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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
The Essential Seychelles 9 Victoria, Seychelles  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Canary Islands and Cape Verde (Gastronomy Cruise) 10 Lisbon, Portugal  Dakar, Senegal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Indian Ocean (Nosy Be to Mahe) 10 Port Louis, Mauritius  Mahe, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Pearls of the Indian Ocean (Mahe to Nosy Be) 10 Mahe, Seychelles  Port Louis, Mauritius  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 15 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
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
Discover Antarctica 10 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  Intrepid First Class Dates and Prices
+ View all 126 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief 7 Oslo, Norway  Oslo, Norway  Quark First Class Dates and Prices
Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief 2021 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
Icelandic Mosaic (Reykjavik - Reykjavik) 8 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Disko Bay and Inuit Villages 8 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 139 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 33 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Taste of Tasmania (Basix) 6 Hobart, Australia  Hobart, Australia  Intrepid Budget Dates and Prices
Auckland to Dunedin (South Island) 11 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 13 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  A & K Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition (Auckland - Dunedin) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Dundein (South Island) to Dundein (South Island) 15 Dunedin, New Zealand  Dunedin, New Zealand  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 8 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Canada
From Saint Pierre and Miquelon to the Saint Lawrence 9 Saint Pierre Island, Canada  Toronto, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of B.C. (Bella Bella to Terrace) 9 Vancouver, Canada  Vancouver, Canada  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Spirit Bears, Humpbacks & Wildlife of B.C. (Terrace to Bella Bella) 9 Vancouver, Canada  Vancouver, Canada  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
Between Panama and Martinique 2021 (Colón - Fort de France) 10 Colon, Panama  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean Sea – Discover Keys, Coves and Cultures (Itinerary 1) 11 Panama City, Panama  Miami, FL  Hurtigruten First Class Dates and Prices
The Caribbean & French Guiana 11 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 10 Caribbean 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
Turkish Sailing 8 Bodrum, Turkey  Bodrum, Turkey  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
Croatia Island Sail (Start Split, End Split) 8 Split, Croatia  Split, Croatia  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
Croatia Island Sail Plus (Start Split, End Split) 8 Split, Croatia  Split, Croatia  Contiki Budget Dates and Prices
+ View all 124 Europe and Britain expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
Ultimate Baja Whale Expedition 7 Loreto, Mexico  Loreto, Mexico  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Christmas between Mexico and Panama 8 Puerto Morelos, Mexico  Colon, Panama  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
Wonders of Central America 8 Puerto Morelos, Mexico  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 26 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
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
The Levant, Egypt and the Red Sea 9 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Dubai to Mumbai 10 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Mumbai, India  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Wonders of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea 13 Valletta, Malta  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 7 Middle East expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Pacific Islands
Polynesia: The Austral Islands & Bora Bora 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of Polynesia 10 Papeete, Tahiti  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Papeete (Tahiti) to Lautoka 2021 13 Papeete, Tahiti  Lautoka, Fiji  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Lautoka to Cairns 2021 15 Lautoka, Fiji  Cairns, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Easter Island to Papeete (Tahiti) (Itinerary B) 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 10 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
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
Grand Voyage of Discovery 2021 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Grand Voyage of Discovery 2022 17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
A Viking Voyage: The Arctic to America 2021 19 Dublin, Ireland  Boston, MA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 9 Transatlantic 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.