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Experience unbelievable natural wonders and wildlife up close in some of the world’s most remote and pristine destinations during an Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruise.

Our expedition itineraries offer a spectacular mix of planned and spur-of-the-moment activities geared toward families and adults traveling without children.
Group of parka clad Adventurers in a Zodiac boat navigating a strait to reach the snowy Antarctica shoreGroup of parka clad Adventurers in a Zodiac boat navigating a strait to reach the snowy Antarctica shore

Your Primer to Expedition Cruising

Expedition cruising is ideal for those with an adventurous spirit who crave extraordinary experiences in faraway places. Travel comfortably to the world’s most remote regions to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Ship Size and Vibe
This intimate mode of nature travel will have you sailing in comfort and style aboard a sleek, amenity-filled vessel that has the feeling of a private yacht. These smaller ships also make it easier to access out-of-the way destinations and nimbly respond to a wide variety of weather conditions.

Flexible Schedule
Our accompanying experts, including world-class naturalists, are always on the lookout for opportunities to enhance your trip based on what they see in real time. And your ship can easily change its course in order to view the phenomenon, whether it be a waddle of penguins on the Antarctic coastline or napping sea lions within the Galápagos. The room for spontaneity truly makes every trip original!

Zodiac Boat Excursions
Each voyage is equipped with durable Zodiac watercrafts that make it possible for you to explore areas that are typically inaccessible and witness wildlife up-close.

Environmentally Conscious Approach
Sustainability is a top priority. Since expedition vessels operate in vulnerable areas, these ships are committed to reducing their environmental impact by being more fuel-efficient and creating less waste.
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The Disney Advantage

No matter which destination you choose, rest assured your Adventures by Disney expedition cruise will be infused with the trusted quality and world-class service associated with the Disney brand.

Top-of-the Line Accommodations
We’re proud to be partnering with the foremost experts in expedition cruising, PONANT and GoGalapagos. For our Antarctica explorations, we’ll be sailing aboard Le Lyrial and Le Boreal. For our Ecuador expeditions, we’ll set out on Legend Galápagos. Each boutique-style ship may be built to endure challenging environments, but they also offer lavish quarters and decadent dining.

Engaging Onboard Activities The time you spend coasting at sea will be just as worthwhile and memorable as the time spent on shore, thanks to the team of Disney-trained Adventure Guides—naturalists who will be on every sailing. In addition, special Disney Guests will be aboard select sailings. During your trip, you can look forward to:
  • Nightly “Adventure Awaits” chats about what lies ahead and what you’ve experienced that day
  • Hands-on Photography Workshops (select sailings)
  • Cocktail-making classes
  • Navigation lessons on the bridge
  • Celebratory themed deck parties
  • Special activities for Junior Adventurers
Unparalleled Attention to Detail and Storytelling
Your Adventure Guides will take care of every aspect of your trip—and bring destinations to life with fun tales and fascinating trivia about each destination that will interest Adventurers of all ages.
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Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruise Destinations

Explore unique, off-the-beaten path locales on an exhilarating vacation that will truly satisfy your wanderlust.

Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition Cruise Aboard the Ship

A 12-day/11-night, all-inclusive adventure to the awe-inspiring icescapes of the earth’s southernmost continent. You’ll hike with naturalists among thousands of penguins and glide on zodiac boats between glaciers in Antarctica, as well as marvel at the splendor of Patagonia via train and catamaran.

Ecuador Expedition Cruise to the Galápagos Islands

A 9-day/8-night getaway to the enchanted archipelago located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. You’ll spot endless wildlife—from marine iguanas to blue footed boobies—and snorkel among reef sharks and spotted eagle rays in the turquoise waters.
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Sailing with Knowledgeable Company

Every Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruise features a team of people whose goal is to make your trip exceptional.

During your trip, you’ll meet:
  • Naturalists who are experts in their given region. These naturalists will provide information-sharing sessions, as well as accompany you ashore to answer questions and educate you “in the field.”
  • Disney-trained Adventure Guides will bring extra storytelling to the nature, beauty and history of each destination and will also handle all of your details to ensure your vacation is as hassle-free as possible. Plus, they’ll coordinate family-friendly activities such as karaoke nights and scavenger hunts.
  • Exclusive Disney Special Guests, including animal and photography experts, who will join select sailing dates and share their expertise with you via hands-on workshops and interactive presentations.
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Nature Immersion

While our River Cruises immerse you in the culture of each destination, our Expedition Cruises immerse you in the untouched wilderness of each destination.

In Antarctica, anticipate drifting through dramatic landscapes of snow-covered mountains and seascapes of icebergs. And to be called to the deck to view humpback whales and chinstrap penguins. In the Galapagos, expect to maintain a running tab on the flamingos and ancient tortoises that you encounter, as well as keep an eye out for nesting sea turtles.

Whether you choose to explore the polar region or the iconic volcanic islands of Ecuador, you and your family will return home with a greater understanding and appreciation for the incredible nature that exists on our planet.
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What's Included

With an Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruise vacation, you can rest easy knowing that the travel essentials you require are included in your trip.

Some of the accommodations, services and amenities you can expect during your adventure are:
  • Deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom
  • Daily excursions that appeal to a variety of Guests and fitness levels
  • Delicious onboard dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner to fuel you for a day of exploration
  • Services of Adventure Guides, Expedition Leaders and an onboard Cruise Director and support staff
  • A team of naturalists, who are foremost experts in a given region
  • All gratuities onboard and port charges
  • Engaging programming and entertainment designed to make your time on the ship as stimulating and meaningful as your excursions off the ship
  • Complimentary expedition parka for you to take home (for Antarctica only)
  • Refillable water bottles in all staterooms and throughout the ship
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Something for Everyone

An Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruise promises to be an unforgettable experience for every type of traveler—from adventure-seeking couples to multi-generational families with grandparents and children.

  • Adults: Enjoy select adults-only programming, like cocktail-making basics, incredible talks and workshops by naturalists and experts and a chance to meet like-minded adventurers
  • Teens & Kids: Delight in navigation lessons, exclusive onboard experiences for teens, Junior Adventurer movie nights and pizza parties, game nights, scavenger hunts and an incredible opportunity to meet new friends from around the country… and the world!
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Extend Your Vacation

Extend your expedition to the Galápagos or Antarctica!

Surround yourself in the vibrant culture and food of this unique Argentine capital by taking a 4-day/3-night Buenos Aires Escape before casting off on an Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition Cruise. Space is limited and Escape guests must be booked on the expedition cruise.

Or, call (800) 543-0865 to speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent about coordinating a hotel-only stay in Buenos Aires before an Antarctica Expedition Cruise or in Quito, Ecuador before or after a Galápagos Expedition Cruise.
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For additional flexibility, guests who change or cancel their expedition cruise reservation for any reason through March 31, 2021 will receive a future travel credit in the amount of their required deposit. Travel credits are eligible to be redeemed within 24 months of the initial booking date. Date changes or cancellations made after March 31, 2021 will be subject to Adventures by Disney’s standard terms and conditions. Travel credits are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash in whole or in part.