Disney Announces Bucket-list Cruises to Antarctica

Ponant cruise ship in Antarctica

Move over, Epcot — Adventures by Disney is planning a luxury expedition cruise to Antarctica. 

The 12-day, 11-night journey starts with a night at the Sofitel Buenos Aires and a flight to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city and gateway to Patagonia. 

The itinerary includes time to explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, a stop at the End of the World Post Office, and a catamaran ride through the Beagle Channel — named after the boat Charles Darwin used to explore the area in 1833. 

Disney is partnering with Ponant — a French cruise line known for its luxury vessels and adventurous itineraries — on the journey. Passengers will have the chance to cross the Drake Passage (one of the most challenging crossings a ship can make), kayak at the edge of the earth, and frolic with penguins and whales in a place few get to experience. 

Prices start at around $11,200 for kids and $12,500 for adults, including meals at the ship's two onboard restaurants. Children under 10 are not allowed. 

Disney is currently planning for two departures — one on Dec. 20, 2021, and another on Jan 30, 2022. It plans to open up bookings to the general public later this month. 

For travelers seeking a warmer escape, Disney is also planning expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands. Prices for those nine-day cruises start at $6,200. Departures to the Galapagos are planned in February, March, July, August, and December 2022. 

Meena Thiruvengadam is a Travel + Leisure contributor who has visited 50 countries on six continents and 47 U.S. states. She loves historic plaques, wandering new streets, and walking on beaches. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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