Is an Arctic Vacation with Adventures by Disney® Right for Your Family?
March 14, 2022
For those ready to follow the spirit of adventure to the ends of the earth, an Arctic getaway will provide memories that last forever. If your family has ever dreamed of becoming polar explorers, answer these five questions to see if the new Adventures by Disney® Arctic Expedition Cruise is right for you. And if it’s not, don’t worry—Adventures by Disney® offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences all around the world. We’ve got even more ideas at the end of this article. So, read on, and wherever you choose to go, remember you can receive special vacation financing when you use your Disney® Visa® Credit Card to book a qualifying Disney package.1
Are you ready for a 10-day journey?
All in all, your 10-day tour will include 16 incredible sites. You’ll begin your journey in Oslo, Norway,
where you’ll have time to check out city sights like Akershus Fortress and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. (Note that you’ll need a passport valid for six months beyond your intended stay to enter Norway.) On day two, you’ll fly to Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost settlement, where you’ll board a luxurious ship to spend six epic days sailing around Svalbard, exploring the archipelago and enjoying the ship’s onboard dining and entertainment.
Do you enjoy bundling up and getting cozy?
While you may be sailing in summer, the journey will take you far north of the Arctic Circle, and weather conditions will vary widely over the course of the vacation. A good explorer is always prepared, so be sure to pack plenty of layers, along with essentials like a wool hat, warm gloves and thick socks. Adventures by Disney® provides Guests with a parka designed for the Arctic climate, as well as complimentary use of waterproof rubber boots onboard. For more information on what to bring, visit the tour’s FAQ page.
Are you called to nature and being outdoors?
If you think that quality family time means fresh air and outdoor fun, the Arctic Expedition Cruise offers many opportunities to answer the call of the wild. Possible stops include the massive Monaco Glacier; Raudfjorden, a stunning fjord that’s home to volcanoes; and Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park, where you’ll find mountain peaks, hot springs and the remnants of several Arctic expeditions. With such a small human population, Svalbard is a haven for wildlife, and as you explore, you may encounter whales, arctic foxes, reindeer and even polar bears.
Do you like to be active on vacations?
Prefer some get-up-and-go in your getaways? On Disney’s Arctic Expedition Cruise, your family will have no shortage of activities to take part in. Explore an abandoned 17th-century whaling settlement, hike across the tundra to take in panoramic views or board an inflatable Zodiac boat and cruise glacial waters in search of polar bears. And there’s lots of fun to be had on the ship, too—shake things up in a cocktail-making class, become the star of the talent show or treat yourself to a massage in the ship’s spa.
Would you describe your style as “go with the flow”?
Every journey into the Arctic is a journey into the unknown. The weather can be unpredictable, so the ship’s Captain and Expedition Leaders will determine each day’s activities based on the current ice and weather conditions. This might not be ideal for people who like to stick to a plan, but if you’re prepared to go with the “floe,” you’ll be able to experience this incredible environment the way Mother Nature intended: totally in the moment.
If you answered “yes” to most of the above, an Arctic adventure may be right for you!
Disney’s Arctic Expedition Cruise offers the intrepid traveler a variety of exciting activities and pristine natural beauty, so if your family is looking for a vacation with lots of thrills, it could be the perfect fit.
If you answered “no” to most of the above, consider another adventure.
A journey into the Arctic isn’t everyone’s idea of a vacation, which is why Adventures by Disney® offers getaways to destinations all across the globe. Whether you want to witness some of America’s most wondrous landscapes in Wyoming, have a private tour of Egypt or take a river cruise along the Seine, you’ll be sure to find an adventure that’s right for you. Explore all the destinations to find one that suits your style.
Full details on the itinerary, travel dates and FAQs are available on the Arctic Expedition Cruise website. And don’t forget that wherever you choose to go—from Africa to the Arctic—you can use your Disney Visa Card for special vacation financing to book any Adventures by Disney® package, meaning you can always find the getaway that fits your family.1
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