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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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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
South Africa & Namibia 9 Durban, South Africa  Walvis Bay, Namibia  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
Adventure in the Bijagos Archipelago 9 Dakar, Senegal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Canary Islands and Cape Verde (Gastronomy Cruise) 10 Lisbon, Portugal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 23 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake 2020-2021 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake from Punta Arenas 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake 8 Punta Arenas, Chile  Punta Arenas, Chile  Quark First Class Dates and Prices
Falkland Islands Discovery 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
Antarctic Whale Journey 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 160 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief 7 Oslo, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Quark First Class Dates and Prices
Realm of the Polar Bear 8 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  G Adventure First Class Dates and Prices
Greenland & Iceland: A Nordic-Inspired Voyage 2020 9 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Collette Deluxe Dates and Prices
Introduction to Spitsbergen 9 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
Iceland Discovery 2021 9 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 78 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Maldives Dhoni Explorer 7 Male, Maldives  Male, Maldives  G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Music Along Vietnamese Shores 8 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  Ha Long Bay, Vietnam  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
From Japan to China 8 Osaka, Japan  Shanghai, China  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of India (Colombo - Mumbai) 9 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Mumbai, India  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Essential Maldives (Male - Colombo) 9 Male, Maldives  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 36 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 2019-2020 (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
Exploring Australia's East Coast Islands 11 Cairns, Australia  Sydney, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Dunedin (South Island) 11 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 32 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Natural and Cultural Wonders of the Western Caribbean 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Caribbean (Itinerary A) 8 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Caribbean (Itinerary B) 8 Fort de France, Martinique  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between Panama and Martinique 2021 (Colón - Fort de France) 10 Colon, Panama  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
+ View all 13 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
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
Turkish Sailing 2020 8 Bodrum, Turkey  Bodrum, Turkey  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
Croatia Island Sail 2020 (Start Split, End Split) 8 Split, Croatia  Split, Croatia  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 81 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
Maya Treasure of the Yucatán 8 Cancun, Mexico  Cancun, Mexico  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Christmas between Mexico and Panama 8 Puerto Morelos, Mexico  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Natural and Cultural History in Central America 8 Colon, Panama  Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Natural & Cultural History of Central America (Puerto Caldera - Colon) 8 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Natural & Cultural History of Central America (Colon - Puerto Caldera) 8 Colon, Panama  Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 26 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Treasures of the Red Sea 8 Aqaba, Jordan  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Persian Gulf (Dubai - Muscat) 9 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Muscat, Oman  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Persian Gulf (Muscat - Dubai) 9 Muscat, Oman  Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discovering the Levant 9 Antalya, Turkey  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Levant, Egypt and the Red Sea 9 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 19 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Miscellaneous
Ocean Voyage (Guam to Osaka) 6 Apra, Guam  Osaka, Japan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Treasures of Polynesia (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
Papeete (Tahiti) to Lautoka 2021 13 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 18 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
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 (Dakar - Fort-de-France) 10 Dakar, Senegal  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Miami - Lisbon) 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Transatlantic Voyage from Miami to Lisbon 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 14 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Vancouver to San Francisco (California) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Francisco, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 2021 9 Boston, MA  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vancouver to San Diego (California) 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
West Coast USA Adventure 2020 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate America Discovery 2021 20 Boston, MA  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe 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.