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Expedition Cruises

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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 $300 to $2,000 per couple off 2019 Avalon Waterways cruises. Expires February 19. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% off Insight's 5 most popular U.S. and Canada vacations. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires February 28. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save an additional $450 per couple off all Alexander+Roberts trips. This offer is combinable with all Alexander+Roberts promotions. Expires February 28. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 5% off select 2019 Globus trips worldwide. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 40% off select Intrepid cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $300 to $2,000 per couple off 2020 Avalon Waterways cruises. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save an additional $300 per couple on Scenic cruises. This deal is combinable with other offers. Expires February 25. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Early booking discount! Save up to 25% off with early booking discounts on select Hurtigruten Explorer voyages. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Receive economy airfare for $750 per person, premium economy for $1,750 per person or business airfare for $2,990 per person on select Tauck Europe trips from certain U.S. gateways. Expires February 28. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save 10% to 30% off select G Adventures departures worldwide. Price shown reflects discount. Expires February 28. 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
Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius 2020 (Port Louis to Mahe) 15 Port Louis, Mauritius  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Along the South-African Coastline (Cape Town - Durban) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles 2019-2020 (Durban - Mahe) 16 Durban, South Africa  Mahe, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Tema (Accra) to Lisbon 17 Accra, Ghana  Lisbon, Portugal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cape Verde and Canary Islands (Dakar - Lisbon) 11 Dakar, Senegal  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 19 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Arctic
Icelandic Mosaic (Reykjavik - Reykjavik) 8 Reykjavik, Iceland  Reykjavik, Iceland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Northwest Passage (Kangerlussuaq - Nome) 24 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Nome, AK  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Baffin Bay Secrets (Kangerlussuaq - Kangerlussuaq) 14 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Kangerlussuaq, Greenland  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Footsteps of the Vikings 10 Bergen, Norway  Reykjavik, Iceland  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Arctic 11 Longyearbyen, Norway  Longyearbyen, Norway  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 86 Arctic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
In the Wake of General MacArthur: The Legacy of World War II 14 Hong Kong, China  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
Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago (Singapore - Darwin) 12 Singapore, Singapore  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
+ View all 12 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
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
The Best of New Zealand (Dunedin - Auckland, Itinerary A) 10 Dunedin, New Zealand  Auckland, New Zealand  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Discover the Ancient Wonders of Papua and Spice (Cairns - Darwin) 12 Cairns, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Kimberley Coast Expedition (Broome to Darwin) 11 Broome, Australia  Darwin, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 15 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Between Martinique and Panama (Fort de France - Colón) 10 Fort de France, Martinique  Colon, Panama  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between Panama and Martinique (Colón - Fort de France) 10 Colon, Panama  Fort de France, Martinique  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Caribbean & Orinoco (Fort de France - Cayenne) 14 Fort de France, Martinique  Cayenne, French Guiana  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Taste of Cuba and the Caribbean 11 Havana, Cuba  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Cuba in Depth 13 Nassau, Bahamas  Havana, Cuba  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 12 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Hawaii
Hawaii and French Polynesia (Honolulu - Papeete) 16 Honolulu, Oahu, HI  Papeete, Tahiti  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
Among the Great Whales (La Paz to San Carlos) 10 La Paz, Mexico  La Paz, Mexico  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
Among the Great Whales (San Carlos to La Paz) 10 La Paz, Mexico  La Paz, Mexico  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Panama Canal & Costa Rica (Westbound) 12 Panama City, Panama  San Jose, Costa Rica  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Panama Canal & Costa Rica (Eastbound) 12 San Jose, Costa Rica  Panama City, Panama  Tauck Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Sea of Cortez (San Diego - Puerto Quetzal) 14 San Diego, CA  Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 22 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Discovering the Levant 9 Antalya, Turkey  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Red Sea 8 Aqaba, Jordan  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Egypt and Israel (Antalya to Aqaba) 10 Antalya, Turkey  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Egypt and Israel (Aqaba to Antalya) 9 Aqaba, Jordan  Antalya, Turkey  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
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 - Transatlantic
Ocean Voyage (Dakar - Fort-de-France) 10 Dakar, Senegal  Fort de France, Martinique  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
Transatlantic Explorer 2020 21 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Lisbon, Portugal  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ocean Voyage (Cayenne - Lisbon) 12 Cayenne, French Guiana  Lisbon, Portugal  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 8 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Best of California 9 San Francisco, CA  Los Angeles, CA  Insight Deluxe Dates and Prices
Great Lakes of North America 11 Chicago, IL  Quebec City, Canada  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ultimate Maritimes & East Coast USA 19 Halifax, Canada  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 10 New York City, NY  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
California (Vancouver - San Diego) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Ponant 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.