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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 15% to 40% off select Quark Antarctica departures in certain cabin categories. Expires October 31. Click here for eligible departures.
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  • Save up to 35% off select G Adventures departures worldwide. Price shown reflects discount. Expires October 31. 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 2020 (Musical Cruise) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Essential Seychelles 9 Victoria, Seychelles  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 29 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 First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia (9 days) 9 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Discover Antarctica 10 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
+ View all 123 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Norway and Spitsbergen - The Route of Polar Pioneers 7 Tromso, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Arctic Unveiled 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Icelandic Mosaic (Reykjavik - Reykjavik) 8 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Best of Spitsbergen 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 73 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
Schubert & Schumann: Piano & Lieder in Japan 9 Maizuru, Japan  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between Vietnam and the Malacca Strait 10 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  Singapore, Singapore  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 22 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget 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 2019-2020 (Auckland - Dunedin) 10 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, 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 2019-2020 (Dunedin - Auckland) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 16 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Ocean Voyage (Boston - Fort-de-France) 8 Boston, MA  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Caribbean 8 Bridgetown, Barbados  Bridgetown, Barbados  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
Caribbean Sea – Discover Cayes, Coves and Reefs (Miami to Puerto Limón) 9 Miami, FL  Limon, Costa Rica  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Between Martinique and Panama (Fort de France - Colón) 10 Fort de France, Martinique  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 14 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
Ocean Voyage (Bergen - Reykjavik) 4 Bergen, Norway  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Marseille - Valletta) 4 Marseille, France  Valletta, Malta  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Classic Voyage South 6 Kirkenes, Norway  Bergen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Classic Voyage North 7 Bergen, Norway  Kirkenes, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Iberia Wonders 7 Barcelona, Spain  Porto, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 174 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Hawaii
Hawaii and French Polynesia 2019 (Honolulu - Papeete) 16 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
Maya Treasure of the Yucatán 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Western Caribbean 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Natural and Cultural History in Central America 8 Colon, Panama  Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
National Parks and Panama Canal (Puerto Caldera - Colón) 8 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (Panama City to San Jose) 8 Panama City, Panama  San Jose, Costa Rica  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 21 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Treasures of the Red Sea 8 Aqaba, Jordan  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discovering the Levant 9 Antalya, Turkey  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Egypt and Israel (Aqaba to Antalya) 9 Aqaba, Jordan  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Egypt and Israel (Antalya to Aqaba) 10 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Passage to Ancient Egypt & India (Cruise-Only) 30 Athens, Greece  Mumbai, India  Antiquity Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 6 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Miscellaneous
Ocean Voyage (Guam to Osaka) 6 Apra, Guam  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
Treasures of Polynesia 2019 (Papeete - Papeete) 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea 12 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Cairns, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Jewels of the South Seas 13 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Pacific Expedition 13 Auckland, New Zealand  Honiara, Solomon Islands  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 14 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
Ecuador's Mashpi Lodge (Private Tour) 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
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro 2019 5 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Punta Arenas to Ushuaia: Via Australis Patagonia Cruise 5 Punta Arenas, Chile  Ushuaia, Argentina  SITA First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 209 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Ocean Voyage (Dakar - Cayenne) 9 Dakar, Senegal  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Bridgetown - Ponta Delgada) 9 Bridgetown, Barbados  Ponta Delgada, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Cayenne - Dakar) 9 Cayenne, French Guiana  Dakar, Senegal  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 (Dakar - Fort-de-France) 10 Dakar, Senegal  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
California (Vancouver - San Diego) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Best of California 2019 9 San Francisco, CA  Los Angeles, CA  Insight Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 2019 10 New York City, NY  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Great Lakes of North America 11 Chicago, IL  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA with Highlights of the East Coast 2019 18 Boston, MA  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 9 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.