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Expedition Cruises

Expedition cruises are destination-focused journeys that take you to some of the world's most exciting and remote locales. Popular spots include Darwin's Galapagos Islands, where you'll meet golden-brown iguanas and magnificent frigate birds, and Australia's Kimberley region, with its dramatic landscapes and rugged beauty. See penguins in Antarctica or polar bears in the Arctic.

Sailings take place on ships ranging from the luxurious with a full array of comforts to basic vessels with limited amenities. Onboard naturalists accompany many voyages, and these experts lead shore excursions and offer lectures about the places explored. 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.

Limited-Time Offers on Expedition Cruises!
  • G Adventure: Save up to 25% off tours. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires January 31. Click here.
  • Insight: Save $200 per couple off trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires February 16. Click here.
  • Quark: Save up to 45% on sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,000 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Celebrity: Save with special rates on Galapagos cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • G Adventure: Save up to 30% off expedition trips. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires January 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Travel with Avalon Waterways and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Avalon Waterways . Click here.
  • Globus: Travel with Globus and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Globus or its sister brands Cosmos, Avalon Waterways and Monograms. Click here.
  • Scenic: Travel with Scenic and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent cruise with Scenic. Click here.
  • Tauck: Young travelers receive up to $500 per person off family departures. Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.

Below is a complete list of expedition ships. Click any ship name for details.

Company Ship Name Year Built Refurbished Passengers
Abercrombie & Kent Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Adventures by Disney L'Austral 2011 -- 264
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Avalon Waterways Treasure of Galapagos 2009 2017 16
Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Xpedition 2001 2019 48
CroisiEurope MV La Belle des Oceans 1989 -- 120
Emerald Cruises Emerald Azzurra 2022 -- 100
G Adventures MS Expedition 1972 2009 140
Gate 1 Travel MS Fridtjof Nansen 2020 -- 695
Globus MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Hurtigruten Fram 2007 2020 348
MS Fridtjof Nansen 2020 -- 695
MS Maud 2003 2021 737
MS Otto Sverdrup 2002 2020 686
MS Roald Amundsen 2018 -- 689
Santa Cruz II 2002 2021 90
Spitsbergen 2009 2016 252
Intrepid Travel Daphne 1997 2004 16
Ocean Adventurer 1975 1998 128
Ultramarine 2020 -- 199
Natural Habitat Adventures National Geographic Quest 2017 -- 100
Ponant L'Austral 2011 -- 264
Le Bellot 2020 -- 184
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Le Champlain 2018 -- 184
Le Commandant Charcot 2021 -- 270
Le Dumont d'Urville 2019 -- 184
Le Jacques Cartier 2020 -- 184
Le Laperouse 2018 -- 184
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Le Soleal 2013 -- 264
Quark Expeditions Ocean Adventurer 1975 1998 128
Ocean Diamond 1986 2012 189
Ultramarine 2020 -- 199
World Explorer 2019 -- 176
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours MS Scenic Eclipse II 2020 -- 228
Scenic Eclipse 2019 -- 228
SITA World Tours MV Galapagos Legend 2001 2007 100
Tauck Isabela II 1979 1988 40
L'Austral 2011 -- 264
Le Bellot 2020 -- 184
Le Boreal 2010 -- 264
Le Bougainville 2019 -- 184
Le Jacques Cartier 2020 -- 184
Le Lyrial 2015 -- 264
Le Soleal 2013 -- 264
Silver Origin 2020 -- 100