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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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  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on select Hurtigruten sailings departing this October. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 25% off select Norwegian coastal voyages. Click here for eligible departures.
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  • Save 10% to 30% off select 2018 and 2019 Quark Antarctica departures in certain cabin categories. Expires September 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $100 per couple off 2018 Cosmos tours. This offer is combinable with other discounts. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $4,000 per couple off select Hurtigruten Antarctica cruises when you book a suite. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% off Silversea expeditions when you pay in full. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $3,000 to $8,000 per couple off the cruise price of Quark Arctic sailings in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $1,000 per couple off select Alexander+Roberts itineraries worldwide when you pay in full at the time of booking. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 25% off with early booking discounts on select Hurtigruten Explorer voyages. 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
East African Expedition -From Zulus to Dugongs 7 Durban, South Africa  Maputo, Mozambique  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cape Verde and its Islands 2018 (Praia - Praia) 8 Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cape Verde and its Islands (Praia - Praia) 8 Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Along the South-African Coastline 2018 (Cape Town - Durban) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Canary Islands & Cape-Verde 2018 (Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Dakar) 10 Santa Cruz de Terenife, Spain  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 18 Africa expedition cruises
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 from Punta Arenas 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Intrepid 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 2018 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
+ View all 121 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B) 6 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (A) 6 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Spitsbergen Highlights 6 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief 6 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 58 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Ha Long Bay 2 Hanoi, Vietnam  Hanoi, Vietnam  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Andaman Sea and Orangutans 11 Yangon, Myanmar  Singapore, Singapore  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Maldives (Male) to Colombo 12 Male, Maldives  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
From the Untouched Lakshadweep Islands to Colourful Bollywood 13 Male, Maldives  Mumbai, India  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mythical Lands of Bengal 13 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Phuket, Thailand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 17 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Kimberley Coast Expedition (Broome to Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Coast Expedition (Darwin to Broome) 11 Darwin, Australia  Broome, 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
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 Voyage South 2018-2019 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
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 Voyage North 2018-2019 7 Bergen, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 110 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Treasures of Melanesia 8 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Faces of Melanesia 11 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Pacific 14 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
In the Wake of the Bounty 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Corals, Carvings and Cloves 15 Cairns, Australia  Bali, Indonesia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 11 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Inaugural Transatlantic Crossing 2018 14 Barcelona, Spain  Miami, FL  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
South America to the Canary Islands 2019 15 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Canary Islands, Spain  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
A Passage to the Caribbean 17 Canary Islands, Spain  Bridgetown, Barbados  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
Atlantic Crossing In the Wake of the Buccaneers 17 Lisbon, Portugal  Manaus, Brazil  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Ushuaia to Cape Town 2019 22 Ushuaia, Argentina  Cape Town, South Africa  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Coastal Journey Down East Maine and Acadia 8 New York City, NY  Halifax, Canada  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
America’s Western Frontier 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Francisco, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Gulf of St. Lawrence and Bays of Eastern Canada 11 New York City, NY  Halifax, Canada  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Wild Coast of the Pacific USA 12 San Diego, CA  Vancouver, Canada  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Coastal Gems of America (Northbound) 13 Miami, FL  Halifax, Canada  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 U.S. (Continental) expedition cruises


* 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.