in 2 restaurants and the times are scheduled around the day’s excursions and shipboard activities. Guests may dine in the main dining room on Deck 2, which serves contemporary, gourmet and international cuisine, or the more casual restaurant on Deck 6, which offers indoor and outdoor seating (weather and sea conditions permitting) for buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    In addition to 3 meals a day, early-riser coffee and afternoon tea are served daily and the lounges are open at designated times for beverages throughout the day and evening. Room service is also available 24 hours a day.

    Bottled water, bar drinks (exclusive of premium champagnes, wines and spirits), coffee, tea and soft drinks are included during all meals and throughout the day in the lounges. Tap water is purified and bottled water is provided on the ship.

    If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.

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    Unlimited wine, beer and house spirits are included and available throughout the cruise, including a fully-stocked minibar. Some meals during the excursions in Patagonia and on the internal flights do not include alcohol.

    Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

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    If Guests have special dietary requirements (vegetarian or vegan menus, food allergies, etc.), please advise a Vacationista at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the departure. Chefs on board will make every effort to accommodate Guests’ needs. In addition, it is also recommended that Guests take the opportunity early in the cruise to meet with both Adventure Guides and the Maître D’ to discuss any special requests and inform the server prior to dining. Unfortunately, Adventures by Disney may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Kosher meals are not available on board.

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    There is no formal dress code on board the ship and the atmosphere is casual, therefore, formal clothing is not necessary. As a general rule, Guests should pack comfortable clothing that can be layered, as temperatures are likely to vary widely over the course of the trip. A sweater or light jacket may be useful even when indoors. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended. Swimwear/fitness gear should only be worn in the pool/fitness areas.

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    Yes. The washing and ironing of clothes will take between 24 and 48 hours for a fee that will be charged to the Guest’s shipboard account. Dry cleaning is not available.

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    We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) we will attempt to re-book you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline re-booking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your Expedition Cruise package price and Plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement. The immediately preceding sentence does not apply to any cancellation (or deemed cancellation under the agreement between the group travel organizer and us) of a group travel reservation by the organizer of the group travel experience, for whatever reason, and in the event of such cancellation you will not be entitled to any refund or reimbursement from us of any amounts.

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    Yes, Adventures by Disney is partnering with USI Travel Insurance Services to provide travel insurance for this adventure. Please call USI at 855-874-0935 for more information.

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