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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
Along the South-African Coastline 2020 (Musical Cruise) 9 Cape Town, South Africa  Durban, South Africa  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Vanilla Islands (Mahe to Nosy Be) 10 Victoria, Seychelles  Port Louis, Mauritius  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Vanilla Islands (Nosy Be to Mahe) 11 Port Louis, Mauritius  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll 14 Victoria, Seychelles  Victoria, Seychelles  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius 2020 (Mahe to Port Louis) 14 Victoria, Seychelles  Port Louis, Mauritius  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 22 Africa expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Antarctica
Expedition Cruise to Antarctica - 11 Day Adventure 11 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Expedition Cruise to Antarctica - 12 Day Adventure 12 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctica + Weddell Sea Adventure 12 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Antarctica + Polar Circle Quest 13 Ushuaia, Argentina  Ushuaia, Argentina  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Sailing Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Nature Expedition (Sail from Ushuaia/Fly to Punta Arenas) 17 Ushuaia, Argentina  Punta Arenas, Chile  Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 160 Antarctica expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Asia
Myanmar, India & Sri Lanka 14 Yangon, Myanmar  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Malaysia,Thailand & Myanmar 10 Singapore, Singapore  Yangon, Myanmar  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Between India and Asia (Colombo - Singapore) 14 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Singapore, Singapore  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
From the Arabian Peninsula to India 14 Muscat, Oman  Colombo, Sri Lanka  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
Secrets of the Malay Archipelago (Manila - Darwin) 14 Manila, Philippines  Darwin, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 34 Asia expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Australia & New Zealand
Sydney to Sydney (13 Day) 13 Sydney, Australia  Sydney, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Melbourne (12 Day) 12 Auckland, New Zealand  Melbourne, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Auckland to Sydney (15 Day, Itinerary A) 15 Auckland, New Zealand  Sydney, Australia  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition (Hobart - Dunedin) 14 Hobart, Australia  Dunedin, 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
+ View all 26 Australia & New Zealand expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Caribbean
Caribbean Delights 2021 12 Nassau, Bahamas  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Rio de Janeiro to Fort Lauderdale (Florida) 21 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Fort Lauderdale, FL  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Rio de Janeiro to San Juan 18 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  San Juan, Puerto Rico  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
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
+ View all 11 Caribbean expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Mexico & Central America
Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (San Jose to Panama City) 8 San Jose, Costa Rica  Panama City, Panama  Nat Hab 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
Exploring the Sea of Cortez: A Living Sea & Desert Isles 8 Los Cabos, Mexico  Los Cabos, Mexico  Nat Hab 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 14 San Diego, CA  Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 26 Mexico & Central America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Middle East
Dubai to Mumbai 2020 10 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Mumbai, India  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Athens (Piraeus) to Dubai 18 Athens, Greece  Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mumbai to Athens (Piraeus) 27 Mumbai, India  Athens, Greece  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Mumbai to Dubai (11 Day) 11 Mumbai, India  Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Treasures of the Red Sea 8 Aqaba, Jordan  Aqaba, Jordan  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 16 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
Easter Island to Papeete (Tahiti) (Itinerary B) 15 Easter Island, Chilean dependency  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Valparaiso to Papeete (Tahiti) 24 Valparaíso, Chile  Papeete, Tahiti  Silversea 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
Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea 12 Honiara, Solomon Islands  Cairns, Australia  Ponant Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 15 Pacific Islands expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - South America
Western Galapagos Cruise + Quito 10 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Northern Galapagos Cruise + Quito 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
Eastern Galapagos Cruise + Quito 8 Quito, Ecuador  Quito, Ecuador  A+R Deluxe Dates and Prices
San Cristobal to Baltra 8 San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Baltra to San Cristobal 8 Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
+ View all 209 South America expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - Transatlantic
Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon 34 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Lisbon, Portugal  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Ushuaia to Cape Town (32 Day) 32 Ushuaia, Argentina  Cape Town, South Africa  Silversea 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
+ View all 13 Transatlantic expedition cruises
Expedition Cruises - U.S. (Continental)
Ultimate America Discovery 2021 20 Boston, MA  Cartagena, Colombia  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
East Coast USA 2021 9 Boston, MA  Nassau, Bahamas  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
West Coast USA Adventure 2020 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Scenic Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vancouver to San Diego (California) 10 Vancouver, Canada  San Diego, CA  Silversea Deluxe Dates and Prices
Vancouver to San Francisco (California) 8 Vancouver, Canada  San Francisco, CA  Silversea 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.