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Expedition cruises are destination-based journeys that take you into some of the world's most exciting and remote locales. Popular voyages include Darwin's Galapagos Islands, where you'll meet golden-brown iguanas and magnificent frigate birds, and Papua New Guinea, where you'll learn about local cultures and exchange gifts with tribes. See penguins in Antarctica and polar bears in the Arctic or witness the rugged beauty of Australia's Kimberley region.

Expedition cruises include onboard meals and accommodations on ships ranging from the luxurious with a full array of comforts to basic vessels with limited facilities and amenities. Onboard naturalists accompany many voyages, and these experts lead shore excursions and offer lectures about the places visited.

An expedition cruise is a world away from ordinary cruising. From exotic wildlife and enchanting natural wonders to primitive cultures and ancient societies, expedition cruising shows you a side of the world you've never seen before and will never forget.

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  • Save up to 25% off with early booking discounts on select Hurtigruten Explorer voyages. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $2,000 to $7,000 per couple off 2018 Quark Arctic trips in certain cabin categories. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 15% to 25% off select Antarctica departures with Intrepid. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $9,000 per couple off Japan, Hong Kong & the Ryukyu Islands Cruise departures with Abercrombie and Kent in certain cabin categories. Or, solo travelers save 75% off the single supplement. Click here for eligible departures.

Expedition cruises are rated according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered. The vacations below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any vacation name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

Vacation Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality*  

Expedition Cruises - Africa
Moorish Odyssey 13 Malaga, Spain  Canary Islands, Spain  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Atolls and Spices 18 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake (Begin Santiago, 7 Day) 7 Santiago, Chile  Santiago, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake (Begin Santiago) 8 Santiago, Chile  Santiago, Chile  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake (Island Sky) 8 Santiago, Chile  Santiago, Chile  Intrepid Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Explorer (Sea Adventurer) 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 80 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
In the Heart of Japan (Osaka - Muroran) 11 Osaka, Japan  Muroran, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vietnamese Shores (Hong Kong - Kota Kinabalu) 12 Hong Kong, China  Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discover Indonesia (Bali - Bali) 12 Bali, Indonesia  Bali, Indonesia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Australia to Indonesia (Darwin - Bali) 12 Darwin, Australia  Bali, Indonesia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Indonesian Archipelagos (Kota Kinabalu - Darwin) 12 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
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Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Iconic Kimberly (Darwin - Darwin) 11 Darwin, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Iconic Kimberly (Darwin - Broome) 11 Darwin, Australia  Broome, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Kimberley - Australia's Hidden Treasure (Darwin to Broome) 11 Darwin, Australia  Broome, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Kimberley - Australia's Hidden Treasure (Broome to Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Taste of Cuba & the Caribbean 10 Miami, FL  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Eastern Caribbean & the Grenadines 11 Bridgetown, Barbados  Bridgetown, Barbados  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cuba in Depth 14 Miami, FL  Miami, FL  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean Exploration of Keys, Coves, and Reefs (Northbound) 15 Limon, Costa Rica  Miami, FL  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
The Classic Winter Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Winter Voyage South 2018 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Autumn Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Spring Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Summer Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 165 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
The Panama Canal & Costa Rica (BBC Earth Journey, Eastbound) 11 San Jose, Costa Rica  Panama City, Panama  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Panama Canal & Costa Rica 2018 (BBC Earth Journey, Eastbound) 11 San Jose, Costa Rica  Panama City, Panama  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Panama Canal & Costa Rica 2018 (BBC Earth Journey, Westbound) 11 Panama City, Panama  San Jose, Costa Rica  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Treasures of Melanesia 8 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
On the Pacific Ring of Fire 13 Koror, Palau  Hakodate, Japan  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Remote Islands of Micronesia & the Solomon Sea 15 Koror, Palau  Honiara, Solomon Islands  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Islands of the Coral Sea 16 Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Cairns, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
A Passage to the Caribbean 17 Canary Islands, Spain  Bridgetown, Barbados  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
In the Wake of Thor Heyerdahl (Westbound) 17 Casablanca, Morocco  Fortaleza, Brazil  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Atlantic Crossing In the Wake of the Buccaneers 17 Lisbon, Portugal  Manaus, Brazil  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Coastal Gems of America (Northbound) 13 Miami, FL  Halifax, Canada  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Coastal Gems of America (Southbound) 13 Halifax, Canada  Miami, FL  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices


* Key to Quality Ratings

These vacations are classified according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered.

Budget = Budget vacations that typically range from $50 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
First Class = First class vacations that typically range from $80 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
Deluxe = Deluxe vacations that typically range from $200 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.