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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 5% off select 2018 trips with Globus. Expires April 24. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save an additional $300 per couple on Scenic cruises. This deal is combinable with other offers. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save up to 35% off select Norwegian coastal voyages. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 15% to 35% off select 2018 and 2019 Quark Antarctica departures in certain cabin categories. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Receive a free transfer package on select Arctic departures with Quark. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 30% off Quark Arctic sailings in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $600 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.
  • Save 10% off the land-only portion of select Monograms trips to Peru. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 15% to 35% off select Intrepid Antarctica departures. Expires April 30. 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 (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
Canary Islands & Cape-Verde (Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Dakar) 10 Santa Cruz de Terenife, Spain  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Marseille - Praia) 11 Marseille, France  Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 16 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
Pristine Antarctica 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 95 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (A) 6 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
Spitsbergen and Polar Bears - An Arctic Adventure (B) 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
Norway and Spitsbergen - The Route of Polar Pioneers 7 Tromso, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 76 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
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
Seychelles, Maldives & Sri Lanka (Mahé - Colombo) 11 Mahe, Seychelles  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 18 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 (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
Iconic Kimberley (Broome - Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Europe and Britain
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
Celtic Shores 2019 (Dublin - Portsmouth) 8 Dublin, Ireland  Portsmouth, England  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Celtic Shores 2019 (Portsmouth - Dublin) 8 Portsmouth, England  Dublin, Ireland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 126 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Hawaii
Hawaii and French Polynesia (Honolulu - Papeete) 15 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
National Parks and Panama Canal (Puerto Caldera - Colón) 8 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Caribbean Sea (Colón - Miami) 12 Colon, Panama  Miami, FL  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Central and South American Wonders 12 Colon, Panama  Callao, Peru  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Panama Canal & Costa Rica 2019 (Westbound) 12 Panama City, Panama  San Jose, Costa Rica  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Panama Canal & Costa Rica 2019 (Eastbound) 12 San Jose, Costa Rica  Panama City, Panama  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 8 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
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 16 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 188 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 (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
Ocean Voyage (Miami - Lisbon) 15 Miami, FL  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 8 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
California (Vancouver - San Diego) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Wild Coast of the Pacific USA 12 San Diego, CA  Vancouver, Canada  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Coastal Gems of America (Southbound) 13 Halifax, Canada  Miami, FL  Hurtigruten First Class 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.