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Expedition Cruises

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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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  • Receive a free two-category stateroom upgrade on 2018 Scenic cruises when you book a balcony suite. Expires February 28. Click here for eligible departures.
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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 (Praia - Praia) 8 Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Along the South-African Coastline 2019 (Cape Town - Durban) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Along the South-African Coastline (Cape Town - Durban) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Canary Islands & Cape-Verde (Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Dakar) 10 Santa Cruz de Terenife, Spain  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 19 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
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 Explorer from Ushuaia (9 days) 9 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Antarctic Explorer: From Buenos Aires (10 Day, Ocean Endeavour) 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Intrepid Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent (10 Day, Begin Buenos Aires) 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Buenos Aires, Argentina  Quark Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 93 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 59 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Ha Long Bay 2 Hanoi, Vietnam  Hanoi, Vietnam  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Japan (Maizuru - Osaka) 9 Maizuru, Japan  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Japan (Osaka - Maizuru) 9 Osaka, Japan  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ancestral Japan (Osaka - Manila) 10 Osaka, Japan  Manila, Philippines  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition to Borneo & Beyond (Singapore - Benoa) 10 Singapore, Singapore  Bali, Indonesia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 23 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Australian Getaway (Sydney - Cairns) 10 Sydney, Australia  Cairns, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of New Zealand (Dunedin - Auckland, Itinerary A) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of New Zealand (Auckland - Dunedin) 10 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of New Zealand (Dunedin - Auckland, Itinerary B) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
New Year in the Caribbean (Fort de France - Fort de France) 8 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between Martinique and Panama (Fort de France - Colón) 10 Fort de France, Martinique  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between Panama and Martinique (Colón - Fort de France) 10 Colon, Panama  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Taste of Cuba & the Caribbean 10 Miami, FL  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean & Orinoco (Fort de France - Cayenne) 14 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Hawaii
Hawaii and French Polynesia (Honolulu - Papeete) 15 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Miscellaneous
Ocean Voyage (Honolulu - Maizuru) 14 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Maizuru, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Treasures of Polynesia (Papeete - Papeete) 8 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Isles, Atolls & Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Faces of Melanesia 11 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
30th Anniversary Cruise in Polynesia (Lautoka - Papeete) 13 Lautoka, Fiji  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Polynesia and Easter Island (L’Austral, Papeete - Hanga Roa) 14 Papeete, Tahiti  Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 17 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
Ecuador's Mashpi Lodge 4 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Callao - Valparaiso) 5 Callao, Peru  Valparaíso, Chile  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Montevideo - Rio de Janeiro) 5 Montevideo, Uruguay  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Punta Arenas to Ushuaia: Via Australis Patagonia Cruise 5 Punta Arenas, Chile  Ushuaia, Argentina  SITA First Class Dates and Prices
Galapagos at a Glance - Southern Islands 6 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 191 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Ocean Voyage (Dakar - Cayenne) 9 Dakar, Senegal  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Praia - Fort de France) 10 Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Fort de France - Lisbon) 11 Fort de France, Martinique  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Cayenne - Lisbon) 12 Cayenne, French Guiana  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Inaugural Transatlantic Crossing 14 Barcelona, Spain  Miami, FL  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 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
California (Vancouver - San Diego) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Ponant Deluxe 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
+ View all 8 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.